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Kuhnhenn Braggot | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Braggot is mead and beer combined, this batch won the Bronze medal at 2012 GABF, one of only three medals given to Michigan breweries in the state This batch was made with Michigan Wildflower mead and Scottish Ale. Frank and Eric collaborated to make this award winning mead.

Added by marburg on 09-22-2003

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50
Ratings:
155
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
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Photo of justinp444
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is caramel with a thin beige ring of foam. Smell of honey, light malt, apple. Taste of honey, fig, raisin, roast bread, caramel and brandy. Has a clean smooth mouth feel with a tiny bit of crispness.

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Photo of LauraTheExplorer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Review of the 2014 bottling of Kuhnhenn Braggot.
This 2014 bottle is a 'Brewery only' release that was included in Kuhnhenn's Winter Solstice Party special mixed six pack.
This Braggot is exceptional IMHO, as brewmaster Todd Schwem found the perfect balance with this beer / mead . I am NOT a fan of honey flavored meads or honey in general, so this Braggot surprised me. I call it lightly sweet with a nice effervescence, and an earthy undertone(must be the beer portion) and a fresh baked shortbread- like character.... Gosh, just a nice quaff ! Very impressed with this.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not normally a fan of the style, but when it comes from
these guys, you just got to jump right in. Served chilled to
cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one
was consumed on 02/22/2009.

The pour was nice enough with a rich dark amber color that
was somewhat hazy and cloudy. A nice head of white came up
over the top and settled down into a thin veil that stayed on
top throughout the session. The aroma was loaded with grains,
nice light fruit notes, hints of honey and a light bit of
alcohol. Nice sharp bite as I take my first taste, rich
flavor here, more so then I have seen in the style before.
Nice flavor of honey soaked oak that came across the tonge
very quickly. Smooth, mellow carbonation really let the
flavor explore the palate as light noted of fruit, peaches
and nice touches of light grain and spice. Very intresting
and very smooth with almost no hotness even with the very
high alcohol in this one. Overall another really big winner
from the guys up north. This one was one of the better of the
style I have ever had. Top notch and I would go for it again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a recent trade with mikeyson4, thanks dude!

This one pours a clear medium amber, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells super wonderful, ripe honey, dark fruit, slightly tart grape, raisin, and some booze.

This has a really unique flavor to it that I honestly quite love. There's a great dark honey flavor, earthy and ripe, with some slight mustiness, grape, raisin, dark cherry flesh, with a slightly boozy finish. It's definitely not a strong boozy presence though, more warming than anything. Definitely some overripe prune as well. Maybe a little chocolate, too.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Another delicious high octane brew from Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sparkling mead with geuzelike sourness. My first braggot, it was crisp, carbonated (wohlfs who brought it to Doug Shoemaker explained the carbonation is from the malt) and different. Dry aftertaste. Refreshing and will have again. Surprising the alcohol was so high, ya don't notice.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to brett for the sample.
poured a soft golden with a wispy head that fell into the ever so slight hint of lace.
the aroma was mainly honey followed by malt with a hint of yeast.
the flavor was fantastic honey intermingled with malt, hint of fresh baked bread and some unidentifed fruit.
the mouthfeel was suryp-slippery-sweet (but ot cloying) with a tingle from carbonation as it went down.
braggot is very drinkable and went well cars water cracker and brie.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

bottle into tulip

appearance: dark mahogany/copper, no head whatsoever, no lacing

smell: honey, booze, dark fruits, some notes of cherry, grapes

taste: Dark fruits and lots of apple/pear notes off the bat, you can feel the alcohol warmth but for 16% it is very modest. Lots of honey and figs, the finish is dry and smooth with more dark fruits and sweet malts.

mouthfeel: almost zero carbonation, medium bodied yet syrupy

overall: Haven't had much of this style, but this was very drinkable and refreshing. I wonder what the 2 years of age did to this, as the alcohol was very subdued and overall this was a lot more balanced and sweet than I expected. Will buy again if I see it.

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Photo of superspak
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; Winter Solstice 2011 bottling. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a small foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing as expected. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, chocolate, raisin, prune, honey, biscuit, tobacco, light nuttiness, floral, and dark earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and honey notes; with hardly any alcohol presence. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, honey, raisin, prune, biscuit, tobacco, leather, light nuttiness, floral, herbal, and dark earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark fruit, molasses, honey, biscuit, tobacco, leather, and dark earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt flavors with honey; with hardly any cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 16%, with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; definitely a slow sipper though. Overall this is a fantastic Braggot style! Incredible complexity and balance of malt/honey flavors; and insanely smooth to sip on for being 16%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alright here we go

Poured from the bottle right down the middle of a snifter, very murky brownish amber color with maybe a hint of purple? ahh probably not....

Smell - Is very sweet, a lot of caramel, sugar plums, a lot of candy like sweetness coming through. Smells kind of like a sweetened version of a Old Ale.

Taste - a lot of sweet rasin, plum, caramel a little toffee, all around really good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium, thought it would be fuller based on the pour, Carbonation is there but you really have to look for it, somehow it works though.

Hard to believe that this is 16%.... Based on taste and mouthfeel I would have guessed right around 9%.

Well this is my first Braggot and it won't be my last (assuming I can actually find someone else who makes on, that I can get in my neck of the woods)

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2011 poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a thin layer of tan bubbles that dissipates rapidly. Because there’s barely any head, there’s no lacing. The beer is hazy with no appreciable bubbles. There’s definitely some legs on the side of the glass.

S – The most noticeable aromas are honey and grapes. Upon looking closer, dark fruits like figs and raisins become more noticeable.

T – The taste is sweet all the way through with honey, brown sugar, grape, raisin, and fig flavors.

F – Medium-bodied with not much carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. There’s definitely some warmth from the alcohol at the finish.

O – This is my first braggot, but it seems to fit the description of the style very well. It was definitely a tasty and unique experience and was very drinkable given the high ABV. It seems like they’re pretty tough to come by, but I’d like to try some more examples of this style.

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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage, shared by Marco. Thanks!

A: Pours a reddish brass color, no head.

S: Beautiful waxy honey aroma. Deep and sweet. Hints of apple and whole wheat bread.

T: Honey, bready grain, slight warmth, a bit vinous. Drinks like it's 7%, not 16%.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy body. No hint of alcohol.

O: Definitely one of the better American braggots I've had. The honey aroma and flavor is deep and satisfying and the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Thanks to whoever opened this at the tasting.

A: Flat, clear mahogany body. Meh.

S: Sweet honey, dark fruit, and some faint meatiness. Light booze. Quite nice.

T: Strong and sweet, with some honey, toffee, candied fruit, and booze. Tasty.

M: Still, sticky, and smooth. Ok.

O: One of the best Braggots I've had, this one really did combine the best of its beer and mead elements into something special. Killer concoction from Kuhnhenn.

Cheers!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2011 winter solstice bottling at 16.0% abv poured a deep barely translucent burgundy; no head to speak of - just some errant bubbles around the collar. If I knew what braggots should look like, I might've given it a better score, but I found it to be unremarkable in appearance

S: sweet dark fruits, caramelly malts

T: sweet balance of honey and malt creating a kind of brown sugar taste; some spice notes - I dunno - makes me think of clove or nutmeg and the kind of sugary dessert spices you find in Christmas and Thanksgiving pies and such - reminds me a lot of the Samiclaus Bier I had a while back (which was categorized as a doppelbock incidentally)- in the mouthfeel, too...

M: very thin and slick - how they hid such a high abv is beyond me, but I don't detect it at all; leaves a nice sweet holiday dessert spice aftertaste - like I had plum pudding with brandy

O: another one of those (for me at least, never having had mead or a braggot before) really unique beers. I thoroughly enjoyed the drinking of it - it was so innocuous and easy-drinking, but at the same time, I probably would go with a barleywine just as easily. Don't get me wrong, though, if you are a true beer advocate, it is worth the buy.

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Photo of WCW
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kuhnhenn's Description
2014 -Braggot – 12.8% ABV
The history of Braggot dates back centuries in northern Europe. Braggots are meads made with malted barley in addition to the honey. Our Braggot won a Bronze medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Brewed with wildflower honey and rich, dark specialty malts, the final product is akin to a Scottish Ale, with an added earthy depth and sweetness. Vinous notes combine with earthy flavors and a touch of toffee and biscuit character with just a hint of alcohol warmth. This is a complex sipper sure to warm even the coldest nights.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark Chestnut brown with no head and a few bubbles appeared right when poured. Small hiss when opened.

S: Aroma of a sweet plum pudding with honey, toffee, fusel alcohol wildflower blossoms and caramelized sugar.

T: As expected, this is a sweet bomb. While there is tons of plum and wildflower honey flavors, one place that this does not disappoint is the variety of flavors that are in here. There is a nice dash of caramelized sugar, toffee, pecan pie, molasses, and cotton candy mixing with tropical fruit and black cherry flavors. Wildflower flavors are the base of this braggot and being the first of this beer style that I have ever had, I am really enjoying it for its different flavors. It is surprisingly similar in some characteristics to Kuhnhenns Old brune which is one of my favorite beers period. Sweet black cherry flavors with a similar mouthfeel. There is some fusel alcohol flavors which are a 'flaw' however I am willing to forgive this slightly more in a 16% beer that is made with honey than a Russian Imperial Stout.

M: Very light in body with no carbonation detectable. Slight hiss upon opening.

O: Color me impressed. I will be seeking out more Braggot's in the future.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 2011 Winter Solstice. Bottle poured into a snifter. According to the bottle, this checks in at a whopping 16% ABV. It is a deep dark brownish color, slightly translucent with little to no carbonation. Smell is extremely sweet and alcoholic, with a lot of brown sugar and molasses-type aromas. Taste is very sweet with an interesting mix of woody off-flavors. While alcohol is definitely present, it is hidden pretty well for 16% ABV. There is very little carbonation here. This is probably my first braggot, but despite not having anything to compare to this is an enjoyable heavy beer.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of kkulacki. Pours a dark brown mud color with hints of red and with good clarity. Thin layer / ring of light brown bubbles. Laces wetly and slowly. Aroma is very sweet and figgy, with lots of strong honey reduction and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is intense, as i have come to expect from Kuhnhenn. Big, tangy bitterness, with lots of oaky tannins. Honey is sweet, almost overwhelming, but the high alcohol and malty base manage to reign it in. Full bodied, definitely approaching syrupy. This is definitely a sipper. Hooh-ah, Kuhnhenn makes some big ass beers!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a very very hazy deep brown with a slight mahogany hue and absolutely zero head, which as i understand it is typical for this brew, leaves no head either
S: dark fruits, prunes and raisins come to mind but also a slight woody character is underlying
T: woah, this is a drastic and ridiculous brew, that being said it is nice, very dark fruits from the onset where they begin slightly sweet through the end where they become more syrup or molasses like, molasses lingers on the palate long afterwards, also a very slight black licorice
M: smooth, extremely thick and syrupy no alcohol burn which is nice, the character is there in the taste but not the mouthfeel
O: a nice sipping beer and at 16% thats all id recommend you do with it, very unique and complex on the palate, extremely deep and really lingers on the palate for a long time

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 1 year)

Cloudy dark brown with dark ruby edges and a very thin khaki colored ring of small, tight bubbles, leaving the glass oily and slick on the way down. I don't expect much lace on a drink of this hefty ABV.

A sweet, fruity, and earthy aroma: red grape skins, plum, honey, scorched caramel, and dirt. Some alcohol, but that's expected.

The flavor is similar with honey and grape skins dominant, along with earth and alcohol warmth, especially in the back of the throat upon swallowing. Rich, sticky caramel and honey along with a nutty component as this warms fully.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation--slightly oily, though very drinkable.

Though I'm very new to the style, I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JasonR1975 for the bottle!

Pours a reddish brown, clear with 1 finger of bubbly tan head, no lace. The nose is big and boozy, pit fruit, bread, caramel. The taste is similar and feature a big toasted malt grain bill, toffe, caramel, prunes, raisins, and a nice honey mead. Lots of hot alcohol still, medium heavy body with light carbonation. Really nice and very interesting.

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Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color of honey (who would have though) decent white head and pops with a sizzle. Slightly cloudy.

Dry earthy aromas. Malt is very prevelant in the nose as well as dry honey blossoms, and flower.

Very nice refreshing semi-dry mead. The malt does very well at helping any cloying sweetness that may have been there. Alcohol burns slightly in the chest. Floral, earthy finish again full of alcohol. Once past the initial alcohol burn the spritzy carbonation really helps drinkability. Nice sipper after a long weekend of liver infection.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Kuhnhenn Solstice Party 08. Clear, deep chestnut with ruby highlights and a thin layer of fine, beige bubbles. There was a thin collar too, which provided some spotty lacing. Caramel and floral honey in the aroma, along with unrefined sugar, mild dark and toasted grains, and a hint of higher alcohols. Low bitterness, plenty of sugary sweetness. Some caramel and quite a lot of honey flavour, a bit of fruit character as well, plum and cherry. Mild alcohol flavour with moderate warmth. Very fine carbonation, a bit on the low side, with medium body, quite smooth. Quite tasty and very drinkable, a nice change of pace when you're looking for something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of Flopjack
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle into tulip

Appearance : Dark mahogany mixed with a light honey color gives this beer its overall color, No head at all, no lacing in this one

Smell : Honey straight from bottle, once poured into glass has more of a sweet red wine smell and the honey sweetness is still present

Taste : Balanced fairly well, the alcohol is more warming than overwhelming. As far as flavor goes, you get a good taste of honey mixed slightly with dark malts. No bitterness in this beer either. The after taste is pleasant with lingering honey notes, that makes you feel like you just licked a bit of honey from a spoon or have eaten a plain honey stick.

Mouthfeel : No carbonation, medium bodied with a little syrupy flow down the throat

Overall : Ive had one other mead in my life. Good overall, although I am not very familiar with the style. I would buy this again hands down. Its alcohol volume mixed with its smoothness makes this a good end to a long day. Go find one or three.

Flopjack out, tight lines

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Photo of Dope
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle.

A: Pours....almost black. Whoa. Very dark brown at least. Small, tiny little tan head despite an aggressive pour. No head retention, no lacing, nada. Practically looks still.

S: Huh. Kinda reminds me of a scotch ale. A little bit of smoke and some dark caramel. Stronger though. Menacing. Sticky caramel and molasses mostly.

T: Whoa. Very sweet. Loads and loads of honey and caramel up front. A little bit of that familiar scotch ale smoke/peat taste. Molasses even? Toasted sugars and caramel into the finish. Add some honey and that sweet taste lingers on forever.

M: Very heavy and syrupy. Almost no carbonation.

O: Wow. Super duper sweet, cannot be overstated. Only a few beers from the Bruery can compare. Lack of carbonation only adds to the crazy syrupy body and flavor. Thank god this is only 12 ounces. It's good but it's just hard to drink, a sipper for sure.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bottle of 2011 stock, pouring into our oversized snifters. It shows a hazy chestnut brown coloring, with baby flecks of sediment found throughout. Carbonation appears to be nonexistent, no head is produced, and what bubbles there are rise slowly in this syrupy brew. The nose gives frank honey and maple syrup sweetness, dense caramel, brown, and coffee malt roast and smoke, rummy booziness, dank dog fur, black cherries and fig pulp, apple and mango fruitness, buttercream cake frosting, and satisfying buttery diacetyls. The flavoring, once you get past the harsh boozy dryness of feel, gives notes of dried mango and fig skins, lime rind and seed, melty caramel and toffee sweetness, brown and caramel malts, sea salt, soy sauce, gravel, brandy-soaked raisins, ceramic tile, and silver. In addition to the boozy dryness, the mouth is fully coated with sugary syrupy, but this gives way to bittering cloy after too long. The abv is massive, and the beer sips accordingly, taking forever to disappear.

Overall, this beer is wildly rich and decadent. The nose alone could cause diabetes. With warmth, the booze does come out in droves to meet the horrible sweetness, giving a semblance of a balance to the tasting. As far as a braggot goes, this tastes more mead than beer, with a strong showing of the raisins, figs, and fruity undertones held within, rather than with much depth of grain or bitterness of hops. This beer is one quick step away from being an amazing barrel aged beer, as it has enough intrinsic diacetyls and buttery warmth to carry it. That might make it more approachable and acceptable by many professional whale hunters, but alternatively could push it even further into uncharted, extreme territories.

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