Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
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Gots: 405 | 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 Anonymous1
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of EricCioe
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cfrances33
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle thanks to gratefulbeerhead, poured into a HF stem.

Pour: An incredibly ugly muddy brown with barely a head. Yuck this beer looks awful. But screw it,

Smell: Really awesome bourbon up front, followed by some nice chewy dark fruits, including figs and raisins. Really awesome toffee and caramel mix in.

Taste: Incredibly complex. The barrel aging comes on strong, but gives way to awesome vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee. Chewy raisins follow, with a lot of figs. Almost a sweet breadyness as well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty hefty bourbon warmth, but I'm okay with sipping this. Really relieved this is not too sweet either.

Overall: Awesome Old Ale. They nailed everything here, don't be fooled by the looks.

Photo of grachdar
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of dave122382
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

appearance: Deep mahogany. Nearly opaque except for cola highlights. Not much head on the pour, some messy lacing.
smell: Rich and decadent! Sweet caramel up front. Loads of complexity. Bourbon and dark fruit.
taste: A bit drier than expected but plenty of richness. Dark fruit forward. Again, lots going on.
overall: Outstanding. Lots of characteristics of other great barrel aged brews but a unique one.

Photo of aliving1
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle 13,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2010 Vintage.

Appearance: BB4D pours out thick and viscous and appears dark brown in the glass, with a back light showing the body to be moderately opaque and deep red in colour. A rough pour yields a small tan coloured head. The head lasts fairly well and leaves a few spots of lace, while a swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose offers a massive blast of delicious bourbon, sweet caramel and vanilla. As the beer begins to warm the base beer begins to emerge, with notes of: Dark fruits (figs, plums, dates and raisins), dark brown sugar, dark bready malts, dark treacle, toasted malt, some milk chocolate and a light earthy note.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour offers a ton of bourbon up front, as well as some warming alcohol. As the beer warms, the base beer begins to emerge, but it remains very bourbon forward. Notes include: Sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, brown sugar, dark fruits (plums, figs, dates and a touch of raisin), some toasted notes and a touch of molasses.

Mouthfeel: As with the standard 4D, the mouthfeel here is absolutely perfect - full bodied and fairly sticky, with a medium-low level of fantastically smooth carbonation.

Overall: BB4D is a fantastic barrel aged old ale, but I am not sure that the barrel aging has vastly improved the base beer. I love the bourbon character, but it seems to hide a little of the complexity that was on offer in the flavour of the base beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jules11788
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy muddy brown; no head, no lacing

S: Smells of sweet sticky malts and bourbon-soaked wood

T: Amazingly smooth flavors of toffee, caramel, sweet malt, sugary bourbon, smokey oak, and tons of dark fruits/raisins/figs. Absolutely incredible

M: Medium viscosity, barely any booze at all. Super smooth, it's incredible that there's this little amount of booze for such a high abv beer

O: This beer is beyond fantastic, by far the best old ale I've ever had. I need to start hoarding more of this stuff for years to come. I would give my firstborn for a case of this

Photo of SummitVA
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Small hiss as I pop the cap. Pours deep brown with light, but steady carbonation. No lasting head to speak of for the most part. Lovely auburn highlights on the sides of the glass. Legs apparent as I swirl the glass. This is a big beer.

S - Huge bourbon, vanilla, coconut, molasses, and burnt sugar. A beautiful, inviting nose. Just divine.

T - As the nose suggests: Sweet dark caramel, vanilla and coconut, more molasses and burnt sugar flavors. Sweetness gives way to a firm hop bitterness, sweet alcohol heat, and tannins that dry the finish off wonderfully. Booziness lingers in a delightful way.

M - Full bodied, of course, but with a dangerous crispness on the end.

O - Have been waiting to try this for quite some time, and I'm really happy to have had the chance. This beer's reputation is well deserved. One of the best BA beers I have ever had. Just perfect.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BrewerB
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version

Cheers to the ever generous aasher for sending this over in a trade. Thank you, Al!!

Pours a clear, dark stained chestnut with reddish highlights at the edges. Head formation was next to nil, likely affected by the 13.5% ABV. Big booze evident in the aroma along with molasses, caramel, and chocolate covered raisins. Flavor skews heavily towards malty sweetness. Nods at chewy caramel candies, dried prunes, and sugar cookie. Not as chewy on the palette as some examples and carbonation is modest.

Definitely a sipping beer with heavy malt sweetness and slowly unraveling depth of flavor. Digging it. Thanks again, Al!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pepsican
3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rust brown with no head. Bourbon, cherry, chocolate, and caramel aroma. Flavor was dominate bourbon, cherry, booze, chocolate, foot, tobacco, toffee, and caramel. No carbonation in the finish. Very boozy, dry, a bit of sweetness. This was good and had a bunch going on in it, but at the same time it had the similar "barrely" flavors that the BA barley wine had, and I really didn’t care for that one at all. This worked a bit better, but it just misses world class for me.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of xnicknj
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours an opaque toffee brown color with a thin beige head. Fades completely into a bubbled collar with little to no lacing.

Intense nose with a complex blend of toffee, caramel, toasted bread and barrel character. Plenty of syrupy bourbon with residual vanilla and oak tannin. Touches of dark fruit with burnt sugar and raisin.

Swirling mix of toffee, caramel and dark fruit up front. Raisin and burnt sugar with bourbon heat and decadent sweetness. Candied notes with rich layers of roasted dark malts. Intermittent notes of vanilla and toasted bread with brown sugar. Finishes with heavy boozy warmth and syrupy sweetness.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. This is a phenomenal barrel aged beer exploding with wonderful flavors and scents - I wish this was the norm and not the exception.

Photo of hardy008
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pours dark brown with a small, light, tan head which vanished quickly, leaving no lacing, as expected. The aroma is very nice, and I could pick it up without needing to bring the glass close to me. There is bourbon, toffee, vanilla, raisins, and brown sugar.

The flavors come together beautifully. The beer is sweet as expected, but is not cloying in the least. Just like the aroma, there is bourbon, toffee, vanilla, raisins, and brown sugar. The bourbon is not hot in the least. It meshes perfectly with the other flavors, and produces a beautifully made beer.

Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Somewhat creamy. The alcohol is very well hidden for 13.50 % abv, and as I mentioned earlier, there is no alcohol heat. Wow, this is a great beer. Try it if you get a chance.

Photo of alwaysanswerb
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of cleonile2000
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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