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Kuhnhenn 9 (Nine) - Syrah Barrel



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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Batch 2 of Nine aged in a syrah-aged oak barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
(From notes) Tap at the Solstice party 07 provided by some kind soul who thought driving up from Cincinnati for the event deserved a free drink. Pours a deep amber brown with a small off white head that disappears quickly. The aroma has ample dark fruits and vanilla with strong vinous qualities. It seems to be favoring red grapes. Hints of oak and alcohol. The flavor is mildly tart and vinous, again favoring red grapes. Additional notes of vanilla, caramel and oak. The alcohol remains hidden for the most part. Definitely a standout for the evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown body with a minimal beige head that ran quickly to a thin ring. The nose is very vinous and moderately oaky with some dark fruits and light alcohol. Some nice vanilla notes in there as well. The flavor is lightly tart and vinous, very distinct red wine influence. Tastes like Iím taking a bite of a rich bold red grape. Heavy dark fruity malt and caramel under all the wine qualities. Rather well hidden alcohol, especially given the high ABV on this guy. The mouthfeel dries out a good bit with the oakiness on the finish, even for how sweet it starts out. Overall this is a really rich and decadent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle:   Muddy brown, somewhat thick, small sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Vinous nose, slight woody notes.   Dry and tart on the tongue, quite vinous, minor brown sugar and dark pitted fruit.   This one is quite unique in that is it has some Red Wine characteristics.   Yeah, very vinous on the tongue.   Not alcoholic, but appears to be of a higher ABV.   Tart on the exit.   Not seeing all the normal Dubbel characteristics (damn that looks like a long word) on the tongue.   This almost seems to have more in common with Wine that it does Beer.   Slightly tart and dry on the exit, otherwise vinous.   Weird, this is quite a Wine influenced beer, moreso than most.   This is beer?   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full   Thanks Chris for this unique and interesting brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
joet (2538) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
vinous nose, unaffected color, tangy, citric, wood, toast, reddish hued, light medium feel and some tannins affecting feel

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle - 2005 vintage; thanks BVC!! dark brown, mostly clear with very little carbonation; musky, toffee and red wine; texture is still and flat; tons of red wine notes coming through mixed with belgian candy sugar, vanilla and touch of sour; very sweet and drinkable; very unique and tasty overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle from bgbirdman - thanks! 2005 bottle with a nice looking brown color. Aroma has some dubbel characteristics with light wine and barrel notes. Flavor is more dubbel than anything, with some light oak notes, vanilla, and med-bold red wine. Overall good, but could have been better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a very thin off-white head which dissipated immediately. Nose was a nice bourbon, oak and vinous fruit. I enjoyed the fragrance of this for awhile before tasting. Taste was largely vinous fruit, almost wine-like, with grapes dominant and oak and bourbon secondary. Mouthfeel was medium-thin with some alcohol warmth. This was very much like a mellow-bodied wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5599) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
12 oz bottle from artusory served in an Ommegang chalice. Murky mahogany brown body with a small tightly packed bubbly light beige body from a rather vigorous pour. Very interesting aroma that smells more like a red wine then a beer. Lots of vinous character, grapes, slight oak and some sweet malts remain in the background to remind that this is a beer. Medium bodied with light carbonation and lots of alcohol warming reminiscent of a red wine. Flavor is much like the aroma and very vinous yet tart with notes of grapes, grene apples and a slight touch of wood. Very nice and very interesting but this was just too wine like for me to really enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Thin tan head thats short lived, no lace too speak of. Color is amber, good clarity with a light red hue. Nose is vinous, caramelly, sweet malt undertones. Body is medium, low carbonation. Medium sweet caramel flavors buried under the red wine flavors with notes of cocoa appearing as it warmed. Lightly sweet finish , fruits, malts and wood. Interesting brew. Props to my bud eaglefan for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12-oz., 3 years old, thanks, BVC! Awesome selection. Crystal clear but very dark brown. Headless, laceless. Humongous red wine nose, sweetly vinous. Caramel, lemon, and sour wine grapes, complete with tannins, on the mid-palate. Not a real dimensional or varied mid-palate, but a unique experience without a doubt, and one to savor a bit.

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