Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,592
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 1,498
Gots: 407 | FT: 29
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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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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub, courtesy of the owners. This aged in bourbon cask was rich and thick. The aromas were delightful, and that carried even more so in the taste, which demonstrated wine and cognac notes. I would love some of this after a special supper. Thick carmel body. Reddish brown.
Just as great on tap, a year later at Winter Solstice. Thick, incredible bourbon aroma, rich taste, magnificent. Somewhat on the sweet side though.

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FINEBEERGUY for this one!

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky and almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form randomly around the glas on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. Taste is of bourbon, wood, brown sugar, caramel/toffee, and malt. There is a slight sourness to the taste but nothing that really detracts from the flavors. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and very thick mouthfeel that lends to a very rich drinking experience. Overall, this is a fantastic barrel aged old ale with some very nice aromas and flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up by my mom at the Winter Solstice 2010 party. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a very thin, short-lasting head. Some legs around the edges of the glass plus a bit of a thin collar. Nose is really nice and complex with bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, and plenty of malt sweetness. Everything is integrated well and there's just a bit of booze in the background. The flavor isn't quite as complex, but I still really enjoyed it. A bit more booze in the flavor than was present in the nose. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth; the bourbon and booze integrate well with the body on this. Very delicious and I'm looking forward to some aged bottles of this in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of metter98
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a tiny foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of bourbon is quite intense with lots of brown sugar notes and light dry fruits. Taste is dominated by bourbon notes with light alcohol ester and some brown sugar with dry raisins notes. Body is quite full with medium to low carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Interesting and very intense and complex but still a notch below the regular version.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big, huge thanks goes out to Jay for hooking me p with this one. I had been on a mission to track down this as well as the Barley wine for quite some time, and it was just utterly fantastic to be able to try them both in the same week. Served at cellar temperature and poured into an over sized wine glass. This one was consumed on 08/07/2008.

The appearance was ominous. A deep, dark brown. color emerged almost immediately. Entirely opaque, except for a few hints of light on the sides and bottom that showed off a bit of a reddish hue. The head was small, maybe an inch at first and then settling down to about a quarter of an inch, but it did have a tremendous amount of coating effect on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was just spectacular. Lovely hints of vanilla and bourbon, swirling around with caramel, roasted malts and a deep, sweet profile. Enormously complex, it was hard to put the entire thing into context, decadent is a good word. This followed along the flavor as well. Lots of lightly blended bourbon flavors, nothing over the top or really heavy, this was wonderfully accented, and essentially perfection. Started with a rolling touch of caramel, and sugary roasted malts that were accented by touches of vanilla and oak. Hints of some earthy, touches rolled into it as well. Long lasting flavor of bourbon, with a touch of peppery spice on the finish. Luscious Mouthfeel was really just the icing as it came off full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A smooth sipper, this was easily the nightcap on the evening and needed to be enjoyed over the long haul which It was.

Overall this was fantastic. My first two BA beers from them have both been two of the best I haev ever had. They really know what they are doing with this one. To be honest I have to score this high, as I really have had maybe one or two beers that I truly liked better then this in the style at all. Damn near perfection and something I would only wish I could get again. Hopefully I can trade for another bottle.

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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Derek for sending this one to me. I love the regular, so how could this be bad...

A: The beer pours a murky dark brown color with a small layer of off-white/kahki head.

S: Smells like big time -bals. Tons of bourbon and vanilla with a touch of oak. Lots of great dark fruits like raisins and dates, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A touch of sherry in there as well.

T: Damn this is delicious. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and plenty of vanilla. Lots of bourbon, a bit of oak, maybe even some coconut in there too. A nice chocolatey oxidation to it and some more of the sherry flavor.

M: The body is medium to full with a smooth and sufficient carbonation.

D: It's kind of boozy, but damn is this stuff is tasty. I could drink a bottle of this almost any day.

Photo of Knapp85
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn this was awesome, the brewers father had opened a bottle of this for a friend and myself to try at the brewery when we were there. Thanks to him for a much appreciated sample of this gem! The beer poured out as a murky dark brown color with a little tan head on it. The smell was fantastic on this beer, rich and roasted aromas with sweet vanilla bourbon spewing from it. The taste is wonderfully blended with the complexity of the old ale with the elements of the barrel aged bourbon. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, nearly perfect. Such a good brew but really pricy!

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Muddy reddish-brown with little head, low carbonation. Good enough for what it is. The aroma, on the other hand, is incredible. Burnt sugar, integrated oak and bourbon, stewed dark fruits. Some leathery, port-like oxidation, too. Very little noticeable alcohol. The taste, likewise, is incredible. Brown sugar/molasses flavors provide a backbone for notes of leather, and bourbon. There's a nice fruitiness that's date-like, and graceful oxidation that lends a touch of port and cocoa. The body is full, carbonation low. A little too easy to drink. This reminds me quite a bit of Kuhnhenn's 2005 bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

Photo of emerge077
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 54º cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip.

Tawny brown with glints of ruby when held to the light. About a fingers width of foam rises initially and settles quickly into a ring around the edge. The glassy surface reflects the light, like a still pool of oil. Random flecks of spotty lace adorn the glass.

Rich aroma of fried plantains, toasted almonds, rich toffee, vanilla bean, with a dose of mellow bourbon barrel underlying the sweeter notes. Impressive and nuanced.

Complex rich flavors of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, toasted coconut, almonds, and sweet homemade toffee. Chewy, syrupy, and rich, though balanced and not overly sweet. Long finish of oak barrel and toffee. Bourbon is sweet, lending vanilla and coconut, and a minimal amount of heat, though it's certainly present. Creamy and full bodied. Confectionary. Slightest numbing from the alcohol, but it's remarkably hidden in the taste. Well crafted in that respect, no single aspect dominates, yet they blend together so well. The barleywine retains it's rich toffee character, and marries seamlessly with the barrel.

Really nice, glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks Alex! Most generous, that guy.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

about as good as old ale can be, but for my money i can find a better one out there. not to say that this isnt special, just my second or third beer from these guys, and its downright fabulous, but its a shade below some of the best old ales ive had. its far too sweet for my palate, certainly a once in a while beer at most. rich brown sugar liquid with some yeast floating around and a lackadaisical than head that lasts just a minute. toffee and butterscotch on the nose, like a sundae, with a ton of sugary malt and alcohol, not much hops, not much balance, not much subtlety, this is a sugar and grain bomb. the taste makes me curious to try the non barrel aged version. its hard to tell how much of the sweet, wood, and booze come from the barrel or the base beer, its mixed well, but tough to separate. a side by side would be real cool. undoubtedly one of michigans best products, its just a little sweeter than i can handle, and the alcohol really dominates once it warms up. some dark fruit maybe and burnt sugar, belgian yeast would do wonders. a big and rich brew, not entirely unique but well executed. i will look forward to more kuhnhenn beers, and to some day getting my hands on the not barrel aged version. a great beer overall but a tad under my lofty expectations for it.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to AleWatcher for sharing this bottle!

2010 Vintage. I've been sitting on a bottle of the non-barrel-aged version of this, waiting to do a side-by-side; and then this is brought over in a surprise strike. Guess I can't be too upset, right? It pours a mostly clear sienna-ruby topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel malts (a big whiff of a generic malt bag, baby), light bourbon, very light oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and very light roasted malts. The taste holds notes of light cocoa, sweet toffee, light bourbon, oak, vanilla, buttercream, mandarin orange syrup, and caramel. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, a very good brew, one that, on the surface, at least, seems to have taken to the barrel aging rather well. Get some.

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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