walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 Going to rerate this beer. Was at the brewery a couple of weeks ago with Artusory, Pailhead, and punkrkr27 sharing some good beers with each other and the Kuhnhenn brothers. When Eric went to the back room and brought this out. This was the best bourbon barrel what ever I have had. It was well balanced the borbon flavor didn’t over power the other flavor, It didn’t seem like I had a glass of Jack in front of me. I just hope they will make this more often and it could rival the Raspberry Eisbock. Thank you Brett and Eric. This is my second 5 from my favorite brewery. from the tap.poured a dark brown with hints of mahogany around the edges nice tan head. aroma, plums, raisins, toffee, chocolate, malts, hints of wood, cherries, alcohol red wine flavors . flavor, licorice, honey, chocolate, toffee, malts, alcohol a nice blend of sweetness and bitterness. a nice smooth mouth feel. this is a kicken beer. WOW vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
My favorite beer. Had it a total of 3 times, once at the brewery, once at Spuyten Duyvil, and also at EBF. All three times tasted just as good as the last which is normally very rare. For 14.5% Alcohol you would expect a bite but its more towards a sweet malty finish which works great. chucklemation (1683) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dark fruits, oak, caramel, toffee, butter, and vanilla. Flavor is very similar, with the oak less pronounced, replaced with a boozy heat. Sweet and thick-bodied. This is terrific. proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2003
I could literally copy trbeer's review for this word for word and feel satisfied with the review. I too had this at the Polar Beer Fest right along side trbeer. This was such a drinkable barleywine, that it blew me away. The flavor exploded in the mouth, with hints of spice and a wonderful buttery flavor present. An outstanding beer. Kuhnhenn...I'm in love.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Bottle. Ive had this 3 times, twice on draft once in a bottle at Kuhnhenn. The bottle was logarithmically better than its draft offering.
An incredible balanced marriage of sweet dark fruits and oaky bourbon. Everything i love about beer was woven together in this BW. A rich viscous butter of dark plum, caramel, raisins, dates. Leading into a full robust oaky, scotch bourbon warming. Phenominal, this is my justification of craft ale.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2012 bottle. Deep brown with some haze and no head. Plum, sugar, caramel and booze. Holy wow. Just amazing. Completely hides the ABV. First 20 overall I've ever given. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12oz bottle via trade with hoppymeal, Derek, you are a god amongst men, I’ve had this for some time shared at my 2000th rating tasting with Kmweaver and his wife, my girlfriend Cyn, dalekliz, fordest, toncatcher, and wetherel. This is incredible!!! Pours reddish with a tan head. Nose is amazingly bourbon, big and sweet and intoxicating. Taste is sweet with bourbon, very nice excellent, super great fantastic, this beer has so many levels holy fuck this is amazing. arminjewell (9641) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2011
2010 12 oz bottle big thanks to Aaron for the pour on this one. Oour is dark reddish brown with thin off white head, aroma has notes of big vanilla, bourbon, some nice oak, wood, nice dark fruit, nice toffee and molasses notes, slight chocolate notes as well. Wow. Taste is not quite to the same level, but really awesome notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, and molasses mixed together, the oak and wood dry it out nicely and make it really nice and balanced, the warmth of the 15% comes through but only in a good way. Kuhnhenn, really nice work. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of maximum12. Huge thanks! Deep brown appearance with a small tan head. Unbelievable toasty, caramel malty, rich toffee, dark fruity, plum, bourbon, vanilla, oaky aroma. Super rich toffee, caramel malty, big vanilla, delicious bourbon, oak, more toffee flavor. No hint of the 15% abv until it’s half way down your throat. Holy fuck- this is easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Huge malty, caramel, toffee flavor. I think I like Abacus a touch more but fuck, this could be the best beer I’ve ever had for all I know. Update: this is a great mother fucking but isn’t the best I’ve had, as I previously considered. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Even by the strong standards of the Barleywine, Kuhnhenn’s barrel-aged ale is some unholy beast. At 15% it’s dangerously potent, but it doesn’t drink like a huge beer. Dark brown pour. Butterscotch, toasted malt, molasses, and vanilla aromas. Taste profile consists of dark fruit, caramel, coconut, and malt sugar. Alcohol heat is tucked away under the full-bodied malts. This is one hell of a way to be introduced to Kuhnhenn. This’ll put you right on your ass.