Lothore (647) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
A- Pours a ruddy, brownish hue with little to no head.
S- Smell is absolutely phenomenal. Tons of brown sugar, hints of bourbon, fig.
T- Wow. Before describing the taste my first thought is ... smoooth. Starts off slightly fruity, possibly hints of cherry mixed with figs, brown sugar sweetness comes in to balance. The end is an alcohol warming balanced exquisitly with very sweet, sugary notes.
M- Thick with a good bit of carbonation left for a beer this old.
D- This is another out of the park brew by kuhnhenn. I truly hope they produce more so I have another chance to drink this one. The main thing I truly loved about this one was the balance. It was huge yet seemed to balance the alcohol perfectly with rich sweetness that a lot of other "extreme brews" fail to do. Totally lives up to the hype in my opinion. Although there probably aren’t many bottles left in circulation, if you have a chance trade whatever you can for this one. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle brought by jarspag to the 6/27/09 D-METAL in Del Mar. Shared with Katie and Simon as well. Thanks for the chance to try this kickass rarity J. Not much on the appearance, clear burgundy color that is still and coats the snifter with legs. F*cking epic aroma! Fills the room with notes of cherry, oak wood, cinnamon and brown sugar with toffee. The nose changes from good to great as it warms. Flavor is a beautiful medley of cherry, plum, cocoa, wood barrel and light bourbon tones underneath some green apple. The bourbon complements everything very well, but is never too hot or overdone. Hellishly smooth palate with a warming finish, like a fine cognac that nearly numbs the roof of the mouth. F*ck me this is good. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle provided by hoppymeal. Thank you! Clear brown color. Barely any head. Vanilla, dates, figs, honey, agave, brown sugar, light bourbon and woody notes. Flavor is sweet with dates, figs, bourbon, syrup, alcohol, wood, and a really nice hop finish. Really a wonderful beer. I am guessing this one will get better over the next year. MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
A: Pours a dark orangish brown hue with a small head. No retention but it does have some legs.
S: Huge aromas here. Tons of coconut, caramel, brown sugar. The barrel stands out in a big way as well with fresh oak, vanilla, and booze.
T: Crazy good brew. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Coconut macaroons, hints of dark fruit and lots of oak, vanilla, and light booze.
M: Medium in body, perfect carbonation, smooth, with a nice boozy finish.
D: Out of this world. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
pours dark brown, no head.
Aroma, load of caramel goodness, butterscotch, bready malts and doughy with touch of bourbon.
Flavors, fudge, buttery sweet caramel, medium carbonation, light vanilla note, warming abv, light fizzy mouthfeel, doughy goodness, sweet thick sugary palate warming abv with bourbon being well balanced.
This beer is grandiose. Has all the good characteristics of Kuhnhenn.
Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Mondial de la bière Montréal : Chaleur d’alcool, vanille, caramel et biscuit malt, légèrement fumé. mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2011
bottle thanks to brad at kuhnhenn. this was 2011 batch shared with mark at kuhnhenn tap room. the aroma is so sweet and sexy it makes you want to have sex with it! the taste is like the first girl you ever kissed so complex it stuns you at first and you pull away suddenly but then snap back and go in for more. cant wait to buy at solstice. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to Urbancaver for hooking me up.
3.5 A: Murky dark brown color. Just a quarter finger of tannish head than falls quickly and leaves very little lacing. Kuhnhenn has little time to worry about their beers asthetics.
5.0 S: Aggressive, complex, yet extremely complementary. Thick, rich caramel and toffee. Huge raisin, tobacco, plum, prune, and date slap the smell receptors silly. Only mildy boozy despite the huge ABV. Bourbon and barrel add more complexity to an already superbly complex base. Leather, light peat, earth, and melon fruits in addition to oak and vanilla from the barrel.
4.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but isn’t as aggressive (how could it be, really?). Huge raisin, prune, tobacco, plum and all that jazz. Again the booze is hidden very well. Big sweetness, but nothing out of hand and definitely not Bruery level. Leather, peat, earth, melon, vanilla, oak. Wonderful taste.
4.5 M: Heavy body. Carbonation is on the lower end of acceptable. Rich, palpable thickness without necessarily being overly chewy.
5.0 D: A taste could have also been a 5.0, so I’ll add it here. Really wonderful beer. Kuhnhenn are masters at hiding booze while delivering the amount of flavor that you can only get from a huge ABV beer. Not quite as good as BB4D, but damn close.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-29-2012 03:04:49 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2012
GTMW 2010? Pours to a brassy brown/dark caramel body with a thin light tan head. Huge complex aroma of vanilla, oak, barley, and some sort of fruit. Flavors are similar and very complex. Delicious. Perfect palate of sweetness balanced by a medium texture. mcberko (17843) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff!), pours a deep dark mahogany with almost no head, just a small beige ring. Aroma brings out some deep, lush bourbon barrels, some alcohol liqueur notes, and toffee and brown sugar further back. Flavour brings out the bourbon barrels big time, but never in a distasteful way, full of brown sugar, some kind of sweet boozy liqueur, loads of caramel and toffee, and alcohol. This is big n bold, alright, and executed with supreme skill. So much depth, with a luxurious mouthfeel. Though it is sweet, it doesn’t suffer from cloying sweetness like so many Kuhnhenn beers do. One of my all-time favourite barley wines.