Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barley Wine
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #10
Ranked #404
4.42 | pDev: 8.14%
Sep 02, 2022
Feb 17, 2003
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Rated: 4.5 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2017 vintage. Enjoyed on 05/14/2022
May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2018 vintage; consumed on 1/11/22

Pours a clear jet-crimson body with sharp, blood-red highlights and topped with a finger and a half of creamy, pale beige foam; sub-par head retention fades to a few spotty, paper-thin islands of cap, a large, frothy collar, and no lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Aromas of harsh, ripe whiskey breed burnt sugar, smoked butterscotch and caramel, and a decadent prune/plum compote; shreds of whiskey umami and soy varnish make way for floral oak barrel carrying vanilla icing against potent bourbon lingering as a final impressor.

Taste shows burnt sugar and toffee swirled into fig syrup upfront, with plummy esters lingering through the mid-palate to a bourbon back end, leaving a dusting of cocoa to finish.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body with minimal carbonation and a semi-oily viscosity, maintaining a slickness into the mid-palate; a char is intertwined in a mild, tannic twang with incredible subtlety on the back end of the palate, where a piercing, encompassing warmth peaks into the finish.

Cresting at the potent richness of boozy barrel peaks, ascendant dark fruit jams near umami status against an unrelenting spirit and fresh oak barrel interplay; structure and detail at the highest levels of barleywine.
Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4.63 by MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

Mar 22, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Jan 14, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by ToddBeans from Kentucky

Dec 02, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
For purposes of this review, the 2014 vintage was sampled.

Appearance - The beer poured a rusty red color with a few white bubbles crowning the top of the glass.

Smell - The nose was a sweet bready barleywine, with hints of bourbon. This pretty much nailed the expectation.

Taste - The profile had the appropriate level of sweetness. There were notes of raisin, tobacco, orange rind, big caramel, and a nice mild alcohol burn at the finish.

Mouthfeel - The feel was smooth, almost slick with carbonation largely faded.

Overall - This is fairly old school, but it is still elite.
Oct 30, 2020
Rated: 4.95 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Sep 26, 2020
Rated: 4.64 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Jun 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2018 - quite low carb, which really accentuates the rich, oily body of the beer. There is a ton of thick caramel to the beer - sweet, but nicely balanced by malt and hops. Smooth, zero trace of the ABV, with a surprisingly clean finish. The nose isn't powerful but very accurately communicates the rich toffee and caramel of the beer.

Sofa king good. Highly recommended.
Apr 02, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by edthehead from New York

Mar 20, 2020
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Reviewed by matts2896 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drinks smooth w/o strong fusel presence, but warms the insides and clearly swings above 14.5%.

Absolutely still, a slightly translucent dirty amber. No head, leaves transparent sheeting on the glass.

Smells of oxidation--sweet toffee, sherry, the library attic, light unsweetened peanut, and faint marshmallow--and a curious crab apple/orchard rot undertone.

Taste follows nose: sherry, brandy, orange liquor, old books, faint peanut and marshmallow, and drying crabapple on the finish. Drinks like 18%, but in a wonderful way--so close to a fine spirit, yet just far enough away to remain drinkable and assert itself as a beer.

Kuhnhenn bros strike again!
Mar 02, 2020
Rated: 4.58 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by drunkenmess from Michigan

Dec 26, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by StoutSnob40 from California

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours an amazing ruby red with a head that dissipates immediately. Smells is super spicy. I would guess this was aged in a rye barrel if it didn’t specifically say bourbon. It’s a sipper. 14.5% drinks like 80 proof. It’s a monster, and a masterpiece.
Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Sep 09, 2019
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Rated by Wolvmar from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Winter solstice 2018. Drank in winter spring 2018/2019. Forgot to write details.
Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Virby44 from Wisconsin

Jul 24, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 12, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage poured into a Founders KBS stem. Thanks to @FlintB for sending this my way during NBS BIF#007!

Pour is the medium brown of rich toffee or dates. Lightening at the corner, and nary a hint of a head save for a few scattered soapy bubbles that accumulate at the edge.

Cold, the nose leads with a woody character and some faint chocolate and alcohol. I'mma let this warm up for a bit, because I have a sneaking suspicion I pulled it too cold from the fridge and it will benefit from opening up a little bit.
OK. Checking back in on it I think I made the right move. While still lead by the woody character of the barrel, there is a little more depth and richness to it as well as some slight char on the malts.

Rich notes of caramel and vanilla and sugar dates. Spicy bourbon influence and some tobacco and leather... classic BW flavours wrapped in a sipping level bourbon influence that is incredibly rich and creamy and smoothe.

Big smoothe rich body. Like velvet on the tongue. Carbonation plays off the spicy bourbon notes nicely. Definitely a sipper, but 14.5% is not as in your face as I would have expected. Just incredibly smoothe and rich and impressively drinkable for how big it is.

Very much enjoying this one. Thanks for sending it along Brian!!
May 17, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by brandoneast from Texas

Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Muss42 from Michigan

Jan 29, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by Kurmaraja from California

Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by esktime from Ohio

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by tylerstravis from Colorado

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Benish from Utah

Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by mmcurran from North Carolina

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by Sporeg from Ohio

Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by Spaten454 from Texas

Jun 24, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Jun 04, 2018
Rated: 5 by mcgabb6 from Michigan

May 22, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.27/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This was the 2011 version, the label is different, it isn't black and gold as pictured, this one is like white and pink lettering.

Pours almost black, tons of malt, this is very dark brown with almost no head on the top, 1/10" is too generous of a size. Aroma is heavy on the boozy toffee. Toffee and bourbon, all day every day.

Taste, whooosh, this is a strong one. Damn. Just oppressive heat, caramel, toffee, like roasted AF toffee/caramel here, scorched earth policy. A lot of raisin bitterness as if this was a Russian Imperial Barleywine or some shit with pumped up dark fruit pushing weight around the projects. I dunno, I know its not popular to say, but I found this one to be a quite hot, and not up to its reputation. Loved 4d and whatnot, but I dunno, this was hotter and I can think of plenty of bourbon barrel barleywines I would rather have that are easier to acquire. I do like the convenient format though.
Apr 09, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Apr 07, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Apr 02, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Feb 07, 2018
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Reviewed by M_chav from New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Toffee on Toffee, sweet molasses with a coating malt finish. It's a bit hot but still delicious. Oak and caramel dominate the senses. Would call this one of the better barleywines that I've ever had, a true classic to style.
Jan 27, 2018
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