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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: 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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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling year = 2011

A: deep copper color, ever-so-slight haze, poured with head but dissipated (not surprising for 12.5% ABV)
S: medium nose, deep treacle, sweet, port-like
T:extremely rich, deep caramelized malt, high ABV but smooth and mellow with just a touch of heat, reminded me of aged EKU28
M: deep body, rich, full, slightly cloying

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany in color with some amber highlights and just a touch of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces fairly quickly to medium patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts including toffee and brown sugar.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of sweet malts including dark fruit (raisin), brown sugar, and toffee.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall for as high in alcohol as this beer is, it is fairly well hidden with only a light presence in the mouthfeel. The beer needs to be slipped slowly but is enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, Winter 2011 vintage. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small foamy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace instantly. Ni glass lacing, and a fair amount of alcohol legs. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, licorice, dark bread, earth, light nuttiness, wood, and light bourbon. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malty flavors. Taste of big raisin, prune, dried fruit skin, licorice, toffee, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, leather, light nuttiness, wood, light bourbon, and earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, toffee, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, leather, light nuttiness, wood, earth, and light bourbon on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malty flavors; with almost zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial bock style. Great balance and complexity of malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of MystikCelt
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Thanks to Anonymous1 for this one! '11 Vintage. Served lightly chilled.

A- Pours a dark ruby red that appears almost an opaque dark purplish black in the glass. Pretty much no head to speak of even though poured somewhat aggressively. Fairly low carbonation but consistent.

S- Sweet malts and lots of dark fruits- prunes, plums, cherries, raisins, apples, some booze. Decently aromatic and pleasantly sweet, booze is fairly subtle for 12.5%.

T- Sweet malts and dark fruits of cherries and prunes. Finishes with even more dark fruits with plums, raisins, a hint of chocolate and tobacco, and a bit of booze. Nice lingering aftertaste of raisins, sweet dark cherries. Well balanced, nicely layered, and very complex.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit thick, decent carbonation, subtle alcohol warmth, but very easy drinking considering the abv.

O- Not only is this the perfect beer for the sub-zero night we are having but it is also one of the best bocks I've had. There was an extremely nice complexity in this with just the right sweetness and alcohol warmth to make you feel it but not detract too much from the taste. I definitely recommend checking this out if you like high abv beers with a nice sweet dark fruit complexity.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ComRock12
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1649th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn Snifter

Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- This was a dark crimson pour. A bit of a ruby edge to it and then a bit dark in the center. Only a small head was there. Maybe 1" or smaller and slight tan. Fell quickly and left just a couple bubbles but more pond layer.

Smell- A good bock aroma. Thick malty and rich with dark fruits and sugars. A bit boozy at the 12% and had that vienna malt note behind it. A bit herbal and grassy. A little unbalanced but better than most.

Taste- This was very tasty, albeit a bit large and boozy. A bit more of a plum flavor with some brown sugar than I was anticipating. Even for an older bottle held up with a bit of the booze and richness. Seemingly like a bit of a sweet syrup flavor as well.

Mouth- A bit on the thin side even for a 12% beer. Had a semi thin-medium carbonation. It was a good flavorful beer but the residual flavors were just a bit too boozy and sweet.

Drink- It was good. I admit I really enjoy Kuhnhenn anyway, It was a bit thin and a bit sweet and boozy, but sometimes a good bock can be that way.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Anonymous1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A-Pours a burnt ruby hue. Head is tan and small. Head also leaves random strings of lacing. Body seems to be a bit cloudy but not very much and light penetrates quite easily.

S-Dark fruits and dried dog food. Figs, raisins and plums. Very sweet and malted. Brown sugar and burnt toast. Booz isn't really noticeable surprisingly. The age seems to have mellowed the heat a bit?

T-Tastes like that type of bread with the raisins baked into it. Loads of molasses and brown sugar. Caramel of course. Dried dark fruit in every area. Lighter notes of milk chocolate. Booze is also very well masked on the tongue. Wet cigar.

M-Very full bodied and creamy. Booze still very secretive. Carbonation is very subdued. Its drinkability is frighteningly high for something so boozy and full.

O/D-Cool beer. Not really my style, but I can now see why Kuhnhenn is a superb brewery. I am impressed by how well the flavors have melded together. Must try more from them somehow.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour delivers a deep and rich brown ale with a ruby hue around the edges of the glass where the most light strikes. There is no head to speak of nor lacing. The beer is mildly carbonated and the look of it in my chalice seems to say that it is a big beer.

The nose has dark fruit characters and black cherry tootsie pop scents. Munich and Vienna malts lend this rich sweetness.

The taste is sweet and alcoholic. The dark fruits shine through in the taste as well. A bit of black cherry and plumb as well as an almost wine like character are some of the ideas produced by the flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel is satisfying and robustly medium. The rich malt flavors are perfectly supported by the viscosity of this brew.

Overall, this is an interesting brew. This is definitely not a session style ale and it is full of complexities to consider while sipping. For my personal tastes, this is not something I would go out of my way to procure again. This beer is more of a palate expanding experience for me as opposed to cherished drinking session.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of subhumans15
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery snifter. Picked this guy up at the Whole Foods on Bowery in NYC last week.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head that leaves quickly and low to moderate carbonation evident. No lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, fruity malts, and molasses. Super malty, not much alcohol coming through for 12.5% ABV. Quite nice.

t - Tastes of licorice, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, toasted malts, molasses, alcohol, and burnt malts. Alcohol is a little stronger in taste than the nose, but still not bad considering the ABV.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty thick body.

o - Overall a very nice dopplebock. Heavy on the dark fruits and very malty, this is a strong beer, but doesn't taste quite 12.5% ABV. Definitely worth checking out but a bit of a sipper.

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Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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