hopscotch (10601) - 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. What’s not to like? Terrific brew!
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft @ Kuhnhenn. Pours black with creamy tan head. Banana aroma with sweeter malts in the back. Interesting. Big banana hit up front. Then creamy roasted, burnt and hints of chocolate malts follow up behind. Then in the finish the banana ends up on top of the flavor. A bit too much banana.
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, 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.
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, 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 Kuhnhenn’s 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 needn’t even mention that this is not overdone with bananas, Kuhnhenn is practically synonymous with balanced fruit beers. Fantastic stuff and I’m sorry I probably won’t be around to try more of it.
muzzlehatch (4744) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at the Michigan Brewers Fest. Giant chocolaty-banana nose offers hints of rum and lots of caramel malt...it emanates from a dark, dark brown, very nearly black body with just a wisp of head...body is chocolaty-sweet at first, with some dry cardboardy qualities sweeping in, touches of baked bananas, little sweetness in the middle and late portions of the palate, milky and slightly thin. Very good for most brewers, this is a bit of a letdown for these guys IMHO.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong banana and chocolate in the aroma with some sweet notes of maple. Opaque dark brown with decent sized, fine-bubbled, tan head that recedes to thick ring and partial cover with light, patchy lace. Bananas, chocolate and maple are all strong and well balanced in the flavour. Roastiness emerges in the moderately bitter finish. Medium body with lively, finely prickly carbonation that engages the tongue. Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2005.
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 I’m 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.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with creamy tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate and lots of real, ripe bananas. The flavor is ripe bananas, caramel and chocolate. Medium body with a very soft, creamy texture and light carbonation.
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. Can’t say I have ever tried a beer like this, but I would certainly revisit it in a heartbeat. Very tasty...
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the brewpub: Poured black with a tan head. Aroma, banana, light roasted malts, some chocolate. Flavor, yeast, banana, chocolate, and roasted malts. Pretty good actually.