Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple BockKuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock
BA SCORE
75.9%
Liked This Beer
3.85 w/ 253 ratings
Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple BockKuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Triple Bock is dark brown with ruby highlights. It is extremely rich and complex, with flavors of raisin, plum. There is a slight heat from alcohol and has low carbonation. It is full bodied, malty and sweet– you big beer lovers should try this beer.

Added by walleye on 05-03-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,826
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
253
Liked:
192
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
12.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
53
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of HopSavant
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of farrago
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very modest dusting across the surface of a yellowish tan hue, gone swiftly, the lacing is wispy and scattered. The liquid is a murky dark brown with an orange tint around the edges, fully opaque with a greater quantity of visible bubbles than expected, albeit moving lazily. The nose is rife with raisins, dates and milk chocolate, has a breadiness which verges on pastry, starts to develop a burnt smokiness as it warms. Full-bodied if hollow in the mid-palate, the sweetness seems to have receded which provides more space for the tart cidery, vinous notes. The chocolate, butterscotch going strong, black licorice, cola bean and candied ginger abound. The cherry, green apple, yellow raisin, fig fruit flavors steady enough but lack intensity. The carbonation does an okay job of showing up given the thickness of the liquid. Boozy but without burn. Doughy, bready through the attack, gone by the finish. Biggest flaw may be that it does not build to a meaningful crescendo, starts off well then meanders. Maybe was more powerful in its youth. (2011 bottling)

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Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear caramel brown filling to a darkening cloudy brown with a bright tan, almost orange head that quickly settles to a tan collar but can be swirled back.

As promised they bring it with the heavy maltiness on the nose right up front, with caramel, graham, wheat, roasted nuts, a little wood, faint gingerbread, hints of sassafras and pumpernickel.

Taste is a very rich and complex (wouldn't ya know?!) mix of flavors that coat the tongue in a very pleasant way. I get dark cocoa gingerbread, chocolate covered graham, and slightly overcooked raisin oatmeal cookies. As it warms it gets very on the prune front. Actually, too much so.

Quite sweet, but not overly so, with a fullness and a slight bite of alcohol. There's a nice froth when swished, finishing slightly dry but mostly slick and a little sticky.

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Photo of AleHunter805
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of Kuhnhenn's Dark Heathen Triple Bock, I've always wanted to try this beer and I'm happy to have the chance, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to and it's eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that took on more of a crimson and ruby hue when held to the light with a thin layer of dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some really small spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the dark fruits being the first to show up and they impart a good and complex combination of dark cherry, raisin, grape, a little apple cider and a little more dark fruit aromas. Up next comes a light alcohol aroma and it's followed by the malts that impart a sweet malt, caramel, caramel malts and nice little bit of butterscotch right at the end. This beer has a very nie aroma, I like the fruitiness with the caramel and butterscotch in the background.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the dark fruit still being the first to show up and they stick out the most and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the apple juice sticking out a little more making it a little more juicy, but there's still lots of dark fruits showing up. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol flavor that is smoother than I would expect for being 12% and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts till sticking out the most and there' s still some nice caramel and butterscotch coming through in the background. On the finish there's no bitterness with a little more sweetness and alcohol taking it's place with some juicy dark fruit and a little bit of caramel and butterscotch in the aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's just what I would expect from a Kuhnhenn beer of this style.

M- Fairly smooth, a little sticky, a little velvety, a little rich, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example, it was a big and pretty bold beer, it was a little boozy, but the alcohol never got to out of hand and the same goes for the sweetness which makes it's a very nice Tripel Bock. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit anymore than that would be too much. What I like about this beer is that for what it is it's smooth and ti also tastes good. What I like the least about this beer is the stickiness on the mouthfeel, I could go without that. I would buy this beer if I ever had the chance to and I would recommend trying it if you like big and bold Bocks. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed, as far as the high gravity beers from Kuhnhenn go this one seemed to be a little less boozy tasting than most of the other ones I've tried. It's not a favorite Kuhnhenn beer, but it is one of the better strong bocks that I've had. Great job guys, this is a very nice beer, keep it up.

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Photo of FleetwoodMatt
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2015 vintage

A- pours a viscous deep brown color with no head, looks a bit syrupy

S- aroma up front is a nice mix of toffee and dark fruits; raisin, fig & date. Undertones of tobacco, leather, molasses, caramelized brown sugar and alcohol

T- big sweet notes up front with flavors of caramel & toffee, mid-palate brings dark fruit notes of raisin & fig, followed by some earthy tobacco and leather, more sweetness on the finish with flavors of molasses and alcohol

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a thick and viscous mouthfeel that continues into a syrupy warming finish

O- a big malt bomb that is loaded with dark fruit and toffee notes throughout. Kind of wishing I'd let this one age a bit to tone down, nonetheless still a good choice for the malty sweet beer fan

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Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hardysf
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Winter Solstice 2015/2016. Exspensive beer at nearly 9.00 a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark black with a mocha head that quickly dissapates to a ring along the edge. Lots of aromas. Dates, figs, raisins, some cherry, and toffee. Also some oak/wood. The taste is very sweet and also very complex. So many flavors. The sweetness is balanced with some nice earthy bitterness on the end. It also finishes with some bready notes. The feel is nice, as it coats your throat. Nice slow sipping beer.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAp
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a cola-brown, with a half-finger mocha head quickly forming. The head recedes leaving minimal lacing with little retention. Nose is red grape, cherry, fig, caramel, and toffee, with an almost medicinal note. Additionally, an almost bourbon note is present on the backend. The palate is grape on the front end, but still medicinal - almost like grape cough syrup. Bourbon notes on the front end pair with a boozy warms, and give way to a clear malt body on the backend. Brandy and raisins are present as well. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Overall, this is an odd brew. The thickness and malt-presence of the classic doppelbock are well-noted here, but the almost medicinal sweetness pushes this beer into less complimentary territory. There's a great beer in here somewhere, but a few key aspects of the nose and palate drag this brew down.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter, this is the 2015 batch.

Pours muddy brown with auburn highlights. Absolutely no head with almost a still appearance. You can see a tiny amount of very small bubbles creeping up the side of the glass. Completely opaque body.

The smell is pecan pie filling with hints of dark pitted fruit. A touch of earthy hops and fresh baked dark bread.

On the tongue is similar. Burnt sugars, raisins, and a little bit of rye bread.

Heavy on the palate with almost no carbonation. Sticky.

Big malt flavors with a sticky, heavy body. Definitely an enjoyable beer, but nothing that's breaking the mold here.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Resuin
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IckyT2012
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.9% out of 100 with 253 ratings
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