Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.36/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2013 04:06:38 | More by tectactoe
Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.