Cavie (3893) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a murky orange color with very little carbonation. Aroma is sweet syrup, brown sugar, aged notes with wood and some touches of alcohol. Flavor is sweet syrup, maple wood, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark malts. Some roast. Hot finish. Nicely done.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Brash brown sugar, madeira and soy whip up an intense caramel of sorts which is neither tight nor all that pleasant to sip. An unrefined sugar explosion.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head of foam atop the brownish terracotta.
-Light smokiness adds complexity within the murky, sickly sweet body.
-Alcohol burn is actually welcome as it tends to cut through the overwhelming sensation of sweetness.
-The malt profile is poorly defined. Lots of flavors come from the grain bill, but most of them are in the form of residual sugars.
-Fruity edges come from the bourbon barrel.
-Just noticed this is Top 50 material here. Goodness gracious. Not for me, to say the least...
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle:   Deep caramel, thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Very nice nose of Bourbon, toasted marshmallows, caramel, and some dark pitted fruit.   This one smells complex and tasty!   Rich and smooth on the tongue.   Very malty.   Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, toasted marshmallow, and just one hell of a damn smores package that includes some dark pitted fruit.   This one is tasty!   So mellow, yet with some bite, smooth, nice rich maltiness.   Its warming, but for 11% its simply delicious!   Full bodied, rich creamy mouthfeel.   One of the smoother more full bodied beers I have had in a while.   Its like a nice cognac.   I wish I had several more of these to age.   Big thanks to Pailhead for getting me one of these!
JulienHuxley (3617) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Hopstoopid for this one. Intense aroma of caramel, tobacco/ash, toffee and peat and bourbon. Taste is even better. Fine tawny port, caramel, "dulce de leche", bourbon heat. Real good. Palate is awesome, sirupy and mouthcoating.
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at DLD, thanks for the share. Pour is a mahogany like colour, smell is of a kind of woody smell. Taste is very dry a bit of the bourbon comes through. Also some dark fruits in there. Interesting stuff. Glad I tried this one
JohnnyJ (4675) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Bottle at tasting. Darker orange pour, with off-white head. Lots of chewy sweet malts, caramel, toffee, honey, raisin, woody, vanilla, and a bit earthy. Nice dessert beer.
adrian910ss (2378) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
# 2000 !!! On draft at R & H. Pours a deep muddy brown color with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Had 3 of these in the course of the evening along with 16 other Kuhnhenn beers and way overdid it. Anyway, this one was superb and the best one of the bunch.
jtw (1125) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle, pours out a dark amber, very little carbonation and only a hairís-width ring of bubbles atop blending the liquid with glass, with a nose full of oaky tannins and malty 4th dementia. unfortunately it seems that the bourbon is overpowering what was already a wonderful old ale, as the malt and molasses seems to have succumbed to charred oak, vanilla, and woody acids. flavor is a malty (caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, english-style flavoring hops and green american nose hops) and nicely-hopped so that itís not cloying. itís an enjoyable beer (how could it be bad?) but i would truly rather have the un-barreled version, which is one of my all-time favorites.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Dave! Pours a muddy brown, no head. Nose is big booze, bourbon, dark fruits, musky malts. Flavor is rich sweet fruit, alcohol, dusty, earthy, dirt, dry wood.
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured into a snifter. 2010 on the label. I had this on-tap a little while ago and it blew my mind, but I didnít review it since I have pretty well buzzed with a wrecked palate. Hereís my chance to spread the good word.
3.0 A: Pours a cloudy dark brown, nearly black color. A fairly aggressive pour gave a maximum head of about 1/4 a finger, which quickly receded. Iím sure the ABV didnít help with the head formation, but Iíve seen other Kuhnhenn brews form very nice heads despite super high ABVs.
5.0 S: Simply amazing. This is the perfect beer for a bourbon treatment and the bourbon treatment is done perfectly. The bourbon is what hits you first, so I guess Iíll talk about that first. Intense, but tranquil bourbon - leather, peppery, raisin, oak and vanilla. Thereís also a moderate to not quite heavy booziness that complements the other aromas. The beer underneath is similarly wonderful. Dark fruits in the order of prune, tobacco, raisin, and fig. Sweet caramel and toffee. Perfect amount of sweetness.
5.0 T: Again, absolutely wonderful. Rich caramel and toffee. Sweet prune, plum, raisin, fig, date, tobacco, and raisin. Intense, yet well integrated flavors much like GI BCS. The bourbon again is a perfect complement to the base brew. Plenty of leathery bourbon that has a spicy quality to it with perhaps just a touch of peat. Moderate oakiness with a more than moderate amount of vanilla. Not a hint of tannins. The booziness is definitely detectable, but it doesnít taste like 13.5%. However, it certainly feels like 13.5% as in warms on the finish. Sweet caramel aftertaste.
4.5 M: Thick, creamy, and slightly chewy body. My only issue with this is that the carbonation is just a tad lower than Iíd prefer. Incredibly smooth given the ABV.
5.0 D: This is one helluva beer. Thereís no getting around that. This takes a very good beer and supplements it with bourbon barrel flavors, which makes it a truly world class brew. The base beer is still strong enough to shine while the barrel aging adds everything you would want and nothing you wouldnít.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-02-2011 04:39:23