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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 1,516
Gots: 409 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

2011 vintage

verrry murky deep brown with just a tiny half cm of film that laces slightly with each sip. didnt expect much head for the style and barrel aging.

very deep molasses, toffee, maple syrup, vanilla extract, hazelnut liqueur, some aged bourbon and a bit of oak. tiny bit of soy sauce. smells very nice. not too bourbon heavy, theres a ton of malty aromas intermingling in there.

again, molasses and maple syrup with brown sugar, dark caramel, hazelnut liqueur, lots of oak, a bit of smooth well-aged bourbon, some candied dark fruits, booze heat on the finish making this one a sipper that I can savor all night.

syrupy with little carbonation and a long-lingering sweet finish.

wow. I'm going to need to get a few more of these. I wonder how they age. I like how the bourbon aging was nowhere near the forefront, but instead added to the complex and deep flavor profile. love it.

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4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: Dark cola brown, Lightly tanned head and 1/4 inch thick bubbles around the glass that stay around, thick and creamy.

Nose: Vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, slight oak, dark fruit, and cherries.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, fudge brownie, toffee, caramel, cherries, drk fruit, toasted coconut.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, really nice.

Overall: A fantastic beer, no old ale really gets better than this. A truly remarkable beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 served in my L.A. snifter. Bottle courtesy of Doodler.

A: Extremely dark brown. Aggressive pour yields minimal lacing. Good legs, however. Not an attractive beer, though.

S: Intense nose - intense aromas from the barrel. (Vanilla, caramel, toffee). Prunes, brown sugar, molasses.

T: Very hot with more of the same barrel character detailed above. I really enjoy the caramel and honey laced through this one. The sweetness and bitterness offset to a fair degree, which is good, though I could use a bit less balance if I'm being honest.

M: Smooth and velvety. Despite the fact there's no carbonation in the appearance, there's enough in the body to keep this lively.

Overall: Quite enjoyable, but it doesn't quite end up sublime for me. Far better than the bottles of Angel's Share (Bourbon) I've had, but it falls short of Hair of the Dog, IMO. Will have to give my 2011 bottle a couple more years to settle down.

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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