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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%
Wants: 1,434
Gots: 396 | FT: 25
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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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birchstick

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-02-2012 04:32:57 | More by birchstick
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. Thin, tan head that is slow for form and quick to disappear, leaving a mere wisp of foam around the edges of the glass.

Aromas of oak, vanilla, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, intense caramel and a punch of alcohol.

Flavors of sweet, cloying caramel, oak tannins, vanilla, prunes, licorise, and plummy sweetness. A bite of alcohol heat at the back end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is thick, cloying, no hint of carbonation. Very full and almost syrupy. Some heat from the alcohol.

Overall very nice. The barrel aging is spot on, and marries nicely with the dark fruits from the beer. An amazing marriage.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:28:59 | More by JamnesCameron
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TK5150

Maine

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

2011 Bourbon Barrel 4th Dementia.

A- Pours a murky brown/mahogany with no real head, but just a small ring of bubbles.

S- Caramel, butterscotch, maybe a little butter, cinnamon apple, oak and bourbon.

T- Sweet with prominent caramel. Molasses with hints of sugared plums, raisins and prunes dance in the background as oak and bourbon round out the finish. Definitely a sweeter beer, but the heat, while not nearly as powerful as a 13.5% alcohol barrel aged beer would suggest, is just enough to balance everything out. As I let it warm, I get a little hint of coffee bitterness/tartness on the end as well. Complex stuff. I would probably give this a 4.75 for taste, but I will round down just a bit.

M- Full bodied with very low carbonation. A bit syrupy in the mouth, but looses it a bit in the finish. Silky smooth, even considering the 13.5% alcohol and barrel aging.

O- I am very surprised at the approachability of this beer considering it is a bourbon barrel aged old ale weighing in at 13.5%. There is only a hint of heat on this, and it acts as a nice balance to the sweetness. I've had beers with less alcohol and much more age feel hotter (I'm looking at you, clowns at Goose Island). A very nicely crafted ale. One of the best, if not the best old ale I've tried so far. The only thing hampering its overall score for me is the appearance....but fortunately, its the least important factor when enjoying a beer in my opinion (so I bumped it up a bit to account for my overall enjoyment of the beer).

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 20:32:11 | More by TK5150
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:59:10 | More by mdaschaf
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shivtim

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to KKulacki for giving me this bottle while I was visiting Ann Arbor.

Poured into a chalice.
Deep murky brown. Sludgy with slow rising bubbles. Slight lacing / tan head with legs. Looks intense.

Nose is strong sweet bourbon. Brown sugar. Oak and malt. Very nice.

Taste is a wonderful kick in the pants. Sweet intense malt, sugary and syrupy, dense chocolate, lingering strong bourbon with warm ethanol tingle. It's a sipper.

Excellent mouth feel... foamy and full.

Overall a fantastic big beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:54:06 | More by shivtim
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beenitty

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-26-2012 16:44:39 | More by beenitty
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-25-2012 19:50:04 | More by ohtheguilt
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage

A: Looks exactly like the non-barrel aged version. It pours out of the bottle a hazy brown with a finger or so of light head. The difference is that the lacing and retention have taken a blow. Not really anything left to assess after only a few minutes.

S: If it's even possible, Barrel Aged 4D is more boozy than 4D. The Bourbon accents the alcohol, the combination of which overpowers the malt and dark fruits. Other characteristics are there, but bourbon, oak, and booze are just too strong for them to be taken seriously. As the beer warms, however, more roast and molasses come out.

T: The taste absolutely saves this beer and is the highlight of both offerings. My word, this is like a gourmet dessert. The booze is there, but allows the other parts to shine as well. Overall it's hard to describe. Mellowed to perfection between bourbon, caramel malts, molasses, deep dark fruits, booze, and vanilla. It's amazing how no one flavor comes out and dominates the beer. For this to have such a high ABV and be this mellowed, I'm blown away.

MF: I can't believe how fast I drank this beer. It's heavy with a low amount of carbonation, but the finish is clean and sweet and the booze is not even close to offensive. Complete 180 from the non-BA version.

O: Could not have been more impressed. I saw the "99" rating on here and had my doubts, but it delivered. The barrel treatment added to the beer, which is something I really look for in a good aged beer. I'm thinking a few years really helped curb the alcohol and make this beer stand out. I'm not a fan of Old Ales, but I highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 00:04:45 | More by russwbeck
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Scout11

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-23-2012 17:56:34 | More by Scout11
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DovaliHops

California

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Pours a thick, murky, reddish brown with a very small, light-tan head. Scent is VERY inviting! Fire-roasted marshmallow, toffee, candied dark fruits...mmm, this thing smells good. Lovely bourbon with a nice caramel malt balance. Vanilla and coconut as well with some roasted nut aroma. Almost sherry-like. Taste is immediately sweet candied dark fruits with sweet bourbon and vanilla flavors. Nice balance of toffee and nutty flavors. Some definite boozy bourbon flavors. Very well-balanced. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and creamy...warming. Drinkability is high for such a big beer. Definitely a sipper. Overall, this beer is very tasty and I am happy to have been able to try it. Such a great beer, all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 05:48:19 | More by DovaliHops
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jhighlandbrewing

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-19-2012 18:56:49 | More by jhighlandbrewing
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Ultraman9000

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-19-2012 08:55:52 | More by Ultraman9000
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nataku00

California

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

Bottle (2010) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a mahogany brown, with some lighter brown colors, with no head on a vigorous pour. There is some carbonation visible at the edge of the glass when you look at it, but clinging to edges instead of rising. Plenty of alcohol legs when swirling.

Aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Intense dark caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, chocolate, spicy graham cracker. Excellent barrel notes, vanilla, earthy and oak, aged leather. All this without smelling boozy at all, amazing.

Taking a sip, sweet toffee and caramel mixing with the oak, chocolate, nutty flavors. As the beer warms on the tongue, some of the lighter vanilla and spices comes through. Finish is warming from the alcohol, but all the flavors linger on the tongue.

Medium to full body, fairly well carbonated with a good amount of soft bubbles for such a big beer. Definitely a sipping beer, as it's packed with flavor. I should have just started drinking this beer at cellar temperature or just lightly chilled, as the aroma is so intense.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:50:11 | More by nataku00
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furthurgone

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-18-2012 01:57:18 | More by furthurgone
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johnhenryconway


5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-13-2012 09:49:06 | More by johnhenryconway
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a baby snifter. 12oz bottle split with a friend into a couple tasting snifters.

Pours a dark mahogany color with.deep brown and red hues. Barely transparent. There is a small, thread thick layer of cream colored head. Oily lace.

The nose is a sweet malt overload. Bourbon is blended so nicely as it doesnt take the spotlight at all. Some soda bread, brown sugar, light vanilla, and deep caramel are noticed.

The taste has a full, rich abundance of caramel, biscuit-like malt, some prunes, raisin, toffee, all the while bourbon flows freely and evenly. Heat is noticeable but not deterring in the slightest. A bold flavor profile far from what others bring to the table.

Mouthfeel is big-bodied, rich, sweet, and beastly. Creamy with low levels of carbonation.

Overall, this is the most extreme, complex, and thick old ale I have come across. Very impressed, maybe even blown away. Awesome Old Ale. Seek and Destroy

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 08:18:52 | More by ChugginOil
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Dan25D

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-10-2012 04:51:40 | More by Dan25D
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NSaad23

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-09-2012 12:31:05 | More by NSaad23
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-08-2012 00:18:43 | More by whartontallboy
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Gary79

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-06-2012 17:48:05 | More by Gary79
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TheMonk41

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-06-2012 01:34:43 | More by TheMonk41
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Redglimmer


4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-04-2012 02:55:50 | More by Redglimmer
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b3shine

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to oversized snifter (2011 vintage). Looks good; deep and complex. Smells Great; bourbon, vanilla, and quality beer. Can't wait for e next step. Tastes outstanding! Blows Curmudgeon's Better Half out of the water. Mouthfeel is good, especially for the abv. This is a phenomenal beer that I'll make a concerted effort to get my hands on again in the near future. Best Old Ale I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:06:38 | More by b3shine
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Goldmund1

Michigan

4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-03-2012 03:26:23 | More by Goldmund1
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Calculat0r

Japan

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-02-2012 22:54:21 | More by Calculat0r
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.