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Kuhnhenn Vintage Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Vintage AleKuhnhenn Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 37
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: plaztikjezuz on 12-22-2007)
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -17%

Bottle to tulip.

A - Medium amber with a bright orange glow around the edges. A small layer of off-white head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Sweet caramel, some brown sugar and toffee. Not an overly complex nose and very sweet.

T - A big sweetness up front full of dark caramel, molasses and toffee. A huge alcohol presence enters in the middle and lingers considerably in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with a good chew. Light carbonation.

O - Way too boozy and somewhat one dimensional. I guess that is somewhat par for the course for 17% ABV.

08-25-2012 12:42:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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womencantsail

California

2.8/5  rDev -28%

Pours a cloudy dark amber color. Nose is kind of funky for a barleywine. It’s got the requisite Kuhnhenn booziness along with caramel and brown sugar. A bit of dark fruit, too. The flavor is kind of cheesy, which is off-putting. The booze is well represented, too. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted malt flavors with a light fruitiness. Surprising bitterness for a beer like this, too. Not my cup of tea.

08-07-2012 16:08:55 | More by womencantsail
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joefuzz

New York

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%

2011 vintage

Beer pours a crystal clear deep copper with a very surprising sized head for the abv

Smells like a caramel apple...fruity and sweet with a slight hint of alcohol

Tastes just as the nose lets on huge fruit flavors upfront that give way to a very nice sugary sweetness with some winter like spices slight alcohol burn

Carbonation is very low and mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected

Overall this beer is awesome and I cant wait to see what the rest that I have turn into in a few years

07-29-2012 02:27:59 | More by joefuzz
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danp14

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-18-2012 14:27:39 | More by danp14
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-06-2012 01:22:54 | More by monitorpop
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-05-2012 03:20:41 | More by Duff27
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Big thanks goes out to the GBX Crew (beeruser & funkydelic) for sharing this one during a recent tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, sugar, wood, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, wood, and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I honestly went into this one expecting something fantastic. While it wasn’t bad, I definitely wouldn’t call it very memorable either. I was kind of glad that the sugar note I picked up on in the aroma didn’t come through on the flavor. Still fairly well balanced however. Worth trying if you get the opportunity.

06-07-2012 11:40:22 | More by thagr81us
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n2185

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

A: Pours a clear copper with a finger of beige head that recedes to a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malts up front with notes of dark fruits like plums and red grapes. There are also some bubblegum and candy sugar notes.

T: Similar to the aroma, caramel malts and dark fruits, especially grapes, hit first. Candy sugar follows along with a piny bitterness from the hops and a light burn on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is only a little sticky feeling. I could use a bit more body, though, as it ends up feeling a little watery.

O: A pretty solid barleywine. The most remarkable thing about this beer is its ability to hide its very high abv very well. I thought the beer was maybe 9-11% based on tasting it and was very surprised to learn that it was 17%. Unfortunately, it lacks the complexity needed for a great barleywine.

05-16-2012 01:13:31 | More by n2185
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle from Summer Solstice 2011. No ABV listed on this bottle. Served in my Kuhnhenn snifter.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thick collar, near-complete cap, and a few tiny spots of lace. Lightly hazed caramel body that gets darker if you aren't careful with the yeast. For 17% color me impressed.

S - Intensely sweet, with scads of booze-soaked fruits - pineapples, candied apricots, toffee, Sultana raisins, as well as grain alcohol and fusels when it starts to warm up. There's definitely still residual hop presence, with some mild cheesy decaying beta acids, pine, and herbal flavors in the periphery.

T - Taste is heavier on the toffee and dark fruits, with more balance provided by bittering hops and toasted grains. Alcohol seems less present to taste, but the flavor also seems more muted and lacking in depth. Perhaps a hint of milk chocolate and a nebulous tropical fruit quality to it as well.

M - While the booze may not be obvious in the flavor, there's some serious warming going on, and I've got a definite buzz after 6oz or so. Body is medium-full, carbonation is low, texture is sticky and chewy. Spot-on for the style and ABV.

D - At nearly a year this is approaching enjoyable, but I suspect additional aging would be of benefit (and I rarely recommend this). Might be stellar in 2016, but might also be undrinkable - gamble accordingly. Still, I finished all 12oz on my own and was never tempted to poor it out - that's pretty impressive for a 17% brew.

05-02-2012 02:46:32 | More by MasterSki
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-09-2012 01:36:08 | More by JamnesCameron
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cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

thank to bierenutz for sending this one my way. enjoyed out of a kuhnhenn tulip.

2011 vintage (not so vintage)

a - brew poured a transparent caramel color with a frothy off white foamy head that slowly dissipated leaving bubbly islands on the surface of the brew. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

s - nice caramel toffee malt with some boozy hop presence. smells big bold and thick...even syrupy.

t - slam you in the face booziness. finishes bitter. some semblance of caramel malts, but all is underscored by the raging heat of the alcohol.

m - surprisingly medium to light bodied. fairly boozy, but doesn't feel 17%...feels more 10 to 12%. i would've expected it to be more syrupy.

o - overall this is an extreme beer, but comes off relatively easy to drink for the sheer size (dfh take note). there are some nice flavors going on but it is very much all a backseat to the booze, however the booze is very tolerable. once you get adjusted to the abvs, the nice toffee caramel malts show up more. quite good for a beer this huge.

04-03-2012 00:28:21 | More by cosmicevan
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MrHirschybar

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-03-2012 07:38:30 | More by MrHirschybar
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Jakers90

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-01-2012 00:52:36 | More by Jakers90
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Big thanks to jale for picking this bottle up for Amyliz4 and me. Served in an oversized snifter.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a short off-white head and some very light lacing. The nose carries plenty of dark fruit but also quite a bit of alcohol. Malt and sweetness throughout. Plenty of fruit through the flavor, though I wish there were a bit less booze, even for a 17% beer. Medium body with low carbonation and a boozy finish. Pretty good, but not quite up to the level of Kuhnhenn's other big stuff.

12-17-2011 22:56:20 | More by Thorpe429
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FosterJM

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

969th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

2011 Summer Solstice Release

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one.

App- A bit like a think root beer with a bit of spirit amber/light brown in it. A bit of a 1/4" ring of bubbles and only a very few lines of cling to it.

Smell- Very boozy with a bit of caramel, malts, nougat and pineapple. Seemingly a bit thin on the nose but yet very boozy as mentioned.

Taste- This was very full of flavor. You have the Barleywine flavors mixed with some barrel, mixed with some DIPA and a little malty. Not really like another beer I have had but still tasty even with all that booze and flavor behind it.

Mouth- A creamy medium body with a a low/medium carbonation level. A good bit of peppery booze with a trailing thick citrus on the back end.

Drink- Only my 2nd Kuhnhenn beer and this was good but needed a bit more thickness to match the ABV. At 17% needs more to cut this, maybe a bit thicker? Maybe a little sweeter.

12-06-2011 07:25:42 | More by FosterJM
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

12oz bottle courtesy of jale, picked up at the Summer Solstice (thanks Jim!). Summertime was no time for a beer of this magnitude, so I've held off until December to crack one open.

It pours a medium-dark copper color with a very thin off-white wet looking foam. The aroma is VERY Kuhnhenn, strong and rich, evoking memories of Raspberry Eisbock and Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, that type of thing. Dark fruits like plums and figs, maybe a little cheesy too.

It tastes a lot smoother than you'd expect from such a high ABV beer, slightly sweet with a hint of burn in the aftertaste. All kinds of dark fruits come through in the flavor as well, adding dates and maybe ginger to the plums and figs.

Medium bodied, not as heavy as a 17% beer could be, really easier drinking than I expected. Excellent, this was a beer to savor.

12-03-2011 01:33:44 | More by TurdFurgison
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Amalak

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

I had this off the tap at Barcade in Brooklyn. It has a nice clear, copper color to it. There's a good foamy white head and some lacing behind. Nice citrusy scent.

This is a dangerous beer. According to the board this is 17 percent abv and it doesn't taste like that. It's citrusy, with a very nice fruity IPA taste ot it. Some malt and a lemon underpin. It's strong as hell, but not in a port wine kind of way.

11-21-2011 04:08:11 | More by Amalak
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-19-2011 22:00:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-18-2011 20:17:01 | More by Rochefort10nh
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-18-2011 00:22:28 | More by klipper
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 21:28:45 | More by HopStoopid120
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 03:55:07 | More by JAHMUR
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-14-2011 14:21:24 | More by surlytheduff
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mcallister

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

2007 vintage.

Pours with some with a whispy tan head that quickly fades into nothing leaving nothing behind. Deep amber in color.

Big aromas bursting with prune, date and raisin. Very hot in the nose, sweet brown sugar, a bourbon like note, hints of maple and a woody aroma.

Rich, bold and delicious. Dried black cherry, prune, date, burnt caramel. Nice brown sugary sweetness with a drying dose of burnt alcohol. Raisins and toffee and again a boubonesque twang. Mouth is creamy and biting good carbonation for a beer of this alcohol.

11-04-2011 22:23:25 | More by mcallister
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

2011 vintage

Pours a pretty reddish orange. A nice bit of offwhite head. Not too thick but viscous as I would expect for a 17 percent beer.
Smells rich and malty. a nice hop presence. booze underlying it all. An almost fruity nose.
Tastes sweet and fruity. Thick, boozy, but certainly doesn't taste or feel like 17 percent. lots of malts and fruity characteristics. A few sips in the burn hits. Enjoyable but potent

09-10-2011 02:22:46 | More by Urbancaver
Kuhnhenn Vintage Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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