Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barley Wine | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#262
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
756
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
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.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wayne17
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ajenkins626
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaximus
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage

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Photo of Burgh1328
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kash2112
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rammed96
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours very dark with no head
S: big barrel and caramel covered raisins. Awesome aroma!
T: huge booze on this. Behind the massive alcohol there is some caramel sweetness, but man this is boozy
F: booze heat, rather thin too.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Stark burgundy, shifting between brown, red and purple somehow, with a quickly fizzling out tan film.

Smell is intense, rich caramel, vanilla, shortbread, biscuit, and oak, with a little sharp bourbon spice and hints of juicy grape.

Taste is rich and complex fig, caramel, biscuit, toasted graham, slightly smokey molasses, rum vanilla bean, and hot, dry, chewy bourbon with a touch of oak.

Thin to moderate body, fizzy yet dry, leaving sticky lips.

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Photo of my_knew_craft
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown with ruby hues, thin foamy off-white head has short retention but leaves a ring around the edge

S- melted caramel & toffee up front mixes with woody oak barrel, bourbon, vanilla, fig & raisin. Lesser notes of tobacco, leather & alcohol

T- opens with HUGE flavors of caramel & toffee, quickly followed by a hit of bourbon barrel that provides woody oak, vanilla and more caramel. Mid-palate continues with bourbon, and brings out sweet dark fruit notes of fig & raisin . The finish gives a mineral-like saltiness that mixes with earthy tobacco, lingers of more caramel, bourbon & fig

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a foamy viscous mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish, abv hidden very well, given the abv

O- pretty much everything you look for in a BA English Barleywine, tons of caramel, dark fruit and plenty of barrel character

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Photo of warmbier804
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maxcoinage
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage bottle into a snifter a very dark brown with very little head

Aromas of caramel, oak, bourbon

Tastes of brown sugar, caramel malt, toffee, raisins, and a boozy finish

Heavy, syrupy, lower carb

Overall a well done barleywine with such a great barrel presence. Well worth the $9 price tag wish I would've gotten more than 2

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Photo of jbaker67
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barley Wine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 756 ratings