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Kuhnhenn Michigan Raw Barleywine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Michigan Raw Barleywine
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86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Michigan raw wheat and barley.

(Beer added by: Stevedore on 12-22-2013)
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Wow, that’s a light Barleywine, color-wise. A little, tiny head foamed up for a moment, but it evaporated quickly. Back to the color, it’s a straw yellow. A few bubbles pop up from the bottom, but by a few, I mean a FEW, like eight. There is no lacing.

SMELL: Not much on the nose, but there’s a touch of grassiness and citrus as if it were a Double IPA. The malt provides a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

TASTE: As a few reviewers have noted before me, there is a good deal of hop character to this beer. That said, I still do not believe that this is a Double IPA, it is a Barleywine as witnessed by the fact that caramel, chocolate and vanilla are prominent flavors. There is also a bit of clove flavor as well, and that might be what really gives it away.

MOUTHFEEL: At a medium-ish bodied beer, this has got to be the lightest bodied Barleywine I have ever had. Also, this has got to be the driest Barleywine I’ve ever had.

OVERALL: The two previous reviews claim that this is more of a Double IPA than a Barleywine and it just isn’t. It is a Barleywine. The malt is the star of the show and while the hops are prominent they are not nearly the most important facet of this beer. The fact is that this beer will age very well and I’d put it in the same vain as Behemoth.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 05:37:26 | More by StoneTSR
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shivtim

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

God a bottle from Kkulacki. Thanks bud!

Poured into a wide mouth chalice. Translucent deep orange, with little protein chunks. Murky. Tiny lacing of head.

Nose is awesome. Sweet malts, grainy bread, clover honey.

Taste is decent. A bit astringent. Surprising amount of grassy hops. Tastes oddly green / chlorophyll / leafy. Some sweetness. Alcohol on the finish.

Love the nose on this one, but the taste doesn't quite match.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 01:29:38 | More by shivtim
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-05-2014 05:39:28 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one.

2013 vintage.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 03:45:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jegross2

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Michigan Raw Barleywine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company out of Warren, Michigan.

Score: 87

December 2013 vintage bottle. Served in a Kuhnhenn snifter and enjoyed on 12/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a clean, translucent orange honey color with a thin wisp of off-white head from the pour that settles to a thin bubbly ring around the glass. Below average lacing and poor retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Orangey hops, a little grassiness and big maltiness. Comes off like an orange peel randalled Three Floyd's Behemoth. A faint hint of onion too. 4/5

Taste: Orange, sweet caramel malt, woody pine and a little spice. Has a little bitterness, but not a huge bite. Simple, but drinkable. A little booziness toward finish too, but the alcohol heft goes nice with the bitter and spice. The malt character finishes with a nice linger. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation in a slightly under-carbonated kind of way. Oily mouthfeel. Malty, with a non-biting, mild bitterness. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid beer that lives on the blurred line between a malty double IPA and hoppy barleywine. At $6, the price point was acceptable, but this is not a beer I would spend any effort revisiting.

Cost: $6 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 13:36:14 | More by jegross2
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of Kuhnhenn's Michigan Raw Barleywine from my friend as a gift for my birthday, thanks a lot Ben. I'm a big Barleywine fan so I'm very interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a nice design to it but it looks like it could have been printed on a basic computer printer, but that's all part of the Kuhnhenn charm. It poured a golden orange color that took on more of an orange and light caramel like color when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of light tan head that quickly faded to a really thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I thought the color looked a little more DIPA like than Barleywine Like.

S- The aroma starts off with a fairly high amount of sweetness that has a slight candied sugar like aroma to it followed by a the malts being the first too show up and they impart some sweet malts, toffee and caramel like aromas with some dark fruits showing up in the background. Up next comes the the hops that impart a citrus and tropical fruit like aroma with a little bit of dank resinous hops in the background and there's also a noticeable alcohol aroma. The aroma is pretty nice, but it's very DIPA like and the hop profile reminds me a lot of DRIPA and Forbidden IPA.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first so show up and they impart all those malty aspect that I got in the aroma, but they seem a little lighter which isn't characteristic for a Barleywine. Up next comes the alcohol, it's pretty noticeable and slightly warming, but it's not too boozy for 10.50% and it's followed by the hops that impart all the aspects that I got in the aroma, but they are lighter and there's also a pretty noticeable piney hop flavor. On the finish there's a very high amount of medium bitterness that bordered on being highly bitter with a sweet, caramel, and hoppy aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but It's not as balanced as I would like for a Barleywine.

M- A little smooth, a little boozy, a little rich, slightly sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a higher amount of low carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but I didn't think it was the truest example of a Barleywine, I know some Barleywines can be pretty hoppy but this one really pushed the limits and I think that I would think it's a DIPA if I had it blind, the bitterness and lingering hoppyness really makes it DIPA like. This beer didn't have the best drinkability. it was a little smooth, a little rich, slightly sticky, a little boozy, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one would be enough for me, I think the bitterness would start to wear on me eventually. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, to me it was the most Barleywine like aspect. What I liked the least about this beer was that it was confusing, it felt like it was right in the middle and it couldn't decide if it wanted to be a DIPA or a Barleywine. I might get this beer again, but there's many other Kuhnhenn beers that I would much rather spend my money on and I can't say I would recommend it unless you like really hoppy Barleywines. All in all this one was just a little disappointing, I have heard many good things about Kuhnhenn's Barleywine and barrel aged Barleywine, so I was expecting good things from this one, but I should have known that since they already make a very good and true to style barleywine they aren't just going to just make another one that's very similar. I think this beer could be labeled a DIPA and nobody would complain. I appreciate the effort but this one isn't a favorite from Kuhnhenns or for the style, better luck next time guys.

Serving type: bottle

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Michigan

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Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Kuhnhenn snifter

A - This offering is amber with gold highlights. It is capped with an inch of off-white head.

S - The aroma is dank, citrus hops with a little alcohol.

T - It has that wet hopped flavor. I taste a lot of grapefruit. It tastes more like a DIPA than a barleywine.

M - Moderate

O - It reminds me a little of Stone Enjoy By. It is delicious but would never guess this was a barleywine. In a blind taste I would say it was a DIPA. But lines are often blurred when it comes to styles and brewers interpretations.

Serving type: bottle

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Kuhnhenn Michigan Raw Barleywine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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