Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +7%
Thanks to Kevin for bringing this along - 2010 vintage. Yet another infamous Kuhnhenn brew that has eluded me longer than it should have. It pours a solid, red-tinted copper color with really nice clarity. Barely any head forms, though that's not much of a surprise for a three year old 15.1% ABV barley wine; a small beige collar is the one sign that carbonation still exists within this brew.
After popping the cap, the smell of Kuhnhenn's BBBW fills the room - after pouring it and bringing the glass to my face, it smells like I'm standing in a sticky caramel and toffee factory. So insanely sweet and so insanely strong. Sticky caramel, heavy toffee, dark fruits (prunes, juicy dates, raisins), and sticky maple syrup. The beer smells big... Actually, it smells HUGE.
The barrel influence isn't as strong as I was expecting, or at least compared to Kuhnhenn's other popular barrel aged beer, BB4D. Perhaps the barrel-aging time was left, or maybe it's the three years of mellowing that has muzzled it just a bit. Light, woody barrel and vanilla in the finish with pretty staunch booze and bourbon. The bourbon from the barrel is heavier than the barrel itself.
I cut this beer with a knife and take a bite... Seriously, the body is huge; extremely viscous, chewy, sticky, and creamy beyond your wildest dreams. The largest, caramel-y and toffee-laden backdrop asserts itself immediately with each sip; a substantial boozy flavor swims throughout the sugary sweet and malty base, confirming that the "bourbon" is more forward than the "barrel".
Plenty of dark, fruity sweetness plays amidst the caramel and brown sugar bath; more dates, more raisins, and tons of sweet prunes. Light anise and a drying, palate-scraping assertion of booze-soaked oak and wood lasts long into the aftertaste. Palate coating to the maximum, this is the type of beer you'll be tasting long after you've swallowed.
Such a treat, and such a great beer. Robust, ominous, and one of the best barley wines I can recall drinking in recent memory. Though many people would argue, I'd say that I enjoy this beer much more than Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia. This beer is just so hard to criticize. I'll be sure to stock up on this each time Kuhnhenn releases it... Such an awesome barley wine.
07-06-2013 18:38:53 | More by tectactoe
British Columbia (Canada)
4.44/5 rDev 0%
Huge thank you to liamt07 for this big big want. 2012 bottle.
Appearance pours a very hazy, deep rusty brown with a very thin collar, no real head to speak of.
Smell. Sweet creamy caramel and toffee, brown sugar and bourbon, just a hint of dark fruit. Sweet and delicious. The bourbon is a nice level, not overwhelming.
Taste. Sweet creamy caramel and toffee again, brown sugar, a little bit of molasses, vanilla and a bit of woody bourbon.
Mouthfeel. Very thick but not too sticky, low carbonation.
Overall. Fantastic stuff. Pretty much a benchmark for a BB bwine.
07-04-2013 03:30:03 | More by Rutager
4.3/5 rDev -3.2%
Bottle opened on 6.3.13
A - Pours a dark brown with a few dark tan bubble that disapper instantly.
S - Booze, dark fruit, plums.
T - Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla - Amazing!
D - Low carbonation with a heavier body.
O - Didn't smell that great, but the layers of flavors are amazing. So good and inviting. Delicious.
06-10-2013 05:11:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.