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Kuhnhenn Braggot - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 65
Gots: 39 | FT: 9
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 09-22-2003

Braggot is mead and beer combined, this batch won the Bronze medal at 2012 GABF, one of only three medals given to Michigan breweries in the state This batch was made with Michigan Wildflower mead and Scottish Ale. Frank and Eric collaborated to make this award winning mead.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Kuhnhenn brewpub in Warren. Saw they had this in six ounce pours on tap and couldn't pass it up. It pours a wood-stained shade of brown with some fainter hints of ruby passing through certain spots. Good clarity overall, given the overall deep-ish hue of the beer. The head is small, bubbly, gray-tinted, and probably more apt to be called a swampy blanket on top of the beer rather than a real head.

Not knowing what to really expect from the aroma, I was slightly puzzled after the first whiff. Lots going on, that's for sure. Plenty of fruity esters and a seemingly heavy hand on moderately Belgian-style yeast. Light Bubble-Yum flavors with a soft, earthy spice, almost like white pepper or clove. Good mix of sweet and musk with a touch of damp woodiness that hits last. The more and more I smell, the more I get some light citrus notes, too. Interesting to say the least, and an alarmingly low aromatic alcohol presence for such a high gravity brew.

Some alcohol heat comes with the first sip, but still not enough to think anywhere in the realm of 16% ABV. I would say 9-10% at best. Braggot is traditionally a mix of mead and beer. What beer was used for this batch, I can't say for sure. But many Kuhnhenn meads are iterations that are based off of their Citurs mead, and I am definitely picking up a bunch of that familiarity in the flavor. Light spritz of citrus and fruit followed by a warmer braising of alcohol and a smooth, honey-sweet finish.

Coupling with the mead flavor is what seems like possibly a Belgian dark ale of sorts. The taste, like the aroma, is ester-heavy; clove, faint banana, mint - very "yeasty" and thick in flavor. Deep, slightly-boozy plums outline the rough edges with some sherry-coated black cherries. Among the concoction is a small pile of musty hops; spicy, leafy, and herbal in flavor. They don't seem bitter, but perhaps it's because they are a bit overpowered by the sweetness from the malt and the mead.

The mouth feel is pretty dense and heavy, though the braggot is carbonated pretty well. Slightly sticky, wet, and oily with a warm and sharp finish. The aftertaste is full of booze, light citrus, yeast, and malty sweetness. Overall, I enjoyed the brew quite a bit. Though it may be too heavy to drink regularly, the drastically high alcohol content was fairly tame. It was interesting to pick out the traditional flavors of Kuhnhenn's Citrus mead here. I wonder what beer was mixed in with this batch?

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). No bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with chestnut hightlights and a half finger pale froth. Those bubbles quickly fade to a tiny ring which subsequently disappears entirely without leaving any lace.

Aromas are sweet. Honey, toffee, vague fruits and some caramel.

Taste follows the nose. Honey, unripe dark fruits, toffee, red wine, caramel, raisin bread and a fairly hefty booze heat. All in all this comes accross as a Scotch ale on honey and sugar steroids.

Mildly syrupy, medium full body with a strange carbonation that I feel tingling in my mouth but doesn't show in the glass. The finish maintains that theme of honey, fark fruit and toffee.

Kuhnhenn's Braggot is a nice blend of malty ale and mead. A sweet, enjoyable departure from my typical routine and well worth a try for anyone that may be curious.

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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 1 year)

Cloudy dark brown with dark ruby edges and a very thin khaki colored ring of small, tight bubbles, leaving the glass oily and slick on the way down. I don't expect much lace on a drink of this hefty ABV.

A sweet, fruity, and earthy aroma: red grape skins, plum, honey, scorched caramel, and dirt. Some alcohol, but that's expected.

The flavor is similar with honey and grape skins dominant, along with earth and alcohol warmth, especially in the back of the throat upon swallowing. Rich, sticky caramel and honey along with a nutty component as this warms fully.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation--slightly oily, though very drinkable.

Though I'm very new to the style, I enjoyed this very much.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pwoods
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to polomagnifico from RB for this nice extra!

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Delerium Noel Tulip.

A: Pours a deep deep ruby, opaque. Short head, maybe a half inch, not very much retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of sweetness from the honey but some added toffee notes in the back. Some spices that remind me of Christmas sweets and spicy cookies. Maybe some grassy hops in the back. A bit of mineral in the back.

T/M: Soothing alcohol all around. A touch too much sweetness for my taste but it's definitely on style with the big honey notes and deeper rich sweetness from the malts adding some toffee. There is a flash of hop bitterness and maybe more of the grassy, flowery hop flavor. Alcohol really booms right on the swallow and even more as it warms. Body is medium full to full and very smooth from the low carbonation. Surprisingly not syrupy.

D: It's unseasonably cool right now but this is definitely a winter brew. ABV is big time but would make a nice warming sipper during the cold winter.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sparkling mead with geuzelike sourness. My first braggot, it was crisp, carbonated (wohlfs who brought it to Doug Shoemaker explained the carbonation is from the malt) and different. Dry aftertaste. Refreshing and will have again. Surprising the alcohol was so high, ya don't notice.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Thanks, Derek. You're the best, man.

Appearance: It's a darker brown color with a strong red hue. Almost looks like a deep cherry color. There's a very light haze in there. The head was white and disappeared soon after it arrived. It barely covered the surface. No lacing was left to speak of. I do like the color quite a bit though. It's unique and carries the day.

Smell: The nose is kicked off with a strong cherry scent. It's very sweet smelling. Maybe even a hint of brown sugar in there. Smells like there's some sweet chocolate malts in the mix. There's a distinct leather aroma that emerges and adds an interesting dimension to it. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't present itself as strong. My bottle indicates abv is 13.5%. The alcohol is actually somewhat artful, if you can imagine that. Very nice, classy smell.

Taste: A strong cherry flavor is the focal point. It's more candy-esque than medicinal though. Nicely done. Chocolate malts add some sweetness and give it a well-rounded flavor. It is a little leather-like and earthy in a way. That's a subtle feature that's far from strong. Alcohol is masterfully blended. For a 13.5% beer, it's not all that noticeable. It's far from hot or boozy. Very impressive. Braggot has a nice flavor. It's not exactly flashy or full of pizzazz, but rather a classy, flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a heavier medium body. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is there, but it's just enough to keep it from being flat. It's not exactly lush, but smooth enough. Drinkability on this one is okay, but limited by the extremely high abv. I'll award extra marks for its deceptive nature. But, I know the truth.

Braggot's a good beer. Kuhnhenn did a nice job with this interesting style. This is my first go with a Braggot and I'm pretty impressed. As I alluded to earlier, it's very artful and classy. I feel important as I'm drinking. Dammit, a beer that makes you feel important is a good beer. Thanks, Derek. Very thoughtful selection.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Pours with very few bubbles. Deep red brown. Thin collar of white foam.

Smell - Lots of honey. Fruity. Carmel. Not a great deal of complexity. Mostly honey here.

Taste - Much more depth to the malt flavor. Very sweet, but coupled with caramel, fruity malts, and a touch of smokey malts. Finishes a little bit buttery.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste anywhere near 16% alcohol. Not really boozy at all. Sweet and slick. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The style doesn't lend itself to much complexity in my experience. The honey flavors mask most of the dimensions of the beer. Amazingly smooth though.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle into tulip

Appearance : Dark mahogany mixed with a light honey color gives this beer its overall color, No head at all, no lacing in this one

Smell : Honey straight from bottle, once poured into glass has more of a sweet red wine smell and the honey sweetness is still present

Taste : Balanced fairly well, the alcohol is more warming than overwhelming. As far as flavor goes, you get a good taste of honey mixed slightly with dark malts. No bitterness in this beer either. The after taste is pleasant with lingering honey notes, that makes you feel like you just licked a bit of honey from a spoon or have eaten a plain honey stick.

Mouthfeel : No carbonation, medium bodied with a little syrupy flow down the throat

Overall : Ive had one other mead in my life. Good overall, although I am not very familiar with the style. I would buy this again hands down. Its alcohol volume mixed with its smoothness makes this a good end to a long day. Go find one or three.

Flopjack out, tight lines

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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of docoman
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had higher expectations for this... I'd say better than OK, but not great.

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4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a recent trade with mikeyson4, thanks dude!

This one pours a clear medium amber, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells super wonderful, ripe honey, dark fruit, slightly tart grape, raisin, and some booze.

This has a really unique flavor to it that I honestly quite love. There's a great dark honey flavor, earthy and ripe, with some slight mustiness, grape, raisin, dark cherry flesh, with a slightly boozy finish. It's definitely not a strong boozy presence though, more warming than anything. Definitely some overripe prune as well. Maybe a little chocolate, too.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Another delicious high octane brew from Kuhnhenn.

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Kuhnhenn Braggot from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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