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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
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
249
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
21.57%
 
 
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30
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55
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cherry brown color with no head and a miniscule uber thin lacing ring. This looks like a glass full of the dead sea.

S - Molasses, oak, raisins, brown sugar, figs, prunes, and bourbon.

T - Raisins, figs, prunes, oak, brown sugar, molasses, plumbs, and bourbon. (Directly follows the nose, no doubt.) Some alcohol warming on the way down and leaves a thick coating in the mouth of brown sugar, molasses, and plumbs.

M - Thick and full bodied, sticky, somewhat syrupy, velvety.

O - Complex and a smooth sipper that will creep up on you very quickly. The extreme nature pushes the envelope way beyond the style and I'd much prefer a more traditional Doppelbock.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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 +0.8%
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 +2.5%
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 +5.8%
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 jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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 flagmantho
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1649th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn Snifter
12oz

2011
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 VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +0.8%
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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 n2185
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Loads of syrupy caramel and vanilla on the nose with some bubblegum and bready notes in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma, syrupy vanilla and caramel dominate with dark fruits and a bready finish. Only a slight alcohol presence for such a big beer.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and syrupy feeling, coating my mouth with a layer of sugar.

O: An interesting, though not terribly successful beer. It's a bit too simple and overly sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle 12,5% ABV.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011 Vintage

Appearance: Dark Heathen pours a thick, oily, mahogany brown colour; with a back light revealing a deep ruby colour with beautiful golden-orange edges. A rough pour yields a thin tan coloured head that fizzes away rather quickly. A swirl regenerates a little foam and coats the glass in some thick alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells great! The notes are those of a traditional doppelbock, but with a lot more sweetness.
Notes include: Sweet dark malt, dark caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits (raisins, prunes, dates and red grapes), a touch of molasses and a toasted note. The alcohol is noted slightly, but is far from bothersome and adds a light rum quality.

Taste: Wow, this is absolutely delicious. As in the nose, sweet malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruits (raisins, red grapes and prunes) dominate. Molasses, a light earthy note, a bready quality and toasted nuts are also noted.
The alcohol cover is even better than in the nose, I would not guess that this was more than 8%.

Mouthfeel: Full body and quite sticky, however the lager yeast seems to have given it a clean, rather dry finish that prevents the body from becoming too much. The carbonation is initially a little too high and not smooth enough for my liking, but it settles down to an enjoyable level quite quickly.

Overall: I have never been a huge fan of doppelbocks, but I really enjoyed this one. I will certainly be getting a few more bottles in the future.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an odd one to be sure and in the end a bit of a disappointment. The price was a bit steep for a 12oz bottle (I believe it was about 8 bucks) and the name “triple bock” led me to believe I be drinking a malt monster of epic proportions. Strangely lacking in malt character however. An ugly pour, very still, murky brown color; no head or lacing at all. The body was medium-full; thinner than I’d expected, and carbonation was very low. That might have worked better on a big chewy beer but this one wasn’t that.

Interesting taste and aroma; boozy, some sweetness, slightly sour and tart yeastiness, lacking the profound malt flavor I was seeking. A bit of breadiness but not nearly enough for my tastes. Some dark fruit, raisin and figs soaked in rum; fruitcake spiciness, caramel and brown sugar. An interesting beer that was entirely successful for me; I’d try it again but not at the asking price in NYC.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Poured into a Bruery Tulip...

Head refused to rise more then one-half finger. Head was unique multi-color tan, gold, and white. Lots of soapy bubbles with some top foam. Unique sizzle sound from the head popping... Brew is thin deep purple with lots of brown and black. No lacing. Once the brew settles it looks FLAT...

WOW! Huge Raisin scent. Grape peels dominate along side tons of caramel. Very good Doppelbock scent.

Awesome Grape-y flavors. Huge malt presence too. A bit too thick, IMO. Great carbonation, with nice relaxed burn as it goes down, not over whelming. Slightly thick mouthfeel...

Impressive, but it looks flat. There's nothing aesthetically pleasing about this brew. This brew has changed my views on Doppelbocks...I will never run from them again...

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep ruby brown, no head really - just a wisp of bubble around the edges

S: maltiness - the Vienna and Munich malts, I presume

T: very interesting - my only other doppelbocks were the Samiclaus Bier and Sam Adams double Bock. This beer is nothing like the Sam Adams (which was very rich and bready sweet) but has some characteristics in common with the Samiclaus (which was a very thin-tasting, unusual-feeling beer). There is malty sweetness backbone to this beer, but up front it is like thin strong espresso, with some distant dark fruits; a dry molasses/brown sugar warming effect, and I tasted wheat (although I don't know why), too, as those faint sweet notes vanished. Very compelling.

M: thin (not what I expected), no carbonation, but very smooth - made me think of a port wine or a whiskey - like the Samiclaus, it was very un-beerlike, although I get that this is just a style of beer with which I have had little experience

O: despite what may seem like mixed or hesitant descriptors, I have to say, I really liked this beer. The label says "triple bock lager" and I get it. The beer is lager thin, but bock dark - the advertised Vienna and Munich malts are obviously amazing - you have to love them. The decoction process used is no doubt accountable for some of the unique characteristics of this great beer as well.

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Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby brown color with little to no head that settles into nothingness, looks flat. Pretty color but lifeless.

The aroma is of rich caramel and toffee. Scorched brown sugar and honey. Raisins and prunes add a fruity note to the beer. A tad of earthiness to the aroma, perhaps a hint of chocolate, wet bark, or tobacco.

The taste is of a thick pumpernickle bready malt. This is sweetened by caramel and toffee. The dark fruits are actually kind of tame in this one. A bit of raisin/prune and boozy cherry fruit note. Slight earthiness in the end, again it seems to be wet bark or tobacco. Tasty but slightly one dimensional.

The feel is thick with soft carbonation. Sweet and smooth on the palate but actually finishes a tad dry which helps prevent a syrupy feel. Slightly sticky. ABV kept in check.

Nice strong lager, don't really get much "bock" flavor from it. Perhaps a touch of doughy sweetness from the munich malt. Over all a huge malty brew, flavorful.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle -> NL's Christmas Vacation moose-head snifter (unbeknownst at the time how) appropriately

A: Candy apple ruby brown with murky brown cocoa hues. No head to speak of.

S: This is rich and ripe, with dark fruit preserves. It smells like all the elements of christmas- candy, pies in the oven, molasses, figs, dark spirits, fire roasting, and the air from a pine tree.

T: Wow, wasn't expecting the taste to live up to the nose at all, but it certainly does. It's slightly shifted in profile from the nose, with a little more toffee -> air of curious indecision from the alcohol -> some grape, toffee, tobacco toward the finish -> another alcohol note -> soft, very mild sweetness. Balance is incredible despite the myriad of different flavors going on.

M: Little residual anything, a little dry build up from the alcohol I suppose? Carbonation is low, appropriately. Alcohol presence and placement seems to vary between tastes, but is only detracting with the heat it gives me in the chest (GERD blows)

O: Probably the best double bock I've ever had. I think this is actually worth the $8.99/12oz. price tag.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ticked this one in the past, but looks like it is part of the backlog of paper reviews i haven't entered yet so having one tonight, why not tick it? 2011 version picked up locally, enjoyed out of a kuhnhenn snifter.

a - brew poured a deep crimson caramel with a thin cream colored head that was gone rather fast leaving a ring around the surface. spotty lacing at best...swirling the glass rebuilds things to a certain extent.

s - wonderful grape and nutmeg smell. nice sweetness with a touch of booze.

t - taste follows the nose leading with grapes and nutmeg, but there is a wash of alcohol over the beer's flavor. very figgy. good amount of toffee...almost english barleywine like.

m - medium bodied. the booze tingles my tounge. surprisingly drinkable for the heat and the fact that it is a tripple bock.

o - overall i remember this one being a bit better, but pretty sure last time i had the 2010 vintage...so perhaps the heat was toned down a bit. the flavor is great but the heat is on. glad i have another bottle set aside and will probably nab a few more while these are around. kuhnhenn continues to rock the house. their big beers are SO drinkable.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. This is a dark brown or black with minimal carbonation. Smell is intensely sweet, with some hints of molasses, plum, and marshmallow. Taste is very sweet with some roasted graham cracker flavors followed by a slight alcohol burn. Very tasty. Very little carbonation. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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