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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia

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Ratings: 1295
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%

Brewed by:
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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Photo of SaisonRichBiere


4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the Solstice bottle release day, 2013.

Appearance- Like foamy brandy- rich leggy amber that you can't see through. Looks amazing.

Smell- Super complex- butterscotch, caramel, toffee, creamy coffee, faint sandalwood, vanilla, creamy chocolate, caramello!

Taste- Big fruity rye whiskey, followed by vanilla, smoke, raisins, figs, currants, dulce de leche, big chocolate toffee. Wait two minutes, and its like the finest cigar you've ever had all over your mouth. Super tasty!

Mouthfeel- Super smooth with just enough bubbles to keep it refreshing and not fizzy. Amazing- suits the character of the beer very well.

Overall- AWESOME! I truly did not expect this much out of it, but I now believe the hype. Glad it's local, and if you haven't had it, try it. One of the most complex, tasty brews I've had. Amazing stuff. Well done Kuhnhenn!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 18:47:31 | More by SaisonRichBiere
Photo of Alextricity


4.01/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery on a paddle.

Appearance: Pretty nice. About a finger of a tan head and surprisingly decent lacing. The beer is a dark brown color with red when held to light. Looks better than I expected... I thought it may look flat.

Smell: Compared to the standard 4D ('11), this had a lot of caramel. There was also quite a lot of darker fruits there as well. The vanilla notes that you'd expect from barrel aging weren't really there all that much. A very nice smelling beer all the same.

Taste: Having side-by-side with the regular 4D, this was definitely a bit more mellow, as one would expect given the barrel. It's not a huge difference, but it's noticeable. The mouth feel is maybe a bit thicker. The taste itself on this one just isn't on par with the regular 4D... of course, that's just my humble opinion. The BB4D mellows out the fruity notes quite considerably and replaces them with a maltier, sweeter flavor. It's still excellent, but not quite as tasty.

I'm extremely happy to have gotten the chance to try this beer. I don't think it's as legendary as some people said it would be (like I said, I preferred the standard '11 4D), but I liked it. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 02:09:35 | More by Alextricity
Photo of TheBrewo


4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was served on draft at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic tulip, showing the deepest hues of nut brown. It held a one and a half finger head of yellowish cream, showing nice retention, and leaving geographic rings of lacing around the glass as it dissipated. A thick haze cut clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared to be active, but the bubbles rose slowly in the thickness. The aroma was bright with massive caramel malt roast, sugary dextrins, and sweeter brown malts to match for the base. Mixing in were notes of sticky honey bourbon, floral pollen dryness, fresh vanilla, mossy oaky musk, and strawberry and plum freshness. With warmth came much more warmth and butter of the bourbon itself, along with raw cereal grain, roasted barley, and hazelnut skin. Our first impression was that, as in the nose, there was fantastically sweet malt base to match the big booziness, which showed some of the most wonderful bourbon smoothness we’ve encountered to date. As we sipped, the taste opened with fusel booze and black pepper spiciness, with massively thick woody bourbon, deep cherry and fig fruitiness, nutmeg spice, and syrupy roasted caramel malts. Moving to the peak was more of a mild chocolatey malt, with more of the sweetness of bourbon, woody dryness, melted brown sugars, rosehip, chalked toffees, raw butter, and the lightest nectary hop syrup. The end came with fruitiness of dark cherry sugars, continued thick roast and toast of caramel, toffees, and milk chocolate sweetness, and of course, that beautifully infused boozy core of woody bourbon and boozy spice. The aftertaste breathed of black pepper, bourbon flavoring, general fusel booziness, sticky caramel, pencil eraser, raw caramel malts, chalky yeast, and raw barley roast. The body was quite full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave hearty slurp, sip, cream, froth, and finishing pop. The bubbles and sugars left a thick coating around the mouth, leaving it feeling oily and resiny, with surprisingly little astringency or dryness away from the softer twangs of boozy evaporation. The spice of booze lingered down the throat, giving prickle and warmth all the way down to the belly. The lips were left sticky, especially at the corners. The abv is big but expected, and despite this, the beer drinks insanely well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. The smack of bourbon was so genuine, warm, inviting, and integrated, it seems hard to imagine the beer without it. This plays excellently off the hearty malt sweets of caramels, toffees, and roasty milk chocolates, acting as the unifying feature of smoothness to blend everything together. The booze is big, and this guy does everything in its power to hide that, much in the same way that Bourbon County is so sweet. Here we don’t come quite as close to that ultimate balance, but we actually are left a bit of room for that bitterness of not only booze, but grain as well, to poke through. The nose is comparatively softer, but inclusive of most of what you want, while the sip is sticky, frothy, and robust. This all makes for an incredibly balanced yet unique beer that will leave you screaming for more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 20:51:23 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of tectactoe


4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 05:24:17 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Docrock


4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip:

This is from the 2012 Winter Solstice release, still on-tap in February:

A - a beautiful dark toffee muddy brown color. There was minimal head and what head there was disappeared to a small ring around the top of the glass, with the small head there was a small amount of lacing, the lacing had great legs.

S - Man this smells great, toffee and marshamallow followed by the booziness of the Bourbon. There is a sense of some fig and raisin with the backbone of the malt present as well.

T - The taste is different from anything I have had before, the bourbon and toffee along with the marshmallow were dominant and just like the aroma there was just a hint of some fruit mostly figs and raisins but something else along with it I just couldnt place.

M - very smooth with minimal carbonation, nice full body.

O - wow, this is an outstanding beer. Was very dissapointed they didn't have any for sale in bottle even though the menu indicated they had some. would gladly pay $8.00 per bottle for a few of these. This is rapidly going to be something I search for and has moved into the upper tier of beers that I have enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 04:26:45 | More by Docrock
Photo of smalenberg


4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straight from the tap at Kuhnhenn, in their tulip.

A - opaque brown with hints of a ruby tinge in the light near the edges. Thin ring of reddish-tab foam clings to the glass with each sip.

S - big malty sweetness with subtler bourbon notes than many barrel aged offerings I've tried.

T - wonderfully executed balance of smooth bourbon character with toasted malt, dark candied fruits (black cherry, Cabernet grapes), and hints of chocolate.

M - thick, but not syrupy and surprisingly little alcohol heat or tingle considering the ABV. There is a hint of it on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. This could sneak up on you.

O - if you have the chance to try it, particularly on draft, don't miss it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 23:45:05 | More by smalenberg
Photo of Mavigo


4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drove out to Kuhhenn's in Warren, wanted the 2012 4D but was also offered the bourbon barrel version, opted four the bourbon. Provided in their own Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A: What a sight, a deep almost opaque cloudy/murky maroon/brown color, with not much much head, limited to a lighter color brown hugging the sides of the glass with bits of lacing here and there.

S: Smells delicious, caramel, brown sugars, malts, yeast, honey, and booze.

T: Wow. What a taste, such sweetness, honey, brown sugars, caramel, toffee, malts, yeast, all contrasted by that kick in the teeth bourbon/whiskey after burn along with that booze. What a mix, that was incredible. To be enjoyed in a slow and un-rushed fashion.

M: Rich, medium body beer right here. Medium carbonation. Sumptuous and complex flavors, rich sweetness paired with the jaw jacking bourbon backlash. It was intense and strong after taste, but none the less, very good.

O: This was outside the box, the unexpected. Paid $8 for the tulip, fairly reasonable for what I got, some city bars charge $8 for bud shit lights, this was worth every penny and then some. Kuhnhenn is an incredible place to be and an incredible brewery, I recommend visiting the brewery if you can, as well as trying this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 07:13:47 | More by Mavigo
Photo of drinknewbelgium


4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this beer on tap at the brewery in Warren, MI. The color of the body was dark mahogany, almost like coca cola, and the head formed a tight, lasting cafe-colored barrier near the rim of my snifter. Smells oaky and strong scents of alcohol. The taste was unbelievable. It was soooo smooth. This beer hit with many flavors-apple, bourbon, coffee, chocolate and finished with warm alcohol overtones. The alcohol was present thorough-out, but it seemed to bite more at the end. The mouth-feel was medium creme body. The body was consistent and allowed for "timed released flavor" waves to hit your palate. This beer is excellent and a must try for anyone passing through Warren, MI. The brewery is great too! It is very low-key and prices are very reasonable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 20:02:31 | More by drinknewbelgium
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.93/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

BB 4D on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, served in a 12-oz glass. I've had this beer before out of a bottle. First time on tap...

Appearance: BB 4D comes looking still and thick, with no head in a quirky glass filled to the brim. Low carbonation and no lacing. Color is that of prune juice- not too appetizing.

Smell: Beautiful, delicious. Port wine, raising, a rustic winery in La Rioja. Chocolate and caramelized sugar, plus coconut frosting. Toffee, hint of licuorice.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced chocolate taste and a nice sweet-booze finish. It gets a little hot/cloying at times (not as balanced as, say, Old Stock), but still yummy. The raisin-dark fruit thing is really strong. Crushed grapes and cocoa powder. Hard toffee candy.

Mouthfeel: Underwhelming. The lack of carbonation is startling, and the booze/sweetness (particularly as it warms up) can be overwhelming. Full flavor, medium body, low carbonation. Sticky-dry mouth and finish.

Overall: Reminds me of a Harvest Ale on dope. Had it on a bottle, didn't love it, better on tap. Not super outstanding but fine. And better than regular 4D!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 22:53:42 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of ghostwalker


4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source!

Served in the Kuhnhenn logo belgian glass. Ruby brown body, very little head.

Nose is sweet boozy brown sugar.

Flavor is deep waves of rich caramelly boozy richness. Not sure that the bourbon is coming through as much as I expected. Really a flavor bomb.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating and smooth.

Overall, a sipper, with huge flavor.The ABV is noticeable, but not in a negative way.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 01:54:57 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of travMI13


4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Kuhnhenn 1/8/12, from notes. 10 oz. pour into Kuhnhenn Belgian tulip.

A: Brown and murky with no head whatsoever. Maybe a slight reddish hue. Not a whole lot of light is getting through here; it just looks like it's going to be thick.

S: A whole lot of bourbon and caramel. Maybe a touch of vanilla and some cherry, but the bourbon and caramel dominate the entire nose. The smell is intoxicating and inviting.

T: Whoa. No false pretenses from the smell. This is bourbon, caramel, and heavy malts toying with each other in my mouth. The huge malt backbone of the standard 4D holds up incredibly well to the bourbon. The way the flavors blend in this beer is nothing short of wonderful.

M: The bourbon and caramel coat my entire mouth, and the flavor lingers. This thing is thick, heavy, sticky, and warming. I can tell this is a 13.5% abv beer, but it does not deter me at all. It's amazing to me how smooth this goes down.

O: To me, this is exactly what you want from a barleywine or an olde ale. I deduct points for lack of head, but come on, who am I kidding? Beers just do not get much better than this. Very lucky to be able to obtain this gem fairly easily.

Every time I have this beer, it never disappoints.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 03:52:24 | More by travMI13
Photo of BeRanger


4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour into a Snifter at the Brewery.

A - Dark, almost like a burgundy color, slight rim of head that wasnt significant.

S - Wonderful aroma - smells of bourbon, caramel, molasses, earthy hops.

T - Very sweet up-front from the caramel. It finishes a little hot but nothing you wouldnt expect from a 13.5% beer. The flavors melded together fantastically.

M - Medium body with little to no carbonation. It is stronger so it took a good 30-45 minutes to sip through this one which was nice.

O - Absolutely wonderful old ale, the smell and taste were outstanding. I'd love to have a bottle of this to age for a year to get a little of the bourbon to subside.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 22:58:28 | More by BeRanger
Photo of pdeepak


4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another brew I got to try at the Ginger Man. Didn't state that it was the BB version on the draft list, but as I was ordering the server mentioned that it was in fast the BB version and I couldn't believe my ears! Having split a single bottle of this beer before with 2 friends and remembering how amazing it was, I was ready to have an awesome experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter, the deep brown off this beer lured me in instantly. The only thing I wish was different would be that the head had more character and stuck around for a little longer.

I could smell this beer forever. Vanilla, caramel, a little orange zest and a spicy note to finish. I'm just going to stop here, this is all you need to know about this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 04:00:10 | More by pdeepak
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft @ GingerMan NYC. Pours a deep reddish brown with little-to-no head leaving subtle lacing.

Aromas begin with a great deal of bourbon notes. It smells somewhat sweet but not overwhelmingly so. As it warms you can detect the base beer with some booze soaked dark fruits (raisins, prunes and dark burnt caramels).

The tastes begin with a ton of initial bourbon soaked dark fruits (dates, raisin and figs). As it warms there is some chocolate chip cookie. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but is not at all overbearing or hot. Pretty heavy on the bourbon but the base beer is still apparent enough to keep your interest.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-thick and coats the palate nicely. Quiet sticky and full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. On the syrupier side, which I usually do not like, but it really works with this beer. There is a slight warming from the alcohol which is common for these bourbon barrel beers.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer; equally as much as the original. I appreciate how you can still distinguish that this was an Old Ale originally and that the dark fruits aren't completely overwhelmed by the bourbon barrel flavors. This is defintitely a sipper in the best sense of the term. There is so much flavor in each sip; it is best enjoyed in small doses over an extended period of time. Glad I have a bottle at home in my cellar. Highly recommended for fans of the original 4D as well as Bourbon Barrel aged beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 14:22:56 | More by claspada
Photo of tmoneyba


4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy brown color with an average frothy light brown creamy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy aroma of complex sweet bourbon. Medium to full body with smooth texture and flat carbonation . Heavy complex sweet bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet bourbon finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were met with a complex standout brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 02:11:14 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of warnerry


4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 02:28:56 | More by warnerry
Photo of chadhops


4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Experienced this beer by surprise at the Cleveland International Beerfest. Word of mouth traveled that if you ask....it will be poured! The Kuhnhenn stand was way off from the other Michigan breweries...like the a bad kid put in a corner. The stand itself looked a little goofy. I got to admit I passed it twice and didn't think of trying anything. Then I got word of the 4th Dimentia....

This beer was the BEST beer at the beerfest! The taste has so much going on its hard to separate them. Second best to the taste of this beer was the 5 minutes I spent smelling my empty glass.

Now Kuhnhenn's Brewering Co. is on my map. May even be worth the drive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 00:40:12 | More by chadhops
Photo of Puddintane


4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This rating is from the tap at Jackie O's. Was really happy to see this was made again and even happier to have a chance to have it on tap. Never thought this would live up to the first batch from a few years ago, I am glad I was wrong. The appearance on draft wasn't much to write home about, brownish in color with almost no head on my pour. The aroma is where this beer starts to pick up some steam. Caramel, oak, vanilla with a hint of bourbony booze. Flavor continues to much the same with a huge hit of vanilla and caramel with a touch of fruitiness as it warms. The alcohol is definitely present but I did not find it overwhelming. Given the opportunity this will age beautifully.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 16:22:05 | More by Puddintane
Photo of jampics2


4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jackie O's for the Stout Festival. Served in a 10oz snifter for around $8.

This beer looks great in the glass except for the lack of head. The beer is a dark caramel color with hints of red and gold around the edges. A small film of a head quickly dies out, leaving very little remnants save for a soapy bubble here and there.

The smell is quite frankly one of the best old ale noses, or barrel aged noses anywhere. Huge notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, oak and bourbon leap out of the glass. There are so many layers of goodness. A bit of toffee, dark cherry and a touch of booze finish the well-rounded nose. This is so expressive and intricate. Very, very good so far.

The taste is also stellar, but there's just a touch too much noticeable booze. I wonder if that will mellow out when the beer ages. For now, we get a really tasty base of caramel and toffee with huge notes from the barrel. Some flavors of dark fruit, baked bread and brown sugar lurk in the background. There are luscious hints of vanilla, coconut shavings, bourbon and just a touch of woody tannin. The beer is satisfying and flavorful. It could just use a bit less booze. At 13.5%, I'm not expecting any miracles here, but I would like to see the boozy note smooth out. Close to the best Old Ale I've ever had.

The mouthfeel is a touch on the syrupy side, with a medium to heavy body and low carbonation. That's just fine, but there is a slight flaw in that the finish is just a touch too dry - I'd like some lingering sweetness and instead this seems a bit drying. Overall, with a few small mis-steps noted, this is a legendary brew and one I would be happy to enjoy again and again. I'll be sure to make the trip up to Kuhnhenn for the next release!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 12:18:58 | More by jampics2
Photo of metter98

New York

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a bit of lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, sweetness and oak in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell in that it has complex flavors. The bourbon flavors are a bit stronger compared to the aroma but they do not dominate the taste and are well incorporated with the other flavors. However, notes of bourbon do stand out in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. Notes of warming from the alcohol are present in the finish.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is exceptionally easy to drink because the alcohol is completely masked from the taste.

Note: 2008 vintage

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 01:25:57 | More by metter98
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer #3 from Kuhnhenn's tap takeover at the Rattle n Hum was poured into an 8oz thin, champagne flute style glass.

Bourbon Barrel 4th Dimension pours an intense mahogany, with a nice cherry shimmer along the edge of the glass when it's held up to light. There's a small amount of khaki colored foam capping it as well. Caramel is the clear standout in the smell department, it actually reminds me of the smell of the ice cream place I work for making their hot caramel topping. There's also an undercurrent of vanilla running throughout the nose, and a definite bourbon note is present as well. The aroma was good, but from the first sip this beer blasted off into the topmost echelon of any beer I've ever had. Caramel is still there in spades, and is again joined by vanilla and an impressively smooth bourbon quality. Newcomers to the party include flavors of creamy milk chocolate and and toasted marshmallows. There's also a delightfully mild warming sensation from the alcohol. It's absurd to think that this one's 13.5% alcohol, because it drinks like it's only about 9%. The body is impossibly rich and creamy, and is balanced by the absolute perfect carbonation, it's just enough to balance the sweetness and prevent the beer from coming across as cloying. Bourbon Barrel 4th Dementia reminds me a lot of the draft pour of Abacus I had a few weeks ago (which I guess makes sense seeing as I've never seen there to be a huge line between English Barleywines and Old Ales in the first place), and is one of the better beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 00:30:16 | More by axeman9182
Photo of BARFLYB


4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Rattle $ Hum for their K. event. Served in a glass as it should.

BB4thDOA comes into the glass looking a deep dirty rotted tree bark brown bordering on black and it looks dirty. A surprising skim of tan bubbles on top with retention, not sticking though.

The smell is through the roof. Not over the top great bourbon scents along with the expected vanilla from the wood. The old ale portion leaps with smoke/peat, a nice roast, port scents akin to old English vintage ales. Some scattered dark fruit and a whiff of alcohol. Nice.

And I am literally blown away by the taste on this pup. I get bourbon up front, not overpowering but the vanilla that it brings as well melds with the old ale oh so nice. Wood along with dark fruit, port notes, an English yeast strain I pick up, toffee, sherry, alcohol. Top notch. I especially like the sweet vanilla alot.

With an ale this big, you have to expect some heat. It's there but not 13% there, I expect some heat with old ales and I find that it adds to the overall experience of the style. 4th is no exception. The body is big and is suited for sippin

Overall I enjoyed this one a hell of a lot and a little mix of this into some K. Raspberry Eisbock goes a long way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 15:18:12 | More by BARFLYB
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4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at rattle and hum. Wow! I can't believe I'm drinking this.

A- comes to me from the angel behind the bar with a finger thick cap of tan head that settles before the first sip and leaves a solid ring and a skin on top. Muddy dark brown in color with a chestnut glow at the edges.

S- opens up more subtle then expected with a smooth barrel presence, hits of vanilla, and chocolate, with some bourbon, brown sugar, and baked desserts. Touches of anise and other fall spice. Very complex by the end.

T- sweet brown sugar and vanilla with bready toasted malts. Lots of the barrel come out over times but with such a simple and smooth approach. Some spice in the back and a bit of booze. Long sweet finish.

M- on the fuller side on body with a slow creeper carb that ends up rather strong. As the brew warms there is a bit of growing heat that ends up being rather substantial but of a massive bb beer I'd want no less.

O- well the hype is warranted this is a spectacular brew that I'm very glad I got to try. Its subtly is its winning quality but its bold ass hell at the same time. Its hard to explain. Just go out and drink one and you'll see.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 17:49:11 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew kettle. Pours murky dark brownish red color with no head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, brown sugar, fig, plum, tobacco, and some candy. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose exactly. The bourbon is really upfront, but the flavors stand up well to the booze. A touch hot. This kind of reminds me of angels share to an extent. A great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 01:07:55 | More by fiver29
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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this baby on tap... somewhere. It technically wasn't legal in the state I had it in so I'll leave it at that :-P

Big thanks to MbpBugeye for purchasing this glass for me, though I think he still owes his brother and me a paddle next time we're out drinking... wherever it was that we were drinking this... yeah. :-)

Ok, two smiley faces in the first two paragraphs of a review... we're not off to a good start here, so time to dig into it. This is review #300 on the eve of my 1 year BA anniversary. I chose this beer because it was one of the most delicious beers of 2011 so far for me.

Served in a snifter, poured a cloudy root beer color, fairly thick, with a head of half a finger. The foam is cream colored and left above average lacing. My final notes for the appearance say "thick and heavy."

The smell... ohh the smell!! Dear god is this a luxuriously decadent beer! The smell of BB 4th Dementia ranks up there with the best smelling beers I have ever experienced. Sweet, sweet bourbon is really strong and in-your-face, yet it is well balanced with the malt heavy background. I kept smelling my snifter repeatedly without taking a sip - a practice my wife makes fun of me for indulging in. At one point she had to smack me, saying, "your eyelids are fluttering whenever you smell that beer!"

Yes. Yes, I guess they were. ;-)

Ohh snap, a third smiley. Well to be honest, the memory of this beer does make me smile. How I loathe the fact that this is not available in Ohio. The aroma is deeply nuanced with vanilla and oak, peppery spikes of earthy hops and chocolaty malts. This is every bit as wondrous as Founders Backwoods Bastard, only amplified by a factor of ten. And here I thought that no other brewery could master the art of barrel aging as well as Founders has...

The taste could hardly compare to the sublime aromatics of this brew, but it nevertheless impressed the hell out of me. Smooth and extremely rich, this was certainly a sipper. Luscious vanilla lends a buttery sweetness while oak provides a balancing dryness. There's a slight roastinesss to the malt character, but to be honest the barreling has mellowed the hell out of whatever the base beer used to be.

As the beer warmed and grew ever more swirled in my snifter, I began to pick out deeper waves of sweet complexity I can only ascribe the moniker of 'pure awesomeness.' Cinnamon crumble coffee cake became the dominant flavor, and all I can say is that this beer is damn delicious.

The alcohol on a beer that tops in at over 13% abv can never be dismissed fully, but I must state that this brew is very well balanced. The bourbon heat is appropriately warming, but never to the point of burning nor was agitating enough as to have prevented me from finishing my glass much more quickly than I should have. I stress that this beer is sticky sweet, but dry on the finish, and always always always - smooth.

The drinkability was fantastic. Had I not already been drinking since 8am, with plans to sample many more beers that day, I would have eagerly run to garner a second glass for myself. I feel that this is one of those beers that will always remain on my 'wants' list due to the sheer enjoyment I got from drinking (and most importantly - smelling) it.

My first ever Kuhnhenn beer was a true experience to remember.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 05:08:42 | More by Spider889
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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.