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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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99
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526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 1,182
Gots: 99 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2003)
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Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Winter Solstice Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

This bottle says it is 15.1% ABV.

Pours a dark amber color with a pretty nice head that faded away pretty quickly, decent lacing.

Aromas are of roasted nuts, mocoa, dark fruits, caramel, dustiness and booze.

Taste is boozy, but not overly so. Notes of roasted coconut, caramel, dark fruits, and brown sugars. Finish is warm with a nice bourbon barrel booziness.

Mouthfeel is good, surprisingly smooth, with a lighter body than I expected.

Overall this is a very good bourbon barrel barley wine. The taste is quite good, but the dustiness on the nose is a bit odd though.

flexabull, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE props to Alex for busting this out at his impromptu tasting. This bottle is the 2005 vintage. A hefty pour hit my GI tasting glass.

A- Fantastic off-mocha head caresses my glass with minuscule carbonation noted from the body of the liquid. It fizzles down to a faint skin but the lacing on this bad boy is amazing. It sticks like molasses at times. Caramel apple sauce body color.

S- Whoo heavy bourbon after all this time aging. After the spirit smells I find a mixture of sugar and sweets. Its like a big basket of goodies. Raisins that have been breaded in brown sugars. Apples coated in toffee.

T- Initially sour with the fruity nature of apples. Not much brown sugar or raisins here but definitely bourbon to balance everything out as expected.

M- For a bourbon barrel aged beer this is unbelievably smooth. It has an average body that compliments the flavors well. It clearly helps define the flavor profile and generates that somewhat enjoyable finish.

D- I'd definitely say that there is no problem drinking this beer. I want more even and would put away two in a night. I can't believe it is 14.5%.

Khazadum, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Waltonc for the hookup of a couple bottles of the 2009 vintage.

Poured into my trusty Hopmonk snifter. A fairly still beer with minimal head, almost non-existent, which settles into a thin ring at the perimeter of the glass. When put in front of my computer screen, a burnt sienna glow shines through the glass, a little lighter at the edges. An initial sniff into the glass reveals a medley of aromas: a strong fusel-alcohol, butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar. A healthy amount of barrel is also mixed in and gives a bit of a funkiness.

The taste is more alcohol bite at first, then caramel, brown sugar, a very faint bit of hops, and some candied sugar. There are some faint rum-soaked fruits lingering in there as well. Although sweet, it is not overpowering and works well with the medium viscosity of the beer. Very light carbonation is present.

Overall this is a very good barrel-aged barley wine, but I think that it has fallen off a bit since the first bottle that I opened and when I had it on tap at the brewery this past winter.

JoeySchlitz, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Fux
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque, dark brown with mahogany glints. Almost no head. Looks like a solid, strong barleywine...

S: Very powerful nose. Aromas of Port, Bourbon. Chocolate malts along with red fruits (cherry, grapes), dark fruits. Woody, oaky scent. Smells like a solid, strong barleywine...

T: Sharp attack, a bit boozy. Chocolate maltiness. Lots of ripened red fruits, dark fruits. Notes of bourbon, vanilla. Sweet. Big kick of alcohol on the finish.

M: Surprisingly smooth, oily. Powerfully warming. A winter night sipper. But neither sticky nor cloying.

O: Nice beer. Would be glad to see how it ages and if develops these woody notes very present on the nose but slightly hidden by the alcohol on the palate.

Fux, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle in a trade with deyholla. Poured 2/12/13. Deep amber brown pour, somewhat cloudy, and with no head whatsoever. Aroma of plums, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, and toffee. Nice. Hot bourbon up front that smooths into a very sweet vanilla toffee on the back of the palate. Long lingering oaky vanilla. Medium to heavy on the palate. Alcohol warmth is there, but not overly boozy. Never had a fresh one so it could be the age. Unexpectedly smooth for 15.1%. A top barley wine for me.

BMMillsy, Feb 13, 2013
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Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

alcstradamus, Dec 29, 2009
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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.