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Kuhnhenn Braggot - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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88
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 62
Gots: 37 | FT: 7
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  16.00% 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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)

Photo of ravot
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Etan
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of MordorMongo
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of JLG193
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Anonymous1
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of avschmitt
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of freehafe
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Czar_chasm
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2011 winter solstice bottling at 16.0% abv poured a deep barely translucent burgundy; no head to speak of - just some errant bubbles around the collar. If I knew what braggots should look like, I might've given it a better score, but I found it to be unremarkable in appearance

S: sweet dark fruits, caramelly malts

T: sweet balance of honey and malt creating a kind of brown sugar taste; some spice notes - I dunno - makes me think of clove or nutmeg and the kind of sugary dessert spices you find in Christmas and Thanksgiving pies and such - reminds me a lot of the Samiclaus Bier I had a while back (which was categorized as a doppelbock incidentally)- in the mouthfeel, too...

M: very thin and slick - how they hid such a high abv is beyond me, but I don't detect it at all; leaves a nice sweet holiday dessert spice aftertaste - like I had plum pudding with brandy

O: another one of those (for me at least, never having had mead or a braggot before) really unique beers. I thoroughly enjoyed the drinking of it - it was so innocuous and easy-drinking, but at the same time, I probably would go with a barleywine just as easily. Don't get me wrong, though, if you are a true beer advocate, it is worth the buy.

Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Thanks to whoever opened this at the tasting.

A: Flat, clear mahogany body. Meh.

S: Sweet honey, dark fruit, and some faint meatiness. Light booze. Quite nice.

T: Strong and sweet, with some honey, toffee, candied fruit, and booze. Tasty.

M: Still, sticky, and smooth. Ok.

O: One of the best Braggots I've had, this one really did combine the best of its beer and mead elements into something special. Killer concoction from Kuhnhenn.

Cheers!

Photo of SteelersX
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a funky bret like character in this beer That I wasnt expecting. Also some high alcohols that are not surprising considering this beer is 16 percent alcohol.

It is sweet but not cloyingly so. Overall a very tasty beer but maybe not exactly what I was expecting. Kuhnenns always pleases in some fashion.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Sirvis
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of webmanspidey
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 2011 Winter Solstice. Bottle poured into a snifter. According to the bottle, this checks in at a whopping 16% ABV. It is a deep dark brownish color, slightly translucent with little to no carbonation. Smell is extremely sweet and alcoholic, with a lot of brown sugar and molasses-type aromas. Taste is very sweet with an interesting mix of woody off-flavors. While alcohol is definitely present, it is hidden pretty well for 16% ABV. There is very little carbonation here. This is probably my first braggot, but despite not having anything to compare to this is an enjoyable heavy beer.

Kuhnhenn Braggot from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.