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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple BockKuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 30
Gots: 40 | 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 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 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 tewaris
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ron! 12 oz sampled alongside the infamous SATB. 2011 edition.

Brown and clear, the looks are certainly lager-y. Not much of head retention. Prominent notes include straight up maltiness, toffee and chocolate. Somewhat alcoholic which is welcome. Feels a tad thinner for its intensity but on the up side it is very clean. Glad to have had it.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Stumpy29er
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Steasy66
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jbuddle
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of webmanspidey
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. This is a dark brown or black with minimal carbonation. Smell is intensely sweet, with some hints of molasses, plum, and marshmallow. Taste is very sweet with some roasted graham cracker flavors followed by a slight alcohol burn. Very tasty. Very little carbonation. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

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 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 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 BigPlay1824
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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

Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Naugled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brown toffee like color with tiny tan bubbles coating the oatside of the glass. Still and lifeless after the initial pour and settling.

S: Smell of toffee, roasted caramel, extra sweet malt presence

T: Extremely sweet and slick buttery tastes coming off the bat. Very light bittering present, mostly fruity raisin, yellow plum flavors and caramelized sugars all over. Butterscotch and english barleywine-esque in a lot of ways, but dryer and less bitter. Definitely some booze present.

M: Thick body with a light carbonation.

O: This is good, but not $8.99 good for a 12 oz bottle. Always a pleasure to try all things Kuhnhenn but they do better on just about every other release comparatively.

Photo of Gary79
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Pat316
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mtrog313
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of AnPiobaire
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of divineaudio
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2011 batch. pint glass

a - pours a nearly opaque, murky chestnut brown with faint red highlights. no head or lacing on this one, just a thin film.

s - fruitcake, honey, candied cherries, prunes. just a ton of dark sweet boozy fruit.

t - sugary carmel malt with tons of sweet fruits. booze soaked maraschino cherries, prunes, fig, port. finishes dry with a faint earthy bitterness. alcohol taste is well hidden.

m - syrupy with barely there carbonation.

o - kind of hard to drink due to the massive sweetness, almost cloying at times. this is definitely a dessert beer or one to share with a friend. given the $6/bottle price i probably won't be returning to this one.

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