Kuhnhenn Todd's Michigan Mud | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made by our very own Todd Schwem, this Chocolate Stout was made with cocoa nips from Ghana and vanilla beans from Madagascar. It is quite rich, black in color and complex. It begins with intense chocolate and finishes with vanilla.

Added by MasterSki on 10-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Kuhnhenn during the '13 eisbock release. Pours dark and seemingly thin for the style, just about no light getting through this one. Somewhat small head, tan in color, bubbly; dissipates to nothing but a light skin within a minute or two.

Aroma is full of deep cocoa and deep espresso. I know I'm being vague when I say "deep" cocoa, but that's really the best way to describe it. It's not overly sweet or cloying, and at the same time, it's not too dark or insanely bitter. It's a nice mix of bittersweet and it's very pleasing to the nose. The espresso/coffee is a bit stronger than expected, but it's a good addition. I love coffee and it's done moderately enough to not be overdone but enough to compliment the chocolate. The aroma also gives off a creamy and "dairy" feel, delicate and silky.

The nose is a great indication of the way this one is gonna taste - a nice, creamy, dark chocolate is the first thing to hit the senses. Perfect balance of sweetness and roast. The sweetness of the chocolates hit first, and it slowly cascades into a more roasted profile, leaving being the cloying, sweet aftertaste that causes so many other "sweet stouts" to suffer in my opinion. Coffee doesn't come out like it did in the aroma - it's there, but it's pretty far in the background when compared to the cocoa nibs.

Very solid all around - milky, creamy, and savory. No real hop profile that I'm picking up from this one, but luckily it's not so sweet as to need that bitter counterpoint, and this one survives well without it. Aftertaste is a nice 50/50 mix of milk and dark chocolate - perfectly bittersweet. Medium bodied, felt thinner than the appearance would let you believe, moderate carbonation.

With "sweet stouts", you never really know how it's gonna turn out. Oftentimes they end up being a little too over the top with the sweetness and end up being cloying and unenjoyable by the finish (See: ST Creme Brulee). But this chocolate profile was done perfectly. Executed extremely well, this one is drinkable all the way through, giving nice amounts of chocolate without giving you diabetes. Goddamn the one bottle limit, I want more of this stuff.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a half pint at the brewery to enjoy

A- Poured a small head that lasted forever. Dark black/brown head and brew it's self.

S- Lots of chocolate and malty goodness. Bourbon barrel aged to perfection.

T- Lots of coffee, bourbon and chocolate. Rather hot right now.

M- Very creamy and complex. Excellent recipe.

O- Loved it. Wish it was for sale but it's on tap only.

Food Pairing.

This wonderful beer went well with..... smoked brisket sandwich they served in a food truck outside the brewery


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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Batch. 12 oz poured via bottle inversion into a pint glass.

A: Dark black, opaque to light. Even with the hyper aggressive pour minimal dark brown creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin and unrelenting surface film that stuck around throughout.

S: Hershey's cocoa powder. Intense dark chocolate is really the only thing obvious on the nose. There is some roasted malt, dry lactose, and espresso bean hidden behind that chocolate.

T: Follows the nose. Chocolate milk with very well balanced roast profile and minimal bitterness. The sweetness of the lactose is very reserved, dry, and stands on its own against an appropriately moderate roast bitterness. Typically expect a little more lactose on a milk stout, and a little better integration, it kind of reminds me of raw lactose powder. Nothing here is overdone or EXTREME. Subtle vanilla on the mid-palate that I completely missed on the nose.

M: Smooth and creamy. This would really benefit from a Nitro pour, I can see the potential and it left me drooling for what it could have been. Very minimal carbonation that faded throughout.

O: I don't really know what an "Imperial" milk stout is or is supposed to be? That said, this beer hits a little heavier in terms of flavor than most milk stouts. The lactose is somewhat poorly integrated - the chocolate carries everything. A powdered truffle in a glass.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours really weirdly. Huge like 5 inch head, even if I pour very slowly. The head looks cool, I guess, but the beer is more head than beer, which is unpleasant, to say the least.

At least it smells pretty good- smells like hot chocolate- cocoa powder, and rich dark chocolate, with some vanilla and roasted malt.

Yeah- as expected by how it looked, this is way over-carbonated, affecting the flavor in quite a negative way. I can tell this is a nice beer underneath these problems- get a big blast of rich and sweet chocolate, with some vanilla, and a little bit roasty bitterness. All of these niceties are buried under a fizzy, overbearing carbonation bite. Quite disappointing.

This one is medium-bodied, with a fizzy, biting mouthfeel. I wish this was super creamy, as it clearly should be. Due to the carbonation issues, it's really not all that drinkable.

Sigh. This is clearly better than the bottle I got, but I have to rate what I drank. Beware.

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Kuhnhenn Todd's Michigan Mud from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 122 ratings