Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley WineKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
BA SCORE
4.42/5
747 Ratings
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley WineKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#264
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
747
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,232
Gots:
157
Trade:
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Photo of DrunkAl
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NJB145
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewPalmer
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LAp
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a nearly-snifter-size-and-shaped wine-glass (the closest thing to a snifter I have on hand right now). Pours a beautiful, viscous, cola color, with a thin miniscus of rapidly dissipating head. Nose is sweet white wine, currant, and honey; strawberry jelly, and caramel. The nose is tremendously complex, with layer upon layer of scents. Palate is corn syrupy malt, with a distinct but not overpowering undertone of bourbon. There's a boozy warmth here, befitting the bold 14.5% abv, but once again it is subdued (I expect it will develop as the beer warms). The mouthfeel is almost creamy. Overall, perhaps the best entry in this style I've tasted. This beer nails the beautiful complexity possible with barleywines, without straying from the distinct palate of flavors that make the style to distinct. A beautifully crafted beer.

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Photo of JoeMarinello
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imyourhero21
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doldham
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Resuin
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IckyT2012
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
3.59/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yeaprolly
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hootie159
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 From bottle. Looks like blood in the mud water. But in a good way. Oily film on top. Smell reminds me more of an old ale. Toffee, caramel, sweet bourbon. Taste significantly improves as it warms. A sweet candi sugar and bourbon pair wonderfully with the traditional English barleywine taste. Despite some of the other reviews, I don't find this to be hot or overly boozy. Feel is nice and has a smooth carbonation. A little thin. This beer does definitely sneak up on you, though.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013 at a blind tasting of 12 barleywines

Smell is raisin, fig, licorice, bourbon
Taste is huge dark fruit, bourbon, fig, watery, caramel, red apple

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Photo of SpartanMatt
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robertjskelton
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vziznznzyz
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SerialTicker
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of the Kuhnhenn 2015 Winter Solstice mixed pack ... $35 for the pack = $8.75 per bottle. Haven't had this yet, but only heard good things.

Appearance: Poured looking infected or something -- I say that because it looked like liquid caramel. Very strange but nice. Thick/viscous. In the glass it's a burnt caramel brown color with a lot of hazze. A surprising little ring floats on top of the beer.

Smell: Caramel and toffee with quite a bit of booze and barrel. Butterscotch as well? Super aromatic/potent. Very slightly burns my nostrils. Smells of a delicious, quality barleywine with a bit of a unique twist thanks to the unexpected but very welcome butterscotch aroma. As usual, the coconutty and vanilla-y accents from the barrel are what's really making this smell great.

Taste/feel: Maybe too big for its own good...? Tastes like a beer most people would say "This needs to be aged.", but I don't believe much in aging... if a beer has to sit in the basement for "x" years before drinking, then I don't think it should be brewed. Anyway, this is possibly the biggest beer I've ever had, and I've had quite a few big beers -- even ones with a higher ABV than this. This is super hot and boozy.Flavors are all over the place: like the aroma, toffee and caramel, oakiness, quite a bit of bourbon, and alcohol are all present, especially the booze. Unfortunately, the intense heat and strong, strong alcohol flavors are taking precedent over all else. It's strange to me that the alcohol is hidden quite well in the aroma, but in the taste, it's insanely potent -- especially when, strangely enough, the beer is on the colder side. I don't find myself getting any dark fruits, bizarrely enough.The feel of this beer is pretty nice: great (unexpected) moderate carbonation, with a medium -- yet stilky -- feel. I think most impressively about this beer, it's not at all overly sweet. It's one of the more balanced 15% beers I've had.

All-in-all, great beer that could probably be amazing if the alcohol wasn't raging so hard in the flavor. As it warms, the alcohol (I think) fades a tick for some reason. This let's a toffee and caramel oaky coconut flavor really come through and provide a pretty unique flavor experience. Phenomenally boozy, but if you can get past that, you'll really enjoy this. I think this would be a mindblower after a few years in a cellar, but again, I don't believe in buying a beer just having to wait however long for it to perfect itself.

Worth a purchase, the price, and the experience, without a doubt. In a word, intense. The alcohol is too strong for my liking (something you will NOT hear me say very often), but the other flavors are very balanced and quite good.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with no head, almost cola-like. The nose.... certainly off-putting. Smells like rubbing alcohol cut with caramel. But the taste, though....the taste saves this, and is a nice mix of caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and just a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is nice and sticky too, and finishes with a lingering heat that goes so well in these cold winter nights.

One that I never sought out, but certainly glad to have tried, and would definitely recommend, even to those who normally say 'nay' to barleywines such as myself.

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 747 ratings
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