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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%
Wants: 1,424
Gots: 389 | FT: 23
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 jodan


5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-15-2012 04:35:45 | More by jodan
Photo of waltonc


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

Wow, big thanks to Surlytheduff for this amazing extra. This is an outstanding beer. Pours a hazy dark brown with tan head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Smells and tastes of rich boozy bourbon, caramel, raisins, dried cranberries, vanilla, and brown sugar, among other things. thick bodied with light/medium carbonation. Overall, an outstanding beer an possibly my favorite from Kuhnhenn.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 01:48:49 | More by waltonc
Photo of eclipse54


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

A 12 ounce bottle from JM03; I can not thank you enough for this bottle my friend. I can't seem to find any date information on the bottle except for "2010" printed above the brewer's description on the rear of the label. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours an opaque brown and toffee color with some lighter muddy hues near the surface. Only a thin veil of khaki head develops, but nice swirling legs continually swim across the surface; little to no lacing as the wet bubbles just slide back into the body, though not surprising for the style and alcohol content.

The aroma is of hazelnut, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt, caramelized apple (very slight), plum, and dark cherries. The fruit notes are very light. Wonderfully balanced nose, with no ethanol to be detected. I don't consider myself creative, but I really couldn't ask for anything more in the nose.

The taste begins with notes of toasted sugar, thin caramel, ample toffee, vanilla, and hazelnut. A good amount of wood (oak) comes through in the middle along with the bourbon and some warming alcohol. There's actually more alcohol here than I had anticipated, given the age on the bottle. Again, some slight fruits appear towards the end; apple, dark cherry, plum, and some date seem to show up. More oak and toffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety, and while "heavier," it's not overly viscous or cloyingly sweet. The finish is rather dry, and is accentuated by a noticeable alcohol burn. It definitely lends itself to being an evening sipper, though in my case, I guess it's serving my late-Friday-afternoon-following-long-week wind down; I can already tell it will take me an hour or so to finish this delicious beast.

Overall, this is a great example of what a bourbon barrel aged old ale or barleywine can be. I suppose I'm a bit partial, considering these happen to be my favorite styles, but I do thoroughly enjoy it. I do wish the alcohol was a bit more subdued and didn't burn as much on the finish (not bad, but you will unmistakenly be aware of it's presence), but that certianly won't deter me from enjoying every last drop that my girlfriend doesn't sip when I turn my attention away for a moment.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 00:03:02 | More by eclipse54
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-09-2012 16:40:18 | More by 1noa
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-06-2012 23:04:46 | More by k0diak
Photo of drowland


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

8/5/11. 12oz bottle courtesy KickInChalice. Cloudy dark brown pour with a very faint hint of brown head. Hugely complex aroma - sweet, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and so much more. Wow. Awesome bourbon barrel flavor with sweet molasses, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, oak, a bit of roast and coffee, and more... NICE!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:55:28 | More by drowland
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-05-2012 18:52:22 | More by sisuspeed
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-04-2012 20:50:21 | More by newk340
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-04-2012 01:18:29 | More by heff316
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-03-2012 13:29:51 | More by acurtis
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3.8/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Urbancaver picked this one up for me at the Winter Solstice, thanks Cam.

The beer pours a MUCH darker than expected color. A very dark brown with a few bubbles. The aroma is loaded with bourbon and dark malts. Not overly sweet in the nose. Bourbon dominates the nose. The flavor is also very bourbon forward but the malts do their best to keep the balance. Alcohol heat is present as is a prune characteristic. Some dark fruits, sugar, vanilla, grain bitterness, and a creme brulee flavor that lasts and lasts. Sweet, sticky, boozy.

The mouthfeel wasn't anything to write home about. Slick and medium bodied. I would have like a little more creaminess or fullness. A touch more carbonation would have been welcomed.

Overall a good, not great beer. I was really looking forward to this one and left a little disappointed. I'd drink it again happily.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 15:12:46 | More by Brew33
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-02-2012 05:27:08 | More by beermeX2
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-02-2012 01:47:51 | More by Satchboogie
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4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown color that reminds me of a walnut finish on furniture. Initial pour resulted in bubbles cascading upwards to a two finger head. This subsided quickly to about half a finger, that is an off white. Appears to have fairly low carbonation. Some lacing remains.

Nose is great. Has all the barrel character while maintaining its old ale qualities. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla up front quickly followed rich, sweet malt and some dark fruit qualities.

Before I review its characteristics, I have to say this is probably one of the most well integrated bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. By that I mean that the bourbon qualities integrate with the rest of the beer really well. So many bourbon beers are all bourbon and completely block out other characteristics of the beer. This beer matches the nose really well as well. Right up front is sweetness from both the bourbon and the malt in the beer. Next I get a little bit of toffee and caramel. It finishes with a touch of dark fruits and oddly enough just what the label says, toasted marshmallow. Warming alcohol and bourbon. Delicious.

Fuller body and low carbonation makes for a perfect complement to the rest of the beer. A great sipper.

Overall an excellent beer. In my top 5 for sure. Everything in the beer just complements the other parts equally as good. Not being a huge fan of bourbon beers, this one blew me away. I really hope I can get my hands on some more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:52:35 | More by ahq514
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4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
thanks to abanton for the chance to try this gem.

pours a murky mahogany / chestnut tone while yielding virtually no head even with a somewhat aggressive pour - not surprising in the least. obvioulsy no lacing, either.

bold, malt-forward nose is rife with with bourbon, caramel / toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a little vanilla. mouth-watering.

as enticing as the aroma is, i think the flavor is even better. just tones of the aforementioned characters with a few others i didn't get in the nose. some molasses, oak, and a hint of chocolate. chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel with slightly below average carbonation.

overall, enjoying the hell out of this one; so rich and flavorful but doesn't stray into the cloying sweet. great bourbon presence. phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 21:49:14 | More by perrymarcus
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-31-2012 20:14:04 | More by herrorara
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-29-2012 01:10:12 | More by nathanjohnson
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

01-27-2012 13:11:05 | More by Captainren
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New York

5/5  rDev +9.4%

01-26-2012 00:48:54 | More by jmpizzo
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

01-25-2012 20:53:39 | More by raverjames
Photo of KevSal


4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to dblab33 for my first kuhnhenn brew , thanks dan!

ive heard a lot about this guy, time to see what its all about. its going to be tough as ive got adam available, one of my fav brews.

bottle says its been aged for nine montha in the barrel and i believe another nine months have passed since its been bottled.

12oz into a tulip glass

a- looks damn good so far, thin half inch brown head over a really dark ruby red hue ale. this is exatly how i like my old ales to look, alot bigger head than i was expecting knowing this was barrel aged.

s- noticed the nose on this one right when i opened it, awesome! dark juicy fruits are immediate, lots of sweet toffee and brown sugar. great mix with the barrel, i need to try regular 4d

t- nice, follows the nose closely. dark fruit is fantastic (plum and cherry) and up front followed by vanilla, and bourbon. nearly zero alc heat, this one is delicious. really enjoy that dark cherry flavor that lingers

m- heavy on the palate exactly as old ales should be. carbonation is high for something aged so long, very impressive.

o- now i know what the commotion is about! thank god ive got a second bottle haha. this guy really wins points being cheaper and more avaible than adam from the wood and it blows north coast ba old stock outta the water with value. the high quality is very present in this guy. like adam i think this one will age great for years!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:59:42 | More by KevSal
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

01-25-2012 01:31:32 | More by cates1tg
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

01-23-2012 19:25:18 | More by Tenchi221
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

01-23-2012 18:04:09 | More by StarRaptor
Photo of Zaphog


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-22-2012 17:12:30 | More by Zaphog
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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