Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a great new trading partner - thanks! Poured in to a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a deep opaque mahogany, decadent looking, letting light slip in only around the very edges. A rather vigorous pour coaxes about half a finger of fawn head to the surface of this one, though it only sticks around for about a minute and change before settling down in to a thin but broad fog and a slightly more voluminous but dense collar. Agitation settles both some nice lacing on the sides of the snifter (which, despite the barrel aging and 13.5% abv price tag, actually has some heft and some sticking power, leaving nondescript blotches along the sides of the glass) as well as reveals the thickness of this beer vis a vis how long it takes the released carbonation to travel upwards (hint: it's very slow).
Aroma: An incredibly interesting and complex nose. Deep, fat, rich, and oaky, with almost no burn whatsoever. The base beer is prominent initially (though less as you bury your nose in it more and as it warms) and sits up front, and provides a solid foundation. Light fruits mingle very well with the barrel components (discussed below), but also well with the heavier fruits - dates, raisins, cherries, hints of (though not) fig - as well as cocoa and toffee. There are hints of darker malts, providing an earthier foundation than the other notes above suggest that they might provide.
The barrel here was very obviously bourbon or whiskey, and the marriage is very nice. Obviously, the spirits are fairly prominent - sweet bourbon with plenty of rye overtones accentuate both the (slight) twinge of alcohol as well as the thick sweetness of the fruity notes in the base beer. The other notes - dark oak, hints of vanilla, other very barrel-ish spice hints - are all right below the bourbon, and also a significant quantity of smoke. The only downside is the slight mingle of high-end fruity notes and alcohol esters - the combination comes a little too close to a chemical cleaning agent at points, maybe like Pine Sol or (at its worst) straight up isopropyl.
Taste: There's the burn! Like the nose on steroids, but at 13.5%, that's at least partially to be expected. The base beer is still fat and prominent, darker here than it was in the nose, with more chocolate and caramel than dark fruits (but the dark fruits are still there, don't worry), but more light fruits, smoke, and esters. From tropical fruits at the top all the way down to smoky, chewy oak at the bottom, this one traverses the entire taste bud experience, but still has that pesky (and very intense) heat.
Mouthfeel: Perfect, and likely this beer's best attribute. A fat, thick, chewy base beer, sugary and heavy, but dancing right along the "cloying" line with an expertly introduced amount of carbonation, well integrated, for a creamy, frothy frappe-like feel.
Drinkability: Honestly, not as good as the KBBBW was. This one has way more heat and less of dynamicism between the barrel aging and the base beer - that is, the spiciness and strength of that base beer countered the barrel aging and intense alcohol overtones much better than this one does. That being said, this is still a pretty damn good beer, bursting with exciting and dynamic flavors, bright and energetic, while still a little mellow and refined. At 13.5%, I was pleasantly buzzed after finishing a bottle, so don't expect to down a six-pack of these (and if you do happen upon a six-pack of these, inform me immediately to assist with proper disposal), but it's worth seeking out, if not worth selling the farm for.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2012 00:31:33 | More by CrellMoset
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4.4/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I tasted a bottle earlier this year and quite frankly was a bit disappointed in the lack of bourbon presence. I really can't taste the difference between this and Regular 4D. I'd rather stick with regular 4D as it's easier to obtain and not quite as costly.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 16:26:48 | More by bowzer4birdie
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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