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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

DanGeo, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Michigan, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

beerhan, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

shep8821, Apr 05, 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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mrebeka, Apr 02, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2011 poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a thin layer of tan bubbles that dissipates rapidly. Because there’s barely any head, there’s no lacing. The beer is hazy with no appreciable bubbles. There’s definitely some legs on the side of the glass.

S – The most noticeable aromas are honey and grapes. Upon looking closer, dark fruits like figs and raisins become more noticeable.

T – The taste is sweet all the way through with honey, brown sugar, grape, raisin, and fig flavors.

F – Medium-bodied with not much carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. There’s definitely some warmth from the alcohol at the finish.

O – This is my first braggot, but it seems to fit the description of the style very well. It was definitely a tasty and unique experience and was very drinkable given the high ABV. It seems like they’re pretty tough to come by, but I’d like to try some more examples of this style.

BlackBelt5112203, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

drewone, Mar 04, 2013
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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
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4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alright here we go

Poured from the bottle right down the middle of a snifter, very murky brownish amber color with maybe a hint of purple? ahh probably not....

Smell - Is very sweet, a lot of caramel, sugar plums, a lot of candy like sweetness coming through. Smells kind of like a sweetened version of a Old Ale.

Taste - a lot of sweet rasin, plum, caramel a little toffee, all around really good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium, thought it would be fuller based on the pour, Carbonation is there but you really have to look for it, somehow it works though.

Hard to believe that this is 16%.... Based on taste and mouthfeel I would have guessed right around 9%.

Well this is my first Braggot and it won't be my last (assuming I can actually find someone else who makes on, that I can get in my neck of the woods)

nickapalooza86, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ravot, Feb 13, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage, shared by Marco. Thanks!

A: Pours a reddish brass color, no head.

S: Beautiful waxy honey aroma. Deep and sweet. Hints of apple and whole wheat bread.

T: Honey, bready grain, slight warmth, a bit vinous. Drinks like it's 7%, not 16%.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy body. No hint of alcohol.

O: Definitely one of the better American braggots I've had. The honey aroma and flavor is deep and satisfying and the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden.

Etan, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark Chestnut brown with no head and a few bubbles appeared right when poured. Small hiss when opened.

S: Aroma of a sweet plum pudding with honey, toffee, fusel alcohol wildflower blossoms and caramelized sugar.

T: As expected, this is a sweet bomb. While there is tons of plum and wildflower honey flavors, one place that this does not disappoint is the variety of flavors that are in here. There is a nice dash of caramelized sugar, toffee, pecan pie, molasses, and cotton candy mixing with tropical fruit and black cherry flavors. Wildflower flavors are the base of this braggot and being the first of this beer style that I have ever had, I am really enjoying it for its different flavors. It is surprisingly similar in some characteristics to Kuhnhenns Old brune which is one of my favorite beers period. Sweet black cherry flavors with a similar mouthfeel. There is some fusel alcohol flavors which are a 'flaw' however I am willing to forgive this slightly more in a 16% beer that is made with honey than a Russian Imperial Stout.

M: Very light in body with no carbonation detectable. Slight hiss upon opening.

O: Color me impressed. I will be seeking out more Braggot's in the future.

alpinebryant, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JLG193, Dec 11, 2012
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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

atone315, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

avschmitt, Nov 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

freehafe, Sep 08, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

ehammond1, Aug 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Rollzroyce21, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Zaphog, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Czar_chasm, Jun 23, 2012
Kuhnhenn Braggot from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.