Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A 12 ounce bottle from JM03; I can not thank you enough for this bottle my friend. I can't seem to find any date information on the bottle except for "2010" printed above the brewer's description on the rear of the label. Poured into a DFH signature glass.
Pours an opaque brown and toffee color with some lighter muddy hues near the surface. Only a thin veil of khaki head develops, but nice swirling legs continually swim across the surface; little to no lacing as the wet bubbles just slide back into the body, though not surprising for the style and alcohol content.
The aroma is of hazelnut, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt, caramelized apple (very slight), plum, and dark cherries. The fruit notes are very light. Wonderfully balanced nose, with no ethanol to be detected. I don't consider myself creative, but I really couldn't ask for anything more in the nose.
The taste begins with notes of toasted sugar, thin caramel, ample toffee, vanilla, and hazelnut. A good amount of wood (oak) comes through in the middle along with the bourbon and some warming alcohol. There's actually more alcohol here than I had anticipated, given the age on the bottle. Again, some slight fruits appear towards the end; apple, dark cherry, plum, and some date seem to show up. More oak and toffee on the finish.
Mouthfeel is velvety, and while "heavier," it's not overly viscous or cloyingly sweet. The finish is rather dry, and is accentuated by a noticeable alcohol burn. It definitely lends itself to being an evening sipper, though in my case, I guess it's serving my late-Friday-afternoon-following-long-week wind down; I can already tell it will take me an hour or so to finish this delicious beast.
Overall, this is a great example of what a bourbon barrel aged old ale or barleywine can be. I suppose I'm a bit partial, considering these happen to be my favorite styles, but I do thoroughly enjoy it. I do wish the alcohol was a bit more subdued and didn't burn as much on the finish (not bad, but you will unmistakenly be aware of it's presence), but that certianly won't deter me from enjoying every last drop that my girlfriend doesn't sip when I turn my attention away for a moment.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2012 00:03:02 | More by eclipse54
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