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Kuhnhenn Rauch Double Bock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rauch means “smoke” in the German language and this is very apparent on the nose of this beer. This bock is copper in color, has nice malty notes although it is dominated by a smoky flavor. This beer is medium bodied and well-attenuated.

(Beer added by: Bung on 01-11-2009)
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Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. No sign of the booze, this was a big extreme smokey beer, not for those not loving smoke. Very creamy, very tasty. Lots of lace.More mouthfeel than the usual smoked, not as sweet either.Some caramel. I would like to take a growler back.

Sammy, May 13, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of HopStoopid120
2/5  rDev -41.2%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with an inch of white head and no carbonation evident.

s - Smells smokey and of sweet malts and sugar.

t - Taste is also smokey, some oak, and some fruit.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation.

d - An interesting beer. Very smokey and some fruit in the taste. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

mdfb79, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Big Thanks to Viggo for this one.

A: Pours a nice amberish brown with a small tan head. No retention or lace.

S: Nice light meaty smoke, hints of tart berry, and mild malts.

T: This one is infected for sure... that being said I still like it. Nice light meaty smoke. Lots of dark tart cherry juice, mild chocolate and more sourness.... dark tart berries.

M: Medium in body, prickly carbonation, tart from start to finish.

D: Not great. The infection is rather high and the sourness starts to wear on you rather quickly. That being said for an infected beer it is not too bad.

tpd975, May 12, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

Bottle courtesy of the ever-generous hoppymeal poured into a tulip. I couldn't help but notice all the talk about this one possibly being infected, so I'm going in with fairly low expectations.

Pours a hazy reddish amber with a small cream-colored head that dissipates to a collar quickly and leaves only bits of lacing.

The aroma is actually very good and the smoked malts and hickory come out very nicely with some caramel sweetness as well. There is definitely signs of infection with a slight tart cherry-like aroma.

The tart cherry presence is much more prevalent in the taste and leaves me puckering slightly up front. As the tartness fades, the smoked hickory starts to come out and the finish is good, and probably what was intended with this beer.

The mouthfeel is definitely lighter than I was expecting and pretty thin for the style. The carbonation is low and it's slick and dry overall.

Well, I guess this is about what I was expecting. There's clearly a high quality beer hidden in there as the smoked malts are very pleasing in the nose and in parts of the taste. Unfortunately, this one is definitely infected and the tart cherry character is more distracting than beneficial in my book.

gford217, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

Another awesome bottle from kkulacki...thanks, Konrad! ABV is listed as a much higher 13.5%. Pours a cloudy, muddy red/brown with a very, very tall rocky white head that takes a while to settle. Smells like sour cherries, smoked cedar, and fruity alcohol. Sourness on the nose is intriguing and inviting. Flavor has a cherry sourness too that's intermingled with, but not outdone by a strong wood smoke and sweet malt. I'm surprised but happy about the sour quality...not sure if that was intentional or not but it works wonderfully. Some vanilla, prunes, tangy oranges, and just a hint of that big alcohol shine through as well. Delicious and complex, and another big winner from Kuhnhenn in my book.

aforbes10, May 06, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the brewery. A light brown color. Smell reminds me of a sweet campfire and burning cherry wood. Taste is sweet as well, not overwhelming strength and fairly light bodied for a doppelbock.

This is pretty unique and worth trying at least a sample but not something I particularly enjoyed. I thought it was a little too weak and light for the style.

webmanspidey, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Lothore
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

A- Pours a crimson color with very little head which fades quickly.

S- Very interesting smelling, overpowering sour cherries, hints of Belgian yeast.

T- My tastebuds are immediately hit with a surge of soury goodness. This recedes to more of a light dopplebock feel with fairly assertive bready notes and perhaps a bit of an off taste toward the end.

M- Thinner than I was expecting with a good amount of carbonation. Perhaps it thins out a little too much towards the back end.

D- The bottle says this stuff is 13.5 percent alcohol but i'd be more inclined to believe the 8.25 percent that BA displays. I noticed a lot of people really dinged it for not conforming to what a dopplebock should taste like. I found it quite enjoyable and without the slighty strange aftertaste I would have given it an even higher score. Even though this is possibly the result of an infection, i enjoyed it.

Lothore, Mar 03, 2009
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2.58/5  rDev -24.1%

12oz December 2008 bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours dark chestnut with a ruby hue, and a quarter inch of beige head. The retention is short lived and the foam scatters to a few whisps on the surface and errant smears of lacework remain.

Aromatics lead off with vineous cherries, ripe malt and barely a trace of smoke. A hint of caramel pulls though along with a acidic nod.

Medium bodied with a crisp, puckering mouthfeel.

Tart fruit, and a medium dose of malt start the palate. Sour cherries quickly step up along with clean acid and a lactic presense.
A slight hint of smoke tries to step forward but is quickly quelled by more tart, sour overtones.

Finishes with a lingering sour bite and extremely vineous.

This beer couldn't be any further from a Double Bock, let alone a Rauch interpretation. Obviously infected or a sour mash from the start.

Thanks to BA EriktheRed for the bonus!

brewandbbq, Feb 19, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Another fine bottle from hoppymeal. You're the man, Derek.

Appearance: This one's hazy and a very attractive reddish brown color. I like the color a lot. On top is a vanilla colored head that only reached a finger or so deep. It dissipated very quickly and left little lacing behind.

Smell: This is a very interesting smelling Doppelbock. The first thing that jumps out of the glass is a strong sour/tart aroma. Huh? Intriguing to say the least. There's a wealth of sweet smelling caramel malts. That takes up the bulk of the nose. There's some ancillary dark fruit aromas (raisin and plum). Perhaps a bit of brown sugar on the tail. Alcohol is not apparent on the nose. It's not a bad smelling beer, but it's off for the style. No doubt about that.

Taste: Wow. This is one weird doppelbock. There is indeed a very tart/sour flavor to kick things off. I have no clue what spawned that. I've never tasted anything like it in a beer of this style...ever. It is sweet and very malty. Caramel malts are abundant. It's a little brown sugary. Alcohol is noted here. It doesn't present itself as overly strong. I'm unsure of the abv. Finishes sweet and very tart.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is smooth. Carbonation is high and a little distracting. Drinkability is overall pretty good. It's not a bad flavor, just very weird in light of the style. It doesn't feel overly big or strong. I could drink a couple of these and be happy.

I've got to say, this is the weirdest beer I've had the opportunity to review. On one hand, it's really got a pretty good flavor. Very far from bad. On the other hand, it's a complete bastardization of the style. The sour/tart element of this beer is a complete novelty. I'm going middle of the road here. I feel it's unfair to penalize it too harshly because I do like this beer. But, at the end of the day, this is a very weird representation of the style. Let's call it above average and be done. Definitely a unique experience that's worth checking out. Thanks, Derek.

prototypic, Feb 18, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz bottle, picked up at the Solstice part in December.

Pours an absolutely crystal clear ruby red, very brilliant in the light, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a very thin and big bubbled ring around the glass before mostly disappearing, a few lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is interesting, very sweet, honey and brown sugar, very raw sweetness, smokey beef jerky, sherry, light fruitiness, cherries, more smoke, kind of two dimensional but unique, basically sugar and smoke. Taste is similar, very sweet up front, brown sugar, light molasses, smoke, sherry, fruits, lots of citrus going on, some orange and lemon, kind of all over the place, not a lot of smoke, just sweet really. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Certainly drinkable but I'm not sure what this is supposed to be. Worth a try though.

Viggo, Feb 15, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +24.1%

Again another big thanks to Jay for sending this beer my way. I am always thrilled to get ahold of new beers from Kuhnhenn, and this one was no exception. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/03/2009.

The pour was very nice, a rich brown color coming forward right away. Nice clarity here with a small touch of off white heado n op that faded quite quickly. Stll solid looking and a bit thick to be honest.

The aroma was deep malts, lots of sugar. Nice touches of some off fruity notes and a light herbal property to it. As I go in for a taste this is one of the most unique flavors I have run across. RIch caramel malts and a nice fruity flavor to it are sharlpy contrasted with a nice tart flavor that really spikes quite well. Smooth, mellow carbonation with a rich medium bodied feel on this one. All the alcohol was very well hidden making this a smooth an easy drinker.

Overall I could not get over how unique the flavor was here. That nice tart and sour flavor really but a whole new realm of flavor into this one. Something very unique and very good. I would be thrilled to have this one again.

mikesgroove, Feb 05, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Thank you Paul for the gift.

A: Murky reddish-brown with a finger of amber head that dissipates in a few minutes.

S: Munich malt, noble hops, smooth smokiness (kielbasa!) and a whiff of funk. That's right, funk. Like Bootsy Collins in a rhinestone speedo.

T: WHOOF! So, you go into this beverage primed by the smell and the style to expect a firmly malty beer with not much bitterness and some stickiness on the tongue, with a slathering of smoke on top.

But no. Check this: the maltiness is there but highly attenuated and balanced by a notable tartness, like sourness, like Brettanomyces and other lovely wild things. The first few sips allow a spicy hoppiness through, but this fades as the smoke - which is well integrated and not dominant - takes hold as you get into the glass. Sausage. Jerky. Clothes after a campfire. A very polite smoke.

It's SOUR. Is this INTENTIONAL? Because it's a hell of a mind-f**k and a fun idea! I like.

MF: A little more watery and fizzy, well, much more watery and fizzy, than a double bock ought to be, but there's that tarty funk to think of. The mouthfeel is right on for a beer in that vein.

D: One is enough, but it's a good one.

Rewards sipping and a meal of something bad for your arteries. I'd like to think the tartness is intentional, because the bottle was by no means under undue pressure (no gushing, no major HISSSS).

Crazy, man. Crazy.

toastdog, Jan 17, 2009
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2.8/5  rDev -17.6%

Yet another Kuhnhenn brew provided by TheBlackMallard, gracias!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. I must say, probably one of the sweetest labels I've seen in a while. A two headed goat smoking a cigarette, classic.

Pours a deep amber hue with a one finger light khaki colored head that quickly falls to a thin layer. Small bits of webbing remain on the sides but that's about it. Smell is pretty faint with beef jerky, caramel malts, and BBQ smoke. Pepper and brown sugar in the nose as well, very interesting. Taste isn't nearly as smokey as the nose, but some is still there. Chocolate and caramel malts with a bit campfire smoke and sourness in the background. Brown sugar and some toasted nuts midway with a tart molasses finish, not sure what that's all about. Medium body with a puckering feel and a good amount of bubbles. Yeah I'm not really sure what's going on with the tartness of this beer, but doppelbocks shouldn't be like this. Hmm, weird...methinks this is an infected bottle perhaps? I have another one I'll have to try down the road sometime and compare.

BeerTruth, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

A sampler on tap at the brewery.
Dark amber pour with a cream colored head. Malty aroma, some charcoal.
Not much smoke flavor in this really.
Nice malty caramel, some red fruit. Pretty clean finish but only minimal smokiness. Good, but not quite good enough to convince me to bring some back to North Carolina.

Bung, Jan 11, 2009
Kuhnhenn Rauch Double Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.