Dark Heathen Triple Bock
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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From:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #84
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,363
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 12.44%
Ratings:
265
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 28, 2021
Added:
May 03, 2006
Wants:
  32
Gots:
  54
SCORE
87
Very Good
Dark Heathen Triple BockDark Heathen Triple Bock
Notes: 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.
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3.79 by vfgccp from New York on Nov 28, 2021
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2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, vintage 2011, kindly shared by abemorsten. ABV is 12.5%. Dark brown colour, minimal head. INTENSE sweetish malty aroma, bordering on "sickly". Strong oaky notes too, hints of liquorice. Low carbonation. Very malty flavour, sweet and oaky but not extreme - however, the maltiness is not balanced by sufficient hops.

Mar 18, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Muddy red with a thin, fizzy tan head that quickly disappears into almost nothing.

Fig, caramel, toffee, cherry and leather in the nose. Very barleywine-esque.

Sweet cherry, fig and bread pudding up front in the taste, with some chocolate and leather behind, all tempered by a kiss of earthy bitterness and fairly strong alcohol.

Syrupy, full-bodied feel with fizz cutting through.

Very tasty. Any BiL aficionado will appreciate the depth of flavors in this one. 2017 bottling.

Jan 26, 2021
 
4.32 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Mar 22, 2020
 
3.45 by edthehead from New York on Mar 20, 2020
 
3.72 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 20, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by RoyalT from Michigan

Appearance – This poured a dingy brown in color with a surprising little head. The foam was dark brown and very attractive but of course did not last long.

Smell – The molasses nose has a bit of alcohol sting but otherwise is pretty simple and straightforward as a bock should be.

Taste – There’s a strong sugary sweetness here that I didn’t catch at the smell and the alcohol comes charging on full speed. There’s also a bit of musty character that goes well with the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is then and true to the style with no bitterness of course. There is a bit of a sting though from all the booze.

Drinkability – Surprisingly easy to drink for a 12.50% beer. It’s an interesting take on the style to booze up a bock without making it too big and they pulled it off nicely. At $10/bottle probably won’t buy again but a nice experience.

Vintage: 2017.
Normally I would say that these big, boozy malt-based beers are good to age but in this case I think it’s best to drink fresh. You wouldn’t want to sweeten up this beer any more than it is and it already has a nice, musty character.

May 25, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

L - 1-finger yellowish head atop a caramel-brown body.

S - caramel, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit.

T - follows the nose. Loads of raisin, vanilla, fruit cake, with a good hit of booze. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Moderate booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - a tasty nightcap.

Jan 27, 2019
 
4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Jan 21, 2019
 
4 by odement from Michigan on Oct 27, 2018
 
3.97 by HardyA from Michigan on Sep 26, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

'15 vintage.

This one pours a fairly dark caramel brown color, with a very small head, and no lacing.

This smells like toffee, Rolos, port, dark fruit, black cherry, chocolate, and caramel.

At 3 years old, this has become so smooth, malty, rich, and surprisingly not boozy. It's warming, though, with a huge rich and port-soaked malt character. It's pretty fruity, with dark cherry, dark grape, and juicy raisin. There's also candied caramel, toffee, and fruitcake. This is delicious.

This is medium bodied, but slightly syrupy, with a very low level of carbonation.

Kuhnhenn always seem to spin some magic with the big malty beasts here.

May 20, 2018
 
3.71 by HopSavant from Tennessee on Jul 13, 2017
 
3.75 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Jun 20, 2017
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3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by farrago from New Jersey

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)

Jan 07, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Dec 18, 2016
 
3.98 by AleHunter805 from California on Aug 23, 2016
 
4.1 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Aug 17, 2016
 
3.78 by tommy5 from Michigan on Jul 20, 2016
 
3.94 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on May 10, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StoutHunter from Michigan

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.

May 09, 2016
 
4 by FleetwoodMatt from Pennsylvania on May 07, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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

May 07, 2016
 
4.1 by jaydoc from Kansas on Apr 26, 2016
 
4 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Apr 26, 2016
 
4 by robwestcott from Indiana on Mar 27, 2016
 
3.85 by CantankerousCaveBear from Canada (ON) on Mar 21, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hardysf from Michigan

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.

Mar 20, 2016
 
4.24 by Stu_Grimson from Michigan on Mar 11, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by LAp from Ohio

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.

Mar 06, 2016
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by auroracrisis from Kentucky

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.

Feb 24, 2016
 
3.92 by boogerisu from Iowa on Feb 20, 2016
 
4.26 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Feb 05, 2016
 
4.19 by IckyT2012 from Florida on Jan 28, 2016
 
4 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Jan 26, 2016
 
4.39 by Eziel from Ohio on Jan 22, 2016
 
4.06 by Thedrizzle from Florida on Jan 21, 2016
 
5 by SinjaminBentek from Nebraska on Jan 13, 2016
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3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by ThickNStout from Georgia

White foil capped 12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). 2015 Vintage. Served in a goblet.

Pours an opaque, turbid mahogany with red highlights. What begins as a full finger of khaki foam is quickly reduced to a broken halo that fails to leave any lacing.

Sweet aromas of figs, caramel, brown sugar, dates, raisins, toffee and bread. Smells like the Dark Heathen has never even heard of a hop.

This is a big, sweet, bready, dark fruit infused and mildly boozey beast. Raisin bread, molasses, dates/figs, burnt caramel, brown sugar, grainy malts and a healthy dose of alcohol. It is plenty sweet, which I enjoy but lacks any real depth or substance to make it a flavor I want more of. Not at all off putting, just not something I desire more of.

Syrupy medium body with almost no carbonation whatsoever. While I generally prefer less carbonated beers this one is just dead flat. Aftertaste is driven by malty notes of raisin bread, sweet wort and kilned malts.

For my tastes Dark Heathenis a rare miss from Kuhnhenn. I enjoy thick sweet beers but this lacked the depth necessary for the sweetness to work. Still not a bad beer and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

Jan 11, 2016
 
3.75 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Jan 10, 2016
Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 265 ratings