Kuhnhenn American Barley Wine | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn American Barley WineKuhnhenn American Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by plaztikjezuz on 12-25-2007

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Reviews by Andreji:
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. so my closing beer at the rattle n hum is definetly a style which i hadn't the chance to indulge in since around 2005. a very easygoing environment at the RnH brought it on me.

Look of it is an opaque, reddish hue with hardly any transluscence, some fizzing body but for the most part hardly any head to accompany.

Smell was brilliant. very subtle if you ask me....the discrete feel was that of a sweeter scotch if anything. Sweet feeling without losing its seriousness.

and indeed, the malty sweetness dominates the first part before the alcohol becomes overwhelmingly believable. subtle ripe apricot feel at once becomes a very sweet palate, while the the alcohol feel tampers with the nostrils in an additive fashion. and the body's seriously thick and viscous.

Overall, my first K'henn was a brilliant experience which gave me a new optic on this style, definetly can't complain. Still to review a few others, based on their invasion of Rattle n Hum.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of glid02
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of muted caramel malts with good amounts of rough medium fruit aromas. Also present are mild amounts of citrus hops.

Tastes more barleywine-like than it smells. Mildly sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by equal amounts of herbal hops, citrus hops, and medium fruits. The fruits fade out a bit midway through the sip, allowing the hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this wasn’t a very clean beer and it’s not one I’d revisit. Maybe some tweaking of the yeast would help a bit.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Pours apple cider medium coloured body, no head. Slightly sweet aroma.Above average mouthfeel, a sipper and spot on the style.Apple fruit and caramel, light vanilla. If only I had aged it more years.Bottle from Steve. Alcohol surprisingly hidden.

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

Thanks once again to hoppymeal. I've been anxious to try this one, but I am reluctant to see the bottle go.

Appearance: As far as color goes, this is the benchmark for a barleywine. It's a little hazy and a dark chestnut color with ruby highlights shining through. It's topped off with an off-white color head that was lucky to a finger in depth. It receded very quickly and left very little lacing behind. ABV victim? That's my guess.

Smell: It's right in line for the style. Up front it's very malty and sweet smelling. A prevelant amount of fruit aromas quickly follow. There's some rasberry, cherry, and a strong dark fruit presence. It's primarily raisin and plum as far as dark fruits go. Hops are noted, but aren't nearly as strong as they probably were two years ago. There's a light tobacco aroma rounding it out.

Taste: Barleywines really are special with some age on them. This is no different. It's got a very brown sugary, sweet flavor and has an excellent, sturdy malt base. It is fruity. Dark fruits come through most in flavor. Very tasty plum and raisin flavors stick to the palate throughout. There's some secondary cherry and light rasberry flavors lingering. There's some faint, bitter hop notes, but clearly the hops have diminished quite a bit over time. That's far from a negative here. The dark fruit flavors provide a very interesting sour flavor that's every bit as satisfying. There are some light tobacco and vanilla notes on the tail. Alcohol is noted, but it's blended very well. I have no clue what the ABV is, but I suspect it's pretty high. It finishes sweet and a little sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium to thick body and a pretty impressive smooth feel. Carbonation is very light and helps smooth it out quite a bit. Drinkability is good, but is limited a little. It's a big beer and is definitely a sipper. I suspect the abv is also pretty high, but can't confirm that. It goes down easy, but one 12 oz. is good for me.

Kuhnhenn's got a nice barleywine here. I wish I could compare it to a fresh bottle, but I've only got the vintage here. It's very impressive with some age on it. I suspect it's every bit as good fresh, but with a different character. I really enjoyed this bottle. Definitely recommended if you have the opportunity. Thanks, Derek.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to omgshesaboy for this one. 2010 bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip a mahogany with a half finger of sea foam head that quickly dissipates.

The nose hits with butterscotch and some dried darker fruits.

A sip is immediately citric like pineapple - open and watery before warming with sweet bready malt and a smack of floral hop sweetness, like a boozy nectar; Hints of apricot and light raisin. The body is pretty thin and lightly carbonated for the style, I think, but it was overall smooth and not upsetting as the flavor is unique. Alcohol presence was nicely hidden with just a sweet warmth. Seems like an interesting interpretation of an American barley wine being more floral and sweet than hoppy.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of CRJMellor
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with maroon highlights. Big head fades quickly but leaves a great pattern of lace on the glass.
Aroma is slighyl bizarre (in a good way!) Oranges and citrus fruits along with vanilla and dark fruits are present. Hint of yeast and definite alcoholic waft comes through.
Flavors of weet heavy malt accompanied by mellow citrus notes dominate, very nice combination that hides the high alcohol very well and produces a highly drinkable beer. Bitters are present but are just soft enough to not overcome the highly malty beer. Slightly smoky, peaty finish with a just a hint of the alcohol. Very drinkable barleywine and really enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of airohead2001
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ol' thanks to glazeman for this one. 2010 Summer Solstice vintage - label says "Kuhnhenn Ale American Barley Wine." For someone who is not a HUGE fan of barleywines, this beer is spot on.

A - Clear, thick, amber/copper. Pours with a small one finger slightly beige head that quickly fades to a few bubbles that line the rim of my Westvleteren snifter. Little to no lacing.

S - Very complex - just excellent. I get toffee, caramel, booze, citrus hops, and some coconut.

T - Sweet, caramel/toffee malts up front followed by a citrus hop finish. I'm assuming a little age would cause the hops to fade and the malts to dominate, so I'm thankful I cracked this one early.

M - Thick, sticky, and dry. The hops in this beer make me thirsty for a glass of water. Moderate carbonation.

D - Drinkable, but certainly limited by the alcohol heat. A bottle of this is enough for me.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this one...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of mild cardboard oxidation up front with aromas of tart cherries, caramel, and vanilla standing out among the pleasantries.
Taste is of the same tart cherries, caramel, and vanilla. Seems a bit lackluster and flabby for a barleywine.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, noticable abv, tartness is a bit too much. This one is only 2 years old. For a barleywine, it shouldn't be showing signs at this point that it's over the hill. Unfortunately, the bottling method got the better of this brew.
I love almost everything that Kuhnhenn does but once in a while, I end up getting a dud, or a bad bottle. Oh well. The betterments from Kuhnhenn far outdo the negatives.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to glazeman for the opportunity to drink this. Hope this is the right one, says "American Barley Wine 2010" on the bottle.

4.0 A: Hazy dark amber color. One finger of creamy off-white head that falls fairly quickly and leave a small ring of lacing.

4.0 S: Much earthier and drier than your typical barleywine. Earth, hay, toffee, and bitterness come through strongest. Cherry, fig, and raisin fruitiness. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty good.

4.0 T: Sweeter than I expected based on the nose. Toffee is the strongest flavor, followed by fig, raisin, and plum fruitiness. Alcohol taste is moderately noticeable with a moderate residual sweetness. The earthiness is still there, but not nearly as strong as in the nose. Cherry and tobacco on tail end. Wish a bit more bitterness showed up to add some balance.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy. No complaints here.

3.5 D: Good sipper, but a touch too cloying towards the end of the glass. A few more IBUs could do a lot for this beer.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sblanton83
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the brewery 12/21/2007
Labeled Kuhnhenn Brewing 2006 Barley Wine

poured in the a brandy snifter the elixir is a deep amber/light mahogany with no head.
the aroma is pretty complex malty, hoppy, citrus, spicy, alcohol and a wild tinge.
the flavor is malty, toffee, caramel, little pine, spice, little peppery, fades off with a little acidic twang that cuts the sweetness and the warming of alcohol.
little different but very good, glad i have a couple for the cellar, this will age well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours an amber-brown color with a thin off-white head and a bit of a collar throughout. The nose carries some heavy malt and a bit of a musty character. Bit of booze as well. Flavor has similar issues. Perhaps oxidized, but not quite to the level I'd expect with that. Mild fruit. Medium body, low carbonation, and a boozy finish. Boom.

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