arminjewell (9720) - 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 (10714) - 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 (2191) - 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. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan. Thanks a ton, dude. Pours an oily, dark brown color with a thin perimeter of light-tan bubbles; an oily, viscous, heavy pour. Gorgeous, dense aroma: dried dark fruits, maple syrup and toasty, soft bourbon notes; intensely generous, sweet without being sticky, and a gorgeous caramel / soft viscous bourbon character, with a touch of roasted meats / smoked malts; awesome nose. Full, impressively dense mouthfeel: soft carbonation; lots of dried dark fruits, caramel, and maple syrup; the bourbon character is soft, toasty, slight vanilla presence, and lots of sweet dried fruits; beautifully aged at this point, with a touch of dried caramel coming through, seeming like oxidation (though light); remarkably drinkable and well-integrated; a touch of sour-mash character from the bourbon, adding a bit of acidity; minimal alcohol, if any, which is pretty sweet for 14.5% beer; I could drink a ton of this, and will likely never get the chance to. Awesome, perfectly blended stuff. A touch of smoked meat and smokiness / charred malts. Long finish: sweet, intricate bourbon, dried dark fruits, and maple syrup; great bourbon barrel aging serving to restrain a previously unhinged barley wine. This is how barrel aging should go. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Holy mackarel! Thanks to goryshkewych for this bottle. This was amazing! Pours slightly hazy orange-copper with an off-white head. Nose is cotton candy, roast, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, slight brandy, raisin, almost no booze, and lots of wonder. Flavor is virtually the same and lingers with sugar, fruit, brandy, and raisins. Exceptional barleywine.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2009 courtesy of xmarcnolanx, thanks man! wow. this thing is huge, and scarily smooth. tastes like backwoods and utopias or something, crazy delicious! great finish, warm and fuzzy mouthfeel, great beer. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
2012. Just bottled and shared by Brad at Kuhnhenn. Pours dark toffee colored brown with small tan head. Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut. Smelled amazing. Probably the best aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. Flavor of sweet caramel, rich bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and some molasses. There is some heat, but is insanely drinkable for such a big beer. Sweet and bourbony. So complex. Awesome beer. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Pours an opaque dark brown, with deep auburn tones. Almost no head, but somehow it maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. With an aroma full of sweet dark malt, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon, this just may be the best smelling beer ever. Seriously. Although I was very eager to drink it, I really was content just to sit there and sniff it. And every time I did, I just smiled and smiled. And I wasn’t even lit. Yet.
The flavor is full of caramel, sweet toffee, bitter oak, vanilla, and a huge raisin presence. And of course, bourbon. The bourbon flavor is oaky and almost cherry like straight into the finish, where it gives way to a straight mild bourbon aftertaste.
Nice full body, gently carbonated, and emminently deceptive in its masking of the alcohol presence. By far the best bourbon beer I have ever had.
This beer is changing the way I think of bourbon barrel beers. Although I do like them, my appreciation for them has always been along the lines of "interesting, tasty, but let’s move on to something else." I think for the first time I am experiencing the bourbon flavor as such an integral component of the overall character, rather than just a tasty ’added extra.’
This beer might even teach me to like bourbon. Uh oh wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Wow. Thanks Jon! Tasted at Jon’s 2000th tasting. I’ve been waiting a while to try this, drooling at it in Jon’s mini fridge. Excellent aroma. Crazy good. Rich buttery oaky brown sugar. sweet. Tastes as good as it smells. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle shared w/ J, K, and Simon at the 6/27 Del Mar Doom. Thanks Derek! F me...this is unreal. Silly, stupid, ridiculous. You know those beers you crack, sniff, and laugh? What you’d expect in the nose - but to perfection. Oak, bourbon, sweet malt/toffee, mellowed and powerful. Flavor boasts PLUM, sweet (a good sweet), oak, bourbon, raisin, toffee, candy apple, caramel, slight roast in the finish ... a really pleasant heat. Palate is aged to perfection and soft... beginning to push the limits of a "beer". This was a ’wow’ type beer in every way. You guys should probably make this again.