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Kuhnhenn BraggotKuhnhenn Braggot

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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Photo of Rifugium
2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2014 vintage. Cola color with a few stray bubbles on top. No retention or lacing. Aroma of caramel and anise, spicy, with hints of peat. In the taste, licorice, tar, tobacco, peat, notes of dark dried fruit and honey. Left a bad taste in the mouth like smoking a bad cigar. Some syrupy booze in there, with an otherwise harsh mouthfeel. Not very drinkable, not very good...

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Photo of HopHead84
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Floydster at The Bruery Reserve Society party. I believe this is the March 2008 vintage. It's dark amber with a diminutive head of bubbles. The nose is earthy, with notes of sour fruit candy, raisins, heather, and honey. The flavor is earthy and slightly sour, with notes of heather, honey, and a dash of chocolate. This was cloying and I didn't finish my small sample.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2011 vintage. 16% ABV confirmed. Bottle acquired in a trade with michaellcoates. Really excited to try this; I really liked the Brother Adam's Bragget and I enjoy meads. 12 oz bottle with interesting well-done label art and standard silver pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation, though I was really disappointed by their Bourbon Barrel 4th Dementea.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As I started the pour, no head was forming, so I added significant vigor.

A: Pours a dark khaki colour floater ring; no real head forms. Thin, with horrible retention. No lacing.

Body colour is a murky dark reddish brown; I can tell the beer side of this was a Scottish ale. Nontransparent; semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Admittedly, it isn't much to look at and seems direly undercarbonated.

Sm: Smells like an aged barleywine. Raisin, prune, caramalt, heavy biscuit malt, amber malts, and dark fruit notes - perhaps cherry and/or raspberry. Fruity syrup. I also get some honey and mead notes, but only when I look for them; I wouldn't have identified them without knowing this was a braggot. Currants/berries comes through more and more as it warms. Very subtly integrated spices are there too, but I struggle to identify them because of how seamless they are in the flavour profile. Nutmeg? Light vanilla. Splashes of oak. Grape. Truffle. Brown sugar. Some floral notes. Fig. Molasses. Quite fruity. The beer and mead seem well-balanced, though I do want more from the honey. Not getting much in terms of herbal or hop notes.

An appealing aroma of moderate strength. Fruity notes are dominant. Shockingly, no alcohol is detectable. I don't get any yeast from the aroma.

T: Syrupy up front and it never lets up. Ripe fruity notes throughout. Raisin, grape, prune, fig. Lightly vinous. Molasses, caramel, biscuit malt. Candied sugar. Subtle spices; they're difficult to identify individually but I do get heathers redolent of a gruit. On the sweet end of the bitter/sweet spectrum. Dates. Honey is timid; the beer definitely overpowers the mead here. No hop notes are present. Not getting any yeast either. I do notice the alcohol lurking beneath the syrupy sweetness, but it's shockingly well hidden considering it's 16%. I'd never guess the ABV was that high. A bit musty and dry; perhaps even lightly oxidized. Unrefined sugars.

I wouldn't call it balanced per se, but it's not a mess. There's a lot going on here but it doesn't feel cohesive or seamlessly constructed. I do like the build for what it is, but the mead and honey side is lackluster.

Mf: Lightly dry - most so on the finish. Musty. Vinous; a bit rough. Some heat is present here. Lightly acidic. Heavy on the palate; she's a handful. Not oily or biting. Carbonation is actually a bit overdone, contrary to what the appearance might suggest. A bit smooth. Light hints of a cardboard like texture suggest oxidation. Suits the flavour profile generally well.

Dr: If this is the aged version, I imagine this beer is pretty rough fresh. I don't mind it for what it is, but it's certainly not very drinkable - definitely more of a sipper. Alcohol is noticeable. This is my second beer from Kuhnhenn, and I don't yet understand what all the fuss is about. A nice try at the style, but ultimately its flaws outweigh any enjoyment it might provide. If it wasn't lightly oxidized, I'd say it could use another 2-3 years of aging.


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Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the Solstice Party this year.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, almost brown away from the light, thin tan head forms, settles to a nice collar around the glass, some lacing sticks, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, very floral, caramel, fruit, raisins, alcohol, light ammonia which I noticed with the braggot I made, biscuits, lots of malt, neat honey character. Taste is neat, although the flavour it a bit thin and hot, some floral honey character, fruity, alcohol is in your face, some caramel, apples, some spice, ammonia again, pretty interesting although can't say its very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light bodied, pretty thin, with low to medium carbonation, some big heat going down. Way too thin, light sourness, lots of heat, not as rich and full bodied as I think a braggot should be.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Blind BIF 6

A - Pours a very dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights when i hold my glass up to the light. There was absolutely no foam whatsoever except now there is a ring of tiny bubbles around the glass.

S - The aroma is sort of faint. I'm picking up some sweet malt, maybe a bit of coffee or fruit or something?

T - Now i'm getting it more, it reminds me of Ludens cherry cough drops. And thats how it tastes as well. A slight mix of cough syrup and maltiness. Not really something that i'm liking very much, though I did used to eat those cough drops like candy when I was a kid. As it warms I start to pick up a bit of chocolate in there as well.

M/D - medium bodied, almost still, very syrupy. I wouldn't say its hard to drink, its just not enjoyable. I keep trying it thinking it will be different but nope, this is what it is.

As for a guess, i could guess Mad Elf, that beer has the same cherry type flavor but not as bad as this. So i'll just rip off the paper to reveal...
Kuhnhenn Braggot

now that I read about it, I can pick up the honey more. I just don't think this is my style. As it warms, it definitely has a different flavor and its growing on me, but in the end I don't think its for me.


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Photo of SteelersX
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a funky bret like character in this beer That I wasnt expecting. Also some high alcohols that are not surprising considering this beer is 16 percent alcohol.

It is sweet but not cloyingly so. Overall a very tasty beer but maybe not exactly what I was expecting. Kuhnenns always pleases in some fashion.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Pours with very few bubbles. Deep red brown. Thin collar of white foam.

Smell - Lots of honey. Fruity. Carmel. Not a great deal of complexity. Mostly honey here.

Taste - Much more depth to the malt flavor. Very sweet, but coupled with caramel, fruity malts, and a touch of smokey malts. Finishes a little bit buttery.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste anywhere near 16% alcohol. Not really boozy at all. Sweet and slick. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The style doesn't lend itself to much complexity in my experience. The honey flavors mask most of the dimensions of the beer. Amazingly smooth though.

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Photo of hopdog
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Kuhnhenn Brew Pub...

Poured a medium amber color with a small sized head. Aromas of, well guess what, honey with some caramel. Tastes of honey, caramel, and some breadiness. Light alcohol in the finish. Braggots are another style I don't really seek out, but this one was drinkable and not bad.

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Photo of gford217
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymeal poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a small short-lived off-white head that leaves a tiny collar and no lacing. There are definitely some boozy legs that cling to the sides on the way down.

The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet honey, caramel malts and a slight sourness lingering in the nose as well. It's definitely dominated by the sweetness though and pretty close to what I expect from the style.

The taste has a quick tart apple sweetness that gives way to the much bigger honey sweetness with some caramel malts thrown in. There is definitely an alcohol burn in the finish with a slight sour and cardboard twang. Not too bad though and the taste was pretty good overall....just hot.

The carbonation is fairly low, which is fine, but the overall mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and really hot with the alcohol.

I was definitely expecting a bit more body with this one and the sourness was slightly offputting, though it wasn't enough to ruin the beer for me.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

picked up locally, 2011 vintage from the winter solstice. poured 12oz into hill farmstead oversized wine glass.

a - a hard pour yields a still lifeless liquid in the glass. looks purple in the glass but to the light, ruby highlights are revealed. no lacing to speak of.

s - oh wow. rich and complex. big banana and bubble gum. some lighter spicing like clove and sage. honey and lemon. smells rich and chunky. i really don't know what to expect.

t - just as much going on in the flavor. banana, bubble gum, same sage i find in the smell and honey. weird and different, but good. sweet, but not cloying.

m - little to no carbonation, but it seems to work. doesn't really seem like a beer, perhaps more of a liquore or cordial?

o - overall, didn't really know what to expect with this one. i've had a braggot or two before and it is an odd style (top braggot is rated at 3.91 so not something universally loved on BA). going into this one with no expectations, the end result is a big strong alcoholic drink that doesn't feel like one. i really don't get any of the booziness. there is some sweetness, but nicely balanced out with some sweeter saison-like flavoring. no mistake that this is different. probably a great one to bust out after a dinner party and give everyone an ounce or two. a bit pricey, but i suspect that i'll pick up another one of these while they are around. a very cool and unique drink and something that would be fun to break out to rave reviews.

kuhnhenn continues to impress with their huge beers that carry a nice flavor and are beyond drinkable with hidden booze.

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Photo of brystmar
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn's 2008 imperial bourbon barrel aged braggot was among the best beers I had last year, so I've got high expectations for this one.

Split this 2011 bottle three ways. Zero head or lace from the dark caramel colored body. Looks like we poured a spirit instead of a beer. Honey, spices, yeast, malt, booze, and caramel in the nose.

Malty and sweet; honey really shines through. Dark and oaky too. Lots of other spicy nuances that I can't finger give it complexity. Sticky, medium body with zero carb.

Careful though: you can barely taste the 16% ABV, even at room temperature. Literally *zero* bite and only very mild alcoholic warmth as it descends. I enjoyed this one, but at $12 for a 12oz it's only for special occasions.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). No bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with chestnut hightlights and a half finger pale froth. Those bubbles quickly fade to a tiny ring which subsequently disappears entirely without leaving any lace.

Aromas are sweet. Honey, toffee, vague fruits and some caramel.

Taste follows the nose. Honey, unripe dark fruits, toffee, red wine, caramel, raisin bread and a fairly hefty booze heat. All in all this comes accross as a Scotch ale on honey and sugar steroids.

Mildly syrupy, medium full body with a strange carbonation that I feel tingling in my mouth but doesn't show in the glass. The finish maintains that theme of honey, fark fruit and toffee.

Kuhnhenn's Braggot is a nice blend of malty ale and mead. A sweet, enjoyable departure from my typical routine and well worth a try for anyone that may be curious.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Humulus5883 (Reddit) for this, I've been really excited to try it. 2011 vintage.

Pours not head at all, and I mean nothing, not even a thought of one, with a semi hazy maroon mahogany cranberry reddish color.

Nose definitely has some mead characters, nice honey, floral like, light sweet malt, little caramel and molasses like malts, some fruits with fig, apple like, etc, little nutty and candy like, and lots of booze.

starts syrupy and thick, big malts and honey too. Honey is thick but more background like with a bit of floral fruity honey. Then syrupy thick malts, a little nutty and caramel molasses candy like. Booze is there but not 16% like, but there is some fusel and phenolic flavors from it, as well as a light glue like solventy flavors. Fruits bring more fig, date, little apple and other sweet like fruits. Light bitterness as well cutting in. Finish is still a bit sweet but it never gets really sweet, some warming booze lingering, more dark fruits, nuts, syrupy candy, and a bit of honey as it dries a lot later.

mouth is syrupy, fuller ish bodied, almost no carb though, some warming booze but doesn't feel anywhere near 16%.

Overall interesting, unique, a big beer with lots of dark fruits, malts, syrupy candy flavors, and plenty of additions from the booze itself. However, the mead portion seems to be drowned out a bit too much, but still tasty and good.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into teku glass. 2014 vintage, label says 12.8% abv.

A- Pours a muddy looking brownish color with some light translucency around the sides, not much of a head forms but carbonation appears to be fairly lively but not overdone.

S- Very malty, definitely has that scotch ale presence, some caramel, has a little bit of a floral aspect going on, can detect a little bit of booze.

T- Scotch malt, some floral notes, grain, caramel, light sweet honey, booze definitely detectable. Finishes with a more pronounced scotch malt presence and a light honey sweetness.

M- Light fizzy carbonation, alcohol is up front but finishes fairly smooth, medium bodied with a hint of syrupy aspect.

O- I haven't had many other braggots to compare this to, but while I wasn't blown away I thought this was pretty solid. Has a nice malty sweetness to it and you can detect the booze but it drinks a lot easier then you would expect it to.

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Photo of pwoods
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to polomagnifico from RB for this nice extra!

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Delerium Noel Tulip.

A: Pours a deep deep ruby, opaque. Short head, maybe a half inch, not very much retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of sweetness from the honey but some added toffee notes in the back. Some spices that remind me of Christmas sweets and spicy cookies. Maybe some grassy hops in the back. A bit of mineral in the back.

T/M: Soothing alcohol all around. A touch too much sweetness for my taste but it's definitely on style with the big honey notes and deeper rich sweetness from the malts adding some toffee. There is a flash of hop bitterness and maybe more of the grassy, flowery hop flavor. Alcohol really booms right on the swallow and even more as it warms. Body is medium full to full and very smooth from the low carbonation. Surprisingly not syrupy.

D: It's unseasonably cool right now but this is definitely a winter brew. ABV is big time but would make a nice warming sipper during the cold winter.

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Photo of MichPaul
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First ever Braggot I have had and I liked this one! This is a honey bomb though, so you would have to like that. It is very well done though.
Pours a caramel brown color with absolutely no head. I didn't see any sign of carbonation at all actually.
Smell is pure honey sweet. That's actually all I get from the smell is just honey.
Taste is, as I keep saying HONEY! For this to be 16% is ridiculous! I barely get any alcohol burn. This is extremely drinkable especially if you, again... like honey.
Mouthfeel is fine if you don't need the carbonation feel. Goes down smooth...
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but I would not buy it again for the price tag. If you like Braggots, you should really pick this up just to try it once.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nose is the best part about this beer. It has so many great aromas, and smells more like a good quad than a braggot. The flavors are sweet caramel, toffee, raisin, and a little dark fruit. Meh to good beer. Hides the 12.8% well.

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Photo of marburg
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, first, that I haven't much basis for comparison among meads and their ilk. I've only ever had one prior to this, and it was quite a while ago. I can say, though, that I did enjoy this beverage, irregardless of its degree of authenticity.

Golden brown, something of the copperish color of a lightly toasted marshmellow. Nothing too significant in the way of carbonation. A very strong, sweet honey aroma drifted from the bottle right away. Very potent. Big, big flavor dominated by alcohol and honey sweetness in the truest sense. A beefier middle that ressembles beer a little more, probably where the barley in the product shows itself a bit. Alcohol in the finish, especially as it warms a bit. It gets a bit harsh when it's really warm. But otherwise, it was pretty good. I'm not sure of the abv, but if it's below 7-8abv, I'd be outright shocked.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2008. 13.5% ABV.

A- A deep, murky, leathery brown beer with some deep ruby hues. The head is thin, splotchy, and white, but at least there is some carbonation to it. The redness really makes it something to look at.

S- Hmmm... some cherry candy, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol. Smells amazing when you really get in there. Very unique.

T- Cherry candy at the beginning, but as it warms, a chocolate aspect comes out. The alcohol is barely noticeable for 13.5% ABV. Not as much depth as I would have imagined or as the aroma would lead you to believe, but still nice.

M- Not very carbonated, but just a bit to allow some flavors to come through. There is no alcohol burn, just a bit of warmth and a lasting dryness in the aftertaste.

D- The alcohol will definitely sneak up on you with this one. A easy to drink sipper. Interesting and unique.

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Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Thanks, Derek. You're the best, man.

Appearance: It's a darker brown color with a strong red hue. Almost looks like a deep cherry color. There's a very light haze in there. The head was white and disappeared soon after it arrived. It barely covered the surface. No lacing was left to speak of. I do like the color quite a bit though. It's unique and carries the day.

Smell: The nose is kicked off with a strong cherry scent. It's very sweet smelling. Maybe even a hint of brown sugar in there. Smells like there's some sweet chocolate malts in the mix. There's a distinct leather aroma that emerges and adds an interesting dimension to it. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't present itself as strong. My bottle indicates abv is 13.5%. The alcohol is actually somewhat artful, if you can imagine that. Very nice, classy smell.

Taste: A strong cherry flavor is the focal point. It's more candy-esque than medicinal though. Nicely done. Chocolate malts add some sweetness and give it a well-rounded flavor. It is a little leather-like and earthy in a way. That's a subtle feature that's far from strong. Alcohol is masterfully blended. For a 13.5% beer, it's not all that noticeable. It's far from hot or boozy. Very impressive. Braggot has a nice flavor. It's not exactly flashy or full of pizzazz, but rather a classy, flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a heavier medium body. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is there, but it's just enough to keep it from being flat. It's not exactly lush, but smooth enough. Drinkability on this one is okay, but limited by the extremely high abv. I'll award extra marks for its deceptive nature. But, I know the truth.

Braggot's a good beer. Kuhnhenn did a nice job with this interesting style. This is my first go with a Braggot and I'm pretty impressed. As I alluded to earlier, it's very artful and classy. I feel important as I'm drinking. Dammit, a beer that makes you feel important is a good beer. Thanks, Derek. Very thoughtful selection.

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a trade a long, long time ago. 2011 vintage.

A- Poured into my Duvel tulip a murky chestnut hue with visible carbonation, however, no actual head or such.

S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, sticky sweetness, honey, bit of alcohol.

T - Taste is very sweet, caramel sauce, super sweet malts. Tastes almost like one of those 'Bit O Honey' candies, or a honey hard candy the kind with the honey filling. Cloyingly sweet, sticky, alcohol hidden though.

M - Mouthfeel is very sticky and sweet, cloyingly so. Alcohol was hidden relatively well though due to age.

O - Overall this is a tough style. Typically VERY sweet and loads of honey notes it's hard to make this beer not taste syrupy or heavy. The age helped this, sure, but, it is what it is.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Kuhnhenn brewpub in Warren. Saw they had this in six ounce pours on tap and couldn't pass it up. It pours a wood-stained shade of brown with some fainter hints of ruby passing through certain spots. Good clarity overall, given the overall deep-ish hue of the beer. The head is small, bubbly, gray-tinted, and probably more apt to be called a swampy blanket on top of the beer rather than a real head.

Not knowing what to really expect from the aroma, I was slightly puzzled after the first whiff. Lots going on, that's for sure. Plenty of fruity esters and a seemingly heavy hand on moderately Belgian-style yeast. Light Bubble-Yum flavors with a soft, earthy spice, almost like white pepper or clove. Good mix of sweet and musk with a touch of damp woodiness that hits last. The more and more I smell, the more I get some light citrus notes, too. Interesting to say the least, and an alarmingly low aromatic alcohol presence for such a high gravity brew.

Some alcohol heat comes with the first sip, but still not enough to think anywhere in the realm of 16% ABV. I would say 9-10% at best. Braggot is traditionally a mix of mead and beer. What beer was used for this batch, I can't say for sure. But many Kuhnhenn meads are iterations that are based off of their Citurs mead, and I am definitely picking up a bunch of that familiarity in the flavor. Light spritz of citrus and fruit followed by a warmer braising of alcohol and a smooth, honey-sweet finish.

Coupling with the mead flavor is what seems like possibly a Belgian dark ale of sorts. The taste, like the aroma, is ester-heavy; clove, faint banana, mint - very "yeasty" and thick in flavor. Deep, slightly-boozy plums outline the rough edges with some sherry-coated black cherries. Among the concoction is a small pile of musty hops; spicy, leafy, and herbal in flavor. They don't seem bitter, but perhaps it's because they are a bit overpowered by the sweetness from the malt and the mead.

The mouth feel is pretty dense and heavy, though the braggot is carbonated pretty well. Slightly sticky, wet, and oily with a warm and sharp finish. The aftertaste is full of booze, light citrus, yeast, and malty sweetness. Overall, I enjoyed the brew quite a bit. Though it may be too heavy to drink regularly, the drastically high alcohol content was fairly tame. It was interesting to pick out the traditional flavors of Kuhnhenn's Citrus mead here. I wonder what beer was mixed in with this batch?

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at '08 Winter Solstice - says March 2008 on the label however. 13.5% is the ABV for this batch. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - There's a half finger of late-rising foam that dissipates to a ring. Dark brown that reveals transparent red-orange highlights when held to the light. I wasn't expecting much in the way of head from such a high-gravity brew.

S - Smells like Concord grape juice and honey, with some raisin and darker fruits notes and a hint of the trademark Kuhnhenn chocolate truffle as well. Very sweet, with well hidden booze even as it warms.

T - Taste has more presence from the chocolate malts, with some burnt sugar character as well. The honey isn't quite as overt - this is not mead in disguise. There's still some of the fruity grape flavor, and the alcohol is again very well hidden. Thankfully not trace of the sourness detected by some of my colleagues.

M - This is where the alcohol becomes noticeable - there's a nice heat after swallowing. Full bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, surprisingly unsticky residual feel.

D - It gets a tad sweet and the ABV is ridiculous, but I never felt like I wanted to give up on my 12oz pour (although I did ask my wife for help). Surprisingly drinkable for what it is...

Wow - a Winter Solstice '08 beer that isn't infected - I should go buy a lottery ticket.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12OZ. bottle
Served in a Kuhnhenn's snifter

A - It is a murky tea color. I poured aggressively, so the yeast went in the glass, yet the pour yielded no head. There is a fine line of beige bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - The first thing I thought of when I took a whiff was cherry Chap StickĀ®. As it warms, I start to get some sweet, boozy malt. It reminds me of a barleywine.

T - It is sweet. I get some fig, molasses, and honey. Once again it reminds me of an English barleywine. I get some alcohol on the finish.

M - Medium and flat from lack of carbonation.

O - It's a sipper. It is better at room temperature. It just reminds me a lot of an English barleywine. It has warming effects. I like it.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light reddish brown. strong garnet hues. half a finger of a tannish head with moderate retention and the slightest lacing. crystal clear with a strong brightness.

Smell: strong toffee, light and floral honey. some caramels. dark fruits and some booze.

Taste: opens with some strong maltiness. toasted grains transitioning into caramels and toffee. floral honey and some booziness.

Mouthfeel: heavy and somewhat sticky. little to no bitterness. strong sweetness but not cloying. boozy and warming.

Overall: a very nice braggot. the base beer works well with the honey addition while even letting a nice amount of honey into the taste.

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Kuhnhenn Braggot from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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