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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple BockKuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%

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 BARFLYB


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 16:34:11 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Beertracker


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn's Dark Heathen Tripple Bock (2008) pours up a bit flat w/o much effervescence, but it manages to release enough carbonation to create a wafer thin beige head that rings the glass above a hazy, chestnut brown-burnt umber body. The complex, rich nose has a huge melanoidin maltiness complimented by a lovely toastiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked sourdough bread. There's a touch of pancake fruitiness with a warming alcohol presence, but a bit of tartness is starting to creep in. Very generous! The flavor is dominated by a rich, melanoidin maltiness that is marked by the faintest touch of spicy bitterness. The warm, full-bodied finish is a bit cloying with some uncharacteristic tartness. Dark Heathen is a love it or hate it kind of a beer. I'm not totally convinced this one cellar-aged so well, so if you've got any hiding in your cellar...it's time to partake as I don't see this one getting any better. Being a professed malt man, I'm just happy to have gotten to try this labor of love from Dragonmead & the Kuhnhenn Bros. Here's to the Dark Heathen in us all!

PROST! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:41:12 | More by Beertracker
Photo of Sean9689


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, vintage 2006, into Darkness sniffer.

A - Pours a brownish red color, tan-colored head, thin ring around the glass with some bubbles randomly popping here and there, and some thin film on top.

S - Big dark fruity nose, caramel, smooth alcohol, slight oak. Smells like a smooth aged barleywine. The 13.5% is there, but it's very subtle and smooth...age has done this one well.

T - Dark fruits, figs, raisins, plums. Slight burnt sugars, caramel, oak, slightly oxidized on the finish. Tastes like a well aged barleywine. Smooth...

M - Medium, smooth, good carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable and glad I got the chance to try this one. More like a barleywine then a doppelbock, but who cares, I liked it. Probably not many floating around but try if you can find.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:51:52 | More by Sean9689
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 01:13:53 | More by mothman
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a thick dark brown with ruby highlights and little to no head. Aroma is lots of sweet caramel malts, fruity, raisins, a hint of rum and a small hop note. Flavor is tons of molasses, plums, cognac. Very rich and satisfying with a warming finish from the big alcohol. Thick, sticky mouth feel with minimal carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 21:50:11 | More by punkrkr27
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another Kuhnhenn beer from the hoppymeal, poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark copper that shows through as a reddish amber when held up to light. There is a small thick creamy tan head that hangs around on top as a swirl and a collar. Not much lacing, but plenty of boozy legs after each sip.

The aroma is huge with caramelized sugar, dark roasted malts and dark fruits. There is a little booze, rum especially, in the nose as well.

The taste has a slight sour yeast flavor up front, but it doesn't take anything away from the taste honestly (unlike some of my recent Kuhnhenn experiences). The dominating flavors are caramelized brown sugar, toffee, dates, chocolate and port. The finish is sugary sweet and the booze is actually not that noticeable.

The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy and drinkability is as low as one would expect for a triple bock. Enough carbonation to be noticed.

This is a solid dessert sipper and probably better than I was expecting given the reputation of "triple bocks." Sure, it's thick and not extremely drinkable but it's got a ton of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 01:20:04 | More by gford217
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2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of hoppymeal, thanks again for sending this Derek, 2006 vintage, last beer I split with Bill yesterday, color is a deep dark mahogany, close to two inches of light tan head that was pretty foamy leaves a small cloud later on, not much lacing though, aroma consists of port wine, caramel, toffee, booze, raisins, dates, sweetness, and rich sugars, flavor starts off quite sweet with various malts, sugar and dark fruits in the middle, finish is harshly hot with a big sweet aftertaste that lingers, wish it mellowed out a little as it warmed but that was not the case, too strong for my palate, sweet, hot, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lingered a very long time, had a hard time getting though five or six ounces myself, very strong and heavy, sweetness makes drinkability even worse, for being three years old already this beer still needs to age a lot longer it seems, brew is still quite hot with alcohol warmth, I will be the first to say this is much better than the only other triple bock I have tasted which is Sam Adams, would like to try this another three years down the road to see how it evolves and mellows, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 03:50:11 | More by Floydster
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 22:19:30 | More by MasterSki
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle in a tasting tulip at cellar temperature. This bottle was scored for me by my brother, BA bootz. It's got a scotch-taped inkjet-printed label on it, labeled "2008".

A - Clear, deep, mahogany brown with amber and crimson highlights. A sand-colored foamy head rises quickly, but dissipates within a minute to a very thin mat atop the surface. No lacing to speak of.

S - Raisins and figs with caramel and rum. Very malt-forward as would be expected for this style. Some buttery honey-biscuit notes in the background.

T - A ball of raisin paste, wrapped around a Sugar Daddy, stuffed inside a fig that's stuffed inside a plum that's floating in a mason jar of rum. Some yeasty tartness toward the back, and a decent hop dryness in the end help keep everything from getting too whacked out of balance, considering the muscular alcohol presence.

M - Slick going in, and tingly on the tongue. Decent carbonation rise. Thankfully not too syrupy thick. Swallow is substantial and velvety. Very nice for this style indeed.

D - Considering the amount of punch that this beer packs, I'm quite surprised and ultimately relieved that the malts aren't horribly cloying in an effort to mask the alcohol. When viewed as a drink for a one beer evening, it works very well, and is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 02:46:53 | More by EPseja
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, dark crimson with very little if any head.

S- Smell is very rich and enticing. Caramel, dark fruit, very malty, hard to detect any hop notes.

T- Deep and malty, raisins, creamy all the way through. The lack of hops make the deep sweetness a little overbearing.

M- Thick and sticky with very little carbonation.

D- This is the perfect sipper if your looking for a malty treat, it might be a little too sweet for some.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 03:55:24 | More by Lothore
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to the ever generous hoppymeal for the bottle. Hard to believe I'm getting to try this one.

Vintage 2006

Appearance: It pours a darker brown color. It's moderately hazy, but there's plenty of light getting through giving it a slight dark cherry tint. The head is tan in color and is roughly a finger and a half deep. Retention was impressive given the high abv. Light speckles of lace lined the glass.

Smell: There's obviously an abundance of malt in this one. It smells sweet and sugary. Loads of caramel and toffee aromas. Dark fruits and dates are very prevalent. Smells like a heavy mix of raisin, plum, and prune. Scents of tobacco and leather emerge. Alcohol is noted, but for the abv, it doesn't smell that strong. My bottle notes 12.5%. Pretty impressive all-around. It's a tad weak, but maybe it'll open up more as it warms.

Taste: At first, it's very, very sweet. There's quite a bit of caramel/toffee malt flavor. Brown sugar is pretty prevalent. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum are noted. To a lesser degree, there is some light prune. It is a little earthy and features a nice tobacco-like flavor. It's a great complement to the other flavors and works well. Alcohol is rather faint. I'm actually astonished at how well it's blended. If I didn't know the abv, there's no way I'd buy that it's as high as it is. Very, very impressive. It finishes sweet. There's a lot of depth and flavor here. Very well done.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: As far as body is concerned, it's lighter than I'd hoped. It could use a little more. Carbonation is light and it feels nice and smooth. I'd just like it a little thicker. Drinkability is above average, but limited due to its strength. It definitely packs a punch.

Dark Heathen's very impressive. I've got a couple of small qualms with the nose and the body, but they're far from substantial. I am curious as to where the damn soy flavor is in this one. As a Tripple Bock, I was expecting some soy. ;~) All kidding aside. This is a damn good beer. Much more impressive than the Sam Adams Triple Bock, if you care to compare the two. Definitely recommended if you can find one. Thanks a ton, Derek.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 03:37:41 | More by prototypic
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy color with a pillowy tan head that fades rather quickly leaving no lace.

Boat loads of sugary toffee and candied date in the aroma. Hints of earth and brown sugar, an off putting aroma wafts in the background that is somewhat hard to place. May be hints of diacetyl?

Not sure if it's diecetyl or not. Still shows in the mouth but isn't offending at all. Malty sweet with hints of chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, date, caramel, and whiskey. A nice sipper showing creamy accents and very little bitterness on the moderate finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 21:27:21 | More by mcallister
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle states "1996-2006", with no other hint of the vintage.

Pours hazy mahogany, with barely a trace of any head that developed. Zero retention or lacework.
Aromatics are a blast of caramelized sweet malt, fusel-like alcohol, and toffee.
Warming on the nostrils, and finishes with lingering malt reduction and vanilla.
The mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy, and chewy. Not enough carbonation to fend off the viscosity.
The pallet is as promised by the nose. Plenty of sweet malt, caramelized sugars, and toffee syrup. The alcohol profile is a bit harsh and solvent-like.
Extremely warming to the point of stinging on the tongue.
Finishes with a continual onslaught of malt extract, with plenty of sharp alcohol notes that cut through.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:12:04 | More by brewandbbq
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2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a deep ruby with a small tan head. It doesn't last long and there isn't much lacing.

Smells of rich caramel and toffee with some alcohol. There are also hints of grape or raisin.

Taste is all sweet malt at first. There is caramel, molasses, burnt sugar and some of the raisin from the aroma. This is probably the sweetest beer I have ever tasted. It is rich and creamy on the palate.

I've been excited to try this beer for a while and I was pretty disappointed with it. It was way too sweet for my liking. I struggled to finish the glass. Maybe the yeast tired out during the fermentation process and didn't complete their job. Overall this doppelbock is unbalanced. This isn't what I've come to expect from Kuhnhenn's. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 22:23:15 | More by bozebus17
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4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Steve for this generous treat.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

"The Key to the Other Side"

Pours a somewhat foggy rich mahogany with a tiny half finger khaki colored head that immediately disappears after pour. No lacing left on the sides at all, but this seems to be pretty common for this style. Smell is huge caramel malts with tons of dark fruits such as dates, plums, cherries, and raisins. Brown sugar emerges as well with some hints of honey. For 13.5%, there is no alcohol in the nose at all. Sweet syrupy caramel goodness all over the tongue with a good dose of molasses. A bit of vanilla comes about as well with a warming alcohol flavor towards the end. Very interesting mouthfeel, just about no carbonation at all with a huge creamy feel to it. How they hide 13.5% is beyond me. If I had to guess the abv without knowing it, I would say somewhere around 7-8%. My first beer from these guys, and it won't be my last. Thanks again Steve, let's set up another trade :) Please?

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 00:11:56 | More by BeerTruth
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 21:18:31 | More by Viggo
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4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

if i say how i got this bottle, i might be whacked out.

1999 harms & 2006 kuhnhenn.. a blend, i think? "the key to the other side"

12oz pours a murky brown with dull orange clouding. no head whatsoever, but that is to be expected from kuhnhenn's enormous beer series.

surprisingly, maintains a beautiful brown sugary malt based aroma, reminiscent of sweeter dutch bocks served beside a crumbly crusted cherry cobbler, with a healthy dose of amaretto poured atop. complex sweetness without cloying, i'm impressed.. sweet hints of grand marnier find their way into the whole rich extravaganza.

yes, this beer is pure excess.. and i'm digging it.

smooth with an intense yet short-lived heat in the finish. caramel base with a definite booze-injected dark fruit spritz. equally dry from alcohol and sweet from gravity, without excessive stickiness or thickness. imagine a plum and fig reduction, simmered slowly with brown sugar and whiskey. that culinary concoction would produce something similar to this beer. hops don't even seem to be a factor, and only dessert images are projected into my head as i sip it.

easily the best tripple bock (of four) that i've ever consumed.. and clearly the best kuhnhenn. this takes raspberry eisbock to school, relying not on fruit but legit beer ingredients to produce the complex character of a perfect after-dinner drink.

goes well with dark chocolate, highly.. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 03:47:43 | More by goodbyeohio
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Hop Devil in NYC for their Kuhnhenn night. The beer poured a dense brown color with a slight tan head that provided a nice little ring around the edge of the glass. The beer had a sweet, malty aroma with a slight hint of the high abv to come. The body was a nice big punch of malty sweet, caramel, honey and the big big abv. Some of the other Kuhnhenn beers that night masked the abv well but this one put it right out in front and makes for a nice full body and tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2007 04:47:34 | More by ggaughan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2007 00:41:02 | More by Sammy
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from the tap at the brewery. poured a deep amber to mahagany with no head. aroma wow big malty aroma with a big kick of alcohol. 13.5%, a nice sweetness like honey from the comb, fruity. flavor , the alcohol was a little on the raw side but not in a bad way ( the brothers usually hide the alcohol pretty well ) but this it just comes right out there and grabs you, malts nice sweetness. good sippin beers that you can enjoy with a good cigar

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2006 00:57:24 | More by walleye
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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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