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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle provided by hoppymeal. Thank you! Clear brown color. Barely any head. Vanilla, dates, figs, honey, agave, brown sugar, light bourbon and woody notes. Flavor is sweet with dates, figs, bourbon, syrup, alcohol, wood, and a really nice hop finish. Really a wonderful beer. I am guessing this one will get better over the next year.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
A: Pours a dark orangish brown hue with a small head. No retention but it does have some legs. S: Huge aromas here. Tons of coconut, caramel, brown sugar. The barrel stands out in a big way as well with fresh oak, vanilla, and booze. T: Crazy good brew. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Coconut macaroons, hints of dark fruit and lots of oak, vanilla, and light booze. M: Medium in body, perfect carbonation, smooth, with a nice boozy finish. D: Out of this world.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG’10 pours dark brown, no head. Aroma, load of caramel goodness, butterscotch, bready malts and doughy with touch of bourbon. Flavors, fudge, buttery sweet caramel, medium carbonation, light vanilla note, warming abv, light fizzy mouthfeel, doughy goodness, sweet thick sugary palate warming abv with bourbon being well balanced. This beer is grandiose. Has all the good characteristics of Kuhnhenn.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (1963) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Mondial de la bière Montréal : Chaleur d’alcool, vanille, caramel et biscuit malt, légèrement fumé.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1476) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2011
bottle thanks to brad at kuhnhenn. this was 2011 batch shared with mark at kuhnhenn tap room. the aroma is so sweet and sexy it makes you want to have sex with it! the taste is like the first girl you ever kissed so complex it stuns you at first and you pull away suddenly but then snap back and go in for more. cant wait to buy at solstice.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to Urbancaver for hooking me up. 3.5 A: Murky dark brown color. Just a quarter finger of tannish head than falls quickly and leaves very little lacing. Kuhnhenn has little time to worry about their beers asthetics. 5.0 S: Aggressive, complex, yet extremely complementary. Thick, rich caramel and toffee. Huge raisin, tobacco, plum, prune, and date slap the smell receptors silly. Only mildy boozy despite the huge ABV. Bourbon and barrel add more complexity to an already superbly complex base. Leather, light peat, earth, and melon fruits in addition to oak and vanilla from the barrel. 4.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but isn’t as aggressive (how could it be, really?). Huge raisin, prune, tobacco, plum and all that jazz. Again the booze is hidden very well. Big sweetness, but nothing out of hand and definitely not Bruery level. Leather, peat, earth, melon, vanilla, oak. Wonderful taste. 4.5 M: Heavy body. Carbonation is on the lower end of acceptable. Rich, palpable thickness without necessarily being overly chewy. 5.0 D: A taste could have also been a 5.0, so I’ll add it here. Really wonderful beer. Kuhnhenn are masters at hiding booze while delivering the amount of flavor that you can only get from a huge ABV beer. Not quite as good as BB4D, but damn close. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-29-2012 03:04:49

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2012
GTMW 2010? Pours to a brassy brown/dark caramel body with a thin light tan head. Huge complex aroma of vanilla, oak, barley, and some sort of fruit. Flavors are similar and very complex. Delicious. Perfect palate of sweetness balanced by a medium texture.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (5999) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff!), pours a deep dark mahogany with almost no head, just a small beige ring. Aroma brings out some deep, lush bourbon barrels, some alcohol liqueur notes, and toffee and brown sugar further back. Flavour brings out the bourbon barrels big time, but never in a distasteful way, full of brown sugar, some kind of sweet boozy liqueur, loads of caramel and toffee, and alcohol. This is big n bold, alright, and executed with supreme skill. So much depth, with a luxurious mouthfeel. Though it is sweet, it doesn’t suffer from cloying sweetness like so many Kuhnhenn beers do. One of my all-time favourite barley wines.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (2583) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you lionsandbeer! Pours tiny hazy mahogany brown with a very small offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, biscuits, vanilla fudge, caramelized almonds, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch hard candy, charred US oak, toasted coconut, tingling alcohol, raisins in rum, figs in brandy and hints of cocoa powder, amaretto and bourbon. Taste is sweet and malty with toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, sweet liquorice candy, bourbon, roasted nuts, caramelized almonds, hay, charred US oak, sweet dark bread, hay, raisins, dates, brown sugar and hints of cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is round, creamy, soft, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter, malty and fruity with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred US wood, raisins, dates, roasted nuts and bourbon. Smooth and incredibly rich. One of the top barley wines I’ve ever tried.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 The Lure:
Regal bourbon licorice sticks act as a proud prow to this baccate toffee vessel. Its sails are swollen by sweet cocoa and palm sugar as it glides forward in confirmed smoky fraternity.

The Festivities:
Harmonious berries wade in a wealthy, slick sea of bubblegummy candied malts and bourbon heat. A very fine carbonation allows the flavors to float in synchronicity, as sugary dates, raisins and a peaceful alcohol warming assure a lip-smacking posterity. Alcohol bitterness plays the role of the hops and skillfully diversifies the malt. As inspiring as Alesmith’s own barrel-aged ventures, this luxurious barley wine is as velvety as they get.

Transcendence:
An old-world monarch gets comfortable with his preferred libation, forecasting glorious, dominion-shattering decisions.

First hand-bottled from Clark, and more recently tried from the official Kuhnhenn bottled release.


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