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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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98
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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 1,151
Gots: 98 | FT: 9
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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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-08-2014 00:40:03 | More by enelson
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Sisky

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-05-2014 04:48:39 | More by Sisky
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kevanb

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a Kuhnhenn Etched Snifter.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, opaque, hazy and thick in texture, a taut, fizzy khaki head rises about a finger high from the the beer before receding nicely, leaving only a few touches of lace behind, which themselves wither and fade easily. The aroma is monstrous, tons of marshmallow character, toffee, oak, bourbon, charred wood, brown sugar, a bit of molasses, vanilla and some pitted fruit. It's huge, complex, sweet, savory albeit a bit astringent at the back end. The flavors are right in line, tons of rich malt, toasted marshmallow, burnt brown sugar, soft toffee, vanilla, raisin, bourbon, chewy oak, charred character, some light stone fruit, but boy does the barrel character shine here. Potent alcohol is also a big component but its really smooth, more of a warming character at the finish. The body is the one area of concern, its smooth and the carbonation is low, but it does feel a bit thin, and underwhelming. The finish is soft and mild, warm and sweet from the alcohol.

Verdict: A truly delicious Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Kuhnhenn and the best beer I've tried from them, surpassing BB4D, which I didn't think possible. The complexity is astounding on the tongue and the marshmallow character is wonderful. If only it had a richer, thicker body to carry the flavors. Cheers to Kuhnhenn for this masterclass.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:09:48 | More by kevanb
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BlackNote

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-04-2014 19:33:22 | More by BlackNote
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timc100

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

Deep mahogany, dark dirty brown/ruby - completely opaque. A surprisingly long-lingering creamy head with big alcohol legs. Aroma isn't huge but fantastic - very soft, sweet vanilla and marshmallow from the barrel as well as very smooth toffee and caramel. Taste is huge and mouthfeel is perfect. Very smooth and full bodied carries the sticky caramel, toffee, vanilla, and lots of oak.

I'm not getting a ton of bourbon off of this, but the barrel/beer blend is fantastic - incredibly smooth and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:36:12 | More by timc100
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ari32

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-31-2014 16:00:57 | More by ari32
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22Blue

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-30-2014 04:39:46 | More by 22Blue
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HipHopsHooray

California

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-28-2014 22:34:20 | More by HipHopsHooray
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-28-2014 17:53:34 | More by xnicknj
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-25-2014 04:26:35 | More by bpfrush
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GrizXTKEX519

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-23-2014 03:20:45 | More by GrizXTKEX519
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-20-2014 03:11:48 | More by beergorrilla
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alex021224

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-20-2014 01:21:34 | More by alex021224
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cgrz

Michigan

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-19-2014 19:45:32 | More by cgrz
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.98/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a big beer. Pours a deep mahogany with tangerine hues. Nose is superb. Like a rich candy: toffee, caramel, and vanilla dominate. A bit of golden raisins and figs come out too. Bourbon comes out nicely in the finish. Really nicely done. Sweet, rich, and smooth. A beer of epic proportions. Thanks for opening this Joe!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 08:54:29 | More by DmanGTR
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weonfire

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-14-2014 04:20:31 | More by weonfire
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-13-2014 16:11:33 | More by lunarbrew
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, from the 2013 Winter Solstice release. Poured into a GLBC snifter today, 1/12/2014.

Appears just like BB4D- dark brown, very hazy and nearly opaque, with a fairly minimal tan head that leaves a small film. It looks boozy, but maybe that's just because I know it's made by Kuhnhenn.

Smells friggin' phenomenal. Intense toffee and butterscotch notes round out a vanilla marshmallow bomb. Seriously reminds me of the likes of BVDL in how much vanilla and marshmallow there is, and the intensity of it. Best smellin' barleywine I've ever sniffed. It does get some more solvent alcohol as it warms up though, which isn't unexpected.

It's not quite living up to what it smells like, but it's still very good. Intense butterscotch and toffee flavours along with a nice rich barrel vanilla flavour that is not overpowering like in the nose. Brown sugar, molasses, anything else that makes a beer sweet- it's in here but this is still balanced by a bit of alcohol heat and oak.

Medium-thick bodied, about what I'd want from a good barleywine. A bit sticky, solid carbonation. A sipper due to the intensity of the flavours and the ABV is definitely a lot less apparent than the 14% it says on the label.

Phenomenal English Barleywine. Probably the best I've had to date that wasn't made from third-run barrels. It's very similar to Bourbon County Barleywine- but the smell on this one blows away the BCBW. I do think the BCBW is more balanced and easier to drink. Either way, if you enjoy sweet and boozy barleywines, this is absolutely your beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 15:10:59 | More by Stevedore
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-12-2014 02:56:22 | More by williamjbauer
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-09-2014 19:22:01 | More by bauermj
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nesarebad

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-09-2014 02:52:44 | More by nesarebad
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-07-2014 01:01:34 | More by zekeman17
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klegos

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-04-2014 20:58:17 | More by klegos
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Danimal25

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

01-04-2014 18:24:37 | More by Danimal25
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Docrock

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-04-2014 05:38:53 | More by Docrock
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.