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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple BockKuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock

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BA SCORE
87
very good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%


Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Triple Bock is dark brown with ruby highlights. It is extremely rich and complex, with flavors of raisin, plum. There is a slight heat from alcohol and has low carbonation. It is full bodied, malty and sweet– you big beer lovers should try this beer.

(Beer added by: walleye on 05-03-2006)
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass
Bottled in 2011

A - It has a ruddy brown body with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head.

S - It has a dark fruit aroma. I get some dates and figs. It smells sweet as well.

T - The taste is all malt. I get some dates and molasses. The alcohol is well hidden. I'm sure 2-3 years has helped that aspect.

M - Medium and smooth.

O - This is a malt bomb. It is high in alcohol and high is sweet malty flavors. I like it. I think is has aged wonderfully and developed into a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:39:49 | More by buschbeer
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz 2011 extra received from Lymph a while back in a pretty awesome trade!! Big props to Robert... Very generous guy. Pours a hazy mahogany... very little head and no real cap or lacing... Pours thick like a watered down Aunt Jemima... Should be much clearer and have some sort of head on it.

Wow... This smells like a doppelbock on steroids. Boozy dark malt with rum soaked fruit.. plum and raisin... Incredibly rich.

Flavor is very rich, but not on the same playing field as the nose.. a bit fruity like an English Old Ale.. dark sorta cherry/orange essence (odd, I know) along with a slight chocolate element not present in the aroma... EtOH and brown sugar on the finish... a little oxidation reminds me of tawny port.

Flavor is thick and mildly syrupy... actually close to tawny port :-) but with some very minor carbonation.

Pretty proper... HUGE, but proper. I truly appreciate it Robert... Thanks buddy.

3/4.25/3.75/3.75/3.75

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 05:12:38 | More by JohnGalt1
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Thanks to abanton for this bottle, always happy to see those fourth-grade Kuhnhenn labels show up on the doorstep. 12 oz. bottle on a nanook Minnesota evening.

The pour high grade dark amber, with only faintly imagined carbonation. Nose dances to its own beat & is hard to pin down. Raisins? Plums & figs? Alcohol? Old leather? All of this & more, but there's a strange quality I can't quite find on the keyboard.

Dark Heathen Triple Bock could be used on waffles. Thicker than honey & nearly as sweet, the beer brings a wild influx of flavors befitting its freakishness. Clover honey with a sprinkling of figs/prunes, big sweep of raw syrup & caramel, brown leather motorcycle jacket that's hit the pavement one too many times, unfocused but strong herbal notes. This walks a tightrope over a vat of cough medicine but manages not to slip or drown. Alcohol is present but leashed. A sipper, but one that goes down beautifully.

Incredibly complex & nearly as big, this is one of those brews that I'm happy to have experienced, because it's like nothing I've tasted before; it's like a lager was drowned in the liquid & resurrected. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:58:58 | More by maximum12
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 batch.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Good sized and fizzy tan head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly with zero lacing. Good retention.

S: Big, boozy and sweet. Stinging fruity alcohol with huge caramel and molasses notes. Candied raisins too. A little toffee in there too.

T: Much like the aroma. Heavy sweet malts from the get-go. Stinging, sharp alcohol everywhere. Lots of caramel and raisin and prunes up front, fading into a hefty toffee backbone in the middle and finish. Heavy, heavy toffee notes once it warms. A light cocoa presence over everything, especially in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy, viscous, mouth-coatingly syrupy.

O: One hell of a heavy dopplebock (triplebock?). Drinks like slightly watered down syrup. Lots of sharp booze which actually cuts the thickness a bit. Quite harsh once it's fully warm, alcohol isn't even remotely hidden. Complex with lots of malt character. I enjoyed this but drinkability suffers from the thickness and extreme booziness. A nice unique brew to try once but nothing I'd get again. Still tasty, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 05:43:59 | More by Dope
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark translucent red. Has a slight glow. Little to no head.

Smells sweet and bourbony. Kind of reminds me of BB4d. Marshmallow, caramel, and toffee. Not nearly as big as 4d. Not as complex either.

Sweet. Same flavors as smell with the addition of acidic dark fruits. A lot of acidity. Nothing is blowing me away, but there is some complexity here. It's drinkable and pretty unique. A bourbony and unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, medium-low carbonation. Smooth, but a little watery. Alcohol is very well hidden. A big bourbon flavor, but no bourbon heat.

Kind of what I expected. Not special, but was still nice to try once.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:57:49 | More by lunarbrew
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a dark brown with some ruby highlights. almost opaque with some light coming through the edges. a finger or so of a tan head that leaves a lacing

Smell: whoa, super smooth and super sweet malts. caramel and dark sweet malts. good dark fruit character. everything dark and equally sweet

Taste: opens up with a mouthful of sweet malts, mostly caramel, dark fruits such as plum and raisin play in strongly. the back end has a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: incredible smoothness. good sipper, low carbonation

Overall: this is a killer big beer. drink it fast though cause it is more abrasive as it warms. Kuhnhenn's makes some great big beers

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 03:40:42 | More by SportsandJorts
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very deep brown in color with a subtle bit of wad which quickly dissipated. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, chocolate, molasses.

A very sweet molasses/brown sugar body with a nice barrel flavor up front, pecans, sweet milk chocolate, raisins. This tastes like it should be a quad honestly.

Medium to full body with a slight bit of carbonation but somehow drinks very easily. The abv is very well hidden behind the sweetness of the beer.

A very nice offering but with most of their beers, an expensive one to bother purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:18:09 | More by facundoCNB
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Label says 2011, poured into a snifter. Alarmingly "drinkable" for a brew weighing in at 12.5%...
Pours a very dark red color, with what little head it has dissipating very quickly. No matter, this beer apparently doesn't need a thick head to "release its aromas." I would describe the smell as "dark fruit," specifically raisins and figs.
The taste is familiar; if I didn't know any better I'd say it was a quad. Maybe add a little bit of cherry that I didn't pick up on the nose. Also, a little bit of lager-ish flavor which I may or may not be imagining because the beer is labeled as such.
It feels a bit thinner than I would have expected, given its syrupy flavor and appearance, but who cares?
Overall, I'm normally not a fan of doppel (or triple, even) bocks, but this was nice enough that I wish I had more than the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 20:51:15 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 bottle bought at DeCicco's. Never had heard of this beer, price is high, but always looking to try new, vintage Kuhnhenn.

Tulip pour is maroon, almost brownish with orange highlights. A small, ominous beige ring sits and sits.

Chocolate truffle, aged caramel, dark fruit, some toasted bread. Very nice, rich without being over the top in sweetness.

The taste almost seems 'plainer' but still quite good. More straightforward dark fruit coming in the taste, caramel, raisin, bready and grainy tones. Shows some age via old malty caramel/dark fruit flavors but adds to the beer.

The mouthfeel brings on the malts but feels a bit thin, some warming alcohol heat. A bit of a sipper but good enough to keep you interested.

Nice, pretty authentic and rich flavor for an American doppel-triple-bock with a nice aged touch to it. A bit on the sweeter side and alcoholic as expected but fitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 00:17:00 | More by Chico1985
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage courtesy of Cuzco (Blind BIF) pours a solidly brown color with a moderate tan head. Fades at a fair clip to a thin collar...not much lacing.

Nose is much bolder than expected! Has some oxidized notes along with a rich chocolate-covered peanut brittle aroma.

Tastes very smooth...cocoa dusted dried bing cherries, malted milk balls and a touch of brazil nut. Maybe throw in some Cocoa Krispies. It fairly sweet as well. Mouthfeel is thick and rich...syrupy almost but never cloying. The malts are really complex and nice. About a 1000x better than Sam Adams attempt at a triple bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:44:55 | More by twiggamortis420
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kuhnhenn for Summer Solstice '13. Dark Heathen pours one of the deepest brown colors I've ever seen without being dark enough to be called "black" as light shimmers through as reveals plenty of dark-ruby highlights. The head is foamy and soapy, comprised of large bubbles and tinted in some weird shade of gray. No lacing left on the glass.

Thick, robust toffee and caramel candies are the first descriptors to come to mind after taking a great big whiff of this heavy brew. Sugary, sticky, and just plain "big" in terms of the aroma. Light black licorice, heavy clumps of toasted bread, and a fine outline of burnt brown sugar. Gloriously malty, delicately sweet, and eminently huge.

Warmth opens things up even more, introducing an array of your standard dark fruits; plums, raisins, and dates, coated with booze and dipped in brown sugar. The booze is evident on the nose, but not enough to burn your nostril hairs or clear your sinuses. I'm really liking the nose on this one so far.

Wow! I thought the nose was powerful, until I took my first sip of this thing. I expected a lot of flavor, considering it's a 12.5% ABV doppelbock, but it still shocked my palate out of the gate. Delicate booze laced between mountains of caramel and toffee. A deep nuttiness resides in the background, along with a plethora of sticky malts and brown sugar. Triple bock, no doubt.

The fruit character meshes extremely well with everything else; plums, juicy dates... Sweet, sweet, and sweet without reaching teeth-chattering levels. Really a perfect level of sweetness for this style of beer. The booze is well integrated and the flavors are accentuated incredibly. Lots of crisp, toasted bready, lager-yeast in the finish, along with faint brown sugar and a heavy nuttiness.

Dark Heathen hoists a big and boisterous body; sticky, thick, and almost creamy on the mouth feel with low-medium carbonation. I was really taken back by how easy this was to drink... It holds the power of a 20% ABV brew while drinking more like a 6-7%. I wish I could have grabbed a few bottles of this, as it turned out to be one of my favorites of the day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 16:27:15 | More by tectactoe
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pjkelley82

New York

4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The reviews about this beer are dead on regarding taste, smell, mouthfeel etc. I can only chime in to say if your into a sweeter beer with a heavy mouthfeel and a sweet nose but quite honestly all were perfectly balanced for me... than this is it... frigging 12.5% alcohol but I agree with most to say it's a slight alcohol warmth.... not burn... just try it....

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 05:53:16 | More by pjkelley82
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - Ruby caramel. No head. Just a few stray bubbles.

Smell - Deep rich caramel. Very fruity. Boozy as hell, no surprise. Lots of raisins.

Taste - Less sweet than the nose implies. Sweet up front, but it drops off to a much deeper raisin and earthy malt flavor. Some bitterness. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Well it's boozy as hell. Hot and low carbonation. Sipper for sure.

Overall - I know it's supposed to be boozy, but this is pretty harsh. I hesitate to say I wish it were sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:27:09 | More by Alieniloquium
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cherry brown color with no head and a miniscule uber thin lacing ring. This looks like a glass full of the dead sea.

S - Molasses, oak, raisins, brown sugar, figs, prunes, and bourbon.

T - Raisins, figs, prunes, oak, brown sugar, molasses, plumbs, and bourbon. (Directly follows the nose, no doubt.) Some alcohol warming on the way down and leaves a thick coating in the mouth of brown sugar, molasses, and plumbs.

M - Thick and full bodied, sticky, somewhat syrupy, velvety.

O - Complex and a smooth sipper that will creep up on you very quickly. The extreme nature pushes the envelope way beyond the style and I'd much prefer a more traditional Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:53:29 | More by jzeilinger
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling year = 2011

A: deep copper color, ever-so-slight haze, poured with head but dissipated (not surprising for 12.5% ABV)
S: medium nose, deep treacle, sweet, port-like
T:extremely rich, deep caramelized malt, high ABV but smooth and mellow with just a touch of heat, reminded me of aged EKU28
M: deep body, rich, full, slightly cloying

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:32:33 | More by wisrarebeer
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany in color with some amber highlights and just a touch of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces fairly quickly to medium patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts including toffee and brown sugar.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of sweet malts including dark fruit (raisin), brown sugar, and toffee.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall for as high in alcohol as this beer is, it is fairly well hidden with only a light presence in the mouthfeel. The beer needs to be slipped slowly but is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:30:28 | More by dbrauneis
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superspak

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, Winter 2011 vintage. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small foamy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace instantly. Ni glass lacing, and a fair amount of alcohol legs. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, licorice, dark bread, earth, light nuttiness, wood, and light bourbon. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malty flavors. Taste of big raisin, prune, dried fruit skin, licorice, toffee, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, leather, light nuttiness, wood, light bourbon, and earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, toffee, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, leather, light nuttiness, wood, earth, and light bourbon on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malty flavors; with almost zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial bock style. Great balance and complexity of malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:47:42 | More by superspak
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

(A)- Pours a nearly black - dark/ burnt sienna color. Produced a light layer of tan froth. Surprising considering the large 12.5% ABV.

(S)- Very dense and dark raisin, molasses, and burnt caramel. Bits of cocoa with notes of licorice increasing as it warms.

(T)- Wow, some VERY up front licorice and raisin characters. Some deep burnt caramel and vanilla sweetness on the finish. Very rich throughout. Seriously though, alot of licorice in this.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. Overall, it is very rich and sweet but surprisingly not cloying. Extremely well integrated ABV. For how big this is, I do not get a feel of it being syrup or as thick as I expected; quite smooth actually.

(O)- Overall, if you like tons of licorice, this might be your holy grail. Despite that, I was quite impressed with how well balanced this is while still keeping it toned down in the thickness of what it could be as well as the expertly well integrated alcohol. Reminds me of a more balanced, less alcoholic Samichlaus.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:31:26 | More by sweemzander
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Thanks to Anonymous1 for this one! '11 Vintage. Served lightly chilled.

A- Pours a dark ruby red that appears almost an opaque dark purplish black in the glass. Pretty much no head to speak of even though poured somewhat aggressively. Fairly low carbonation but consistent.

S- Sweet malts and lots of dark fruits- prunes, plums, cherries, raisins, apples, some booze. Decently aromatic and pleasantly sweet, booze is fairly subtle for 12.5%.

T- Sweet malts and dark fruits of cherries and prunes. Finishes with even more dark fruits with plums, raisins, a hint of chocolate and tobacco, and a bit of booze. Nice lingering aftertaste of raisins, sweet dark cherries. Well balanced, nicely layered, and very complex.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit thick, decent carbonation, subtle alcohol warmth, but very easy drinking considering the abv.

O- Not only is this the perfect beer for the sub-zero night we are having but it is also one of the best bocks I've had. There was an extremely nice complexity in this with just the right sweetness and alcohol warmth to make you feel it but not detract too much from the taste. I definitely recommend checking this out if you like high abv beers with a nice sweet dark fruit complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 23:38:53 | More by jaasen64
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flagmantho

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2011 brew.

Appearance: dark, rich caramel brown hue with plenty of haze and the thinnest layer of tan foam. Described as a low-carbonation beer, this shouldn't be surprising. Still, it's quite nice to look at.

Smell: deep, complex malt aroma with a rich sweetness, raisin, date and cherry notes. Quite good indeed.

Taste: raisin and date back to the fore, followed by a definite alcohol bite. Rich creamy caramel pervades the palate, and the deep fruity flavors accentuate that base. Along with that, there is nothing here really off-putting; it's a doppelbock with a little finesse.

Mouthfeel: not enough carbonation to be creamy, but the thick body has a rich silkiness which is quite satisfying indeed. I like it a lot.

Overall: I am really enjoying this beer. I'm not always a fan of the style, probably because it's such a hard one to get right. Kuhnhenn has got this one right.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 19:03:18 | More by flagmantho
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a hazy, dark amber with no head retention. No lacing.

S- dark fruits (raisins, prunes), candi sugar, alcohol.

T- sweet malts, candi sugar, raisins and warming alcohol.

M- full body and low carbonation. Thick and semi- dry with warming feel at the finish.

O- still pretty hot for being a year or so old. It's no Aventinus eisbock but pretty good and would like to try a 2 or 3 year old bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 04:03:58 | More by kawilliams81
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FosterJM

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1649th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn Snifter
12oz

2011
Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- This was a dark crimson pour. A bit of a ruby edge to it and then a bit dark in the center. Only a small head was there. Maybe 1" or smaller and slight tan. Fell quickly and left just a couple bubbles but more pond layer.

Smell- A good bock aroma. Thick malty and rich with dark fruits and sugars. A bit boozy at the 12% and had that vienna malt note behind it. A bit herbal and grassy. A little unbalanced but better than most.

Taste- This was very tasty, albeit a bit large and boozy. A bit more of a plum flavor with some brown sugar than I was anticipating. Even for an older bottle held up with a bit of the booze and richness. Seemingly like a bit of a sweet syrup flavor as well.

Mouth- A bit on the thin side even for a 12% beer. Had a semi thin-medium carbonation. It was a good flavorful beer but the residual flavors were just a bit too boozy and sweet.

Drink- It was good. I admit I really enjoy Kuhnhenn anyway, It was a bit thin and a bit sweet and boozy, but sometimes a good bock can be that way.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 17:00:58 | More by FosterJM
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A-Pours a burnt ruby hue. Head is tan and small. Head also leaves random strings of lacing. Body seems to be a bit cloudy but not very much and light penetrates quite easily.

S-Dark fruits and dried dog food. Figs, raisins and plums. Very sweet and malted. Brown sugar and burnt toast. Booz isn't really noticeable surprisingly. The age seems to have mellowed the heat a bit?

T-Tastes like that type of bread with the raisins baked into it. Loads of molasses and brown sugar. Caramel of course. Dried dark fruit in every area. Lighter notes of milk chocolate. Booze is also very well masked on the tongue. Wet cigar.

M-Very full bodied and creamy. Booze still very secretive. Carbonation is very subdued. Its drinkability is frighteningly high for something so boozy and full.

O/D-Cool beer. Not really my style, but I can now see why Kuhnhenn is a superb brewery. I am impressed by how well the flavors have melded together. Must try more from them somehow.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:47:21 | More by VelvetExtract
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour delivers a deep and rich brown ale with a ruby hue around the edges of the glass where the most light strikes. There is no head to speak of nor lacing. The beer is mildly carbonated and the look of it in my chalice seems to say that it is a big beer.

The nose has dark fruit characters and black cherry tootsie pop scents. Munich and Vienna malts lend this rich sweetness.

The taste is sweet and alcoholic. The dark fruits shine through in the taste as well. A bit of black cherry and plumb as well as an almost wine like character are some of the ideas produced by the flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel is satisfying and robustly medium. The rich malt flavors are perfectly supported by the viscosity of this brew.

Overall, this is an interesting brew. This is definitely not a session style ale and it is full of complexities to consider while sipping. For my personal tastes, this is not something I would go out of my way to procure again. This beer is more of a palate expanding experience for me as opposed to cherished drinking session.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 00:24:10 | More by SupaCelt
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mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery snifter. Picked this guy up at the Whole Foods on Bowery in NYC last week.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head that leaves quickly and low to moderate carbonation evident. No lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, fruity malts, and molasses. Super malty, not much alcohol coming through for 12.5% ABV. Quite nice.

t - Tastes of licorice, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, toasted malts, molasses, alcohol, and burnt malts. Alcohol is a little stronger in taste than the nose, but still not bad considering the ABV.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty thick body.

o - Overall a very nice dopplebock. Heavy on the dark fruits and very malty, this is a strong beer, but doesn't taste quite 12.5% ABV. Definitely worth checking out but a bit of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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