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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 1,801
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 19.11%
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Gots: 449 | FT: 38
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of vinny21bal
3.19/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have had 3 vintages at different periods. This is a very extremly over rated beer. It is however a decent beer. But I really don't think there is any part of this beer that is over the top amazing. I think it would be a good everyday shelf beer, but nothing special. It may sound like I am being negative about the beer but I do think again it is a decent beer just not special

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Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a cloudy dark brown with a thin cap that dissipates almost instantly, with no lacing. Really how an old ale should look like.

S: Geezus. Big bourbon soaked dark fruits and candy bars. I smell marshmellow as well. Amazing.

T: Initial blast of big bourbon drench raisins and figs. I get a big caramel candy sweetness from what tastes like a roasted marshmellow, big sugary sweetness, more bourbon and dark fruits with some chocolate. A wee hint of oak and vanilla in the background. The finish is very big, bold, sweet boozey and sticky

M: Big feel with low carbonation . Sticky sweet with a dumptruck of flavors and textures.

O: How have I not had this? This beer was awesome.I can't recall another Old Ale which gave me such a "wow" factor.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

Appearance: Brown, rust cloudiness. Not much head at all, and the small amount that was quickly fades to the perimeter of the glass only.

Smell: Dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, coconut, boozy Bourbon, cocoa. I can smell the toasted marshmallow they speak of on the bottle as well.

Taste: A blast of Bourbon paired with big coconut and vanilla opens it up. Middle of the mouth is dark fruit. End of the drink sees the Bourbon reassert itself and finishes pretty dry. Booze is hid pretty well, though the burn on the way down gives away its strength.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, somewhat syrupy and medium side of heavy bodied, as you'd expect from the style.

Overall: A smooth, drinkable beer that hides the abv masterfully. Would seek out and drink again.

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Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 batch.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small but dense and fizzy tan head. Head fades slowly, leaving zero lacing behind. Good retention at least.

S: Oh yeah, huge bourbon notes. Loaded with caramel, brown sugar and toasted marshmallow (love the latter aroma/flavor in bbal beers). Burnt sugars. Some decent cocoa and a little heat from the alcohol. Lightest touch of dark fruit. Wonderful.

T: Again with the big bourbon up front. Not as strong as in the aroma though. A little sharp booziness with wonderful caramel and burnt sugars/toasted marshmallow. Touch of dark fruit in there too. A little bitter cocoa into the finish, standing stronger in the aftertaste. Lingering oaky vanilla and toasted marshmallow between sips. Remarkably mellow for a 13.5% barrel-aged brew. It's still big, don't get me wrong, but not harsh.

M: Big, heavy, viscous. Cut nicely with the bourbon. A touch dry from the oak in the aftertaste.

O: Wow, an old ale for the ages for sure. Wish I could get this stuff locally...or basically ever. I've had normal 4D which was quite fruity. The bourbon in this covers up most of the fruitiness and brings in wonderful caramel and toasted marshmallow notes which I feel is a big improvement. Quite complex, well balanced, smooth and and very, very tasty. I think this might be my new favorite old ale, which was previously Fruet and Cuir. Not quite as good as Founder's Better Half though I don't think (that maple barrel really made it). Very close though.

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Photo of justforrazors
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage poured at 50 degrees into a FSW barrelworks tulip.

A- Pours a viscous brown color with ruby hues when held to the light. A 1/2 inch beige head forms and quickly fades to a thick ring around the rim of the glass. Carbonation bubbles are apparent throughout.

S- Bourbon. Vanilla. Alcohol. Some oak. A little bit of caramel and malty sweetness, but I can't tell if it is coming from the barrel or the base beer. Either way, this smells fantastic and very inviting. Only drawback is there is not a ton of complexity.

T- Up front, a really nice malty caramel sweetness along with some molasses and port-like cherry esters. On the back end, there is a huge blast of vanilla, bourbon, and some oak tannins along with a touch of bitterness to round things out. There is alcohol present, but no fusel or 'hot' flavor. Spot on for the style. Wow- this is an amazing beer!

M- Luscious. Smooth, low carbonation that gives the beer a creamy feel. High body, although not overly sweet. Great balance between the tannic oak and high finishing gravity make this a smooth drinker.

O- I was not expecting this beer to be so amazing. I want to rate this badly in a disguised attempt to trade for more of it, but it deserves better than that. Great winter time sipper that meshes bourbon and malt perfectly, without being an over the top, diabetic coma inducing sort of beer. Gimme more.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass. Incredible thickness. It's a murky deep brown color with a red hue throughout. Topped by a creamy, orange-tan head, about an inch thick. Head dies down after several minutes.

Aroma is of rich sweet caramel, toasted marshmallow, charred oak, very faint hint of the alcohol, and chocolate truffle. Robust aroma.

Well hidden alcohol. This is a very smooth, creamy bodied ale, full yet soft on the palate with a good level of carbonation. Sweet up front with notes of toffee. Mid palate has a little warmth to it, showing its strength. The barrel character expresses itself on the roof of the mouth, with a little molasses note on the sides of the tongue.

Goes down so so easily. Very great barrel aged beer. When the barrel aging seems to just mellow everything and create something that has the quality of a lower alcohol beer, and passes over the palate with ease, that's when the brewer has utilized the barrel to its best effect. This is masterful.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my favorite snifter glass.
Vintage bottle from 2011 served September 2nd, 2013.

Appearance: dark mahogany colored body with little to no bubbles on the body creating a slightly off-white head that has a light orange tint to it. The head with a hard pour didn't rise much, I would say maybe 1/8" if that dropping to almost nothing before the first sip.

Smell: light molasses and caramel scent, awesome to sniff but little lighter than what expected.

Taste: I have had old ales before and this one on taste alone crushes almost anything else I have ever had. Complex and sweet that might overwhelm some people with its brown sugar feel and maltiness that is incredibly addicting.

Mouth: light to medium carbonation at best. Ridiculously sticky and for that alone I have to give I respect.

Overall: If you are looking for a good beer and like that caramel note to it, this beer is beyond perfect. Has some flaws but most of is easy to overlook because rarely you get something that tastes as good as this. Grab a bottle on me and enjoy....Salud!

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/29/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Deep, dark/medium brown, some dark caramel around the edges - nice clarity, pours with a small, creamy beige head, fades to some wisps of a cap, leaves a few streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Rich and intense - tons and tons of caramel and toffee - very cooked and caramelized, brown sugar-like sweetness, intense but not excessively sweet - some chocolate and vanilla - lots of bourbon and bourbon barrel - a range of dark fruit, figs, and raisins - some pretty obvious alcohol

Taste: About as intense as the aroma, with some serious malts - rich caramel, toffee, sweet grains, sweet bread - highly caramelized - hint of highly cooked, vaguely old, vaguely oxidized tasting malts (typical for the style) - some syrupy sweetness and brown sugar, but not over the top - lots of wood and rich barrel - alcohol is pretty obvious, but so is the bourbon, so it works

Mouthfeel: Borderline full body, very smooth, nice finish, a nice sipper

Overall: Sure, I'll give this at least 4 dementias

This is probably the first Old Ale that I have legitimately enjoyed. The malt profile is pretty ridiculous, and they can support the bourbon barrel aging better than I expected. This is great to sip. I might die if I had to drink the whole bottle, but it would be an acceptable death.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Rich dark copper/brown. Hard pour leaves no head with the tiniest off-white collar. No carbonation. Standard affair for a barrel aged anything.

Smell: Holy hell bourbon. Loaded with vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Mild barrel presence. Big sweet maltiness tempered by a very light choppiness. Some molasses with a deep fruitiness. Raisins and plums and cherry. Sharp bite of alcohol. Complex sweetness layered with alcohol. Slight spicy finish from the alcohol as well.

Taste: Vanilla and coconut. Fleshy fresh coconut. Caramel and toffee in spades. Incredibly sweet with layers of bourbon. Complex malts add some mild roasted elements. Dark fruit with raisins and plums. Spicy alcohol. Vaguely nutty. Warming pushes the bourbon a bit far along with the sweetness. Almost like marshmallow on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean with a drying alcohol.

Overall: Sometimes hype pays off.

I'm not usually a bourbon barrel or old ale fan, but this is good. Complex if a bit too sweet. I guess I need to get another bottle or four to cellar and try over time.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the 2012 release. Poured into an unlabeled snifter on 24 August 2013. Opened up another one today, 4 September 2013.

Pours a medium brown, perhaps mahogany. Not particularly dark but not particularly light either. Comes with a swirly film of white head that simmers on top for a while. Not much of a head, but it is very pretty on the top of the body.

Smells like caramel bourbon marshmallows. And very pungent here. The nose on this beer is a winner.

The taste is very intense. It's a big boatload of caramel, toffee, molasses, bourbon. A good bit of oak in here too. It all comes together to make some sort of bourbon marshmallow bomb. Very nice, unfortunately the alcohol here is very strong as well.

Somewhat thinner for a full-bodied brew, typical of old ales. Decent carbonation, smooth and thin-feeling yet flavourful. Definitely a sipper, as the booze on this one is very, very strong.

Outside of the booziness, this beer is excellent. Strong vanilla, bourbon and caramel flavours mix together quite well here. I could not drink the whole bottle by myself, no way sirree. This 12oz bottle is meant to be shared with a friend who likes his beer sweet and strong.

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Photo of joe1510
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
Wax Capped


Received this gem in a trade with badbeer, thanks again. A hard pour conjures up a minimal swirling of head that disappears rather quickly. There's a tiny ring of head around the edge of the glass. The small head is expected from such an alcohol bomb such as this. The color on the pour is a muddy brown before becoming opaque dark brown in the glass.

I don't think this beer could even accommodate another aroma. Big nose filling whiffs of dark rye and pumpernickel bread start things off. All this bready goodness is wrapped around a handful of brown sugar and molasses. This again is all wrapped around a sweet oaken whiff of bourbon. Everything comes together flawlessly. There's alcohol in there but I can feel the fumes more in my eyes and nose that smell it's presence.

Flavor picks up right where the smell left off. The sweet notes (brown sugar and molasses) are just the right intensity bringing the bready malts into the oak and bourbon perfectly. The breadiness up front is absolutely mouthwatering and just pulls you right in. The bourbon and oak accompany the breadiness without being too dominant. World class old ale!

The mouthfeel is just as perfectly done as the rest of the drink. Sluggish carbonation leaves this beer sliding slowly along your tongue. As it slowly works through every separate flavor grabs hold at some point or another. The body has some weight to it and coats the mouth nicely.

The alcohol and big bold flavors keeps this a one and done type of beer. The bottle I'm drinking now will be a pleasure to finish but that's enough for one sitting.

This is not only a world class old ale but a world class beer period. The barrel aging sets this beer on an entirely different level. I'm glad I could get my hands on one of these. It's a great beer to celebrate Christmas.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip , pours a dark deep brown with super thin brown head and not much visable carbonation

The smell hits your hard and fast with sweet malt and a nice bourbon aroma. I pick up on hints of vanilla and oak

The mouthfeel on this beer is great , nice and thick and the carbonation is spot on

The taste is wonderful all the flavors I want from the style are just about close to perfect , the alcohol is not hidden at all and makes it even more drinkable to me , nice and warming all the way down.

Overall its another homerun beer for me. This is an outstanding beer and the only thing bad about it is I can't buy it local

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown with little to no head. A red hue. Very mysterious.

Smells very original and wonderful. Roasted malt, toasted marshmallow (actually comes through as advertised), caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak....Wow! This smells incredible.

This is such an incredible beer. Some much oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and marshmallow. Truly original. Enormous flavor. I'm really taken back by this. Definitely some heat on the back end. Also notice some dark red fruits. They are not overwhelming, but a nice complement. These flavors add a little acidity, though, which I could do without.

Low-medium carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. With a little heavier mouthfeel and a creamier texture, this would have been near perfect. Still, this is such a small critique.

Overall, this has been one of the most unique beers I have had in a while. It has a huge flavor which is extremely well executed. Kuhnhenn also managed to tease out some awesome flavors not terribly common in BA stouts (opposed to this old ale). I might have to seek out more of this. Very very well done!!!

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Photo of thebigredone
4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this after having the regular 4D awhile ago.

Pours a strange orangeish brown color with no visible carbonation.

Smell is strongly of bourbon and oak, with a heavy sweetness.

Taste follows the nose. Heavy bourbon and oak presence, the remaining taste can only be described as a graham cracker soaked in alcohol. I actually got a smidge or two of the marshmallow described on the bottle. A fair amount of alcohol coming through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fine, a little hot on the back end.

Overall, definitely a tasty beer, but not as nuanced as the non-BA version. I like both, but would stick with the non-BA version going forward.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery on a paddle.

Appearance: Pretty nice. About a finger of a tan head and surprisingly decent lacing. The beer is a dark brown color with red when held to light. Looks better than I expected... I thought it may look flat.

Smell: Compared to the standard 4D ('11), this had a lot of caramel. There was also quite a lot of darker fruits there as well. The vanilla notes that you'd expect from barrel aging weren't really there all that much. A very nice smelling beer all the same.

Taste: Having side-by-side with the regular 4D, this was definitely a bit more mellow, as one would expect given the barrel. It's not a huge difference, but it's noticeable. The mouth feel is maybe a bit thicker. The taste itself on this one just isn't on par with the regular 4D... of course, that's just my humble opinion. The BB4D mellows out the fruity notes quite considerably and replaces them with a maltier, sweeter flavor. It's still excellent, but not quite as tasty.

I'm extremely happy to have gotten the chance to try this beer. I don't think it's as legendary as some people said it would be (like I said, I preferred the standard '11 4D), but I liked it. Recommended.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle.
This beer appears a very dark brown, with little head, and minimal lacing.

The smell is bourbon first, and slowly going to toffee

Taste, just like the smell, all begins with bourbon. I am instantly reminded of Sucaba. It has a lot of bourbon, chocolate, and sweetness, fading to dark fruits/dates.

The mouthfeel was a little too boozy for me, but not at all unbearable. About what I expected out of a beer like this.

Overall, a great Old Ale, probably on of the best I have ever had

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Photo of WesM63
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 vintage reviewed on 6/26/13. Poured into a over-sized snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy dark deep brown. No head is present, tiny amounts of lacing cling to the outside of the glass.

S: Huge caramel, sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, oak all laced in plenty of bourbon.

T: Spot on the nose, but much deeper. Huge caramel sweetness, vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramelized sugar and a hint of dark fruits.

M: Full body, low carbonation. A slight hint of heat trickles down your throat to remind you, this is indeed at 13.5% BA beer.

O: Overall, ridiculously drinkable BA old ale. It can be a bit sweet at times but as soon as I think that I get vanilla/oak/bourbon and remove all doubt. This is a world class BA old ale. Seek it out, drink it. Enjoy.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.81/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I am not going to get all clinical and serious about this beer.
The fact that it tastes so much like soy sauce can simply not be hidden away by its great colour and aroma.
Sorry but this should be used for cooking and not drinking. Clearly this is just my opinion as it sits at number 20 of the most popular beer list.

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Photo of Drucifer
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a Surly Darkness Goblet; 2011 vintage

A: Dark brown with a small beige head; it looks dark red in front of light

S: Huge bourbon and barrel followed by rich caramel

T: Wow, big bourbon barrel presence followed by huge notes of chocolate/caramel/toffee with some slight toast and minimal heat/alcohol. It has a nice, sweet finish as well.

M: Full bodied with a good amount of creaminess

O: This is barrel aged perfection for old ales. Amazing flavor and aroma with a perfect amount of alcohol burn, which could be from the 18 months of cellaring. Regardless, if you love old ales and BA beers seek this out immediately.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got this bottle thanks to Andygirl. Thanks, Andrea! 2012.

A- looks pretty black to me, I don't see any light showing through. A pretty impressive head of foam here for such a strong brew.

S- this is the most "English" smelling brew that I can think of. Big caramel malt, big notes of toffee, big toasted...errr...incredible aromas. Almost forgot to mention what the barrel aging brought to the table...Bourbon.

T- taste is right up there with the smell. Sweet, toasted, lots of toffee, and yeah, a bit of an alcohol bite that isn't at all subtle after the swallow. The heat is here! But wait, I now get some pitted dark fruits, vanilla, and Bourbon.

M- full bodied with light but noticeable carbonation.

O- I had the regular 4D back in 06(best before 11) and it stands as one of my highest rated brews ever. I'm gonna have to think long and hard on how to rate this gem.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was served on draft at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic tulip, showing the deepest hues of nut brown. It held a one and a half finger head of yellowish cream, showing nice retention, and leaving geographic rings of lacing around the glass as it dissipated. A thick haze cut clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared to be active, but the bubbles rose slowly in the thickness. The aroma was bright with massive caramel malt roast, sugary dextrins, and sweeter brown malts to match for the base. Mixing in were notes of sticky honey bourbon, floral pollen dryness, fresh vanilla, mossy oaky musk, and strawberry and plum freshness. With warmth came much more warmth and butter of the bourbon itself, along with raw cereal grain, roasted barley, and hazelnut skin. Our first impression was that, as in the nose, there was fantastically sweet malt base to match the big booziness, which showed some of the most wonderful bourbon smoothness we’ve encountered to date. As we sipped, the taste opened with fusel booze and black pepper spiciness, with massively thick woody bourbon, deep cherry and fig fruitiness, nutmeg spice, and syrupy roasted caramel malts. Moving to the peak was more of a mild chocolatey malt, with more of the sweetness of bourbon, woody dryness, melted brown sugars, rosehip, chalked toffees, raw butter, and the lightest nectary hop syrup. The end came with fruitiness of dark cherry sugars, continued thick roast and toast of caramel, toffees, and milk chocolate sweetness, and of course, that beautifully infused boozy core of woody bourbon and boozy spice. The aftertaste breathed of black pepper, bourbon flavoring, general fusel booziness, sticky caramel, pencil eraser, raw caramel malts, chalky yeast, and raw barley roast. The body was quite full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave hearty slurp, sip, cream, froth, and finishing pop. The bubbles and sugars left a thick coating around the mouth, leaving it feeling oily and resiny, with surprisingly little astringency or dryness away from the softer twangs of boozy evaporation. The spice of booze lingered down the throat, giving prickle and warmth all the way down to the belly. The lips were left sticky, especially at the corners. The abv is big but expected, and despite this, the beer drinks insanely well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. The smack of bourbon was so genuine, warm, inviting, and integrated, it seems hard to imagine the beer without it. This plays excellently off the hearty malt sweets of caramels, toffees, and roasty milk chocolates, acting as the unifying feature of smoothness to blend everything together. The booze is big, and this guy does everything in its power to hide that, much in the same way that Bourbon County is so sweet. Here we don’t come quite as close to that ultimate balance, but we actually are left a bit of room for that bitterness of not only booze, but grain as well, to poke through. The nose is comparatively softer, but inclusive of most of what you want, while the sip is sticky, frothy, and robust. This all makes for an incredibly balanced yet unique beer that will leave you screaming for more.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Bruery snifter
it pours with very little head and kind of brown caramel color although
this may have been pour lighting in the room
anyway the smell is definite caramel toffee and very tad slight booze
taste is similar in caramel toffee i get the sweet on the backend possible marshmellow
it is not hott or boozy tasting and at 13.5% all i can say is wow
very smooth and sweet but not overly sweet
all one can say is this is amazing brew and may I have another please
definite up there on the top of my list

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Photo of srandycarter
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown and murky. No lace. No head.

S - Fantastic. Ripe cooked dark fruits, so MUCH smell! Get drunk and happy just smelling it.

T - Big booze, cooked fruits, a meal in itself. I want more. The BA doesn't make it much woodier for me, just more complex.

M - Pretty. Thick , balanced. Yummy.

D - I only have the one. I wish I had a case.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into HF sherry glass. Thanks to Paul (Anonymous1) for this one.

A- Pours a dark brownish with slight bit more translucency then you would expect from this style of beer. Thin creamy yeasty off white head forms that recedes to a flat top with a swirly creaminess to it, leaves some light spotty lacing that clings to the side of the glass.

S- Bourbon, raisins, oak, figs, fairly boozy. Decently aromatic, complex, and well balanced.

T- Raisins; figs; hints of other dark fruits such as plums, grapes, etc.; finishes with a nice bourbon oaky presence that balances nicely with the raisins and dark fruits. Very well balanced with great flavors, not nearly as boozy as in the aroma and considering the abv the alcohol was very well hidden.

M- Medium bodied, very drinkable, slightly creamy, in my opinion perfect for the style.

O- This was a fantastic brew and easily one of the better beers of it's respective style. For such a high abv the alcohol was balanced nicely with the complex flavors and was very drinkable. Although I shared this one with one other person, I could easily drink at least a bottle by myself. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled in 2010.

A: Dark, dark ruby red with a teeny tiny head of white foam that almost instantly dissipates. Swirling it around in the glass leaves a slight residue on the sides. Clear enough to see to the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of cherries and currants soaked in bourbon. Molasses, sweet malts and marshmallows. Smells a bit boozy.

T: Bourbon soaked cherries and molasses. The bourbon comes through pretty smoothly, giving a kiss of smoky and sweet whiskey notes to the blend of dark fruits and fig-like tastes. Even though this brew has mellowed for three years (and nine months, according to the bottle), this beer is still a bit boozy. This is definitely a sipper.

M: Flavors linger for minutes after sipping; absolutely stellar mouthfeel. On the boarder between thick and medium body, but not viscous. The heat still hits the back of your throat and lets you know you're drinking a big beer.

O: Kuhnhenn has yet to disappoint me. This is my first barrel aged beer by them, and it absolutely kicks ass. Old ales are definitely one of my favorite styles, and while most breweries shy away from them, Kuhnhenn embraces them and makes them their bitch. A must try for any bourbon drinkers and/or BA beer seekers.

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.