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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,588
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 1,498
Gots: 405 | FT: 29
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 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.

Photo of waltersrj
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.

Photo of davidbowers13
3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Sarlacc83
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.

Photo of 1koolspud
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jwale73
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 2BDChicago for satisfying this long-time want. Served at 53 degrees in my Ommegang tulip. 2011 vintage. Pours a brownish-plum hue with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that quickly disperses into a tight band around the shoulders. The nose on this beer is fantastic - toffee, butterscotch and bourbon notes - the nose screams sugary sweet and booze. Taste follows nose. All I can say is wow! The elements of the nose really coalesce nicely in the flavor profile. There is definitely a distinct ethanol presence as well as a trace of maple syrup. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a carbonation level that is just shy of still; there's just a residual tingle on the tongue. There's also surprisingly very little alcohol heat on this beer despite the 13.50% abv. This is a fantastic BA Old Ale. I'd love to sit on a couple of these to see how they develop over time.

Photo of boralyl
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark, caramel brown with some light coming through. There is barely any head, a small tan ring is all that is produced.

S - The aroma is perfect. It's a perfect blend of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and malt sweetness. The bourbon character isn't at all overpowering. The base beer marries perfectly with the bourbon.

M - Full in body and very lightly carbonated. It's perfect for this style, any more carbonation would distract from the beer. Slightly syrupy, but nothing unexpected for the style.

T - Sweet caramel flavors come first along with some brown sugar. Vanilla notes and a mellow bourbon character with some alcohol heat follow. More caramel shows up in the finish.

Wow, this beer went from "meh I'd maybe like to try it", to "Yes, get some more" upon the first sip. This beer has a lot of depth and has several phases of flavors. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super excited to try this

The beer pours a rich looking dark brown with almost no carbonation. The nose is an intense bourbon with some malty sweetness. The taste doesn't dissappoint, straight bourbon vanilla. The aftertaste is money with syrupy sweetness and and a light tobacco bitterness. This is almost like drinking a glass of Utopias ...for way less money. This beer is banging, totally worth trying/ sharing.

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

On tap at the source!

Served in the Kuhnhenn logo belgian glass. Ruby brown body, very little head.

Nose is sweet boozy brown sugar.

Flavor is deep waves of rich caramelly boozy richness. Not sure that the bourbon is coming through as much as I expected. Really a flavor bomb.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating and smooth.

Overall, a sipper, with huge flavor.The ABV is noticeable, but not in a negative way.

Photo of BarrytheBear
1.15/5  rDev -74.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2010 edition shared with, and courtesy of, madtowndmb1. Thank you Kyle for hitting another want!

Pours a placid muddy brown. Uninspiring first act to be sure.

Smells of soaked cardboard, sherry, and cooked brown sugar. The second act is equally disappointing.

This is one 12 oz bottle that will see it's end in a drain rather that either of our gullets. Oxidation has throttled the life from whatever had once set up residence here. Unbearable cloying sweetness lands the knockout punch.

No Mas Senor! No Mas! Vamos a Davey Jones Locker conmigo!

Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Weter
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Mark000
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jodan
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of waltonc
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of eclipse54
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of 1noa
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of k0diak
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of drowland
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of newk340
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of heff316
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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