Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
I was able to try this one at the brew pub a couple of summers ago (oh yeah, it was freaking awesome) and was fortunate to receive a bottle of it in a trade. Bottled in 2010, review is from notes taken on 6/9/2012.
Appearance: Pour is a dark and murky brown color and pours essentially with no head whatsoever; with the darker body, it's kind of opaque, but not like a deep dark stout or anything; tiny strands of carbonation bubble up near the sides of the glass, which leads me to believe that the body won't be entirely dead which may be presumed based upon the zero-head factor on the pour; nothing is left behind on the sides of the glass - pretty much clean of any residue or lacing.
Smell: Oh yeah -- the two years in the bottle have allowed the malts to come out much more than I remember, and there is a strong caramel/butterscotch scent to it; pretty impressive sour and dark cherry scents as well -- reminiscent of a chocolate covered cherry complete with the sweet vanilla-esque syrup included; just smells like dessert.
Taste: Just about what I expected after the nose -- tons of malt, and it's very sweet (caramel, hints of some chocolate, vanilla); the cherries come in next, and there is a ton of them -- very tart and a bit funky; a little bit of alcohol... OK, actually there's a quite a bit of warm booziness but it just works so well as it blends in with the other big and bold flavors that one should expect from this brewery. Super solid, but definitely a sipper and 12 oz. will be plenty.
Mouthfeel: Thicker than I remember, it comes across fairly syrupy, but the carbonation is essentially non-existent leaving the palate a little bored; the only liveliness retained comes from the big booziness and it leaves the mouth tingly, and the belly is very warm from the acidity and alcohol. Not as good as I would have hoped for in this category, but still, not too shabby.
Overall: What this beer lacks in body, it certainly makes up for it in the smell and taste. As mentioned above, it's definitely a sipper with an ABV of 12%, and the flavors are so bold anyway, you don't need anymore than the single bottle, and that is something that could be shared with a pal, but I'm kind of greedy like that so I'll be killing it myself.
06-10-2012 01:18:17 | More by bamadog
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4.36/5 rDev +9.8%
2010 vintage, bottle labeled "Imperial Old Bruin - Cherry", from Winter Solstice. Very excited to finally crack this one open. Rich walnut color with ruby borders and a darker, red mahogany center. The chubby bubbled, light-tan head concedes to a skin before my eyes and leaves no signs of webbing or lacing as it makes the recession. Looks very barley wine-ish so far.
Well ooh-la-la, what a wonderfully surprising nose. From the build of this brew, and the knowledge of its alcohol content, I wasn't really expecting much intense sourness. The first whiff, however, sends a swift kick of sour cherries to my sensory receptors - I'm in love already. Deep inhales bring out enough tartness to start tickling the saliva glands, even.
Aside from the beautifully sour and fresh cherries, the rest of the aroma leads me to believe that this is a soured, fruited barley wine. Sticky, sweet molasses, light black licorice, and some mild, boozy, sherry-like notes. Warmer temps bring forth more intense sweetness, as well as a bit more sourness, and even a light bit of acidity at the tip.
Just when I thought the sourness was peaking in the aroma, Kuhnhenn Old Brune goes mad swoll and flips the table of tartness, slapping my palate with a backhand of incredibly tart black cherries. The kind even make you wince and pucker just a bit. The sourness is a fantastic element, but it's also quite unique - it's not much like the sour or tart notes you'd get from a lambic or wild ale (and obviously far from the infected kind, as well).
Brash arms of barley wine flavors hold up the heavy cherry weight without much sweat. Sweet molasses and subtle toffee, lots of toasted breads, some other dark fruits aside from cherries, and a finishing sherry kiss. The latter half of the brew seems much more vinous than the first, but I like it. Some added oak, tannin, and acetic acid spruce things up a bit and add a whole different level of complexity.
Sticky and heavy on palate; the body on this brew is as large as the alcohol content suggests, although it drinks insanely easy considering it's nearly 12% ABV. I love the authentic nature of the black cherries, I love the intense and unexpected sourness, and I love the overall execution of this unique and interesting brew. Like an intentionally soured and fruited up, cherry barley wine on crack. So, so dope.
07-25-2013 04:06:38 | More by tectactoe
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
A_Dark burgundy with blood red highlights. Thin red tinted brown head. Not much lacing.
S_Tart cherry , dark fruits, and a medicinal boozy aroma.
T_Tart cherry upfront. Bittersweet fruits and a hefty alcohol burn. Medicinal aftertaste.
M_Thick and syrupy.
D_Hard enough to choke down one. Perhaps better suited for a smaller serving.
10-10-2010 00:26:56 | More by nickadams2
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
A- Pours a beautiful clear deep red with two fingers of creamy head which is surprising for the style. Head has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.
S -- Huge cherry aroma, has a bit of a cherry candy character, but overall is pretty nice. Slightly tart, but no hints of oak.
T -- Mix of sweet and tart with massive cherry taste. The cherry component has elements of fresh tart cherries, cherry candy and only a slight medicinal aspect. Sweeter than I was expecting, though there is a nice tartness throughout, just not the dryness I prefer.
M - Medium mouthfeel that is slightly sticky but finishes a bit dry and bitter.
O - Knocking the sweetness down would elevate this for me, but still quite enjoyable.
12-21-2011 18:46:11 | More by warnerry
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Received this in an awesome box from goryshkewych, thanks again!
Appearance- Pours a translucent mahogany into my glass with minimal head off of an aggressive pour. Enough however to leave a sheet across the top and also leave a touch of lacing as I drank.
Smell- Wow, smells very rich with lots of vanilla, dark cherry, wood, and warming alcohol showing through as well. Smells very nice.
Taste- Lots of similar flavors, with vanilla, rich chocolate covered cherries, wood, and warming booze on the finish. A big flavor profile but a little bit sweet for me and possibly for the style as well.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is a touch this for the big flavors this beer is holding and the drinkability suffers a bit from the sweetness of this one as well. Not bad on either accounts though.
Overall, a very interesting and complex take on the style. As I said though, I found this to be rather sweet and lacking the tartness that I generally find in this style.
10-22-2010 05:23:27 | More by boatshoes
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at the brewpub, second night of the Winter Solstice. A nice drinkable beer, in the style but a little on the sweeter side than the best examples of the style. Reddish, lacy. Good cherry, very malted ameliorating the potential sourness I would expect and like. Worth a try.
12-25-2011 04:12:19 | More by Sammy
3.35/5 rDev -15.6%
Thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.
A: Standard pour yields a thin layer of off-biese head that dissipates quickly into a subtle ring around the glass. Beer is a dark, near opaque blood ruby red. Lacing is spotty and sparse with near no cling.
S: Soy sauce, cherry juice, and ethanol. Deep but not aromatic and the scents seem like they're being suppressed somehow.
T: Soy sauce and vinegar upfront with a hint of fruitiness in the back. The cherry doesn't develop much in this one even though it claims to be a "sour cherry beer". Gets creamier as it warms but acidity never subsides. Sours intensely towards the middle/end with a slight cherry sweetness. Finishes tart with a lingering vinegar aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth with an accented finish and a sticky and filmy aftertaste.
D: A decent beer that gets much much better as the carbonation leaves and it warms a little. The fruitiness seeps through a bit more and this one actually becomes quite drinkable. Still, lacking the vinegary kick and real sourness that I've come to enjoy from the style.
09-28-2010 19:20:21 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
12oz bottle via trade thanks to sarro. Shared at a tasting.
Pours mostly clear deep crimson with a light tan head and good lacing.
Aroma is great - intense cherries dominate, maybe some spice.
Flavor is also great cherries, but pretty sweet and syrup-like, even medicinal. Maybe a little chocolate and caramel. A little weird.
Smooth and fairly sweet on the palate. Good carbonation level.
Overall, I thought this was pretty good, although others who shared it were not as keen on it. The fruit flavor was nice, but it wasn't sour like it claimed to be and was slightly medicinal. This detracted from the drinkability.
05-07-2010 01:45:27 | More by nickd717
Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.