Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
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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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Photo of Drucifer
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.56/5  rDev +2%
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. (3,252 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.65/5  rDev +4%
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 (538 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.65/5  rDev +4%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 06/16/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glass: DFH Chalice

Pours a deep brown mahogany in color w/ a skim coat white head that produces little to no lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, a touch of roasted coconut and marshmallow, and bourbon. The taste matches the nose w/ sweet toffee/caramel and dark fruits up front, leading into toasted coconut and marshmallow, and finished w/ medium levels of bourbon and tobacco. Medium bodied and maybe a touch too thin for the style, which is about the only knock on the brew. The 13% ABV is quite evident which slightly limits the drink-ability of
this tasty concoction.

Overall, a pleasure to sample! However, this could benefit even more from extended aging. (727 characters)

Photo of milliCAN
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 2011 bottle in a KBS chalice.

I cracked this open after a regular 4th D.

It pours like beef stock with no head at all. The lacing is lightened from the lack of head but it exists.

It smells of dates, malt, and booze. It's fantastic. The taste is damn near the same with a nice slightly bitter raisin and bourbon finish.

This is a great beer. (361 characters)

Photo of Cadbury
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up from the recent shipment to the LCBO . Best before date of 2017/01/01. Enjoyed from a tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown. Very little foam associated with the poor, but consistently had about 1-2mm laced on the glass. 4.5/5.

Smell: Truly intoxicating. Sweet caramel that had a warm feel to it. I wish I could smell this all day long. 5/5.

Taste: Wow. Sweetness hits first. Clearly a caramel and sugary component. Very minor vanilla taste lingers shortly afterwards. That's all I can discern at this point. 4.75/5.

Mouthfeel: A very nice mix of minor carbonation and smoothness. 4.75/5.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer. Although I am just getting into the craft scene, this is most certainly one of the most enjoyable gustatory experiences I've had in my life. I am very glad I bought more than one of these beers so I can age it and see how it changes over time. Truly an impressive beer. 4.75. (921 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown-black with a touch of bubbly head that fades right away.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, caramelized sugars, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, some dark fruits, and booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, caramelized sugars, raisins and other dark fruits, some molasses, a bit of black licorice, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Fantastic barrel aged old ale. Balance is spot on. (511 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From Blind Bif 8. Live reviewed on July 8th. Reviewed 2011 and 2012 vintages side-by-side.

2011
Pours dark molasses-colored with no head despite a smooth middle pour into Crooked Stave snifter. Some lacing.
Smells like yummy bourbon. Dark fruits and malt too. Some baker’s chocolate.
Awesome bourbon and chocolate. Flavors melded nicely, some coffee appears that wasn't evident in the nose. Also some lingering bitterness. Huge dark fruits becoming more prominent on each sip.
Extremely slick. Very little carbonation. Alcohol more apparent as it warms. This beer is strong!

2012
Pours a dark molasses color into my Night Shift BS teku. A hard pour produces some head, but not very much. Dissipates quicker than usual. Not much lacing.
Smell is dark fruits like cherries. Chocolate. Vanilla bourbon sweetness.
Taste has huge bourbon vanilla notes. More alcohol warmth. Lingering bitterness (hops?). Sharper flavors than in the 2011. A lot of dark fruit. Toffee, brown sugar, etc.
Medium carbonation, lighter body. Slick.

Preferred the 2011 in the end, the luxurious mouthfeel put it over the top. (1,102 characters)

Photo of Fux
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes (May 2012).
A: Dark with mahogany glints. Very thin off-white head that fades quite quickly.
S: Woody, oaky scent. The nose is also sweet, with aromas of caramel and soaked orange. Nice!
T: Mainly caramel, toffee, chocolate upfront. Also wood, vanilla, soaked red fruits ans dark fruits.
M: Mouthfeel is sweet, buttery, thick, actually fat. A bit boozy on the finish, so a long time sipper rather than something very drinkable. Still appropriate for the beer.
O: SI had this side by side with Närke Kaggen! Stormakstporter on an epic day. Very different beers indeed, still it stood the comparison! (617 characters)

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky brown with almost a red or purple tinge. Good finger or so of light tan head with good retention, no lacing.

S: Just outstanding. Aroma is of sweet boozy bourbon and vanilla. Caramel. Almost nutty.

T/M: Big vanilla. Caramel. Charred brown sugar. Bourbon. Sweet dark fruit. A woody, almost maple character. Sweet, but balanced by the booze. Mouthfeel is incredibly thick, with low carbonation.

O: Truly remarkable. So very sad that I only have one bottle. Worth whatever hype it gets. (534 characters)

Photo of Hamburgers
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured into a Courvoisier tumbler. Appearance is a slightly cloudy Burnt Sienna color. Not even a hint of head on this one. Wonderful bourbon aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla, dried figs and chocolate. Flavor is heavy on bourbon but not overwhelming. Full bodied with only a slight carbonation. Long finish. Perfectly balanced. (345 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

first and foremost. Thank you matttYCE for this one! seriously appreciate it man

2011 vintage poured into Bruery Snifter

A: very dark maple brown in color, created a thin film that was tan in color. absolutely no transparency even when held directly up to the light

S: the aroma is just massive and it was immediately notice during the pour. this is simply off the charts. just absolutely massive amounts of alcohol soaked dark fruits (raisins and figs), huge vanilla, oak chips, bourbon. immense sweet caramel.

T: unbelievable balance. again, just a ridiculous amount of vanilla and caramel sweetness, alcohol soaked dark fruits, bourbon and oak.

M: oh my God. this has to be one of the thickest beers I have even had. this could pass off as syrup. It coats the mouth with a terrific sugary sweetness and just sticks to the palate and the vanilla lingers.

O: absolute 5's (expect in appearance) for me. and I am now in forever ISO of this brew. I was blown away by its viscosity, and for it being 13.5%, I do not detect any alcohol heat whatsoever. Seriously, I cannot thank you enough Matt! (1,101 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a large wine glass

A - pours a thick black coffee type color, very little light brown head. Wispy foam swirls around on top.

S - Smells really nice. Toffee, burnt sugar, caramel, brown sugar. Really damn good. If it were a little more pronounced, it would be a 5, but really close to perfect either way.

T - Leads with the caramel, toasty marshmallow, sticky sweetness, pretty great. But, there is a sort of metallic finish that I noticed throughout. I noticed it when it was cold and it stayed present through the entire time it warmed over the course of 40 minutes or so. Not really bad, but right or wrong, I was sort of expecting perfection, and that definitely held it back.

M - Nice and thick, Actually a little more carbonated than I expected, but not off putting.

O - If not perfect, it was very very good. Great sticky rich sweet flavor. Not the best beer I've ever had, but very tasty. (927 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this before, but somehow never reviewed it, so thanks to rudzud for this sample to make a review with.

Light fizzy almost non-existent head, dark molasses brown color that lets just a bit of brown light through, thick legs on the glass.

Nose tons of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some molasses even, sweet malts galore, then vanilla and toasted oak barrel, light bourbon in there even, and sweetened dark fruit like brandy soaked raisins, dates, etc.

Taste brings more of the same, fairly sweet, plenty of caramel and toffee, brown sugar molasses, candied dates, little nutty like, booze soaked raisins, fig paste, then barrel, some vanilla and toasty oak, and some nice bourbon, and a nice tingly warming booze. Finish is sticky sweet, long lingering sweet malts, caramel toffee, dark fruits, bourbon barrel, etc.

Mouth is fuller bodied, lighter carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall a very nice beer, top of the top in the style, bourbon barrel aged old ale executed almost perfectly. (1,007 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kuhnhenn, also a few times out of the bottle. Pours an opaque, sienna-brown color with a dark-beige, creamy head that smokes out pretty quickly and is kind of hard to bring back, even with aggressive swirling.

The aroma is powerful right from the start, and only grows more so as the beer warms up. The bourbon barrel aging is apparent immediately, thanks to the heavy boozy-oak notes. Light vanilla, candied, booze-soaked dark fruits, and an intense sweetness build up the rest of the aroma. There's a nice clash between the dry warmth from the bourbon barrels and the savory sweetness of the malt.

This one is very creamy as it hits the palate, with a body on the thicker side and a medium amount of carbonation. Bourbon infused fruits up front; dates, figs, ripe raisins. Toasted brown sugar charges through and sweetens things up a bit, as well. Along with the brown sugar comes a delicate vanilla flavor that lasts into the aftertaste. Oak and bourbon flavors are hanging in the background from start to finish - although the word "background" may not do them justice, as they play a much larger role in the flavor.

The taste has the same head-butting of flavors as the nose did aromas - a nice, smooth, mellow boozy warmth with a dry oak underbody competes with a delicate and delectable sweetness in the form of toasted, sugar-coated dark fruit. Booze is, as mentioned, very apparent - but in a "flavor" kind of way, rather than a "burning" kind of way - although it's additional warmth should be noted.

At 13.5% ABV, this beer is no slouch, and it deserves to be slowly sipped. Heavy oak, bourbon, sugar, dark fruits, and vanilla make for a nicely executed barrel-aged old ale. There's a reason people rave about this stuff. It's great. (1,760 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This thing is ominous coming out of the bottle pure murky brown liquid falls out of the bottle into the glass. No noticeable carbonation until it sits in the glass for a second.

The smell is just littered with barrel notes everywhere (this beer is still fresh): dry woodiness, oak flavors, and a small hint of vanilla. The barrel notes kind of remind me of KBS or New Holland Pilgrim's Dole. I get even more vanilla the more smells I take it. The old ale earthiness comes out a bit, but its definitely a bourbon barrel bomb on the nose.

Now this is exactly what I expected from the hype. Strong notes of caramel and toffee dominate pretty much the whole thing. Lots of vanilla and dry woody bourbon from the barrel mix beautifully with the sweet caramel and toffee. They are just intertwined so beautifully, that you can't tell where one begins and the other ends. The bourbon heat makes an initial attempt at coming out, but loses to the amazing sweet flavors, then it warms the back of the throat in the finish. The old ale is woven seamlessly into the huge bourbon and barrel notes. The earthiness helps keep this beer from being cloying.

There isn't much of a body at all, but it feels super slick. The caramel and toffee make it drinkable for 13.5%. I didn't even notice it in the flavor that much, which is scary as all get out. Its a sipper for sure, but a tasty one at that. (1,387 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip:

This is from the 2012 Winter Solstice release, still on-tap in February:

A - a beautiful dark toffee muddy brown color. There was minimal head and what head there was disappeared to a small ring around the top of the glass, with the small head there was a small amount of lacing, the lacing had great legs.

S - Man this smells great, toffee and marshamallow followed by the booziness of the Bourbon. There is a sense of some fig and raisin with the backbone of the malt present as well.

T - The taste is different from anything I have had before, the bourbon and toffee along with the marshmallow were dominant and just like the aroma there was just a hint of some fruit mostly figs and raisins but something else along with it I just couldnt place.

M - very smooth with minimal carbonation, nice full body.

O - wow, this is an outstanding beer. Was very dissapointed they didn't have any for sale in bottle even though the menu indicated they had some. would gladly pay $8.00 per bottle for a few of these. This is rapidly going to be something I search for and has moved into the upper tier of beers that I have enjoyed. (1,166 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trade from deyholla, part of an awesome box. Thanks! 2011 bottle. Pours cloudy dark brownish red with a hint of kahki head. Smell is an amazing blend of vanilla caramel, chocolate, oak, bourbon and maybe some brandy. Beautiful. Surprisingly mellow flavor. Bready malts and chocolate fade into strong vanilla oak and subtle caramel notes. Bourbon is there up front but dissapates into the complexity of the barrels quickly. Thick viscous mouthfeel almost like a stout. Almost like a caramello dipped in bourbon with vanilla ice cream on top. And yet the sweetness is not overpowering. Just fantastic. One of the best beers I have ever had. (638 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A friend brought this back after a trip to Michigan. This review is of the 2011 version, served at about 55 degrees.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep mahogany brown, with a minimal might tan head. Moderate cloudniess in the beer gives it a bit of a murky quality; otherwise, it is the color of cola.

The aroma is intense and boozy, with tons of burnt toffee, malt and dark cherry. I don't quite get the burnt marshmellow advertised on the bottle, but there is a burnt quality to the brew.

The taste is malty, boozy, yeasty and strong, with dark fruit, caramel and burnt sugar. This is an intensely flavorful beer that demands it be sipped. A bit peaty and earthy, there's tremendous depth to this ale. Chocolate notes begin to come out the warmer it gets.

Full bodied with low bitterness, the brew has the feel of heavy creme it is so thick. There's a bit of fruity tang in the finish that balances out the ale nicely.

This is a slow sipper of a beer, meant to be enjoyed like one would enjoy a sherry, port or cognac, perfect for a cold winter day. You don't come across many olde ales that are as "English" as this; a true treat! (1,170 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ah, and Mike sends me a box of De Dolle happiness with a bottle of this....2012 bottle. Served at cellar temp into a HF tulip.

A - Mahogany with no head...wait a second...the small head rises. Perfect. White head with a hint of tan, beautifully turns into lacing, which returns when necessary. Foam doesn't stick to the glass, but the body does. Looks great for the style.

S - Tons of wood, caramelized dark fruits pushing through, note of brown sugar.

T - Spiced, creamy wood, caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar and a lot of oak in the back half. Sweet oak is strong on the finish with a hint of heat in the throat, but not really on the tongue. The caramelized fruits blend well in the finish with the oak, but the barrel is stonger.

M - Thick. I love it.

O - We tried this about a year ago (2011 version) next to the BA Papier / Coton / Cuir set and it was better than everything except the BA Coton. I didn't rate it because I was in poor form, but I can now say that the 2012 has proved that this beer is quite incredible. I almost wish that Mike didn't send it, because now I need more. (1,101 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage thanks to Steimie! Poured into a snifter.

A: Almost completely opaque black/dark brown color. Tiny off-white head forms but it rapidly dissipated.
S: Tons of bourbon. Caramel, vanilla and brown sugar follow. A bit of alcohol that blends well with the rest of the aroma.
T: Taste is just exceptional. Caramel, bourbon, chocolate, marshmallows, maple and alcohol blend together perfectly. It has an excellent oak/vanilla finish (in a way it reminds me of BVDL). A bit of an alcohol bite at the end.
M: Medium/thick body with low carbonation. This is dangerously drinkable, especially for the ABV.
O: Amazing beer. I'm afraid I'll be disappointed by any old ales that I come across next. (703 characters)

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.