Kuhnhenn Braggot - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
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
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2013 04:50:23 | More by Flopjack
4.29/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
bottle into tulip
appearance: dark mahogany/copper, no head whatsoever, no lacing
smell: honey, booze, dark fruits, some notes of cherry, grapes
taste: Dark fruits and lots of apple/pear notes off the bat, you can feel the alcohol warmth but for 16% it is very modest. Lots of honey and figs, the finish is dry and smooth with more dark fruits and sweet malts.
mouthfeel: almost zero carbonation, medium bodied yet syrupy
overall: Haven't had much of this style, but this was very drinkable and refreshing. I wonder what the 2 years of age did to this, as the alcohol was very subdued and overall this was a lot more balanced and sweet than I expected. Will buy again if I see it.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2013 04:42:41 | More by Roman5150
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2013 04:32:30 | More by kojevergas
3.83/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
First ever Braggot I have had and I liked this one! This is a honey bomb though, so you would have to like that. It is very well done though.
Pours a caramel brown color with absolutely no head. I didn't see any sign of carbonation at all actually.
Smell is pure honey sweet. That's actually all I get from the smell is just honey.
Taste is, as I keep saying HONEY! For this to be 16% is ridiculous! I barely get any alcohol burn. This is extremely drinkable especially if you, again... like honey.
Mouthfeel is fine if you don't need the carbonation feel. Goes down smooth...
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but I would not buy it again for the price tag. If you like Braggots, you should really pick this up just to try it once.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2013 03:07:29 | More by MichPaul
3.94/5 rDev +0.8%
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?
Serving type: on-tap
05-29-2013 16:50:01 | More by tectactoe
Kuhnhenn Braggot from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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