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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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Sammy, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

acurtis, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

metter98, May 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Texasfan549, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

GRG1313, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

kylehay2004, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Knapp85, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

largadeer, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -22.1%

nickfl, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to d0b for bringing this over - 2008 Harms (I'll be it does!). I missed it at Winter Solstice so it's nice to get a crack at this one. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Three fingers of tan foam that dissipates fairly quickly with a few patches of lacing. Murky raisin brown, with some chunky suspended solids - strangely uneven color throughout the glass. Even stranger - Dave's pour into my Kuhnhenn tulip is much darker! Still for a 13.5% to look this nice is pretty impressive.

S - There's definitely a lager twang and some sour yeast action going on, but also a healthy amount of raisin, dark fruit, bready malt, rum-cake, and a hint of leather. The alcohol is incredibly well-hidden in this one considering the ridiculously high gravity.

T - Lots of caramel, some hints of prune, raisin, date, and some vinous grape qualities as well. I get a sense this has aged very rapidly (thanks to Kuhnhenn's somewhat dubious bottling capabilities). Still it's really nice and more doppelbock than "Triple Bock" (and all the baggage associated with that term). There's also some tartness from the yeast - I get the sense it's a good thing we opened this now. The ABV is again, incredibly well hidden.

M - Solid residual stickiness, very creamy and silky smooth. Minimal carbonation. Very unfiltered cider-like in texture. Not as much as alcohol warmth as I expected.

D - The 6oz pour of this was plenty. The ABV is remarkably well disguised, but the buzz creeps up pretty quickly. The sour off-flavor also gets a bit distracting. I get the feeling that Triple (Trippel? Tripple?) Bocks may be too extreme, even for me.

MasterSki, Apr 05, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

mdfb79, Sep 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

wrightst, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

dbrauneis, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mini snifter. Small off white head. No lace left. Color is a dark dark brown. Pretty much black.

Aroma: Dark fruits, cherries, raisins, plums. Big malt profile. Wow, pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Dark fruits, cherries, grapes, raisins, plums. There is a spice flavor, but I can't determine what it is, but I am thinking it is ginger. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, just a touch of heat. Not to bad for 13.5%. Pretty full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. Way better than the SA Triple Bock. Simply a great beer for the style. Hardly and booze shows as well. I highly recommend this one.

mothman, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

superspak, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Rattle & Hum for a Kuhnhenn event. Technically this version is not aged and is still fermenting at the brewery, but they tapped some for this event.

Being that this beer is still super young, the beer looks like dirty mud water coming out of the tap, looks like it was taken from a swamp. A nice amount of swamp water head floats on top like a milkshake, some stickies. It looks terrible, but thats not the beers fault. it's intriging to say the least. Smell is alot of sweetners including brown sugar, some caramel, raisin and bread, it smells weird, but I cant stop sniffing it. Taste is on the sweet side with caramel/toffee influence and some English backbone. I get brown suga, whoppers, yeast, a splash of alcohol(estimated at 12-14%). Feel is kinda flat, the body has not came together yet, goes down like milk. I enjoyed this and am interested what an aged bottle of this would turn into. Much better than that Sam Adams creation by leaps and bounds, even at this infant stage.

BARFLYB, Apr 27, 2011
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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.