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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,640
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 1,564
Gots: 415 | 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:
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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Poured from the bottle into my Kuhnhenn snifter. Decided to treat myself tonight, and with Adam FTW still in mind from the weekend, wanted to see what I thought of this one.

A - Pours a cloudy, murky, ugly brown. Only the slightest lacing of white head around the edge of the glass, even with a vigorous pour. When held up to the light, shows a reddish hue around the edges that is quite redeeming for the hue of this one. Looks thick and tasty, albeit an ugly shade of brown.

S - Bourbon vanilla, cherries, dark chocolate dominate the nose. Really potent, which is much appreciated. Smells somewhat hot, which is not at all surprising at 13.5 %, but it is a more integrated alcoholic aroma that is more of an accompanying piece than an unwanted intruder. As it sits and warms a bit, the vanilla and dark fruit begins to really dominate in the nose. Simply awesome.

T - Oh wow, cherries, chocolate, and the backbone of bourbon vanilla that carries this one throughout. Smoother than smooth, with absolutely zero alcohol sting. Also picking up a bit of an oak taste from the barrel and more dark fruit in addition to the cherry. Endlessly complex as each pour seems to open up different flavors that coat the tongue beautifully. As it warms more, some roasted malt profile becomes more prevalent as well. Really a treat of a beer.

M - Perfectly silky and smooth with no burn whatsoever. Coats the mouth beautifully and leaves a very nice film behind. For 13.5 %, the mouthfeel on this one is incredible.

O - Overall, the standard of old ales. I can't wait to get my hands on some more this year!

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12oz bottle into tulip. Drank next to an AFTW for comparison.

A-Dark translucent amber. Low creamy head. Looks very appetizing.

S- Bourbon, caramel and dried dates. Very nice, but not nearly as complex as the beer i am drinking next to it.

T- Had to separate myself from the other beer around me to spend some time tasting and appreciating this. Nice balance of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel and a light oaky heat. Spot on for the style and nicely balanced.

M- Medium body, lower carbonation. Very creamy with a lingering/pleasant warming. Awesome.

O- Cant wait to try this again down the road when a little oxidation sets in and contributes to the overall complexity of this delicious beer.

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appearance - murky dark red/brown. very thick, no carbonation to speak of. no lacing really.

smell - mmm raisins, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon and wood, dark fruits.

taste - for the price what a buy. repeat of the nose and not a let down. the bourbon and wood are so very nice and subtle in here.

mouthfeel - thick, not cloying for how sugary it is. little carbonation doesnt bother me, in fact, i think it would be worse with a bit more carbonation.

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2010 bottle. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark plum like color. Little head forms on the side but nothing substantial.

S - Dark fruit and a lovely bourbon can be detected even when I just open the bottle. The nose doesn't lie once in the glass, dark fruit, bourbon, currants, and an almost sweet sugary smell. I'm just thinking of it as a dark candied beer mixed with bourbon in my head from the smell, and I like it.

T - Wow. I've said before that beers have some flavors that could have come through more, this beer has none of that. It comes at full force. Dark cherry, candied fruit, raisins, slight malt, toffee, and a lovely bourbon taste flowing all through that. This is a very murky earthy taste as well, it's a very interesting. Quite sweet, but I like it. The thing that makes this taste amazing is how well blended all the flavors are, they seem to all come together and just be bold together. And not to mention, many flavors to choose from. Great beer.

M - The bourbon obviously makes the flavors a little heavier, but is in no way hot and at a great balance right now. Carbonation is a little low, and while I wouldn't want much carbonation in this, a touch higher could have been better. But that's the only criticism I can find. For all the bold flavors, this is very drinkable and very enjoyable.

O - For the first really cold day of the season, this beer was perfect. Bold dark flavors, with the warmth of bourbon, but very drinkable. This hits the spot now, and probably could have hit the spot at just about any other time. Incredible beer and easily the best I've had of the style.

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A: Pours a murky reddish brown with very thin off-white head even after a fairly vigorous pour.

S: Tons of dark fruit and barrel aromas. Raisins, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Smells amazing.

T: Everything from the aroma and then some. Loads of dark fruit and molasses, toasted malt with brown sugar. The bourbon barrel aging adds delicious vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors. Warming alcohol is quite present reminding you how big this beer is. The dark fruit really stands out and the barrel aging complements it incredibly well.

M: Slightly oily medium-full body with low-moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

O: Amazingly flavorful and highly drinkable, perfect winter sipping beer warms you from the inside out. Could definitely drink a bottle of this every night through the cold months if it were possible.

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Bottle 2010.

A- Wow looks just like mudd, murky dark brown color, no carbonation at all, no head, no lacing, not the most attractive looking beer.
S- Wow the aroma is fantastic, huge vanilla and bourbon coming out, caramel, toffee, slight dark fruits coming out as well, the vanilla takes over this beer.
T- Impressive taste, really complex, huge sweet vanilla and bourbon upfront, buttery toffee taste, caramel, wow this beer is delicious.
M- Big mouth feel, no carbonation at all but that does not take away from the beer, thick drinking, smooth, sticky as well.
O- Really impressed with this beer, really complex, definitely a sipper, the abv is very hidden for being 13.5 glad to share it with a fellow BA.

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A: Pours a mahogany/ruby color with no head to speak of, which isn't a big deal considering the abv

S/T: Big raisin and date notes come through immediately, figs, rum soaked raisin. Slightly boozy from the barrel (and wood). Big alcohol and perfect balance. Toffee and brown sugar to finish. Really complex

MF/O: Smooth carbonation, big body, perfect balance, and awesome complexity. This beer is amazing, but it turns out that Old Ales just aren't my favorite

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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