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Kuhnhenn First Gold Rush Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
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This limited edition brew was created by our Master Meadmaker Frank Retell. Made with First Gold hops and Brettanomyces claussenii (aka pineapple Brett). Thatís right, Frank brews beer also! Bottled and sold at the brewery February 2013. Previously listed at 12% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (979) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2014
On tap at Kuhnhenn. The pour is a more golden ruby with a nice white head and some great lacing. The aroma is very boozy. There isn't strange sweet fruit to go along with a light malt. There is almost a little pineapple there. It's quite strange for what I was expecting for a barleywine. The flavor is somewhat boozy and bland. It's light. Some malt and a little caramel. The mouth feel is thin and slick with minimal carbonation and a presence that's difficult to classify as the barleywine it's presented as. The aftertaste is lightly malty and there isn't a whole lot going on. Somewhat forgettable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (808) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2012 vintage - Maple pour with off white head. Good lacing for a BW. Nose is caramel and light vanilla. A little bit of oxidation. Taste is similar with some sherry notes. Back end bitterness but otherwise lightly sweet. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Bottle: Dusty orange and mild copper, almost no head even after a hard pour. Aroma is sticky toffee and thick caramel malt with a solid fruitiness thatís lighter than youíd expect for a barley wine. Almost tropical, like pineapple or mango. Something else I canít put my finger on. Taste is sweet, caramel-y malts, toffee, some brown sugar and a little bit of dates with a lighter fruitiness in the back-end, like a touch of pineapple and faint apple skin. A little bit of wood and yeast, with a small amount of oxidation present as well. Sweet & boozy but not quite 14.5%. Apple and light caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (9204) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
12 oz. bottle, bottle reads 14.5%, pours an opaque dark amber / ruby red with a small head. Aroma bring out loads of dark fruits (plums especially), some caramel, not really a hint of the brett yeast. Flavour is extremely fruity, bringing out loads of dark fruits (nectarine, plum, etc.), some peaches, caramel, residual sugars, and booze. Very fruity, boozy and quite sweet. Not the most well-integrated barley wine. The brett isnít really noticeable at all. Drinkable in small doses. Decent, but too cloyingly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (5281) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2013
This one poured a very light brown color with a small off white head. Aroma was of dark fruit, brown sugar, booze, and caramel. Flavor was very sweet, light alcohol, lots of caramel, and some figs. Too cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle via trade with FlandersNed. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy light beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, ham, pineapple, cookie malt, pear and apricot esters, earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is caramel malt, medium hops and bitterness, medium fruity esters, spicy alcohol and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (8334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Labeled 14.5%. Vintage said 2012, I believe. Shared with caterwaul. Mostly clear red / orange color. Good thin off-white head, spread of dotty lace. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry texture in the finish. Bigger body. Big, tropical fruity flavor, light grapefruity citrus. Bit of caramel malt. Bigger bitter taste, little sweet. Tastes incredible for 14.5%.. Drinks like 11%, for me. Light spice, some light cream cheese to it. Fascinating and tasty beer to sip on. Surprisingly drinkable. Kind of zesty and bretty, tasty barleywine, a great one to share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6504) - Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared by dudeabide). Bottle lists the abv at 14.5%. Looks good; a semi-transparent brownish-orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of brett and caramel. Tastes like it smells with a solid (albeit brett-present) mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
Purchased at the blueberry eisbock release. Pours a murky brown in color with a fingers worth if off-white head. Nose is very fruity for a barleywine, I get a fair amount of pineapple and sweet, rich malt on the back end. Flavor starts out sweet and malty and finishes almost bitter and dry. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, light booziness, and a moderate finish. Better than I expected, but still nothing to go nuts over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (897) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 7, 2013
Tap at the brewery. Clear shinny copper golden color wit a small white head. Aroma is very nice citric passion fruit hops. Flavor is bitterest with some citrus wood and sherry. medium to full palate warming but not sticky. Bittersweet aftertaste. Very dry finish.

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