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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

479 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 1,145
Gots: 99 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2003)
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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Release. Thanks Steve.

Pours fairly lifeless, which is perfectly fine for this style in my opinion. Very nice dark amber/copper color. Despite having no head, a thin collar somehow persists.

Smell is an OH MY GOD blast of dark fruits, sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, floral hops, and a burning alcohol that makes me woozy just smelling it. If you enjoy BIG beers, then this is divine. Good thing I love big beers. Definitely shows every bit of its insanely high ABV.

Upon first sip I am just taken aback by what is in front of me. Imagine a nice vintage Thomas Hardy's Ale (80's or 90's) then add a shot of rubbing alcohol to it. That is pretty much what you get here. What that ends up meaning is that the flavor profile is out of this world good, but the booziness is a bit too high at this young age. Mouth numbing, stinging, sinus cleansing levels of booziness. I would have guessed it was 20% ABV. This one is going to be mind blowing in a few years, but right now it is just too hot to garner the score it may eventually get.

The body is medium to full with very little carbonation, which is just what this type of beer should be like.

Drinkability is tough to gauge on this because of the alcohol. Right now a 12 oz. bottle probably should be split at least 3 ways. But at 14.5% alcohol what does drinkability even mean? Not sure there is a good answer to that, so I will go with the same score as I gave the taste.

There is so much potential here, I wish I could taste the 2005 right now to see what this one will be like when I eventually crack my second bottle a few years down the line. Impressive beer!

Serving type: bottle

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.