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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

12oz bottle. 2011 vintage. Poured this into my Lost Abbey tulip glass. Enjoyed this after Old Curmudgeon and Better Half, so the taste buds might be a bit off. Getting drunk for sure at this point.

A: It pours a complleletly cloudy dark dark amber. Very murky looking. No head on this big big beer. Can't tell, but it doesn't look to have tons of carbonation. Definitely get those alcohol feet though, for sure.

S: Delicious bourbon and sweet malts. Pulling lots of toasted caramel/toffee notes. The bourbon is there with some vanilla from the oak aging. I do get some dark fruit: figs, raisins, plums maybe. And as others have mentioned, some chocolate is hidden in there too.

T: This is a complex beer to say the least. Right up front you get lots of toffee notes. Burnt brown sugar, molasses, caramel, etc. There is actually a little touch of tartness from the dark fruits in there initially too. Then it leads into the BA'ing with some vanilla sweetness. That chocolate that I smelled is there but buried beneath so many other things. LONG finish.

M: Full bodied. It's a mouth coating beer. Seeing as this is a fresh batch, you do get some of that alcohol and warming in the throat as well.

O: Even with the fresh batch booziness and all the hype for Better Half, I liked this more on this night. I really wonder what more time would do to this beer. Even better I assume.

M: Medium and times full.

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4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Opened alongside the '11 at a recent tasting, and we agreed the '10 was clearly superior (with the differences not attributable to age).

Dull, murky-looking pour, but this brew makes up what it lacks in looks with personality galore. Caramel, oak, dark raisins, bourbon, aged booze, tons of malt. Love the aroma!

Malts and caramel flow freely around my taste buds while the bourbon and aged booze fall into a supporting role. Dark fruits make a brief appearance before settling into a slightly sweet finish, augmented by a nice warming sensation in the back of my throat. Viscous body nails the delivery. Very complex, and tasty as hell.

As stated above, the '11 couldn't hold a candle to the 2010. Whatever they did to that earlier batch was magical, and I want more!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Auracom
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to Ramiro. 3-4 oz. poured into a CBS snifter on May 18th, 2012.

A - Looks like HotD Adam. Murky, dark brown coloring. Almost zero carbonation, retention, or lacing. Alcohol legs abound.

S - Completely insane, unadultered toffee and caramel notes here. Like I can't even express how big the caramel is in this one. Behind that, barrel notes lie. Bourbon, some oak, a touch of different chocolates blended (baker's, dark, milk). Faint alcohol solvency.

T - Well-balanced vanilla, chocolate, and charred malt grains. The toffee and caramel pours over itself multiple times throughout mid palate. Molasses, brown sugar. Residual sugar and oaky aftertaste.

M - Moderate body, good carbonation, semi-sweet finish. Very smooth overall.

D - This is a cool stout/barleywine hybrid, expressing some of the best notes of both styles but not overextending its reach in either direction. I want more.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drinknewbelgium
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this beer on tap at the brewery in Warren, MI. The color of the body was dark mahogany, almost like coca cola, and the head formed a tight, lasting cafe-colored barrier near the rim of my snifter. Smells oaky and strong scents of alcohol. The taste was unbelievable. It was soooo smooth. This beer hit with many flavors-apple, bourbon, coffee, chocolate and finished with warm alcohol overtones. The alcohol was present thorough-out, but it seemed to bite more at the end. The mouth-feel was medium creme body. The body was consistent and allowed for "timed released flavor" waves to hit your palate. This beer is excellent and a must try for anyone passing through Warren, MI. The brewery is great too! It is very low-key and prices are very reasonable.

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4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottling.

Pours dark brown with reddish overtones; it's a little chalky-looking, no head, just some fizz on top. The smell is old flower water, molasses, something boozy. The taste is big: lots of maple and molasses, something plummy, a bit of bourbon in the finish. It's a little hot, though not too much so, thick and chewy, low in carbonation. A nice beer - would go well with a pecan blondie.

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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, shared at a tasting, thanks Chris!

It pours a syrupy caramel brown color, some red hues when held to the light, no real head to speak of, but a thin layer of film appears at the rim of the glass, no lacing, in all honesty, the beer doesn't look like much. The aromas just jump out of the glass, huge toffee and sweet caramel notes, sugary malt, a nice layer of bourbon with some oak and woodiness as well as some char. The aroma is simply unbelievable, one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The flavors are wild, huge amounts of bourbon soaked toasted marshmallow, fantastic. Candied sugar creeps in at the end with caramel and toffee, unfortunately, there isn't enough bitter wood or char to completely counterbalance the sweetness and after about 3oz, the sweetness became a bit much for me. Still a wonderful palate but I feel that the flavors are a bit simpler than the wonderfully complex nose. The body is spot on, thick, syurpy with perfect medium/low carbonation.

Verdict: Awesome old ale, probably the best I've had and one of the better barrel aged beers I've ever tried. A home run.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zac16125
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter
Vintage 2011

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with 1/2 fingers width of light tan head which dissipates almost immediately. Leaves only the faintest spotty lacing.

S: Huge aroma that I can smell literally across the room. Big bourbon on the nose, oak, licorice, fig and dates, raisin, chocolate, awesome.

T: Wow, really good.  Bourbon, candied sugar, black licorice, big dark fruits including raisin. Cocoa and coffee on the finish. A subtle hint of hop bittnerness, vanilla, and a big toffee presence...and all of this is within the first couple of sips!  The aftertaste of dark fruits, cocoa and black coffee linger forever after each sip. Huge complexity and incredible balance. Wow.

M/D: Smooth, so smooth, and very chewy. Carbonation is low, which is appropriate. Full bodied and coats the palate nicely. ABV is incredibly well masked, there is literally almost no hint of the almost 14%. Drinkability is surprisingly good but this is a sipper, no doubt.

O: What a beer! Absolutely fantastic.  Not that much different from the regular 4D, but it doesn't need to.be.  Te standard 4D is incredible in its own right, and the bourbon barrel again here is not dramatic, but is a nice addition to an already incredible base beer.  World class.  

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours thick, almost maple syrup colored with a fine layer of beige head. Any lacing resides immediately.

S- delectable! Sweet maple syrup and vanilla, bourbon, toffee, leather and tobacco.

T- sweet toffee, toasted malts, big bourbon flavor, molasses, oak

M- full body, medium carbonation. Chewy, rich and I had to knock this down a half point because of the heat.

O- very good beer, although its hot being relatively fresh, but i believe this beer will be even better in a year or so!

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ryantho00
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brownish deep tan hue with gold hues swirling around the edges. I poured this fast and only got a one finger head that faded quickly. Nice lacing around the edges, not too sticky though.

I get some sweet bourbon, caramel, dark dried fruits, slight subtle hops, and a toasted campfire marshmallow undertone.

Boy oh boy, what a mix of flavors! Marshmallow, caramel, sweet bourbon, oak, toasted grain and deep sweet malts, mocha, slight biscuit, and a sweetness in the finish from the malt and bourbon.

I thought this would be a lot different than the regular 4th d, but it was as bourboney as id imagined once I discovered they brewed this, not complaining, still a wonderfully complex beer with perfect balance and taste. Alcohol is very well hidden beneath the plethora of multiple flavors.

Nicely done!


Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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