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Kuhnhenn Braggot - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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87
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 63
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: marburg on 09-22-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Sammy, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not normally a fan of the style, but when it comes from
these guys, you just got to jump right in. Served chilled to
cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one
was consumed on 02/22/2009.

The pour was nice enough with a rich dark amber color that
was somewhat hazy and cloudy. A nice head of white came up
over the top and settled down into a thin veil that stayed on
top throughout the session. The aroma was loaded with grains,
nice light fruit notes, hints of honey and a light bit of
alcohol. Nice sharp bite as I take my first taste, rich
flavor here, more so then I have seen in the style before.
Nice flavor of honey soaked oak that came across the tonge
very quickly. Smooth, mellow carbonation really let the
flavor explore the palate as light noted of fruit, peaches
and nice touches of light grain and spice. Very intresting
and very smooth with almost no hotness even with the very
high alcohol in this one. Overall another really big winner
from the guys up north. This one was one of the better of the
style I have ever had. Top notch and I would go for it again.

mikesgroove, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, May 13, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at '08 Winter Solstice - says March 2008 on the label however. 13.5% is the ABV for this batch. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - There's a half finger of late-rising foam that dissipates to a ring. Dark brown that reveals transparent red-orange highlights when held to the light. I wasn't expecting much in the way of head from such a high-gravity brew.

S - Smells like Concord grape juice and honey, with some raisin and darker fruits notes and a hint of the trademark Kuhnhenn chocolate truffle as well. Very sweet, with well hidden booze even as it warms.

T - Taste has more presence from the chocolate malts, with some burnt sugar character as well. The honey isn't quite as overt - this is not mead in disguise. There's still some of the fruity grape flavor, and the alcohol is again very well hidden. Thankfully not trace of the sourness detected by some of my colleagues.

M - This is where the alcohol becomes noticeable - there's a nice heat after swallowing. Full bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, surprisingly unsticky residual feel.

D - It gets a tad sweet and the ABV is ridiculous, but I never felt like I wanted to give up on my 12oz pour (although I did ask my wife for help). Surprisingly drinkable for what it is...

Wow - a Winter Solstice '08 beer that isn't infected - I should go buy a lottery ticket.

MasterSki, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Humulus5883 (Reddit) for this, I've been really excited to try it. 2011 vintage.

Pours not head at all, and I mean nothing, not even a thought of one, with a semi hazy maroon mahogany cranberry reddish color.

Nose definitely has some mead characters, nice honey, floral like, light sweet malt, little caramel and molasses like malts, some fruits with fig, apple like, etc, little nutty and candy like, and lots of booze.

starts syrupy and thick, big malts and honey too. Honey is thick but more background like with a bit of floral fruity honey. Then syrupy thick malts, a little nutty and caramel molasses candy like. Booze is there but not 16% like, but there is some fusel and phenolic flavors from it, as well as a light glue like solventy flavors. Fruits bring more fig, date, little apple and other sweet like fruits. Light bitterness as well cutting in. Finish is still a bit sweet but it never gets really sweet, some warming booze lingering, more dark fruits, nuts, syrupy candy, and a bit of honey as it dries a lot later.

mouth is syrupy, fuller ish bodied, almost no carb though, some warming booze but doesn't feel anywhere near 16%.

Overall interesting, unique, a big beer with lots of dark fruits, malts, syrupy candy flavors, and plenty of additions from the booze itself. However, the mead portion seems to be drowned out a bit too much, but still tasty and good.

jlindros, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2011 vintage. 16% ABV confirmed. Bottle acquired in a trade with michaellcoates. Really excited to try this; I really liked the Brother Adam's Bragget and I enjoy meads. 12 oz bottle with interesting well-done label art and standard silver pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation, though I was really disappointed by their Bourbon Barrel 4th Dementea.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As I started the pour, no head was forming, so I added significant vigor.

A: Pours a dark khaki colour floater ring; no real head forms. Thin, with horrible retention. No lacing.

Body colour is a murky dark reddish brown; I can tell the beer side of this was a Scottish ale. Nontransparent; semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Admittedly, it isn't much to look at and seems direly undercarbonated.

Sm: Smells like an aged barleywine. Raisin, prune, caramalt, heavy biscuit malt, amber malts, and dark fruit notes - perhaps cherry and/or raspberry. Fruity syrup. I also get some honey and mead notes, but only when I look for them; I wouldn't have identified them without knowing this was a braggot. Currants/berries comes through more and more as it warms. Very subtly integrated spices are there too, but I struggle to identify them because of how seamless they are in the flavour profile. Nutmeg? Light vanilla. Splashes of oak. Grape. Truffle. Brown sugar. Some floral notes. Fig. Molasses. Quite fruity. The beer and mead seem well-balanced, though I do want more from the honey. Not getting much in terms of herbal or hop notes.

An appealing aroma of moderate strength. Fruity notes are dominant. Shockingly, no alcohol is detectable. I don't get any yeast from the aroma.

T: Syrupy up front and it never lets up. Ripe fruity notes throughout. Raisin, grape, prune, fig. Lightly vinous. Molasses, caramel, biscuit malt. Candied sugar. Subtle spices; they're difficult to identify individually but I do get heathers redolent of a gruit. On the sweet end of the bitter/sweet spectrum. Dates. Honey is timid; the beer definitely overpowers the mead here. No hop notes are present. Not getting any yeast either. I do notice the alcohol lurking beneath the syrupy sweetness, but it's shockingly well hidden considering it's 16%. I'd never guess the ABV was that high. A bit musty and dry; perhaps even lightly oxidized. Unrefined sugars.

I wouldn't call it balanced per se, but it's not a mess. There's a lot going on here but it doesn't feel cohesive or seamlessly constructed. I do like the build for what it is, but the mead and honey side is lackluster.

Mf: Lightly dry - most so on the finish. Musty. Vinous; a bit rough. Some heat is present here. Lightly acidic. Heavy on the palate; she's a handful. Not oily or biting. Carbonation is actually a bit overdone, contrary to what the appearance might suggest. A bit smooth. Light hints of a cardboard like texture suggest oxidation. Suits the flavour profile generally well.

Dr: If this is the aged version, I imagine this beer is pretty rough fresh. I don't mind it for what it is, but it's certainly not very drinkable - definitely more of a sipper. Alcohol is noticeable. This is my second beer from Kuhnhenn, and I don't yet understand what all the fuss is about. A nice try at the style, but ultimately its flaws outweigh any enjoyment it might provide. If it wasn't lightly oxidized, I'd say it could use another 2-3 years of aging.

C+

kojevergas, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

imperialking, Jan 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

drewone, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

duceswild, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; Winter Solstice 2011 bottling. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a small foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing as expected. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, chocolate, raisin, prune, honey, biscuit, tobacco, light nuttiness, floral, and dark earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and honey notes; with hardly any alcohol presence. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, honey, raisin, prune, biscuit, tobacco, leather, light nuttiness, floral, herbal, and dark earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark fruit, molasses, honey, biscuit, tobacco, leather, and dark earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt flavors with honey; with hardly any cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 16%, with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; definitely a slow sipper though. Overall this is a fantastic Braggot style! Incredible complexity and balance of malt/honey flavors; and insanely smooth to sip on for being 16%. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Gonzoillini, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the Solstice Party this year.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, almost brown away from the light, thin tan head forms, settles to a nice collar around the glass, some lacing sticks, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, very floral, caramel, fruit, raisins, alcohol, light ammonia which I noticed with the braggot I made, biscuits, lots of malt, neat honey character. Taste is neat, although the flavour it a bit thin and hot, some floral honey character, fruity, alcohol is in your face, some caramel, apples, some spice, ammonia again, pretty interesting although can't say its very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light bodied, pretty thin, with low to medium carbonation, some big heat going down. Way too thin, light sourness, lots of heat, not as rich and full bodied as I think a braggot should be.

Viggo, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.3%

dmorgan310, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Kuhnhenn Solstice Party 08. Clear, deep chestnut with ruby highlights and a thin layer of fine, beige bubbles. There was a thin collar too, which provided some spotty lacing. Caramel and floral honey in the aroma, along with unrefined sugar, mild dark and toasted grains, and a hint of higher alcohols. Low bitterness, plenty of sugary sweetness. Some caramel and quite a lot of honey flavour, a bit of fruit character as well, plum and cherry. Mild alcohol flavour with moderate warmth. Very fine carbonation, a bit on the low side, with medium body, quite smooth. Quite tasty and very drinkable, a nice change of pace when you're looking for something out of the ordinary.

DrJay, Feb 11, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Zaphog, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Floydster at The Bruery Reserve Society party. I believe this is the March 2008 vintage. It's dark amber with a diminutive head of bubbles. The nose is earthy, with notes of sour fruit candy, raisins, heather, and honey. The flavor is earthy and slightly sour, with notes of heather, honey, and a dash of chocolate. This was cloying and I didn't finish my small sample.

HopHead84, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymeal poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a small short-lived off-white head that leaves a tiny collar and no lacing. There are definitely some boozy legs that cling to the sides on the way down.

The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet honey, caramel malts and a slight sourness lingering in the nose as well. It's definitely dominated by the sweetness though and pretty close to what I expect from the style.

The taste has a quick tart apple sweetness that gives way to the much bigger honey sweetness with some caramel malts thrown in. There is definitely an alcohol burn in the finish with a slight sour and cardboard twang. Not too bad though and the taste was pretty good overall....just hot.

The carbonation is fairly low, which is fine, but the overall mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and really hot with the alcohol.

I was definitely expecting a bit more body with this one and the sourness was slightly offputting, though it wasn't enough to ruin the beer for me.

gford217, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Griffith, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

sweemzander, Jul 02, 2013
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Kuhnhenn Braggot from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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