Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (4D) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2010 vintage. Pours dense and hazy dark reddish copper color with a small khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, caramel, toffee, prune, toast, tobacco, earth, wood, molasses, bread, cocoa, leather, and light herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity. Taste of huge caramel, raisin, prune, molasses, toffee, tobacco, toast, leather, cocoa, earth, wood, and light herbal spiciness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, molasses, tobacco, earth, wood, toast, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying flavors at all despite the long finish. light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with an awesome creamy, thick, and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 13.5% with only a warming present after the finish. Definitely a sipper, but is still very smooth as such. Overall this is an absolutely incredible old ale! The age has done great things to this, and I will definitely hold on to the 2011 bottles I have. Hugely complex and balanced stuff.
07-09-2012 01:43:06 | More by superspak
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to DavoleBomb for hooking me up with this extra in a trade.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful garnet color that is on the purple side. There is a small white ring that sits on top. Limited carbonation bubbles rise to the top providing a lightly active appearance.
S: Strong dark fruits of plum, raisins, and figs commence the aroma. Sweet brown sugar and and earthiness finish it off. A light touch of alcohol finishes it off.
T: Similar to the aroma, but the dark fruits found in the nose are a bit limited in the taste. The sweetness from sugar comes through much more and the alcohol is hidden very well.
M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. A minor bite with the alcohol, but it is very limited.
O: I'm a big fan of old ales and this one is quite good. No major complaints here. Solid all around. Highly recommended.
07-07-2012 02:08:57 | More by BilbosNuts
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
Pretty fresh batch, so whatever that is.
Looks deadly, in a way that is deep, and dark brown. lacing, but not much head due to the high alcohol. I like the look of the 13.5 on the bottle.
It smells like sweet alcohol, i like it, molasses and brown sugar rolled over currants.
Every time i have drank a Kuhnhenn beer i have absolutely loved the alcohol flavors in it, they are always very present and warming, and never too hot or fusel. Alcohol soaked cherries and black currants, figs and pomegranate juice, brown sugar and vibrant maple syrup. Powdered donut flavors and sweetness that makes you want to lick your lips. Yum.
The body is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.
As with all the Kuhnhenn beers i have had, i really like this one.
07-01-2012 04:32:27 | More by ChadQuest
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. THanks for the extra wade5614.
A real nice orange glowing amber out the bottle, hits with a muted brown and faint orange/ruby body. There is nearly no head on this beer, barely even a collar makes it through of faint tan color. I'd score this average but the body color is quite nice I must admit.
Interesting nose. Malty richness with a wooden feel to it. Molasses turned down in a sort of chewy sense. Strangely feels a little spicy and salty. Interesting, this salt and sweet molasess character melds nicely I like it. There's a hint of heat.
Rich tasting with an almost Flanders cherry character. Finishes with a faint black pepper and spice and controlled quick heat, but not boozy. Malty rich with a very light body nearly wet, and splintery character. Hints at Scotch Ale style smoke also.
What an interesting brew. As I sip on this, I am craving BBQ pork. Very enjoyable, even though some factors don't hit the A mark. Would love to try the barrel aged version.
06-28-2012 00:14:56 | More by smakawhat
4.15/5 rDev -3%
12oz bottle served in a snifter.
pours a murky, deep amber / mahogany tone while yielding a short-lived 1/4" beige head - to be expected given the big ABV here. the nose is fairly complex and enticing, offering a lot of dark fruit, caramel / toffee, molasses, and some vanilla. alcohol presence also evident.
all of the aforementioned pull through in the flavor. big dark fruit and caramel / toffee presence mingles with secondary notes of molasses, vanilla, and a touch of anise. chewy, full bodied mouthfeel with slightly below average carbonation.
overall there's a lot to like here; very, very tasty brew. (the barrel aged version, however, is in another league.)
(originally reviewed: 01-30-2012)
06-23-2012 03:54:48 | More by BostonHops
3/5 rDev -29.9%
Pours dark brown with red tinges along the edges. Completely still despite a vigorous pour.
Lots of fig in the aroma along with raisin, burnt molasses, caramel and a little booze.
A bit of a malt bomb. Still lots of raisin and fig, but the sugars dominate a bit more. Alcohol is slightly present, but fairly well hidden for the ABV.
Already sweet and medium to full bodied the almost non-existent carbonation enhances the syrupy aspect and makes it almost unbearable.
Overall just kind of average flavors and the low carbonation really enhances the poorer aspects. Definitely not a fan.
06-18-2012 15:26:43 | More by jmarsh123
3.68/5 rDev -14%
355ml bottle poured into tulip 6/6/12 thanks liamt07 for the bottle
A dark reddish brown with only a very short lived thin film for head and it leaves zero lace
S lots of burnt brown sugar and rum soaked raisins, molasses and some teriyaki beef jerky smells better then it sounds, heavy on the soft caramels and a little booze but nothing compared to the 13.5% listed on the bottle
T sweeter then the smell somehow with just a little soy, tastes slightly oxidized and not as nice as the nose, some cherry liquor I didn't smell and a slightly nutty aspect
M not quite flat but very little carbonation, quite sticky on the lips but not much heat considering the strength, a little syrupy
O booze is well concealed and it smells great but not blowing me away in other areas, decent beer but I'm going too be well below the average with this one
I'm not sure what to make of this one, well concealed booze and it smells great but not quite what I was hoping for elsewhere. Even if this is a off bottle its still easy enough too drink
06-07-2012 06:34:24 | More by wordemupg
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
2011 vintage poured into snifter. Pours a deep brown amber. No head or lacing but that's to be expected. Smell is fantastic!!! Dried fruit booze and malts. Taste is also just amazing!!!I can't even describe. Just get this fantastic beer. Absolutely amazing!
06-02-2012 18:42:57 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours out a really dark reddish brown with lots of off-white bubbles that quickly dissapate.
Smell is toasted caramel malts and raisin bread.
Taste is carmel malt and raisin bread. the alcohol isn't too strong here but the afterburn does give a hint of the abv power this beer has.
Mouthfeel is pretty sticky and flavor retention is good. Great sipin brew .
Overall this is a great Old Ale from a great company that I can't get around these parts.
05-27-2012 14:22:12 | More by peabody
3.45/5 rDev -19.4%
Reviewing the Fourth Dementia (4D) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company out of Michigan.
2011 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/20/12. Review is from notes.
Appearance: Pours a deep caramel color; almost like black mud. A thin layer of creamy dark khaki head settles to a thin foggy film. Poor lacing, with good retention/cling. 3.5/5
Smell: Primarily musty caramel malt with complementary notes of toffee and marshmallows. Swirling the beer reveals a little fig and brown sugar in the aroma. Modest booziness. The aroma is a bit harsh and caramel forward, but swirling before smelling seems to balance it out and make it more appealing. 3.75/5
Taste: Like the aroma, the palate is dominated by a musty and malty caramel flavor. The finish is toffee-ish. Just tons of boozy caramel/toffee/brown sugar malt here. Some fig flavor on the side of the tongue. Decent booziness to boot. 3.5/5
Mouthfeel: I am not sure if this is a bottling issue or how the beer was intended to be made, but my 4D is absolutely flat and lifeless. There is quite literally no carbonation here. Medium bodied. Super malty and just a little sugary. Syrupy-like mouthfeel. 3/5
Overall: Not a bad beer, but this brew is a far from balanced, slightly boozy sipper. I am not a fan of overly malty beers, so maybe, like Mother Of All Storms and Y2K, this just isn't my type beer. Personally, I do not understand the hype behind this one.
Recommendation: Worth trying at some point in your craft beer journey, if only to say that you've had it, but this beer is not worth seeking out unless you like boozy malt bombs (beers like Mother Of All Storms).
Pairings: Packets of Laughing Cow creamy Swiss cheese.
Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle.
05-24-2012 05:14:59 | More by jegross2
4.23/5 rDev -1.2%
A: deep dark opaque brown, bare vestige of a head, some motes of lace
S: sweet caramel-like malt, some hoppy oakiness
T: brown sugar, whiskey barrels, juicy malt, hoppy dryness
M: full, slightly sticky, alternating sweet and dry moments
O: as with other old ales, has a lot of barleywine-like characteristics - trying to keep my comparisons limited to Old Stock Ale and Founders Curmudgeon - this one runs a little sweeter and less complex than the Old Stock, making it more or less on par with the Curmudgeon. A good beer by any account, and since I've never seen it around before, it's probably one of those you should pick up when you see it, so you can try it for yourself.
05-23-2012 23:21:44 | More by Greywulfken
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
Reviewed from notes
Another awesome bottle courteous of a great trader. Thanks Andrew!
A - Pours cherrywood with a one finger khaki head that dissipates at a good pace. Lacing is minimal...
S - Caramel, fig, raisin, cherry, and other sweet fruits. Not picking much in the way of alcohol. Nice...
T - Lots of caramel, fig, and molasses up front. Dark fruits come through in the finish. Raisin lingers in the aftertaste. There is alot going on here, but sweeet malt is definitely the driving force. Alcohol is well disguised...
M - Thick and syrupy. Carbonation is very light...
O - Really nice representation of the style. Alcohol comes across really smooth. Hoping to score on the BA version sometime in the near future...
05-23-2012 01:55:17 | More by comfortablynumb1
3.65/5 rDev -14.7%
Pours a dirty cola brown color with little to no head, meh.
The aroma has an intense raisin aroma with notes of caramel and toffee. Quite sweet. Some honey and booze soaked cherries; rum cake.
The taste starts off sweet like the aroma but does have somewhat of an earthy balance. Sweet caramel, honey, and prune juice kick things off and are expected in an old ale. Then comes a wave of burnt caramel that adds some needed bitterness and a strong tea like flavor that you find in amber ales. And just as the label suggests, I get the toasted marshmellow flavor. They really nailed that one, never tasted roasted marshmellow in a beer before. Some boozy cherry sweetness as well.
The feel is a bit of a mess. It is sticky, syrupy and yet some how dry?!? Significant amount of earthy bitterness balances out the crazy sweetness but it some how really drys the beer out. Bizarre. The lingering effects not entirely pleasant. I'm really not digg'n the feel.
I dunno, the beer has some big bold flavors but they seem to contrast each other. The beer needs a bitter offset but I find that they went too dry with an acrid bitterness. Doesn't blend as an old ale should. Perhaps it needs some major aging.
05-18-2012 01:47:45 | More by Gmann
Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (4D) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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