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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 30
Gots: 55 | FT: 9
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of ThickNStout
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

White foil capped 12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). 2015 Vintage. Served in a goblet.

Pours an opaque, turbid mahogany with red highlights. What begins as a full finger of khaki foam is quickly reduced to a broken halo that fails to leave any lacing.

Sweet aromas of figs, caramel, brown sugar, dates, raisins, toffee and bread. Smells like the Dark Heathen has never even heard of a hop.

This is a big, sweet, bready, dark fruit infused and mildly boozey beast. Raisin bread, molasses, dates/figs, burnt caramel, brown sugar, grainy malts and a healthy dose of alcohol. It is plenty sweet, which I enjoy but lacks any real depth or substance to make it a flavor I want more of. Not at all off putting, just not something I desire more of.

Syrupy medium body with almost no carbonation whatsoever. While I generally prefer less carbonated beers this one is just dead flat. Aftertaste is driven by malty notes of raisin bread, sweet wort and kilned malts.

For my tastes Dark Heathenis a rare miss from Kuhnhenn. I enjoy thick sweet beers but this lacked the depth necessary for the sweetness to work. Still not a bad beer and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought as part of the Winter Solstice mixed four-pack, which was $35 ... so really, this beer cost about $8.75. Haven't had this one before.

Appearance: Hard pour didn't do much. No head, no lacing. Looks flat in the glass. The color of the beer is ruby brown. Sits in the glass basically looking like prune juice. Doesn't look interesting at all.

Smell: Boozy and sweet. The malts come together to give quad qualities -- plums and raisins, but also a mild blueberry aroma as well.

Taste/feel: Aw, man... I don't know... pains me to say that I don't love this beer. Like I was afraid of just looking at the beer, the feel is very flat. There is the subtlest mid-palate carbonation, but other than that, there's nothing. Also, the beer isn't super thick. It's got a syrupy texture to it, but its body is moderate at best. Strangely, I like it not being too thick because if it were any thicker, it'd probably be undrinkably syrupy because of the lack of carbonation. In terms of flavor, it's pretty good. Every dark fruit you can imagine can be tasted in this beer, but there's not a ton of malt character. The finish has a slight breadiness, but it's surprisingly and disappointingly subtle. This is mostly drinking like a heavily sweetened fruit juice more than anything, due to the almost complete lack of carbonation and malt qualities.

A guy at the brewery genuinely claimed this was his favorite beer from the Winter Solstice pack -- I'm not sure why. This would be a decent buy at maybe $5-$6 per 12oz bottle, but about $9 per bottle is definitely too much to pay for this beer. A little more carbonation would go a long way. I can understand this being super sweet, because it's a doppelbock, but the least they could have done was get it not feeling so flat.

This is definitely a disappointing beer. Certainly not bad, but most definitely not worth the price.

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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours a clear cola color with ruby highlights; not surprisingly, the head fades to a ringlet pretty quickly; dotty lacing

Smell: Molasses, tobacco and fig; rather boozy

Taste: A boozy blend of fig and date verging into molasses and tobacco tones; harshness builds, after the swallow, along with a boozy burn

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a lot of heat

Overall: A tough beer to drink and a tough beer to really enjoy; surprised by the high ratings from others who have essentially said the same thing; I have had some great beers from Kuhnhenn but I cannot sing the praises of this one

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Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown, almost black, with ruby red coming through.

The aroma offer dried dates, plums, figs, sweet caramel, some roasted malt.

The flavor follows with a bitterness up front, despite being an '11 vintage, the beer follows with caramel sweetness, but not as sweet as the aroma. A touch of dark fruit onto some roasty bitterness and lager quality on the finish. A really dangerous beer for 12.5%

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Photo of mikebogs33
2.33/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Lackluster in all realms that should be satisfying when associated with a Bock style beer. Poured it correctly but left no head. Fowl in appearance and in taste. Abv content on label is debatable, definitely a falsely advertised "big" beer. A great abundance of sediment at the bottom that's more than acceptable. Would not recommend it.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

2011 vintage, had late 2014.
Dark brown pour, some really nice ruby/mahogany notes when held towards the light. No head, just a really thin beige string.
Nice nut and raisin in the smell, lots of caramel, sweet cake-like malt, dry fig, chocolate, faint cherry, a bit of metal, faint soy sauce, nutmeg, wood chips, brandy. Quite a lot, and pretty fragrant too.
Big fruitiness in the start, tons of raisin, fig, cherry, plum and date, faint blueberry, some apple, some citrus zest, all boozed up with a nice brandy note. Malts follow and overpower, lots of sticky caramel, molasses, toasted malt, light chocolate, spiced with some cinnamon and some walnut. Finishes almost roasted, bitter with some cigar notes, dusty.
Light to medium body, a bit oily, not sticky, low carbonation. Aftertaste: toast, cocoa powder, a bit of raisin, chewing tobacco, faint nut. A bit boozy, especially as you drink more, but the subtle wood note in the taste makes you think of strong red wine or even whiskey, so it's not that bad.
Slow sipper, rich and aggressive in flavors, way over the usual doppelbock stats. Counts as a plus, but also as a minus. Careful with this one.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into tulip. A huge thank you to Eric for this one. Thanks TurdFurgison!

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a thin, active, dark tan head that quickly faded to nothing.
S: Super potent and sweet notes of sticky sweet malts, candied dates, and raisins. Slightly notes of wood, faint oxidization, and slight chocolate and dark spice come through as well.
T: caramel, leather, raisin, and tobacco are easily noticeable. Sticky malt dominates are there is a woody quality to the brew. The finish is full of molasses and slight oxidization, and the aftertaste has a touch a bread crust, spice, and powdery chocolate.
M: Full body, boozy but not hot, low but tingly carbonation, sticky and viscous mouthfeel. A but fizzy and lighter than a equally as boozy stout. Sweet, but the finish is actually pretty drying.
O: A sticky sweet malt bomb that was complex and smooth enough to be interesting, but became a bit of a chore halfway through the bottle. Good for what it is though, thanks again Eric!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Previous review was a 4, didn't note which year. Just had a 2011, which was pretty unpleasant once it warmed up a touch from being in the fridge -- 2.0. Averaging the two for a 3 rating.

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Photo of Dope
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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....

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.