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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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86
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 41 | FT: 4
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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Photo of 90invjcc
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the wonderful luck to try this beer fresh from the fermentation tank when the keg was first tapped and when it was half way through. The initial pours I had were phenomenal. The Munich Malts were so thick, it literally tasted like a milkshake and was grayish-brown in color, matching the maltiness. Weighing in at 13.5% ABV, you wouldnt even know you were drinking a beer unless you were told. Highly recommended!

90invjcc, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.9/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

if i say how i got this bottle, i might be whacked out.

1999 harms & 2006 kuhnhenn.. a blend, i think? "the key to the other side"

12oz pours a murky brown with dull orange clouding. no head whatsoever, but that is to be expected from kuhnhenn's enormous beer series.

surprisingly, maintains a beautiful brown sugary malt based aroma, reminiscent of sweeter dutch bocks served beside a crumbly crusted cherry cobbler, with a healthy dose of amaretto poured atop. complex sweetness without cloying, i'm impressed.. sweet hints of grand marnier find their way into the whole rich extravaganza.

yes, this beer is pure excess.. and i'm digging it.

smooth with an intense yet short-lived heat in the finish. caramel base with a definite booze-injected dark fruit spritz. equally dry from alcohol and sweet from gravity, without excessive stickiness or thickness. imagine a plum and fig reduction, simmered slowly with brown sugar and whiskey. that culinary concoction would produce something similar to this beer. hops don't even seem to be a factor, and only dessert images are projected into my head as i sip it.

easily the best tripple bock (of four) that i've ever consumed.. and clearly the best kuhnhenn. this takes raspberry eisbock to school, relying not on fruit but legit beer ingredients to produce the complex character of a perfect after-dinner drink.

goes well with dark chocolate, highly.. highly recommended.

goodbyeohio, May 01, 2007
Photo of 2BDChicago
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just the depth of the color of this clear, dark mahogany says something's up.

Uncomparible in the thickness of dark cherry/grapes/apples mixed with darkest rum alcohol fire.

The taste is everything it previously lead you to believe. Old world fruitiness and underlying fermented abv warmth.

I really like the Kuhnhenns brews and pub. It takes a few true craft brewers to concoct these idiocenrtrc brews that are isolated aberitions of perfection.

2BDChicago, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ThatsThatDude
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle -> NL's Christmas Vacation moose-head snifter (unbeknownst at the time how) appropriately

A: Candy apple ruby brown with murky brown cocoa hues. No head to speak of.

S: This is rich and ripe, with dark fruit preserves. It smells like all the elements of christmas- candy, pies in the oven, molasses, figs, dark spirits, fire roasting, and the air from a pine tree.

T: Wow, wasn't expecting the taste to live up to the nose at all, but it certainly does. It's slightly shifted in profile from the nose, with a little more toffee -> air of curious indecision from the alcohol -> some grape, toffee, tobacco toward the finish -> another alcohol note -> soft, very mild sweetness. Balance is incredible despite the myriad of different flavors going on.

M: Little residual anything, a little dry build up from the alcohol I suppose? Carbonation is low, appropriately. Alcohol presence and placement seems to vary between tastes, but is only detracting with the heat it gives me in the chest (GERD blows)

O: Probably the best double bock I've ever had. I think this is actually worth the $8.99/12oz. price tag.

CharlieMurphy, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of pjkelley82
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
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....

pjkelley82, May 23, 2013
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a deep deep brown with a thin layer of fine brownish head that dissipates almost immediately, leaves a tiny amount of lacing 4
S: nice scent notes of dark fruits, I'm also picking up grapes and grape nuts, very nice and unique 4.5
T: really unique and complex taste, begins with grapes then kicks over to something a bit deeper and maltyer and then it has an interesting hint like Thai food which is very nice 4.5
M: smooth, thick and syrupy, gentle carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth sticky and thick with saliva, very slight alcohol burn 5
O: a delicious and clean and unique brew with a great complexity and depth 5

BigPlay1824, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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

SportsandJorts, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of BeerTruth
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Steve for this generous treat.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

"The Key to the Other Side"

Pours a somewhat foggy rich mahogany with a tiny half finger khaki colored head that immediately disappears after pour. No lacing left on the sides at all, but this seems to be pretty common for this style. Smell is huge caramel malts with tons of dark fruits such as dates, plums, cherries, and raisins. Brown sugar emerges as well with some hints of honey. For 13.5%, there is no alcohol in the nose at all. Sweet syrupy caramel goodness all over the tongue with a good dose of molasses. A bit of vanilla comes about as well with a warming alcohol flavor towards the end. Very interesting mouthfeel, just about no carbonation at all with a huge creamy feel to it. How they hide 13.5% is beyond me. If I had to guess the abv without knowing it, I would say somewhere around 7-8%. My first beer from these guys, and it won't be my last. Thanks again Steve, let's set up another trade :) Please?

BeerTruth, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Gary79
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Gary79, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

monitorpop, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

bsuedekum, May 16, 2012
Photo of walleye
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from the tap at the brewery. poured a deep amber to mahagany with no head. aroma wow big malty aroma with a big kick of alcohol. 13.5%, a nice sweetness like honey from the comb, fruity. flavor , the alcohol was a little on the raw side but not in a bad way ( the brothers usually hide the alcohol pretty well ) but this it just comes right out there and grabs you, malts nice sweetness. good sippin beers that you can enjoy with a good cigar

walleye, May 03, 2006
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ygolordned
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

ygolordned, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of kirkfrailey
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

kirkfrailey, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of jyacco15
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jyacco15, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Petit Pub at Mondial de la Biere!

Pours a ruddy red/brown, small tan head forms, no lacing, head disappears quickly, gone completely, pretty cool colour though. Smell is insane, very sweet, toffee, figs, chocolate, very rich malt, insanely caramelized, some alcohol, a beast. Taste is similar, very caramelized and figgy, toffee and chocolate, sugary malt, rich, full flavour, no alcohol detectable, hidden well, surprisingly light finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, good warming, very nice! Kuhnhenn scores another winner.

Viggo, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of punkrkr27
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a thick dark brown with ruby highlights and little to no head. Aroma is lots of sweet caramel malts, fruity, raisins, a hint of rum and a small hop note. Flavor is tons of molasses, plums, cognac. Very rich and satisfying with a warming finish from the big alcohol. Thick, sticky mouth feel with minimal carbonation.

punkrkr27, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

JamnesCameron, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle 12,5% ABV.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011 Vintage

Appearance: Dark Heathen pours a thick, oily, mahogany brown colour; with a back light revealing a deep ruby colour with beautiful golden-orange edges. A rough pour yields a thin tan coloured head that fizzes away rather quickly. A swirl regenerates a little foam and coats the glass in some thick alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells great! The notes are those of a traditional doppelbock, but with a lot more sweetness.
Notes include: Sweet dark malt, dark caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits (raisins, prunes, dates and red grapes), a touch of molasses and a toasted note. The alcohol is noted slightly, but is far from bothersome and adds a light rum quality.

Taste: Wow, this is absolutely delicious. As in the nose, sweet malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruits (raisins, red grapes and prunes) dominate. Molasses, a light earthy note, a bready quality and toasted nuts are also noted.
The alcohol cover is even better than in the nose, I would not guess that this was more than 8%.

Mouthfeel: Full body and quite sticky, however the lager yeast seems to have given it a clean, rather dry finish that prevents the body from becoming too much. The carbonation is initially a little too high and not smooth enough for my liking, but it settles down to an enjoyable level quite quickly.

Overall: I have never been a huge fan of doppelbocks, but I really enjoyed this one. I will certainly be getting a few more bottles in the future.

Thehuntmaster, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of mikeyv35
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 03/10/12
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Plastic Popcorn Courtesy Cup

Snuck this treat into the AMC movie theatre in NJ, via my wife's Louis Vuitton purse(the bottle was pre-chilled). Funny part is they serve beer and drinks, but only macro junk.

Pours a dark brown mahoghany in color w/ red hues w/ a 1/3 finger white head that left nice lacing. The appearance was the only part I struggled with, had to wait until the movie screen was bright and/or flashed to get a good look. Aromas of dark fruits, biscuit, caramel malts. The taste was of dark fruits(fig/raisin) up front, leading into some boozy spiceness, and finished w/ Belgian yeast and breadiness. Medium bodied and lush w/ carbonation levels on point for a typical German Dopplebock. The drinkability was excellent for what this brew is. I drank the 12oz. bottle without a struggle due to the 12.5% ABV being well masked.

Overall, this was a very good brew that despite stepping outside the box, as a suped-up dopplebock(tripelbock), still conformed to the German style. Would gladly drink this brew again, but still prefer a regular top-notched Dopplebock better.

The movie, Gone, was excellent, but maybe the beer made it better.

mikeyv35, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

jaasen64, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Greywulfken, May 03, 2012
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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.