Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: walleye on 05-03-2006

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.
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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Cloudy, very dark brown with nearly no head and basically zero visible carbonation. This looks and pours a lot like prune juice. Unattractive and daunting.

The aroma is a big, sweet combination of caramel, toffee, banana, raisin, and fig. Interesting and pleasant. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, and I wouldn't have guessed it's as potent as it is.

The flavor is exceptionally sweet, though not overly simple. There's lots of raisin, fig, rum, and leather flavors, along with a bit of banana, and chewy pizza crusts.

The body is lacking much to any carbonation. The beer is heavy, flat, and a bit oily.

A big, sweet, and interesting beer that lacks appropriate body.

Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Hop Devil in NYC for their Kuhnhenn night. The beer poured a dense brown color with a slight tan head that provided a nice little ring around the edge of the glass. The beer had a sweet, malty aroma with a slight hint of the high abv to come. The body was a nice big punch of malty sweet, caramel, honey and the big big abv. Some of the other Kuhnhenn beers that night masked the abv well but this one put it right out in front and makes for a nice full body and tasting beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Floral aroma. Scotch colour dark brown and malty scotch aroma. Blind tasting of the baleywine say it was an old ale. Sweetish spice in middle. A real style bender. Full mouthfeel, a meal in itself. Bottles were available and I kick myself now. Alcohol not detectable.

Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to the ever generous hoppymeal for the bottle. Hard to believe I'm getting to try this one.

Vintage 2006

Appearance: It pours a darker brown color. It's moderately hazy, but there's plenty of light getting through giving it a slight dark cherry tint. The head is tan in color and is roughly a finger and a half deep. Retention was impressive given the high abv. Light speckles of lace lined the glass.

Smell: There's obviously an abundance of malt in this one. It smells sweet and sugary. Loads of caramel and toffee aromas. Dark fruits and dates are very prevalent. Smells like a heavy mix of raisin, plum, and prune. Scents of tobacco and leather emerge. Alcohol is noted, but for the abv, it doesn't smell that strong. My bottle notes 12.5%. Pretty impressive all-around. It's a tad weak, but maybe it'll open up more as it warms.

Taste: At first, it's very, very sweet. There's quite a bit of caramel/toffee malt flavor. Brown sugar is pretty prevalent. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum are noted. To a lesser degree, there is some light prune. It is a little earthy and features a nice tobacco-like flavor. It's a great complement to the other flavors and works well. Alcohol is rather faint. I'm actually astonished at how well it's blended. If I didn't know the abv, there's no way I'd buy that it's as high as it is. Very, very impressive. It finishes sweet. There's a lot of depth and flavor here. Very well done.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: As far as body is concerned, it's lighter than I'd hoped. It could use a little more. Carbonation is light and it feels nice and smooth. I'd just like it a little thicker. Drinkability is above average, but limited due to its strength. It definitely packs a punch.

Dark Heathen's very impressive. I've got a couple of small qualms with the nose and the body, but they're far from substantial. I am curious as to where the damn soy flavor is in this one. As a Tripple Bock, I was expecting some soy. ;~) All kidding aside. This is a damn good beer. Much more impressive than the Sam Adams Triple Bock, if you care to compare the two. Definitely recommended if you can find one. Thanks a ton, Derek.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby brown color with little to no head that settles into nothingness, looks flat. Pretty color but lifeless.

The aroma is of rich caramel and toffee. Scorched brown sugar and honey. Raisins and prunes add a fruity note to the beer. A tad of earthiness to the aroma, perhaps a hint of chocolate, wet bark, or tobacco.

The taste is of a thick pumpernickle bready malt. This is sweetened by caramel and toffee. The dark fruits are actually kind of tame in this one. A bit of raisin/prune and boozy cherry fruit note. Slight earthiness in the end, again it seems to be wet bark or tobacco. Tasty but slightly one dimensional.

The feel is thick with soft carbonation. Sweet and smooth on the palate but actually finishes a tad dry which helps prevent a syrupy feel. Slightly sticky. ABV kept in check.

Nice strong lager, don't really get much "bock" flavor from it. Perhaps a touch of doughy sweetness from the munich malt. Over all a huge malty brew, flavorful.

Photo of Beertracker
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn's Dark Heathen Tripple Bock (2008) pours up a bit flat w/o much effervescence, but it manages to release enough carbonation to create a wafer thin beige head that rings the glass above a hazy, chestnut brown-burnt umber body. The complex, rich nose has a huge melanoidin maltiness complimented by a lovely toastiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked sourdough bread. There's a touch of pancake fruitiness with a warming alcohol presence, but a bit of tartness is starting to creep in. Very generous! The flavor is dominated by a rich, melanoidin maltiness that is marked by the faintest touch of spicy bitterness. The warm, full-bodied finish is a bit cloying with some uncharacteristic tartness. Dark Heathen is a love it or hate it kind of a beer. I'm not totally convinced this one cellar-aged so well, so if you've got any hiding in your cellar...it's time to partake as I don't see this one getting any better. Being a professed malt man, I'm just happy to have gotten to try this labor of love from Dragonmead & the Kuhnhenn Bros. Here's to the Dark Heathen in us all!

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the brewery on our Christmas trip home. 12oz. Very dark brown pour, a ring and whisps of off white bubbles on top.

Aroma, not what I would call potent. A mellow prune and raisin. Also bready malt, light toffee. More mellow than others I've had from them.

Taste, a little stronger than the nose. Bready German malt goodness. Caramel covered raisin. Some fruitiness, pear, grape. Kind of an unsweetened fruitcake. Not as sweet as other Khunhen brews either.

Good medium body, coats pretty well. Low carbonation, not much sweetness to cut through though. A mold warming from 12.5.

Very German in style. Honestly my least fav from them do far. It is good, they've just set the bar high.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
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....

Photo of n2185
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Loads of syrupy caramel and vanilla on the nose with some bubblegum and bready notes in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma, syrupy vanilla and caramel dominate with dark fruits and a bready finish. Only a slight alcohol presence for such a big beer.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and syrupy feeling, coating my mouth with a layer of sugar.

O: An interesting, though not terribly successful beer. It's a bit too simple and overly sweet for my tastes.

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.


Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep ruby brown, no head really - just a wisp of bubble around the edges

S: maltiness - the Vienna and Munich malts, I presume

T: very interesting - my only other doppelbocks were the Samiclaus Bier and Sam Adams double Bock. This beer is nothing like the Sam Adams (which was very rich and bready sweet) but has some characteristics in common with the Samiclaus (which was a very thin-tasting, unusual-feeling beer). There is malty sweetness backbone to this beer, but up front it is like thin strong espresso, with some distant dark fruits; a dry molasses/brown sugar warming effect, and I tasted wheat (although I don't know why), too, as those faint sweet notes vanished. Very compelling.

M: thin (not what I expected), no carbonation, but very smooth - made me think of a port wine or a whiskey - like the Samiclaus, it was very un-beerlike, although I get that this is just a style of beer with which I have had little experience

O: despite what may seem like mixed or hesitant descriptors, I have to say, I really liked this beer. The label says "triple bock lager" and I get it. The beer is lager thin, but bock dark - the advertised Vienna and Munich malts are obviously amazing - you have to love them. The decoction process used is no doubt accountable for some of the unique characteristics of this great beer as well.

Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark ruby beauty. Thin, small bubble head.
Smell: rich, like candied raisins, and toffee. Very nice.
Taste: as rich as the nose predicts. A rich dessert in a snifter, or as an aperitif as I'm enjoying this now.
Overall: dangerously drinkable. Alcohol is hardly noticeable. I need mo.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Sean.

Dark tawny appearance with minimal carbonation. Actually looks a lot like port.

Smells surprisingly doppelbock-like. A lot of dark fruit and toasted grain, raisins and dates. Faint soy sauce and molasses, not too sweet.

Heavy and rich palate, very fruity (raisins, berries, dates), some nice Munich malt flavors. Amazed by how German this tastes. There's no booziness at all, and it avoids cloying sweetness. Finishes toasty, slightly nutty. Remarkably clean stuff. I'm impressed.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of sweet malts and toffee in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is both malty and sweet with flavors of brown sugar, raisins and toffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and thick on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy ruby with brown highlights, poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip glass. A thin tan head that does not last.

Aromas of dark fruits and caramel malts, prunes, dark raisins and figs. No hop aroma.

Flavors of sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Heavy plum, raisin and figs. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. Low levels of carbonation. A warming alcohol presence.

Overall a huge sipping beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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

Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1649th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn Snifter

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.

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.