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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 1,472
Gots: 408 | FT: 27
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 Bung
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz 2011 picked up at winter solstice time.
Surprisingly dark brown, nearly no light gets through actually. Not quite as thick as a stout by any means. Layer of light tan bubbles builds. Glad to see these new ones have some carb, helps the mouthfeel as well.

Aroma, Heavy bourbon oak, vanilla, brown sugar, prune, malty goodness.

Taste, Really a lot going on with this one. Malty caramel, brown sugar, rumcake, rainin/fig. Large accents of vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark chocolate.

Big,slick, creamy and warming, but the alcohol is really really well hidden. I can't believe how easily I could put this down for the size. Heat does build though, 13.5 does need to be respected.

Rock solid barrel aged old ale. The cream of a small crop. Up there with Black Biscuit for me as my fav.
Pleased with my choice for New Years Eve for sure, Happy 2012!

Bung, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of danp14
5/5  rDev +9.6%

danp14, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of mrebeka
5/5  rDev +9.6%

mrebeka, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of kurdt1994
5/5  rDev +9.6%

kurdt1994, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of fcdepalm
5/5  rDev +9.6%

fcdepalm, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of hurfer
5/5  rDev +9.6%

hurfer, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of gorby10826
4/5  rDev -12.3%

gorby10826, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Catchy_Name
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Catchy_Name, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of BeerWorld
5/5  rDev +9.6%

BeerWorld, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of IlPostino
5/5  rDev +9.6%

IlPostino, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to thabigmp for this want.

A: Very dark brown color, very murky looking. Guess that's the 4th Dementia. A slight wisp of tan head that is gone quickly and the thinnest of lace sits on the glass for a second.

S: Huge oak dominating. Bourbon behind that. Subtle vanilla and chocolate notes. Booze definitely comes through a lot.

T: Sweet chocolate and dark cherries upfront. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisins, and figs hit the middle of the tongue. Finishes with butterscotch and alcohol. Pretty complex.

M: Medium to full body. Very creamy. Little to no carbonation. Great aftertaste. Alcohol burn.

O: Very good and very complex. Lot's of booziness but it doesn't distract from the complexity of this awesome beer.

doughanson78, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage, gifted to me by an extremely generous BA, abanton. Adam, thank you!

EDIT: Notes in () are updated, from a 2011 bottle. Scores are also updated to reflect the what I believe to be the intended product.

A: Pours a deep black with NO head. Adam told me to pour vigorous and I did. No head at all. No lacing either. Sorry gotta knock it for this. 2.5 (Poured a beautiful deep brown, with some fantastic crimson hues, some light getting through around the edges. Gorgeous frothy white two finger head, with sticky lacing hanging around. Awesome! 4.5)

N: No knock on the nose. This thing is brimming with great aroma. Sweet lust! Lots of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, a bit of oak. Yummy, yummy, yummy. I could sniff this all day, it's that good! Makes up for the lack of appearance. No hop character, nice malt coming through. The barrel really shows compared to the original version. 4.5 (Lots of the same going on with carbonated bottle. Maybe some more of the dark fruit character that wasn't coming forward as much before. 4.5)

T: Yes. Big bourbon notes, with a lot of caramel, and malt. Really satisfying. Some really nice ripe fruit notes coming through with a touch of vanilla. Little bit of sweetness that gives way to a great sensation of a dried oak presence. Is that oak, or cardboard? There is some really interesting things going on, even if they aren't all positive? Kind of interesting. Some cardboard, definitely. 4 (None of that cardboard or oxidation in this puppy. Really fantastic notes of malt sweetness, vanilla, ripe fruit. The bourbon and caramel are great! 4.5)

M: This beer really lacks from carbonation. Actually, I feel as though it was a bit OVER oxidized from the barrel aging. I'm getting some real cardboard notes, and if it had a little carbonation it might be able to hide those flaws. 3 (This was a different beer. Great mouthfeel, very rewarding. A full mouthfeel, with great sticky sweet notes, long lasting finish, and outrageously delicious after taste! 4.5)

D and O: It was a great beer, none the less. Lots of flaws though. I'm not going to rate this beer as high as I would like to, or lead to believe it should be. I have a few newer bottles coming. From what Adam tells me, there is a real difference between the ones that pour with no head and the ones that don't. I got one that doesn't, so I'm rating it as such. If I get one that pours great, isn't oxidized, has no cardboard notes, I'll revisit this, and update. (Completely different beer. I'm keeping my original notes here, so myself and possibly others can compare. The properly carbonated and not overly oxidized BB4D was a fantastic beer, worth seeking out for sure. 4.5)

MarcatGSB, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

brianlindman, Dec 22, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

hoppymcgee, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

adamdarcy, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of brewtechnik
4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

 brewtechnik ( Nashua, New Hampshire )

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like muddy water when poured into my glass. Zero head.

S: Malt Bomb! Resembles Utopias, lots of ethanol mixed with caramel, raison, chocolate, and, well, malt. Oak also comes through. Almost no hop character.

T: Very slight bitterness, alcohol presence right away, and lingers. Again, malt forward with lots of sweetness but not cloying. Lots of dark fruit flavors in the background. The oak character is perfect.

M: Thinner than I would expect, alcohol lingers but is not hot. low bitterness. Very-very low carbonation.

O: If you like the Utopias "style" of beer, then you would enjoy this. Lots of malt, very low hop character and low carbonation. But, very delicious and boozy. I feel good after just one :)

brewtechnik, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 2011 bottle.

Pours a clearish mahogany/ruby with a wispy cream colored head. Bourbon, oak, caramel, plum, fig, and other various dark fruits dominate the nose. Flavor is slightly more spicy the nose suggests; but otherwise a strong malt body with a barrel forward presence well integrated. Light carbonation with a medium thick, smooth body and a hot, dry finish.

yourefragile, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thank you, kind sir, for yet another wonderful brew I had been coveting.

The beer is dark brown with minimal head. Nice aroma of bourbon, malt, oak, toffee, caramels. Delicious flavor. Bold, with a bouquet of flavors well balanced and integrated gracefully into the overall flavor profile. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, an outstanding beer. Highly recommended.

Huhzubendah, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: murky dark brown with little bubbles around the edge of the snifter.

smell: bourbon, vanilla, booze, dark fruits,

taste: heat, bourbon, sweet, vanilla,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: WoW. This beer is a dandy. Strong alcohol warms you from head to toe. With good bourbon and vanilla flavors. This is how all Old Ale's should be done. Well Done Kuhnhenn.

cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Romulux, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

texasclimber, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of beerhan
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

beerhan, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of md655321
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

md655321, Dec 18, 2011
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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