Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 213
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.04%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
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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 FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1649th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn Snifter

Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- This was a dark crimson pour. A bit of a ruby edge to it and then a bit dark in the center. Only a small head was there. Maybe 1" or smaller and slight tan. Fell quickly and left just a couple bubbles but more pond layer.

Smell- A good bock aroma. Thick malty and rich with dark fruits and sugars. A bit boozy at the 12% and had that vienna malt note behind it. A bit herbal and grassy. A little unbalanced but better than most.

Taste- This was very tasty, albeit a bit large and boozy. A bit more of a plum flavor with some brown sugar than I was anticipating. Even for an older bottle held up with a bit of the booze and richness. Seemingly like a bit of a sweet syrup flavor as well.

Mouth- A bit on the thin side even for a 12% beer. Had a semi thin-medium carbonation. It was a good flavorful beer but the residual flavors were just a bit too boozy and sweet.

Drink- It was good. I admit I really enjoy Kuhnhenn anyway, It was a bit thin and a bit sweet and boozy, but sometimes a good bock can be that way. (1,113 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour delivers a deep and rich brown ale with a ruby hue around the edges of the glass where the most light strikes. There is no head to speak of nor lacing. The beer is mildly carbonated and the look of it in my chalice seems to say that it is a big beer.

The nose has dark fruit characters and black cherry tootsie pop scents. Munich and Vienna malts lend this rich sweetness.

The taste is sweet and alcoholic. The dark fruits shine through in the taste as well. A bit of black cherry and plumb as well as an almost wine like character are some of the ideas produced by the flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel is satisfying and robustly medium. The rich malt flavors are perfectly supported by the viscosity of this brew.

Overall, this is an interesting brew. This is definitely not a session style ale and it is full of complexities to consider while sipping. For my personal tastes, this is not something I would go out of my way to procure again. This beer is more of a palate expanding experience for me as opposed to cherished drinking session. (1,057 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Loads of syrupy caramel and vanilla on the nose with some bubblegum and bready notes in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma, syrupy vanilla and caramel dominate with dark fruits and a bready finish. Only a slight alcohol presence for such a big beer.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and syrupy feeling, coating my mouth with a layer of sugar.

O: An interesting, though not terribly successful beer. It's a bit too simple and overly sweet for my tastes. (587 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,542 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Poured into a Bruery Tulip...

Head refused to rise more then one-half finger. Head was unique multi-color tan, gold, and white. Lots of soapy bubbles with some top foam. Unique sizzle sound from the head popping... Brew is thin deep purple with lots of brown and black. No lacing. Once the brew settles it looks FLAT...

WOW! Huge Raisin scent. Grape peels dominate along side tons of caramel. Very good Doppelbock scent.

Awesome Grape-y flavors. Huge malt presence too. A bit too thick, IMO. Great carbonation, with nice relaxed burn as it goes down, not over whelming. Slightly thick mouthfeel...

Impressive, but it looks flat. There's nothing aesthetically pleasing about this brew. This brew has changed my views on Doppelbocks...I will never run from them again... (778 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,337 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (365 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
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 (651 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark burnt brown and yes it has ruby highlights indeed. Carbonation is apparent from the bubbles I see, but head is not as it looks still. This is one opaque beer, held to light and can't see through, though it glows nicely. The aroma is faint, but contains some appropriate scents. Raisin, plum and brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. A truly distinct raisin, plum flavor / malt explosion. Undertones of cocoa are present as well. Some hop charecter is present, but faint. Slight flavor of alcohol and hotness. Mouthfeel is full but slick, kinda of oily. A truly tasty brew! A sipper to be sure. More carbonation would be nice. (631 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (497 characters)

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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