Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Village Stock Ale
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Village Stock AleBourbon Barrel Aged Old Village Stock Ale
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Old Ale
3.73 | pDev: 16.09%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Village Stock AleBourbon Barrel Aged Old Village Stock Ale
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superspak from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours very hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, orange, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, sherry, anise, leather, tobacco, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Touch of booze in the aroma as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, orange, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, sherry, anise, leather, tobacco, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness, and yeast/oak spicy/tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, orange, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, peppercorn, sherry, anise, leather, tobacco, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spicy/tangy/tannic notes. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky/tangy/tannic, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 14.2%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a very nice old ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/tart/drying finish. Certainly a unique old ale. I don't think I've had one with Brett C before, but it works. Great balance of fruity yeast, malts, and solid barrel presence. Not a ton of barrel, but adequate enough. Has all of the typical flavor complexities you would expect. Not even close to being like 4D, even though it is a variation. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example otherwise.

Jul 21, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

Pours a muddy brown body with cherry highlights. Small head that reduces to nothing leaving no lacing.

Aromas of caramel, toffee, lactic sourness, a little oxidation AKA cardboard here.

On the tongue it's sweet with tons of molasses and brown sugar, caramel, boozy vanilla, dark fruit and fig, a little tart cherry in there, finish is sweet and sour sauce.
Pretry heavy body , thick and syrupy , medium low carbonation.

Interesting.. Almost like they intentionally infected an old ale or barleywine

Sep 13, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Dark brown color slightly hazy with a huge bubbly head that makes pouring difficult. Sweet sugary fruity with plenty of earthy funk to go along with it. Seems a bit syrupy at times, but very interesting as well.

Dec 19, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.19/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12 oz. bottle. Big khaki head with a murky amber body. Smell is bretty. Caramel. Funky smelling. Brett is strong in the taste too. Builds into a downright sourness. Vinegar. Unpleasant. Still retains a strong and earthy sweetness. Heavy. High carbonation. It's really unpleasant. I didn't get through many sips of this.

Oct 27, 2015
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a burnt caramel colored hue. Some tan froth that sticks around for awhile
(S)- There is an obvious richness and sweetness behind a big dry profile. The Brett is subtle but there. Ever so slightly earthy
(T)- Interesting. Some candied fruits meets a sharp but mild acidic toffee and honey. Brett is subtle but there in the dry finish
(M)- A good carbonation level. Very interesting for the style. Has the richness and sweetness in the background, but a candied fruit and mild sharp acidity in the forefront of things
(O)- I appreciate trying to go for a traditional take on the style. It is complex and dynamic. The Brett helps cut the sweetness and big 14%. I look forward to seeing how some age will develop this. I can also see why they are so many mixed reviews on this, it is not what most people are expecting, but its the way they were done traditionally back in the day

Sep 10, 2015
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mtomlins from Canada

2.47/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big thanks to JasonR1975 for the bottle!

(A) Pours a deep rich brown with a bubbly tan head with limited retention but decent lacing.

(N) The nose is big and boozy with bourbon and whiffs of hot alcohol, lots of sweet toasted grain, raisins, prunes, toffee and light fruit (maybe pineapple), oak, leather.

(T) The taste, however, is less than pleasing and difficult to describe. It has all of the standard old ale notes (raisins, prunes, toffee) with heavy bourbon (big and boozy with some vanilla) but then then the Brett comes through like a fart in an elevator jarring and sharp and does not compliment the base beer in any way, but rather stands in sharp contrast and not in an interesting way.

(M) Hard to judge as I could not drink much of this brew.

(O) I loved the concept of this beer, to mimic an old ale sitting around in an old oak barrel from the pre-Prohibition era but the beer itself unfortunately just speaks volumes to the lack of refrigeration and sanitation of the time instead. Nasty.

Aug 10, 2015
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Pencible from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at SAVOR 2015. Tons of raisin and fig and toffee. Awesome old ale! A little hot, but not bad considering the ABV. I wish I had a bottle of this to age.

Jun 09, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Short Review. This sure was one unique and complex beer, it seemed like after every sip I picked up a new flavor that I hadn't noticed before. This is suppose to be a version of 4D with Brett and the brett gives it just enough funk and a good amount of sourness that isn't too acidic and it reminds me of a Flanders Red, but it's still a really strong beer and I feel like the sourness cancels out some of the boozyness making it taste less boozy than it should. I enjoyed this complex brew and I hop to get a couple bottles one day.

May 01, 2015
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as extra in a trade. Tastes like a really good port. Raisiny, boozy. Don't get any bourbon though. If you like ports, you will really enjoy this one.

Mar 30, 2015
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours the color of deep mahogany. through thinner parts strong reddish, leathery hues. a small tannish head that has a strong retention and leaves behind decent lacing along with alcohol legs. some brightness but mostly opaque and dark.

Smell: light bourbon and booze, some sherry along with dried fruits, ranging from cherry to prunes. strong acidity. hints of pineapple and oak.

Taste: opens with tastes of leather and tobacco. strong earthiness and acidity. fruitiness comes through next with notes of pineapple, cherry and prunes. some slightly vinous qualities. Towards the end notes of booze and liqueur come with notes of bourbon and booze along with some sherry. ends with some acid and a dry oakiness.

Mouthfeel: Mostly sweet, strong dryness and a ph on the acidic side.

Overall: certainly a nod to the early history of the style. the use of brett gives this beer a strong acidic and earthy quality.

Mar 08, 2015
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linnymtu from Michigan

2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was not a great fit for me. Don't love BB4D because of the sweetness and definitely didn't think the souring of it made ANY sense. Tasted very confusing and actually pretty gross.

Feb 13, 2015
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pjkelley82 from New York

3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A soured version of BB4D. 2014 poured into a pint glass.

Looked average with a head that fell apart and was reminiscent of soda.

Good on the smell.. Bourbon, toffee, caramel, burnt bread, sour tarty smell of pineapple and Apple skin. Sweet and sour smelling...

Pretty tasty. Even more as it warmed. Tastes like a bb4d with the addition of the souring notes.

Thin with a soda like carbonation. Less carbonated as it warmed. I actually really like the dry finish they incorporated. Super weird after finish that absolutely killed the beer. A malty burnt bread/toffee type taste that just lingers.

By far the beer I dislike the most from my most coveted brewery. I knew it was going to be a sour type beer and I don't like sours but I actually enjoyed this one and it was not too sour to me. It's okay to try if you can but don't go wild for it

Feb 07, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). 2014 vintage, no specific bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a murky, opaque burgandy with a tiny half finger cap of pale froth. The head dissipates without either retention or lace to speak of.

Strange combination of aromas. Old fruit, toffee, funk and vague oak barrel.

Taste follows the nose with a very strange blend of sweetness and funk. Not necessarily sour or tart but extremely funky. Pineapple, caramel, toffee, barrel funk, bananna peel, oak and booze. I get notes of the awesome base beer that I love but it's masked by wild, funky yeasts.

Fairly thick body with moderate carbonation. Odd aftertaste of barrel funk, pineapple and some toffee.

Not sure why Kuhnhenn would want to do this to their 4th D but Olde Village Stock Ale is certainly a different approach. I didn't mind drinking it but I won't look to recreate the experience.

Jan 29, 2015
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blankenhoney from Ohio

2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This was a difficult beer to wrap my head around. It looks, smells, and tastes a helluva lot like BB4D. Nice caramel, toffee, bourbon, and vanilla all over the nose and taste. So far, so good. But it's also sour and funky, so there's a bunch of tart and sour citrus fruit on the nose and taste, too. And that kind of ruins everything.

I'm not a fan of sour beers, but I could handle - and almost enjoyed -- this one for a few sips. But the mix of sweet and sour was way off and hard to handle, ultimately resulting in the dreaded drain pour.

Not as bad as I was expecting, but not very good, either. More importantly, it was a terrible use of the base 4D or BB4D.

Jan 10, 2015
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tectactoe from Michigan

2.02/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

This smells & tastes like a soured batch of BB4D. Whether it was intentional or not does not make it a good beer. I really am having a hard time comprehending how people are enjoying this.

Dec 22, 2014
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