Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel American Imperial Stout | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel American Imperial StoutKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel American Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by mwbrady12 on 07-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,064
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
73
pDev:
6.19%
 
 
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53
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4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with little head. Nose is insane. TONS of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and toffee. Exactly what I hope for in a BA stout. Taste is even better. Slightly bitter upfront, with licorice, dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruit, and sweet molasses. Alcohol is detectable, but not off-putting in any way. Mouthfeel is super thick and creamy - really coats the mouth. Overall, one of the best BA stouts out there!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet-black - nose doesn't give much away, but it smells hot! Not even the hint of a head to this beer - it doesn't look flat, but it doesn't look like there is much carbonation. I always worry when I see that in a stout - thankfully, this one doesn't smell sour. Whew.

After warming to air temp-ish, the beer tastes fantastic - the bourbon to the nose lacks any sort of alcohol burn, but is quite warm in your throat and chest. The ABV is exceptionally well-disguised - this is a perfectly aged beer. The barrel seems to have imparted a bit of vanilla, while there must be some chocolate or cocoa nibs; the vanilla and chocolate are quite rich and add lots of dimension and complexity to the beer.

Fantastic beer. This wasn't even on my radar - it was part of a fantastic LIF box from FlintB. Thanks again, and for the matching glassware, too!

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4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to FlintB for this 12 oz. bottle of a beer that I wasn’t sure would be packaged again. Typical 1994 Kuhnhenn label (which I mean as a compliment), with this 2017 batch listed at 12.9% ABV. So excited!

The pour is Bic ink black, with a head roughly three atoms thick, which has dissipated by the time I walk ten feet across the room. The nose is supremely rich vanilla, dark chocolate, & black sugar, if there is such a thing.

American Stout – Bourbon Barrel Aged is akin to being stabbed in the back of the throat with a bourbon dagger before being waterboarded with the melted weapon. It is a full frontal bourbon assault: scorched wood, scoopfuls of bourbon, alcohol heat that numbs the back of the throat within a few sips. If one can get past the barrel there is sweet Karo, molasses, vanilla, black licorice. Thick & brutal, the very definition of a sipper; good thing I have a (natural gas) fire going. 12.9% ABV my pimply ass; six ounces in & I’m starting to sway in place. Wish it came in bombers.

In my experience, there isn’t another brewery in the country that hits the wedding night highs & pig-shit lows of Kuhnhenn. The marriage of barrel with a sweet, sticky stout is masterful. I don’t want this to end, & I may have hit my annual beer high-point sixteen days into 2018. Close to perfection.

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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn XV.

This was so much better as it warmed up... as is usually the case with BBA'd beers. Doesn't smell or taste BBA'd at all initially. As it warms, it comes through a bit more. Nice and roasty bitterness with a nice, mellow bourbon flavor. Doesn't at all taste like 14%, though it does feel a touch thin given the ABV. One of the beers I was least impressed with at the event, but again, there were so many damn good ones that it's not really a knock on this one -- although I was expecting more bourbon/barrel ... especially on the nose.

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3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JasonR1975 for the bottle
2014 Version, 12.9% ABV

Pours black ("darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night" black) with a short finger of fizzy brown head that falls quickly to a thin but persistent collar leaving bits of ephemeral lacing in its stead. The nose is a big, boozy grain bomb; sweet roasted grain, prunes, molasses with some coffee, dark chocolate, char and of course, a punch of bourbon. The taste follows suite to the nose but is more intense and starts with that massive grain bill: roasted grain, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, molasses, café au lait, some char, bourbon. This is big, full and round on the palate with lowish carbonation giving it a big presence. One knows they are drinking a high gravity beer, but there is zero alcohol heat. Wow, a really nice example of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel American Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 73 ratings