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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,559
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is our 4th Dementia Olde Ale that has been bourbon barrel aged. This ale has an intense sweet caramel malt flavor and aroma that develops into a toffee/toasted marsh mellow like character.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 12-14-2006)
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Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass. Really huge thanks to normyk for sending this as an extra!

2010 vintage.

A - Appearance is obviously quite similar to the version, but this one is perhaps a bit more ruddy brown. The head still retains that one finger of foam, with an eggshell white color. Retention appears to be a little lower, only lasting a few moments after pouring. Unfortunately the lacing doesn't seem to retain the cascading characteristic that made the normal version so enticing as it quickly slides down the glass.

S - The nose on this beer is utterly fantastic. The normal version was good, but had a bit too much malt sweetness in it. This version still has a strong malt presence, but the bourbon soaks the dark fruit to cut the malts. The complexities just keep coming as the beer warms. I am getting lots more vanilla here than in the original, and perhaps slightly less oak. Just an excellent smelling beer.

T - After the vast improvement in the nose, I would've expected an improvement in taste, but after my first sip, I was blown away. If any complaint could be levied against the normal version, its that it makes no reservations with its sweetness. The bourbon barrel alleviates this problem and much more. The first taste is almost exclusively a hit of bourbon, but it quickly transitions into bourbon soaked fruits, grapes, raisins, and even some toasted coconut. The malts still come through to bring toffee and caramel, but its much more balanced. This version does seem to be a little boozier, but for the improved taste, its easily worth it. The finish is long and filled with bourbon, fruit, and caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with pretty low carbonation. Seems to have less carbonation than the regular version but that's to be expected with the barrel aging. Long finish that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

D - Drinkability is high. This is an incredibly impressive beer in all respects, and an improvement in nearly every way over the normal version. The only complaint I have with this beer is that it does become a little heavy on the alcohol astringency as it warms, but for 13.50% I'm just surprised it wasn't there all along. Make no mistake, this is a sipper, but it is enjoyable the whole time.

nhindian, Apr 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle received in a trade from spartan213. '12 vintage.

Pours a fairly dark brown, basically opaque, with a small quarter inch head, and basically no lacing.

Smells just incredible, I can't even describe most of it. Dark fruits, caramel, toasted marshallow, toffee, and bourbon.

One of the most interesting beers I've ever had- like I said before, I can't really even describe most of these flavors. Caramel, raisins, figs, toasted marshmallow, oak, vanilla, cola, sarsaparilla, walnuts, bourbon. The aftertaste is this incredible blast of caramel and bourbon- almost like bourbon-soaked Werther's candy or something. This is just so unique and awesome.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a sweet and mucho syrupy mouthfeel, and a very low amount of carbonation. Although I really want to slowly sip this, it's really hard to not just gulp it down, it's so drinkable.

This might be the best beer I've ever had. While drinking it, I honestly had no idea what was going on.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

DanGeo, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kuhnhenn, also a few times out of the bottle. Pours an opaque, sienna-brown color with a dark-beige, creamy head that smokes out pretty quickly and is kind of hard to bring back, even with aggressive swirling.

The aroma is powerful right from the start, and only grows more so as the beer warms up. The bourbon barrel aging is apparent immediately, thanks to the heavy boozy-oak notes. Light vanilla, candied, booze-soaked dark fruits, and an intense sweetness build up the rest of the aroma. There's a nice clash between the dry warmth from the bourbon barrels and the savory sweetness of the malt.

This one is very creamy as it hits the palate, with a body on the thicker side and a medium amount of carbonation. Bourbon infused fruits up front; dates, figs, ripe raisins. Toasted brown sugar charges through and sweetens things up a bit, as well. Along with the brown sugar comes a delicate vanilla flavor that lasts into the aftertaste. Oak and bourbon flavors are hanging in the background from start to finish - although the word "background" may not do them justice, as they play a much larger role in the flavor.

The taste has the same head-butting of flavors as the nose did aromas - a nice, smooth, mellow boozy warmth with a dry oak underbody competes with a delicate and delectable sweetness in the form of toasted, sugar-coated dark fruit. Booze is, as mentioned, very apparent - but in a "flavor" kind of way, rather than a "burning" kind of way - although it's additional warmth should be noted.

At 13.5% ABV, this beer is no slouch, and it deserves to be slowly sipped. Heavy oak, bourbon, sugar, dark fruits, and vanilla make for a nicely executed barrel-aged old ale. There's a reason people rave about this stuff. It's great.

tectactoe, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Schlais, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 - 12 Oz. Bottle

A - Dark Brown with half finger tan head. Dark and merky looking

S - Wow, this is possibly one of the craziest smells I've ever experienced. Huge caramel, oak and toffee notes. Brown sugar, dark fruits, cherry and maybe some fig. Can barely smell the alcohol.

T - Very complex and similar to the nose. One of the sweeter beers I've had. Love the huge caramel taste.

M - Medium body with very minimal carbonation. Get a little bit more of the alcohol as it warms up. Very syrupy.

O - This is an amazing beer. Definitely top 10 for me. I've never really had a beer like this.

SkiBum22, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of newk340
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

newk340, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Hamburgers
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured into a Courvoisier tumbler. Appearance is a slightly cloudy Burnt Sienna color. Not even a hint of head on this one. Wonderful bourbon aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla, dried figs and chocolate. Flavor is heavy on bourbon but not overwhelming. Full bodied with only a slight carbonation. Long finish. Perfectly balanced.

Hamburgers, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of heddar33
5/5  rDev +9.6%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100!

Pours a deep reddish brown with almost no head.

Smell consists of bourbon vanilla notes. It smells somewhat sweet but not overwhelmingly so. Also apparent are notes of toffee, oak and dried dark fruits including raisins.

Tastes of vanilla, chocolate raisins and figs. I also get a bit of chocolate chip cookie that is fantastic. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but is not at all overbearing. A bit of breadiness. Wonderfully complex assortment of flavors that seem to meld together nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium thick and coats the palate nicely. There is a slight warming from the alcohol.

Overall, this is a sipper in the best sense of the term. There is so much flavor in each sip, it is best enjoyed a small amount at a time. This is one of the better examples of barrel aging really improving a beer, as I thought the regular 4th D was good, but nowhere near this enjoyable.

warnerry, May 26, 2011
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Callmecoon, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

77apm, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of VernonKell
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

VernonKell, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of bierdabbler
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

bierdabbler, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Bklyn, NY, as part of their Big Fattys celebration or “month long ode to strong and barrel aged beer”. This one seemed to be the “hot beer” according to the gathered throng of BA beer aficionados, so I gave it a try. Poured into a tall wine glass, it exhibited low carbonation, minimal head and next to no lacing. Dark, muddy and dark milk chocolaty looking. Big nose of bourbon, raisins, figs and some alcohol. Served near room temp. on a freezing cold day. Soft, smooth, heady brew, plenty of rum raisin, vanilla, chocolate and dark malty goodness. Alcohol clearly present but did not take away from drinkability. World class sipper, night cap kind of brew. A welcome treat on tap.

Billolick, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of badbeer
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours fairly brown, but dark red when held to light, with a strong white head that retains very well and leaves retention. Surprising given the percent. Smell jumps out at you, moreso than some DIPA's even. The smell is of bourbon, brown sugar, cherry, molasses, vanilla, oak and maybe even some dates; remarkable. Taste is hard for me to keep track of, it just has so many flavors blended together so well. Seems like some of the bourbon beers I have had have too much bourbon, this is not the case with this one. Full bodied, with slightly higher than medium carbonation; a little less and this one's perfect. A damn near perfect sipper, I'd drink plenty of this if it was available. Well worth the very long trip to Michigan for it. Highly recommended.

badbeer, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Chris_Panos
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Chris_Panos, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is full of brown sugar, bourbon and raisins. I also get some nice alcohol notes. All of the components in the aroma are very, very nice.

The flavor is just as complex and just as nice. I get a lot of brown sugar and molasses notes, as well as a lot of bourbon, oak, maple and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but it is not as strong as expected from a 13.5 percent ABV beer.

Medium moutfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Akcellar8, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of fenlop54
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

BigE90, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ryancl, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of 1Adam12
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my main man Mark for this one. Very generous trader.

Pours a dark dark red. Seriously looks like a brandy. Beautiful.
Smells strong. Lots of caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is a lot of the same. Loads of caramel toffee and bourbon. Vanilla is present but not huge. Bourbon is very noticeable....LOVE IT! Very dry finish. Lots of tingles on my tongue, and also can feel the alcohol in my nose, like taking a shot of bourbon. Wonderful beer. This should be treated like a fine bourbon, sipped and savored. Quite masterful really. Glad Mark hooked me up with this one, and I might have to venture after some more.

1Adam12, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Prospero
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Prospero, Jan 08, 2013
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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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