Kuhnhenn Brewing Company Winter Wonder Lager (365 Day 101)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Tonight’s beer found me back up in Detroit visiting my wife’s family. Jim, my wife’s brother-in-law, was the person that went a waited in line for me at Kuhnhenn’s Winter Solstice. The Solstice was a huge bottle release of their beers, the first bottle release, at the time, in a good 18 months.

I do have my stash of Kuhnhenn’s beers sitting at home but I have yet to try the Winter Wonder Lager, the choice of beer 101. The high alcohol beer does bring some booziness in the taste and nose but neither ruins the rest of the beer nor makes it undrinkable. Dark fruits and sweetness are both plentiful in the this large bodied beer. I am going to let me last bottle of this age until next winter season and compare.

On another note that I hear recently, it sounds like a lot of “locals” don’t trust the capping capabilities of Kuhnhenn’s for their bottle releases and they dip them in wax. That scares me a bit since I have a good $200 worth of their beer in the cellar that is only kept safe by a Kuhnhenn beer capping job. So the dilemma: do I take my chances and leave them or go buy some wax and burn my time waxing the bottles for the long haul. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.3

Useless Fact: A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

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