Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 1,707
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 1,641
Gots: 425 | FT: 28
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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:
Beer added by: alexgash on 12-14-2006

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.
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Reviews: 378 | Hads: 1,707
Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (817 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,291 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (574 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.57/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,183 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (2,030 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Unibroue snifter. The bottle says this is a 2010 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with some light coming through the pour. There is just a small layer of light tan head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Just a touch sweeter than the regular version. Lots of dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar. The bourbon is definitely there, but the overall smell is incredibly smooth. Some toffee and vanilla show up as well.

Taste: This one is incredibly smooth. Sweet caramel up front with some dark fruit notes. None of the tart notes show up as they did in the regular version. Some heat from the alcohol and bourbon. Some oaky notes in there too. The finish is hot and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this version a little bit more than the regular version. I thought it was slightly under carbonated, but the depth and complexity of flavors was very nice. I'll definitely have this again given the chance. (1,065 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this before, but somehow never reviewed it, so thanks to rudzud for this sample to make a review with.

Light fizzy almost non-existent head, dark molasses brown color that lets just a bit of brown light through, thick legs on the glass.

Nose tons of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some molasses even, sweet malts galore, then vanilla and toasted oak barrel, light bourbon in there even, and sweetened dark fruit like brandy soaked raisins, dates, etc.

Taste brings more of the same, fairly sweet, plenty of caramel and toffee, brown sugar molasses, candied dates, little nutty like, booze soaked raisins, fig paste, then barrel, some vanilla and toasty oak, and some nice bourbon, and a nice tingly warming booze. Finish is sticky sweet, long lingering sweet malts, caramel toffee, dark fruits, bourbon barrel, etc.

Mouth is fuller bodied, lighter carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall a very nice beer, top of the top in the style, bourbon barrel aged old ale executed almost perfectly. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Dec. '12 Philly suburbs bottle share.
I do still have a bottle of this in the cellar (thanks, Matt), and one day I plan on opening it side by side with the regular 4D.

Dark brown pour, nearly opaque, surprisingly (considering the ABV) capped with a relatively substantial beige head that receded to a thin wispy layer, leaving oily streaks on the glass. The aroma was so much of what I enjoy in this style, creamy caramel, vanilla, bourbon-soaked oak, dark fruit, brandy-like booze. The taste reflected the aroma, thick caramel and brown sugar, vanilla, woody bourbon, plums, raisins. Great, though unlike some other big old ales and barleywines, the flavor seemed to fade a bit as it warmed...maybe it was just my palate adjusting and/or numbing to the alcohol, which was definitely present, but relatively well-hidden. Smooth, full mouthfeel, low carbonation, appropriately, and a great sipper overall. Looking forward to trying it again. (979 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a La Chouffe tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head that quickly reduces to an edgewise floater. Fair cream and thickness. Awful retention, though the ABV is quite high indeed. Colour is a nontransparent dark vaguely fecal brown. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not appealing really at all.

Sm: Heavy caramelized malt, English hopping (dirty floral), some biscuity yeast, and some cream. Strong malts, some oak barrel. Some boozy heat. An average strength aroma. Not horribly appealing.

T: Biscuity yeast. Heavy malt caramelization provides the foundation. Dirty floral hopping is prominent to its detriment. Some heat. Heavy on the toffee - probably its best attribute. Maybe some oak; if so, it's buried. It's alright, but I don't care for it much. Maybe slight hints of licorice. Some spice. Not horribly complex, and not at all subtle. I don't see what all the hype is about. This is mundane. Overly sweet.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: I'm severely disappointed by this beer. Hides its ABV quite well, but that's the best thing about it. I expected far more given the style. It's no North Coast Old Stock Ale. Pricey and over-hyped. I wouldn't get it again. I just don't get it. I'll go with a C+ for the well-hidden ABV, but I'm just damned disappointed.

C+ (1,499 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the 2010 Winter Solstice Party. Served in a New Belgium tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of off-white foam that settles to a thin ring and some filmy haze on top, but no lace. Nearly opaque dark brown body.

S - Earthy bourbon, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, some grape and dark fruit sweetness. As it approaches room temperature it grows slightly fusel, but it's not unexpected considering this is over 13%.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, and shockingly well-hidden booze. From taste alone I would never guess this was as strong as it is. It's essentially a reference quality barrel-aged old ale.

M - Medium-full body, some expected warming of the throat. Finish is surprisingly clean and doesn't feel syrupy or cloying. Carbonation is quite low, but style-appropriate.

D - Splitting a 12oz bottle three ways was an appropriate serving, although I could probably tackle a bottle on my own if I was feeling ambitious. This should cellar extremely well and should only improve with age. (1,014 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 02/20/11 notes. Big thanks to normyk for this one in my Birthday BIF box; it was a huge want! Got to try this side by side with the normal version of Fourth Dementia. Both were 2010 vintages.

a - Pours a dark murky mahogany color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. Head remains throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, bready malts, dark fruits, vanilla, sweet sugar or molasses, and caramel malts. Smells outstanding.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, maple, roasted malts, caramel malts, and bready malts. Taste is amazing as well.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, super smooth body and a tiny bit hot but not much.

d - I loved this one. I love the normal version as well and think the bourbon barrels made this even better. Would love to try this again. (830 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Amyliz4 last night. Thanks Amy. Beer is served in a snifter. Beer is dark brown with a healthy haze, almost no head, some legs on the glass, carbonation low. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is complex and strong. Good bourbon, molasses, raisins, plums, sweet maltiness. Very nice.

Beer is medium in body and completely coats the mouth. It's sweet up front and gives way to a nice smooth liquor flavor on the midpalate leading to a mild but clean bitterness at the back, it's subtle but there. The whole beer is good. I want to hold it in my mouth. There is a nearly treacle-like sweetness through out, minimal esters and other characters. A very good beer. (668 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2011 Winter Solstice bottling. Pours dense nearly pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a patchy lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, raisin, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, tobacco, light cocoa, and toasted earthiness. Absolutely insane aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, maple syrup, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light cocoa, light tobacco, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light cocoa, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of malt and barrel flavors; with a perfect barrel/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class old ale! All around insane complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on considering the very high ABV. Unbelievably amazing offering. (1,407 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours a medium brown in color with some dark amber hints when held up to the light. The beer has a thin light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a nice complexity to the aroma with some noticeable sweetness. There is some dark fruit sweetness with cherries and dates, some dark malts, and the heavy influence of the bourbon - some hints of oak, some hints of vanilla, and the actual bourbon smell.

T: The beer is sweet but not cloying. There is quite a bit of sweetness from the dark fruit - mostly cherries with some hints of dates. The beer has some dark malts and lots of flavor contribution from the bourbon barrel. I love the oakiness and smooth vanilla which are quite strong in the taste.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: There is some alcohol present in this beer, especially as it warms up. The beer is a great sipping beer and has a wonderful complexity to the smell and taste. I enjoyed this beer but it was not super easy to drink and is definitely too strong to be sessionable. (1,162 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Side by side with ba 5th and regular 4th

Thanks to translucent for this one.

Pours a small layer of beige head. No retention. Color is a ruby hued copper brown.

Aroma: Dark fruits, raisins, cherries, dark chocolate, light oak and light bourbon. It is kind of warming, but not as much as some of their other beers. It is pretty nice. Reminds me a little of the Bruery's barrel aged beers.

Taste: More bourbon here. Oak, vanilla, and a touch of spice. Chocolate, raisins, and caramel. Pretty malty. The bourbon is pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, this beer was pretty solid. Great -bals. Reminds me of a lot of the Bruery's -bals. Very tasty stuff. I am really glad I finally got to try this one. (798 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tony412 for sending this one to me!

A: The beer pours a murky brown/burgundy color with a small tan head that reduces quickly leaving a thin ring on top. Not much lacing.

S: Very deep aroma, some vanilla, caramel and oak up front with plenty of dark fruit underneath. Some raisins and plums with some toffee, and brown sugar.

T: Very good, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar up front with a nice blast of vanilla in the middle. There is some faint dark fruit, not as much as the aroma. A little bit of bourbon and oak.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with no sign of the 13.5% at all.

O: Probably the best old ale I have had. Great flavor profile and amazingly smooth with no real heat at all. (737 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 2/5/11. A guest tap/interesting surprise at Jackie O's during the strong ale event.

This brew pours a hazed amber brown without a head. Not even a lace creeps to the top of this brew. A few off-white bubbles rise to the surface when this brew is swirled and that is all that displays reminiscent of a head.

The aroma is sweet with a scent of caramel or toasted toffee and vanilla. In the back it is lightly spicy and earthy with hops. A minorly evident mineral character is present that fades. As this brew warms, it stings the nose with a fusel alcohol presence that is not nearly as evident as I was expecting for 13.5%. Also increasing in character is the rich scent of toffee tones.

The taste of this brew is sweet with a surprisingly forward vanilla upfront that turns more into a caramelized sugar and caramel malt flavor. There is a big booze presence in this brew which is not surprising considering. It has a modest hoppy earthy bitterness that creates a dryness when coupled with the alcohol into the finish. The oak only comes through an makes itself known as it warms up with a very bitey alcohol character that has an evaporative quality on the tongue.

This is a full bodied brew, smooth with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite drinkable with more of an herbal earthy bitterness and dryness that I was not expecting. Very well done and a complete transformation from the non-barreled version that I had not too long ago. This could be a real gem in a few years, wish I had a bottle or two to stash away. (1,553 characters)

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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