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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia
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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

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.

Added by alexgash on 12-14-2006

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Photo of fiver29
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew kettle. Pours murky dark brownish red color with no head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, brown sugar, fig, plum, tobacco, and some candy. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose exactly. The bourbon is really upfront, but the flavors stand up well to the booze. A touch hot. This kind of reminds me of angels share to an extent. A great beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes: Last tasted in the Autumn of 2009 in San Francisco.

A: Dark ruby copper brown with just a bit of tan head.

S: This almost singes your nose hairs! Fresh bourbon, oak, and vanilla in a big way.

T: Bitingly intense multilayered maltiness smoothed out by oak, vanilla, spice, and biscuit. A winner.

M: Thick, coating, hot, but nice.

O: A champion of the style. A phenomenal barleywine that truly benefits from its time in the barrel

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Alex (Masterski) for bringing this one up on his visit to Alaska.

Pours a nice brown color with major ruby highlights. Carbonation quickly falls to a skim, and leaves no lacing, but appears to be carbonated correctly for the style.

Nose is chock full of dark fruit. Some caramel lurking in there as well, and also an odd maltiness that i picked up in alot of kuhnhenn's huge beers (extraneous and BBBW).

The caramel flavors come on strong in the flavor, complimented by a big bourbony booziness. Certainly not for the faint of heart. Pretty hot. The finish is a little more bitter than i expected, but certainly not out of the style's sweetspot. Booze, caramel, and slight dark fruits linger after each sip.

Mouthfeel is money. Big and chewy, good carbonation, ideal. My only gripe is that it could be a touch bigger body-wise. Feels every so slightly thin.

Overall a very nice beer. Not much to critique here. A little more body, and slightly less booze would be nice, but really not in need of any serious alterations, IMO. A great beer. Thanks again Alex.

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Photo of Spider889
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this baby on tap... somewhere. It technically wasn't legal in the state I had it in so I'll leave it at that :-P

Big thanks to MbpBugeye for purchasing this glass for me, though I think he still owes his brother and me a paddle next time we're out drinking... wherever it was that we were drinking this... yeah. :-)

Ok, two smiley faces in the first two paragraphs of a review... we're not off to a good start here, so time to dig into it. This is review #300 on the eve of my 1 year BA anniversary. I chose this beer because it was one of the most delicious beers of 2011 so far for me.

Served in a snifter, poured a cloudy root beer color, fairly thick, with a head of half a finger. The foam is cream colored and left above average lacing. My final notes for the appearance say "thick and heavy."

The smell... ohh the smell!! Dear god is this a luxuriously decadent beer! The smell of BB 4th Dementia ranks up there with the best smelling beers I have ever experienced. Sweet, sweet bourbon is really strong and in-your-face, yet it is well balanced with the malt heavy background. I kept smelling my snifter repeatedly without taking a sip - a practice my wife makes fun of me for indulging in. At one point she had to smack me, saying, "your eyelids are fluttering whenever you smell that beer!"

Yes. Yes, I guess they were. ;-)

Ohh snap, a third smiley. Well to be honest, the memory of this beer does make me smile. How I loathe the fact that this is not available in Ohio. The aroma is deeply nuanced with vanilla and oak, peppery spikes of earthy hops and chocolaty malts. This is every bit as wondrous as Founders Backwoods Bastard, only amplified by a factor of ten. And here I thought that no other brewery could master the art of barrel aging as well as Founders has...

The taste could hardly compare to the sublime aromatics of this brew, but it nevertheless impressed the hell out of me. Smooth and extremely rich, this was certainly a sipper. Luscious vanilla lends a buttery sweetness while oak provides a balancing dryness. There's a slight roastinesss to the malt character, but to be honest the barreling has mellowed the hell out of whatever the base beer used to be.

As the beer warmed and grew ever more swirled in my snifter, I began to pick out deeper waves of sweet complexity I can only ascribe the moniker of 'pure awesomeness.' Cinnamon crumble coffee cake became the dominant flavor, and all I can say is that this beer is damn delicious.

The alcohol on a beer that tops in at over 13% abv can never be dismissed fully, but I must state that this brew is very well balanced. The bourbon heat is appropriately warming, but never to the point of burning nor was agitating enough as to have prevented me from finishing my glass much more quickly than I should have. I stress that this beer is sticky sweet, but dry on the finish, and always always always - smooth.

The drinkability was fantastic. Had I not already been drinking since 8am, with plans to sample many more beers that day, I would have eagerly run to garner a second glass for myself. I feel that this is one of those beers that will always remain on my 'wants' list due to the sheer enjoyment I got from drinking (and most importantly - smelling) it.

My first ever Kuhnhenn beer was a true experience to remember.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A murky dark brown liquid with a half finger tan head. Oily alcohol legs when swirled in the glass.

The nose is mostly dark fruits at first. Plumbs, dark cherries and raisins. Also a little bit of marshmellow and toasted coconut.

The taste is similar. Dark fruits, mostly dark cherry and raisin, at first but then flavors of marshmallow, toasted coconut, and bakers chocolate take over accompanied by hints of oak and alcohol. Quite vinious.

Very sweet but the oak and alcohol helps to balance it out a little bit. Full bodied with low level of smooth carbonation. Alcohol starts to numb the tongue after awhile. Slightly chewy and round, but not super sticky or viscous.

A sipper for sure.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery, drank from a snifter. The beer was served to me with a thin white head sitting atop a dark brown/amber (almost purplish) cloudy glass of beer. There was minimal lacing left down the glass as I drank it down.

The beer smelled of of rich, sweet toffie-fied caramel drenched candied fruit with a splash of bourbon thrown in. Light hints of vanilla as well. The taste matched the nose closely, with a bit of booze up front quickly followed by deliciously sweet malty dark fruit goodness. The alcohol is well masked in this beer. The body was medium, with an ample amount of carbonation.

Highly, highly drinkable for a high ABV old ale. The Kuhnhenn Bros hit it out of the park with this brew.

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Photo of jale
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours a murky brown with red hues. A finger of tan head. Lacing lasts a few minutes.

S: Sweet caramel malt,bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar and raisins.

T: Sweet caramel malt forward with substantial alcohol burn. Nice bourbon smoothness and vanilla. A little burnt brown sugar and a little fig/raisin. Great hop flavor in the finish.

M: Nice carbonation with medium body.

D: Great sipper.

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Photo of SeaUrchin
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

reviewing this from notes due to insomnia, i have had it 3 times on tap at kuhnhenn once at the winter solstice, again with some friends from work, and once again at one of my 2 best friends birthdays, i am reviewing this from the winter solstice, on tap poured into a tulip

appearance - dark brown in color, some light makes it through along the edges of the glass it is more of a milk chocolate brown, thin tan head with a low amount of carbonation

smell - up front there is a strong bourbon scent, then there is a sweet roasted malt middle with a hint of caramel and vanilla, finishes with a slight hint of dried dates or raisins, and a slight smell of alcohol, very enticing smell

taste - taste is following smell to start, strong sweet bourbon flavor that remains through the middle, from the bourbon a sweet roasted malt shines with a bit of dulce de leche peaking in, and going into some sort of dried fruit sweetness, finishes with a nice mellow bourbon and vanilla hints, low alcohol presence

mouthfeel - feels almost syrupy, with the light carbonation giving it a slightly lightened feel that makes this a very refreshing warmer, self restraint was needed to make this one last

drinkability - this one is quite easy to sip on, considering it was ordered as my first on three separate occasions, proves to me that this is a solid brew, enjoy this one with the free house popcorn and good conversation

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Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the late (BA-wise) chswimmer for this tick.

Deep dark brown pour with minimal off-white head.

Big bourbon aroma with caramel, toffee, roast, and molasses. Maybe some dark fruit.

The flavor is also big on bourbon. A little -bal to it as well lending some considerable oaky notes. Complex with candied dark fruits, molasses, roast, and toffee.

Medium-full bodied and with slight tannins and lower carbonation.

Overall a great -bal aged beer from Kuhnhenn. Way better than the non-bal version.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of SourNotes, 2010 version. Pours a dark cola like brown color with very slight collared head. The nose is extreme, with a mix of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Slight bite of booze in the beginning with a very caramel start mixed with dark fruit. Slight banana as well. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Warming alcohol notes. Very easy drinking. The aroma isn't as nice as the BA 5th Dementian but still is pretty good.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn. Dark brownish black color with an inch of head in a tulip. Smell is sweet caramel, toffee, with some strong bourbon. Taste is a mix of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and marshmallow. Deliciously sweet, complex with excellent drinkability. This is excellent and I was lucky to find on tap.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Side by side with ba 5th and regular 4th

Thanks to translucent for this one.

Pours a small layer of beige head. No retention. Color is a ruby hued copper brown.

Aroma: Dark fruits, raisins, cherries, dark chocolate, light oak and light bourbon. It is kind of warming, but not as much as some of their other beers. It is pretty nice. Reminds me a little of the Bruery's barrel aged beers.

Taste: More bourbon here. Oak, vanilla, and a touch of spice. Chocolate, raisins, and caramel. Pretty malty. The bourbon is pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, this beer was pretty solid. Great -bals. Reminds me of a lot of the Bruery's -bals. Very tasty stuff. I am really glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of david131
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A murky, leathery brown liquid with just the tiniest bit of head to speak of- a thin ring around the edge with a few splotches on the surface. Very syrupy looking when swirled.

S- Caramel, vanilla, toffee, citrus, cocoa powder, nuts, smoke, and alcohol. Very complex and rich smelling.

T- Sweet, malty, boozy, complex, huge... Heavy duty.

M- Very smooth due to the very low amount of carbonation. Slick on the finish. There is a touch of lingering alcohol presence.

D- A massive beer that is a bit of a sipper. Very well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle of the 2010 into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to Knifestyles for sharing this gem.

A: Rich, clear mahogany body with no visible carbonation whatsoever. Basically still, but quite a nice color.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, grape seeds, and leather. Wow.

T: Everything from the nose comes through, with emphasis on the Bourbon, vanilla, and toffee. Sweet, rich, and absolutely delicious.

M: Smooth, sticky, and full-bodied. Flat, but still substantial.

D: For the strength and flatness, this is hugely drinkable - because it's hugely delicious.

Notes: I'd have to have this side by side with BBBW to pick a favorite - both are truly amazing, and both do a wonderful job delivering the absolute maximum amount of flavor + alcohol without letting the booze overpower things. So, so good.

Cheers!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/21/2011

Thanks Javier.

A: Crimson tinged dark brown with a small bubbly head.

S: Blast of vanilla and caramel with some toffee notes. Strong bourbon. Awesome aroma. Caramel profile is excellent and goes well with the spirit character. Subtle plum notes meld with brown sugar and oxidation.

T: Rich caramel and toffee blend harmoniously with bourbon and vanilla. Booze is very well hidden for the ABV, in stark contrast to the barrel aged fifth dementia. Gracefully oxidized with subtle port notes. Amazingly mellow and rich with a great bourbon brown sugar caramel toffee finish.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with ample warming.

Overall: Really delicious.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 02/20/11 notes. Big thanks to normyk for this one in my Birthday BIF box; it was a huge want! Got to try this side by side with the normal version of Fourth Dementia. Both were 2010 vintages.

a - Pours a dark murky mahogany color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. Head remains throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, bready malts, dark fruits, vanilla, sweet sugar or molasses, and caramel malts. Smells outstanding.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, maple, roasted malts, caramel malts, and bready malts. Taste is amazing as well.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, super smooth body and a tiny bit hot but not much.

d - I loved this one. I love the normal version as well and think the bourbon barrels made this even better. Would love to try this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Derek for sending this one to me. I love the regular, so how could this be bad...

A: The beer pours a murky dark brown color with a small layer of off-white/kahki head.

S: Smells like big time -bals. Tons of bourbon and vanilla with a touch of oak. Lots of great dark fruits like raisins and dates, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A touch of sherry in there as well.

T: Damn this is delicious. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and plenty of vanilla. Lots of bourbon, a bit of oak, maybe even some coconut in there too. A nice chocolatey oxidation to it and some more of the sherry flavor.

M: The body is medium to full with a smooth and sufficient carbonation.

D: It's kind of boozy, but damn is this stuff is tasty. I could drink a bottle of this almost any day.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this bottle in a trade with normyk, thanks a bunch Will! Poured into my town hall snifter:

A - pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with just a tiny foam ring that forms around the edges. It almost looks like there is some red hues around the edges. Spotty lacing that leaves no retention on the sides.

S - Wow! This smells amazing! Deep toffee notes with heavy brown sugar, coconut and caramel. Other notes such as vanilla and oak. The bourbon barrel comes through very nicely and smell rich and smooth. Truly a delicious smelling brew.

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose with notes of caramel, burnt brown sugar, vanilla, candy, coconut and sweet, creamy bourbon. There is only a tiny bit of leather and tabacco in it, like in the regular 4th dementia, but the bourbon is more forward in this one and is very nice. There is a bit of heat in the taste, but its understandable at 13.5%. Awesome!

M - Carbonation in this one is pretty good. Leaves a bit of a tingly feeling in the mouth. A bit of heat from the booze but it is very welcoming.

D - Really a great treat. It is a nice sipper for a nice winter night (since we got about 6 inches of snow today.) The bourbon is very nice in this one and it is top notch. I really wish I had more, but I'll let my last bottle cellar for a couple years before I try it again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Happy birthday, mom!

Alex sent me a bottle of this, many thanks to you, kind sir. 2010 vintage packaged so wonderfully well I have a hard time believing its a Kuhnhenn beer. This beer got a little wet in my fridge, and I can still read the label. Fancy that!

A murky, reddish brown with a dense, light brown head that rises briefly before falling off to a thin ring. There's a little bit of glass-coating sweetness as well. The nose is stunning. The base beer is a rather leathery beer to start with, and the barrel just accentuates that character. Rich and complex,I get toffee, coconut, vanilla and a surprising oxidation character. In this way, it's very port-like. There's also some raisins in sugar syrup here. This beer really evolves, I get a few puffs of rose water as well.

The palate really demonstrates the fact that this is closer to a port or a cognac than a beer. Rich, complex sweetness with brown sugar, raw sugar (jaggery), plenty of dark caramel, as well as more to go with that malt sweetness - there's tobacco, leather, a little smokiness even. The barrel character is beautifully integrated with vanilla, bourbon heat and tannins. Fruity in the mid-palate, this has raisins and dates as well as a very port-like oxidation character. Moderately tannic on the finish with some sweetness and heat, this is a beer that is rather wonderfully put together. Medium in body with soft carbonation, the mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Excellent stuff, despite the richness and sweetness, this drinks very easily.

**Edit 27 May 2012*

Miraculously, this seems to have fallen off, especially the mouthfeel. It doesn't have the complexity it once had, it seems to have lost it in the past few months. It's just become mellow. Tons of honey. Still excellent. 4.5/4.5/4.5/4

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up by my mom at the Winter Solstice 2010 party. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a very thin, short-lasting head. Some legs around the edges of the glass plus a bit of a thin collar. Nose is really nice and complex with bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, and plenty of malt sweetness. Everything is integrated well and there's just a bit of booze in the background. The flavor isn't quite as complex, but I still really enjoyed it. A bit more booze in the flavor than was present in the nose. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth; the bourbon and booze integrate well with the body on this. Very delicious and I'm looking forward to some aged bottles of this in the future.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to gormanb for the opportunity to try this beauty.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. While the beer doesn't look all that impressive, one whiff when I opened the bottle told me I was in for something special. Wow. I get a huge aroma of brown sugar, prunes, maraschino cherries, vanilla and milk chocolate. This beer smells great! As good as this beer smells, it's even better on the palate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but I also pick up anise, light butter and cherry cough drops, with a hint of heat (from alcohol- bourbon barrel aging is very noticeable in this one) and hoppy bitterness in the finish. The latter helps to counter somewhat the unbelievable amount of richness I get in this beer. Interestingly, although this beer is pretty sweet, it's not at all cloying or tiring on the palate. Granted, this beer is pretty rich and weighty on the palate, but then the alcohol is 13.5%. Otherwise, the finish is sweet, long and powerful. Drinkability isn't too bad, especially considering the abv. and sweetness. Still, there's no getting around the fact that the alcohol is pretty noticeable, and that this is very much a sipper.

This beer is comparable to a fine vintage or tawny port, and would work equally well at the conclusion of a fine meal. Just an altogether excellent fine aged ale from the folks at Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Amyliz4 last night. Thanks Amy. Beer is served in a snifter. Beer is dark brown with a healthy haze, almost no head, some legs on the glass, carbonation low. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is complex and strong. Good bourbon, molasses, raisins, plums, sweet maltiness. Very nice.

Beer is medium in body and completely coats the mouth. It's sweet up front and gives way to a nice smooth liquor flavor on the midpalate leading to a mild but clean bitterness at the back, it's subtle but there. The whole beer is good. I want to hold it in my mouth. There is a nearly treacle-like sweetness through out, minimal esters and other characters. A very good beer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I didnt want to be the first one to say where I had this on tap. Shit, I still wont say. Its a respect thing. But lets just say it wasnt necessarily supposed to be where it was. But when it was announced that this was on tap there was a collective "Oooohhhh!" heard across the room. Having recently enjoyed a bottle of this stuff, I was probably the loudest of the "oohs" as I grabbed Chris and drug him over to where it was being served.

Served on tap, from a sixtel, into a snifter. Probably about a 10oz pour for $7. Quite the steal if you ask me. Ive drank much less enjoyable beers for more money at Bodega.

A- Its not much different looking on tap than it was when I had my bottle. Perhaps there was a little more lacing from the tap version and a little more clarity as well. Its a dark, fairly cloudy chestnut, earthy red/brown.

S- After I was done nursing my snifter pour and Chris and I had moved on, my brother approached and said "The smell of this is YEAH!" I wasnt sure what beer he had, but I guessed that it was the Kuhnhenn. I was correct. We both shared a short freakout over how delicious the smell of this beer was. There really isnt much out there that smells this smoothed out, silky, lovely and huge, robust and powerful at the same time. Cherry, toffee, caramel, Alcohol and chocolate chip cookies are flawlessly executed. I think Im going to BM the Bros and see if they cant raise my 5 to a 500 here.

T- Im left shaking my head in disbelief. Its a true wonder how a beer this strong can be so smooth, having all of its flavors so artfully interwoven. Its pretty close to the aroma. Lots of chocolate chip cookies, toffee, nougat, vanilla and rum-raisin. Its so soft yet huge at the same time.

M- Very smooth with an unreal creaminess. The alcohol burn is really all you get from the 14% abv. It hardly affects the flavors. Personally, I think the alcohol heat is perfect for this beer.

D- Ive had this twice in a month. Sadly I think thats probably going to be the last time I have it. No, Ill totally be driving the 4 hours to Warren to snag this again. Simply the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Muddy reddish-brown with little head, low carbonation. Good enough for what it is. The aroma, on the other hand, is incredible. Burnt sugar, integrated oak and bourbon, stewed dark fruits. Some leathery, port-like oxidation, too. Very little noticeable alcohol. The taste, likewise, is incredible. Brown sugar/molasses flavors provide a backbone for notes of leather, and bourbon. There's a nice fruitiness that's date-like, and graceful oxidation that lends a touch of port and cocoa. The body is full, carbonation low. A little too easy to drink. This reminds me quite a bit of Kuhnhenn's 2005 bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 2/5/11. A guest tap/interesting surprise at Jackie O's during the strong ale event.

This brew pours a hazed amber brown without a head. Not even a lace creeps to the top of this brew. A few off-white bubbles rise to the surface when this brew is swirled and that is all that displays reminiscent of a head.

The aroma is sweet with a scent of caramel or toasted toffee and vanilla. In the back it is lightly spicy and earthy with hops. A minorly evident mineral character is present that fades. As this brew warms, it stings the nose with a fusel alcohol presence that is not nearly as evident as I was expecting for 13.5%. Also increasing in character is the rich scent of toffee tones.

The taste of this brew is sweet with a surprisingly forward vanilla upfront that turns more into a caramelized sugar and caramel malt flavor. There is a big booze presence in this brew which is not surprising considering. It has a modest hoppy earthy bitterness that creates a dryness when coupled with the alcohol into the finish. The oak only comes through an makes itself known as it warms up with a very bitey alcohol character that has an evaporative quality on the tongue.

This is a full bodied brew, smooth with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite drinkable with more of an herbal earthy bitterness and dryness that I was not expecting. Very well done and a complete transformation from the non-barreled version that I had not too long ago. This could be a real gem in a few years, wish I had a bottle or two to stash away.

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.