Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple BockKuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: German 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

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Reviews by divineaudio:
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3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2011 batch. pint glass

a - pours a nearly opaque, murky chestnut brown with faint red highlights. no head or lacing on this one, just a thin film.

s - fruitcake, honey, candied cherries, prunes. just a ton of dark sweet boozy fruit.

t - sugary carmel malt with tons of sweet fruits. booze soaked maraschino cherries, prunes, fig, port. finishes dry with a faint earthy bitterness. alcohol taste is well hidden.

m - syrupy with barely there carbonation.

o - kind of hard to drink due to the massive sweetness, almost cloying at times. this is definitely a dessert beer or one to share with a friend. given the $6/bottle price i probably won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kuhnhenn for Summer Solstice '13. Dark Heathen pours one of the deepest brown colors I've ever seen without being dark enough to be called "black" as light shimmers through as reveals plenty of dark-ruby highlights. The head is foamy and soapy, comprised of large bubbles and tinted in some weird shade of gray. No lacing left on the glass.

Thick, robust toffee and caramel candies are the first descriptors to come to mind after taking a great big whiff of this heavy brew. Sugary, sticky, and just plain "big" in terms of the aroma. Light black licorice, heavy clumps of toasted bread, and a fine outline of burnt brown sugar. Gloriously malty, delicately sweet, and eminently huge.

Warmth opens things up even more, introducing an array of your standard dark fruits; plums, raisins, and dates, coated with booze and dipped in brown sugar. The booze is evident on the nose, but not enough to burn your nostril hairs or clear your sinuses. I'm really liking the nose on this one so far.

Wow! I thought the nose was powerful, until I took my first sip of this thing. I expected a lot of flavor, considering it's a 12.5% ABV doppelbock, but it still shocked my palate out of the gate. Delicate booze laced between mountains of caramel and toffee. A deep nuttiness resides in the background, along with a plethora of sticky malts and brown sugar. Triple bock, no doubt.

The fruit character meshes extremely well with everything else; plums, juicy dates... Sweet, sweet, and sweet without reaching teeth-chattering levels. Really a perfect level of sweetness for this style of beer. The booze is well integrated and the flavors are accentuated incredibly. Lots of crisp, toasted bready, lager-yeast in the finish, along with faint brown sugar and a heavy nuttiness.

Dark Heathen hoists a big and boisterous body; sticky, thick, and almost creamy on the mouth feel with low-medium carbonation. I was really taken back by how easy this was to drink... It holds the power of a 20% ABV brew while drinking more like a 6-7%. I wish I could have grabbed a few bottles of this, as it turned out to be one of my favorites of the day.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Cloudy, very dark brown with nearly no head and basically zero visible carbonation. This looks and pours a lot like prune juice. Unattractive and daunting.

The aroma is a big, sweet combination of caramel, toffee, banana, raisin, and fig. Interesting and pleasant. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, and I wouldn't have guessed it's as potent as it is.

The flavor is exceptionally sweet, though not overly simple. There's lots of raisin, fig, rum, and leather flavors, along with a bit of banana, and chewy pizza crusts.

The body is lacking much to any carbonation. The beer is heavy, flat, and a bit oily.

A big, sweet, and interesting beer that lacks appropriate body.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Hop Devil in NYC for their Kuhnhenn night. The beer poured a dense brown color with a slight tan head that provided a nice little ring around the edge of the glass. The beer had a sweet, malty aroma with a slight hint of the high abv to come. The body was a nice big punch of malty sweet, caramel, honey and the big big abv. Some of the other Kuhnhenn beers that night masked the abv well but this one put it right out in front and makes for a nice full body and tasting beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Floral aroma. Scotch colour dark brown and malty scotch aroma. Blind tasting of the baleywine say it was an old ale. Sweetish spice in middle. A real style bender. Full mouthfeel, a meal in itself. Bottles were available and I kick myself now. Alcohol not detectable.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to the ever generous hoppymeal for the bottle. Hard to believe I'm getting to try this one.

Vintage 2006

Appearance: It pours a darker brown color. It's moderately hazy, but there's plenty of light getting through giving it a slight dark cherry tint. The head is tan in color and is roughly a finger and a half deep. Retention was impressive given the high abv. Light speckles of lace lined the glass.

Smell: There's obviously an abundance of malt in this one. It smells sweet and sugary. Loads of caramel and toffee aromas. Dark fruits and dates are very prevalent. Smells like a heavy mix of raisin, plum, and prune. Scents of tobacco and leather emerge. Alcohol is noted, but for the abv, it doesn't smell that strong. My bottle notes 12.5%. Pretty impressive all-around. It's a tad weak, but maybe it'll open up more as it warms.

Taste: At first, it's very, very sweet. There's quite a bit of caramel/toffee malt flavor. Brown sugar is pretty prevalent. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum are noted. To a lesser degree, there is some light prune. It is a little earthy and features a nice tobacco-like flavor. It's a great complement to the other flavors and works well. Alcohol is rather faint. I'm actually astonished at how well it's blended. If I didn't know the abv, there's no way I'd buy that it's as high as it is. Very, very impressive. It finishes sweet. There's a lot of depth and flavor here. Very well done.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: As far as body is concerned, it's lighter than I'd hoped. It could use a little more. Carbonation is light and it feels nice and smooth. I'd just like it a little thicker. Drinkability is above average, but limited due to its strength. It definitely packs a punch.

Dark Heathen's very impressive. I've got a couple of small qualms with the nose and the body, but they're far from substantial. I am curious as to where the damn soy flavor is in this one. As a Tripple Bock, I was expecting some soy. ;~) All kidding aside. This is a damn good beer. Much more impressive than the Sam Adams Triple Bock, if you care to compare the two. Definitely recommended if you can find one. Thanks a ton, Derek.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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