Dark Heathen Triple Bock
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Dark Heathen Triple BockDark Heathen Triple Bock
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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #44
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,710
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.31%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
264
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Gots
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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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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought as part of the Winter Solstice mixed four-pack, which was $35 ... so really, this beer cost about $8.75. Haven't had this one before.

Appearance: Hard pour didn't do much. No head, no lacing. Looks flat in the glass. The color of the beer is ruby brown. Sits in the glass basically looking like prune juice. Doesn't look interesting at all.

Smell: Boozy and sweet. The malts come together to give quad qualities -- plums and raisins, but also a mild blueberry aroma as well.

Taste/feel: Aw, man... I don't know... pains me to say that I don't love this beer. Like I was afraid of just looking at the beer, the feel is very flat. There is the subtlest mid-palate carbonation, but other than that, there's nothing. Also, the beer isn't super thick. It's got a syrupy texture to it, but its body is moderate at best. Strangely, I like it not being too thick because if it were any thicker, it'd probably be undrinkably syrupy because of the lack of carbonation. In terms of flavor, it's pretty good. Every dark fruit you can imagine can be tasted in this beer, but there's not a ton of malt character. The finish has a slight breadiness, but it's surprisingly and disappointingly subtle. This is mostly drinking like a heavily sweetened fruit juice more than anything, due to the almost complete lack of carbonation and malt qualities.

A guy at the brewery genuinely claimed this was his favorite beer from the Winter Solstice pack -- I'm not sure why. This would be a decent buy at maybe $5-$6 per 12oz bottle, but about $9 per bottle is definitely too much to pay for this beer. A little more carbonation would go a long way. I can understand this being super sweet, because it's a doppelbock, but the least they could have done was get it not feeling so flat.

This is definitely a disappointing beer. Certainly not bad, but most definitely not worth the price.

Jan 04, 2016
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Jan 17, 2013
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Aug 31, 2012
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mikeyv35 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 03/10/12
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Plastic Popcorn Courtesy Cup

Snuck this treat into the AMC movie theatre in NJ, via my wife's Louis Vuitton purse(the bottle was pre-chilled). Funny part is they serve beer and drinks, but only macro junk.

Pours a dark brown mahoghany in color w/ red hues w/ a 1/3 finger white head that left nice lacing. The appearance was the only part I struggled with, had to wait until the movie screen was bright and/or flashed to get a good look. Aromas of dark fruits, biscuit, caramel malts. The taste was of dark fruits(fig/raisin) up front, leading into some boozy spiceness, and finished w/ Belgian yeast and breadiness. Medium bodied and lush w/ carbonation levels on point for a typical German Dopplebock. The drinkability was excellent for what this brew is. I drank the 12oz. bottle without a struggle due to the 12.5% ABV being well masked.

Overall, this was a very good brew that despite stepping outside the box, as a suped-up dopplebock(tripelbock), still conformed to the German style. Would gladly drink this brew again, but still prefer a regular top-notched Dopplebock better.

The movie, Gone, was excellent, but maybe the beer made it better.

Mar 19, 2012
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robwestcott from Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 27, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 26, 2016
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wethorseblanket from California

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 17, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - Ruby caramel. No head. Just a few stray bubbles.

Smell - Deep rich caramel. Very fruity. Boozy as hell, no surprise. Lots of raisins.

Taste - Less sweet than the nose implies. Sweet up front, but it drops off to a much deeper raisin and earthy malt flavor. Some bitterness. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Well it's boozy as hell. Hot and low carbonation. Sipper for sure.

Overall - I know it's supposed to be boozy, but this is pretty harsh. I hesitate to say I wish it were sweeter.

Apr 30, 2013
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farrago from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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)

Jan 07, 2017
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JamnesCameron from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy ruby with brown highlights, poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip glass. A thin tan head that does not last.

Aromas of dark fruits and caramel malts, prunes, dark raisins and figs. No hop aroma.

Flavors of sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Heavy plum, raisin and figs. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. Low levels of carbonation. A warming alcohol presence.

Overall a huge sipping beer.

Mar 26, 2012
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sep 14, 2013
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass
Bottled in 2011

A - It has a ruddy brown body with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head.

S - It has a dark fruit aroma. I get some dates and figs. It smells sweet as well.

T - The taste is all malt. I get some dates and molasses. The alcohol is well hidden. I'm sure 2-3 years has helped that aspect.

M - Medium and smooth.

O - This is a malt bomb. It is high in alcohol and high is sweet malty flavors. I like it. I think is has aged wonderfully and developed into a very good beer.

Mar 22, 2014
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brown toffee like color with tiny tan bubbles coating the oatside of the glass. Still and lifeless after the initial pour and settling.

S: Smell of toffee, roasted caramel, extra sweet malt presence

T: Extremely sweet and slick buttery tastes coming off the bat. Very light bittering present, mostly fruity raisin, yellow plum flavors and caramelized sugars all over. Butterscotch and english barleywine-esque in a lot of ways, but dryer and less bitter. Definitely some booze present.

M: Thick body with a light carbonation.

O: This is good, but not $8.99 good for a 12 oz bottle. Always a pleasure to try all things Kuhnhenn but they do better on just about every other release comparatively.

Mar 06, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2011 brew.

Appearance: dark, rich caramel brown hue with plenty of haze and the thinnest layer of tan foam. Described as a low-carbonation beer, this shouldn't be surprising. Still, it's quite nice to look at.

Smell: deep, complex malt aroma with a rich sweetness, raisin, date and cherry notes. Quite good indeed.

Taste: raisin and date back to the fore, followed by a definite alcohol bite. Rich creamy caramel pervades the palate, and the deep fruity flavors accentuate that base. Along with that, there is nothing here really off-putting; it's a doppelbock with a little finesse.

Mouthfeel: not enough carbonation to be creamy, but the thick body has a rich silkiness which is quite satisfying indeed. I like it a lot.

Overall: I am really enjoying this beer. I'm not always a fan of the style, probably because it's such a hard one to get right. Kuhnhenn has got this one right.

Jan 14, 2013
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

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

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a hazy, dark amber with no head retention. No lacing.

S- dark fruits (raisins, prunes), candi sugar, alcohol.

T- sweet malts, candi sugar, raisins and warming alcohol.

M- full body and low carbonation. Thick and semi- dry with warming feel at the finish.

O- still pretty hot for being a year or so old. It's no Aventinus eisbock but pretty good and would like to try a 2 or 3 year old bottle.

Dec 13, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

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

12oz bottle, vintage 2006, into Darkness sniffer.

A - Pours a brownish red color, tan-colored head, thin ring around the glass with some bubbles randomly popping here and there, and some thin film on top.

S - Big dark fruity nose, caramel, smooth alcohol, slight oak. Smells like a smooth aged barleywine. The 13.5% is there, but it's very subtle and smooth...age has done this one well.

T - Dark fruits, figs, raisins, plums. Slight burnt sugars, caramel, oak, slightly oxidized on the finish. Tastes like a well aged barleywine. Smooth...

M - Medium, smooth, good carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable and glad I got the chance to try this one. More like a barleywine then a doppelbock, but who cares, I liked it. Probably not many floating around but try if you can find.

Apr 13, 2011
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sweemzander from Illinois

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

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

(A)- Pours a nearly black - dark/ burnt sienna color. Produced a light layer of tan froth. Surprising considering the large 12.5% ABV.

(S)- Very dense and dark raisin, molasses, and burnt caramel. Bits of cocoa with notes of licorice increasing as it warms.

(T)- Wow, some VERY up front licorice and raisin characters. Some deep burnt caramel and vanilla sweetness on the finish. Very rich throughout. Seriously though, alot of licorice in this.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. Overall, it is very rich and sweet but surprisingly not cloying. Extremely well integrated ABV. For how big this is, I do not get a feel of it being syrup or as thick as I expected; quite smooth actually.

(O)- Overall, if you like tons of licorice, this might be your holy grail. Despite that, I was quite impressed with how well balanced this is while still keeping it toned down in the thickness of what it could be as well as the expertly well integrated alcohol. Reminds me of a more balanced, less alcoholic Samichlaus.

Feb 08, 2013
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wrightst from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Aug 14, 2014
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HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.1%

Nov 15, 2011
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dec 16, 2013
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resistdefy from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jul 31, 2013
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TKEbeerman from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jan 27, 2013
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dbc5 from Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jul 28, 2013
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tewaris from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ron! 12 oz sampled alongside the infamous SATB. 2011 edition.

Brown and clear, the looks are certainly lager-y. Not much of head retention. Prominent notes include straight up maltiness, toffee and chocolate. Somewhat alcoholic which is welcome. Feels a tad thinner for its intensity but on the up side it is very clean. Glad to have had it.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Apr 25, 2012
Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 264 ratings