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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 21.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mothman
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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 JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.


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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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 flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an odd one to be sure and in the end a bit of a disappointment. The price was a bit steep for a 12oz bottle (I believe it was about 8 bucks) and the name “triple bock” led me to believe I be drinking a malt monster of epic proportions. Strangely lacking in malt character however. An ugly pour, very still, murky brown color; no head or lacing at all. The body was medium-full; thinner than I’d expected, and carbonation was very low. That might have worked better on a big chewy beer but this one wasn’t that.

Interesting taste and aroma; boozy, some sweetness, slightly sour and tart yeastiness, lacking the profound malt flavor I was seeking. A bit of breadiness but not nearly enough for my tastes. Some dark fruit, raisin and figs soaked in rum; fruitcake spiciness, caramel and brown sugar. An interesting beer that was entirely successful for me; I’d try it again but not at the asking price in NYC.

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Photo of Viggo
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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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4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 Bung
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ticked this one in the past, but looks like it is part of the backlog of paper reviews i haven't entered yet so having one tonight, why not tick it? 2011 version picked up locally, enjoyed out of a kuhnhenn snifter.

a - brew poured a deep crimson caramel with a thin cream colored head that was gone rather fast leaving a ring around the surface. spotty lacing at best...swirling the glass rebuilds things to a certain extent.

s - wonderful grape and nutmeg smell. nice sweetness with a touch of booze.

t - taste follows the nose leading with grapes and nutmeg, but there is a wash of alcohol over the beer's flavor. very figgy. good amount of toffee...almost english barleywine like.

m - medium bodied. the booze tingles my tounge. surprisingly drinkable for the heat and the fact that it is a tripple bock.

o - overall i remember this one being a bit better, but pretty sure last time i had the 2010 vintage...so perhaps the heat was toned down a bit. the flavor is great but the heat is on. glad i have another bottle set aside and will probably nab a few more while these are around. kuhnhenn continues to rock the house. their big beers are SO drinkable.

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.