ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 Batch #1 brewed Spring 2004. Sampled this while it was still cold conditioning at the brewery. Pours a lazy, hazy yellow, quite thick and syrupy looking with a firm white head. Smells of lightly sweet bananas, some hints of vanilla and almonds and honey and plenty of malt. Caramelized bananas are definitely not out of the question here. What a strange beer to be sure, like a white stout, with generally more lighter sweeter flavors and less harsh, oily dark, bitter ones. Sweet, but not too much so, bananas on the verge of being too much but they seem to go well with the chocolate mousse like tones, and mix in with the bananas foster effect, so it maintains its drinkability, if only so much that you accept it as a theme beer. Gets a little dry and hints at some dark chocolate/caramel tones as it finishes. Strong carbonation, medium to medium full body. Enjoyable and unique.
Batch #2 brewed late 2004 Had a new sample, this time from the new batch (2nd batch), that was cold conditioning December 2004, poured by non other than, you guessed it, Brad himself. True to Kuhnhennís committment to improving upon their existing styles, this beer was even better than the first batch. This new batch used whole bananas cut up by Brad himself, as opposed to the banana puree used in the first batch. Much more even flavor, a smooth silky body, with warming vanilla and alcohol undertones, rich and malty with a wonderful banana flavor. I neednít even mention that this is not overdone with bananas, Kuhnhenn is practically synonymous with balanced fruit beers. Fantastic stuff and Iím sorry I probably wonít be around to try more of it.
Pailhead (5252) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ MBGF: Strong banana aroma with a touch of roasted grain. Dark brown with a small tan head. Lots of banana with some light roasted coffee and even lighter chocolate. Very interesting and very good.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at MSBF. Pours a dark black color with a medium tan head. Nose is banana bread, awesome. Flavors of banana, dough, yeast, some light chcocolate and a great palate feel of fullness and velvety coating. Liquid chocolate chip banana bread.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a nicely tanned creamy head. Aroma was chocolate dipped banana bread, oatmeal, with light roasted coffee tones sprinkled throughout. Lots of chocolate malt flavors up front with soft banana tones in the middle, and a light hop addition in the end to keep balance. Very smooth and creamy, a bit watery, with a milk chocolate banana like finish. Canít say I have ever tried a beer like this, but I would certainly revisit it in a heartbeat. Very tasty...
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft... This beer rocks!... Midnight black ale with a small, tan head. Chocolate, coffee and banana. Medium-bodied and creamy with slightly less than lively carbonation. Very original. Banana dipped in melted milk chocolate. Whatís not to like? Terrific brew!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another big thanks goes out to Ben (Btg) for this stuff. Almost gushed out and Iím lucky I poured near a sink. Poured with an obvoius larged bubbled head with a nice roasty aroma that had just a hint of banana (actually I smelled it on my hands as I was cleaning up). The taste is like a ripe banana rolled in sweet malts and dusted with light cocoa powder. There was a bit of a lime bitterness which I can only assume is the hops and not infection. Still, a solid beer for a one-time shot.
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
from the tap at my favorite brewery. poured a nice dark brown to black with a tan head. aroma, brown sugar, honey,sweet chocolate, plums, with just a hint of bananas. flavor, sour fruits, chocolate, over ripe bananas, some bitterness,plums, cherries, finished with a chalkyness. not to bad
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Deep black color with a dense, deep brown head. Hints of bananna mix with roasted grains in the nose. Roasted grains dominate up front. Midway through the bananna flavor rises up and mixes with chocolate flavors. Very smooth. Another strange combination from these brewers that is just stellar.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a plummy looking brown with caramel edges, thin beige head sits atop; spots of lace stick.
Aroma is slightly oaky on top with a heavenly chocolate covered banana brigade. Solid black malt backing thats a bit dulled but roasted enough for nice mixing. Love that chocolate banana thing.
Taste is captivatingly yummy. Mild black malt roast front, blends into fresh, whole banana peels and mushed baby food bready sweetness thats dipped with cocoa/semi sweet chocolate and drizzled with caramel. Spectacular meld of chewy thick flavors. Its like drinking one of those frozen chocolate covered bananas on-a-stick that you get at the State fair. Add some roast and caramel bits and blam, youíve got this concoction of wonderment. The banana is just right I think. Not too much, but definately strong enough in its flavor and character.
Feel is thick and chewy, smooth and rich, mellow and soothing, great above medium body. The thickness itself reminds me of eating an actual banana. Kinda chewy and mushy smooth with that thick creamy banana fruit thickness.
This is a teriffic beer. What a treat. A dessert beer to be sure, but surely can be enjoyed any Olí time. Fully delightfully yummyness.