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Kuhnhenn American Barley Wine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn American Barley WineKuhnhenn American Barley Wine

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: plaztikjezuz on 12-25-2007)
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Reviews by glid02:
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of muted caramel malts with good amounts of rough medium fruit aromas. Also present are mild amounts of citrus hops.

Tastes more barleywine-like than it smells. Mildly sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by equal amounts of herbal hops, citrus hops, and medium fruits. The fruits fade out a bit midway through the sip, allowing the hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this wasn’t a very clean beer and it’s not one I’d revisit. Maybe some tweaking of the yeast would help a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 16:52:37 | More by glid02
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Pours apple cider medium coloured body, no head. Slightly sweet aroma.Above average mouthfeel, a sipper and spot on the style.Apple fruit and caramel, light vanilla. If only I had aged it more years.Bottle from Steve. Alcohol surprisingly hidden.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1118th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Summer Solstice 2010

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one.

App- A mix of browns, reds and ambers. A lot of particulites in the glass with a very fast receding 1/2 head that left very little cling.

Smell- A good malty forward smelling ABW with a high level of sweetness and a lot of booze behind the nose. Has a certain fruit quality as if bordering on a quad nose.

Taste- It was good but I feel it couldve been better. The booze overpowers the layers of malty richness and citrus notes and even more of the dark fruits.

Mouth- A bit thin medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A bit malty residual creaminess remains.

Drink- I was a little let down by this one but I think it could be that it was my last beer of the night and at 11.5% it killed my palate. Ill try to land another bottle.

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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle ~ Summer Solstice 2010. Poured to a snifter, a nightcap in the wee hours of 12/30/11. Thanks to hoppymeal/Derek for sending this (and several other Kuhnhenns) last year; it's been cellared ever since.

A: A pretty red-toned amber, almost clear but for the slightest haze; a dusting of the tiniest yeasty flakes settle on the bottom of the glass. Small, refined carbonation creeps up the glass at various locations to a short head of the densest ivory cream. Lace holds in undulating ribbons and a splaying of dots and drips.

S: Appropriately sweet and well-fruited, a nose loaded with toffee and strawberry and breakfast cereal (seriously, there's a Cap'n Crunch thing going on here) along with something vaguely 'tropical'. It's strong without a ton of substance. Some alcohol fumes leave an annoying tickle in my nostrils.

T: It's odd that this 'American' barleywine presents itself in such an 'English' way - meaning its hops are subdued and its sweetness heightened. I'm used to grassy or spicy hops en masse to amply bitter a barleywine - this doesn't really have those. As I get used to the flavor, some orange sweetness (as well as other fruits: apple, pear?) arises along with a little more drying/earthy spiciness. In the end, balance isn't bad; as it warms, spice and even some tangier citrus creep into the finish.

M: A milder mouthfeel, a bit thinner in body and softer in flavor/complexity than a some barleywines I've tried. Underwhelming. Creamier texture after an early bite. A lingering warmth, but not offputting and certainly in line with an 11.5% pour.

O: I've been impressed with other Kuhnhenn offerings but this one is just OK. It's a fairly one-dimensional barleywine with lots of sweetness in aroma and flavor. Still, I like it - my tastes skew toward maltiness; for fans of a less hoppy barleywine, this may be right up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 09:30:06 | More by msubulldog25
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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winter Solstice 2010. Poured Cola brown, small off white head. Not much, but some, spotty lace. Smells of brown sugar, cooked dark fruit and something a little sharp. Disappointing taste. Not as deep as hoped, and somewhat sour. Perhaps slightly infected? Dammit. Nothing to really write home about in the depts of taste, mouth and drinkability. Bummer.

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12-28-2011 01:49:06 | More by srandycarter
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2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe. Thanks.

Beer is dark amber, hazy, thin head, tan bubbles, low retention, carbonation and lacing.

Aroma is boozy with this odd funk to it. Oak.

Beer is sweet, a little boozy, a little funky, kind of a mess, not a repeat. Seems to be a little oxidized, I didn't catch the vintage but this one is well past its prime if it was ever considered good.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:10:54 | More by drabmuh
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Kuhnhenn American Barley Wine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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