rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the Atlanta crew for sharing. Medium dark amber, head fades quickly. Nose is bourbon - vanilla, fruit, alcohol, rich caramel, peach. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, burbon, rich milk, alcohol, honey. Fruity caramel finish.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Boston EBF 2007. Dirty light brown body topped by some big bubbles acting as a head. A 14.5% beer getting rave reviews on ratebeer. Surprise surprise. I havenít been that surprised since that time I looked under me to see what had just made that ďplouffĒ sound in the toilet. Overly sweet beer. Alcohol dominates everything except for a flavour of pancake and brown sugar. After-taste of alcoholised maple-spread. Really tastes its advertised 14.5%, if not more.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
EBF 07. This was a fantastic bw. Pours a slightly cloudy tannish woody brown with light carbonation and a thin head. Aroma is tons of sticky malts, caramel, toasted, tons of sweetness, but not cloying, with a nice rich vanilla oakiness and a very subdued alcohol apparency despite the 14.5%. Awesome full flavor, of sticky dark toasted malts, lightly nutty with a great balance of wood, and bourbon. Thick and smoooth palate with a long lingering finish. Having had the first release of BA old Numbskull only a few days beforehand, Id have to say I liked the Kuhnhenn much better.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBF 2007: Pours a light brown with a loose tan head. Aroma, oaky, caramel, vanilla, some molasses, a bit of boozy bourbon. Flavor, Rich caramel, and toffee, some mild bourbon flavors, nothing over powering. There was a bit of heat, but it was welcoming. The perfect beer to start off Saturday after standing in the cold for 30 minutes. Great stuff.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 [Iíve had the pleasure of having this beer several more times, and each time it just gets worse - itís still good, but the wow moment I had at first just isnít happening anymore - oxidation and booziness have started to become noticeable qualities] EBF 2007 - this was one of the highlights of the fest for me - there were lots of bourbon-aged beers, but this was one of the few that was done right - dark brownish red with small head of large bubbles (almost looks like itís out of the cask) - complex aroma of vanilla, oak, toffee, some fruity esters (cherries), bourbon (though it doesnít dominate) - lots of wet wood and vanilla in the flavor, with subdued notes of whiskey (though not boubon specifically), without being boozy - very heavy and chewy - rather than washing out the barleywine characteristics (heavy caramel and toffee with light fruity esters), the woodiness melts into the background adding a gentle, earthy touch to what Iím sure was already an outstanding beer - amazing.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12íer. What nectar. Dark brown color. Outstanding aroma. Astonishingly complex flavor of absorbed wood (coconut, vanilla, soaked wood, light whiskey) and heavy malt (an array of cinnamon covered fruit, caramel and toffee. Very, very smooth. If anyone has any bottles of this for trade, I am willing to trade heavily for it.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW, what a beer! thanks to Styles for getting the Kuhnhenn Holiday gift pack. aroma is all about the bourbon with some vanilla and dark fruit. flavor is a great mix of sweet malts, earthy oak, plums, vanilla, bourbon and some brown sugar. this is one of those sippiní beers that would be easy to gulp down. yeah, itís that smooth. most other bourbon beers are hot or one dimensional, but this is just smooth and very drinkable. Kuhnhennís continues to impress and I hope I can get ahold of this one again next year!!!
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz, big thanks to walleye for this. poured deep ruby with just about no head. nose is impressive with fresh plums, bourbon, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. flavor has very nice candied dark fruits, caramel, raspberries dipped in chocolate, butterscotch, brown sugar, cotton candy, and just hints of bourbon. mouthfeel is syrupy but not cloying. alcohol does warm a bit but doesnít bite and for a 14.5% itís impressive. the bourbon just accents this wonderful bw and adds even more complexity.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks go out to Chris for the chance to try this beer. Served in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle that says 14.5% alc. Not the 12% the site has it listed at. Poured very vigorously to try to agitate it and get some sort of head from the beer....but nonetheless it formed a nice caramel dark toffee colored head for all of a couple seconds than falls out very quickly to no head what so ever. The aroma is VERY good on this brew...lots of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, sweet dark fruits, brandy/bourbon notes with a little bit of oak woodsiness that leads to a small amount of vanilla. The alcohol is also pretty dominant in the aroma. On to the flavors...this truly is a sipping beer that could be enjoyed for an hour before finishing the bottle. The flavor is sweet and thick with lots of molasses, dark brown sugars, a nice amount of vanilla and oak from the barrel comes through in the flavor. And then is a really warming sensation from the strong alcohol presence melding with the bourbon barrel. Overall a really great barleywine that I can only hope to try again. Thanks Chris!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque dark brown, with deep auburn tones. Almost no head, but somehow it maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. With an aroma full of sweet dark malt, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon, this just may be the best smelling beer ever. Seriously. Although I was very eager to drink it, I really was content just to sit there and sniff it. And every time I did, I just smiled and smiled. And I wasnít even lit. Yet.
The flavor is full of caramel, sweet toffee, bitter oak, vanilla, and a huge raisin presence. And of course, bourbon. The bourbon flavor is oaky and almost cherry like straight into the finish, where it gives way to a straight mild bourbon aftertaste.
Nice full body, gently carbonated, and emminently deceptive in its masking of the alcohol presence. By far the best bourbon beer I have ever had.
This beer is changing the way I think of bourbon barrel beers. Although I do like them, my appreciation for them has always been along the lines of "interesting, tasty, but letís move on to something else." I think for the first time I am experiencing the bourbon flavor as such an integral component of the overall character, rather than just a tasty íadded extra.í
This beer might even teach me to like bourbon. Uh oh