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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia

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Ratings: 1280
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%


Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is our 4th Dementia Olde Ale that has been bourbon barrel aged. This ale has an intense sweet caramel malt flavor and aroma that develops into a toffee/toasted marsh mellow like character.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 12-14-2006)
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:53:38 | More by Beerandboards
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 02:21:17 | More by jlindros
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 05:24:17 | More by tectactoe
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 21:41:42 | More by VncentLIFE
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Docrock

Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 04:26:45 | More by Docrock
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:36:20 | More by BMMillsy
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:45:01 | More by TheHoppiest
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claaark13

Indiana

4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 01:46:34 | More by claaark13
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 02:58:45 | More by standardcherry
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davey101

Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, 12 oz gold foil topped bottle into a Founders 15th anny glass. Thanks to steimie for this mega-want!

A - Pours a nearly opaque dark, dark brown body that is just a shade below black. Holding this up to the light creates a sheen of dark red illumination through the beer. One finger of light khaki foam forms but doesn't stick around long. A swirl generates a long lasting lace of tiny bubbles that falls down slowly leaving behind some alcohol legs.

S - As soon as I cracked the bottle I got a huge whiff of bourbon and oak. The nose is strong on the dark fruits and vanilla. Dates, raisins, and mincemeat. A warming blast of alcohol followed by smooth and rich caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and marsh mallow. Spicy and woody with a lingering ethanol presence. The aroma does not hide its alcohol, instead it puts it on full display like a fine high proof bourbon.

T - Caramel, marshmallow, molasses, brown sugar, maple, raisins and some chocolate. Smooth and earthy english toffee with a smooth oak and vanilla finish. A very complex drinker with a plethora of sweet and decadent flavors attacking your tongue. The alcohol has a pleasing burn on the end.

M - Medium bodied and slick, well carbonated. Probably not for those who don't enjoy boozy beers.

O - Very impressive BA old ale. Been wanting to try this beer for a long time and its certainly lived up to the hype. This beer is drinking phenomenally out of the gate, I have no idea why anyone would intentionally age this beer. Forever ISO!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 07:13:00 | More by davey101
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ehammond1


4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Murky dark brown and dark copper in color with a very small light brown head. Leaves the glass with an oily sheen, and only small specks of stick. Appropriate, though not particularly pretty, though that isn't exactly expected with a beer of this style.

The aroma is superb, and one of the best I've experienced within the style. Layers of caramels and toffees, earthy and vanilla-forward bourbon, some oak, along with marshmallow create something truly exceptional. A bit of an alcohol in the aroma prevents this from reaching perfection.

The flavor is, however, perfect. As with the aroma, the complex layers of caramels, toffees, marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol combine for the ultimate drinking experience. Such a delight.

Medium to near full in body, with moderate though creamy carbonation. Exceptionally drinkable.

The ultimate benchmark within the style. Perfection.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 05:47:37 | More by ehammond1
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this one.

The beer is brown in color. Viscous looking beer. Light film of foamy head on top of it. Not much. Looks is similar to the original one.

The aroma shows more presence of vanilla. Caramel malts in there too. Sugar and possibly some rum. In the mouth, the vanilla is strongly present. More complex. Full bodied. This is an excellent beer. A true sipper. The alcohol is present and provides good warmth to the body.

Love this old ale.

Thanks liamt07

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 14:06:44 | More by ZorPrime
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dbc5

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a muddy, murky dark brown. Almost no head to speak of and no lacing. Not a particularly good looking beer, but it is in a charming way, exactly what you expect from Kuhnhenn.

S: This smells amazing. Caramel, toffee, tons of dark fruits, bourbon, a sweetness that has a vanilla/marshmallow character.

T: The lofty expectations established by the nose were somehow exceeded by the very first sip. Phenomenal. First thing coming to my mind is raisins or figs soaked in bourbon with a bit of dark brown sugar sprinkled on top. A sweet beer, but brilliantly balanced by the bourbon, oak, and underlying roasted malt. Picking up so many flavors, including caramel, toffee, vanilla, even maple syrup. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden for a 13.5% beer.

M: Thick and syrupy. Very little carbonation which works well with the thickness.

O: One of the better beers I have had recently. Simply fantastic and something I would recommend to anyone. Flavor and aroma rival any other beer in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 00:40:54 | More by dbc5
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to pest for this one. A continually great trader.

Appearance: Syrupy murky brown. As expected not much head or head retention. Not a beautiful beer, but works for the style.

Aroma: Incredible. Waves of dark fruit, bourbon, caramel, toffee. Some chocolate undertones and definite sweetness.

Taste: Just as good as the nose. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon. Lots of dark fruit from the base beer. Rich and decadent. Sweet but not cloying. A really interesting earthy hop tone creeps in the more you drink. Can't decide 100% how I feel about it. Regardless, this joins a handful of other beers on my "I'd like to have six ounces of this every night before bed" list.

Mouthfeel: Not much carb. A bit on the syrupy side, but appropriate for what it is. Rich and decadent. Drinks like it should.

Overall: Easy to see why this is so highly rated and it deserves every point of it. Marvelous stuff. Perfect sipping, cold weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 17:16:39 | More by jacewg
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smalenberg

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straight from the tap at Kuhnhenn, in their tulip.

A - opaque brown with hints of a ruby tinge in the light near the edges. Thin ring of reddish-tab foam clings to the glass with each sip.

S - big malty sweetness with subtler bourbon notes than many barrel aged offerings I've tried.

T - wonderfully executed balance of smooth bourbon character with toasted malt, dark candied fruits (black cherry, Cabernet grapes), and hints of chocolate.

M - thick, but not syrupy and surprisingly little alcohol heat or tingle considering the ABV. There is a hint of it on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. This could sneak up on you.

O - if you have the chance to try it, particularly on draft, don't miss it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 23:45:05 | More by smalenberg
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one thanks to franklinn!
2011 vintage poured into snifter

Pour: Color is a dark murky brown reminding me of very dirty water. No head to speak of but does leave a small collar around edge of glass. No light penetrating this at all. Not a pleasant looking beer to be honest.

Smell: Well here we go! Right up front is a big punch of bourbon and a huge sweet dark fruit component. I get booze soaked raisins and figs and plums. I get toffee, butterscotch, molasses, vanilla, marshmallow, and caramel. Now this is one hell of a nice smelling beer!

Taste: First sip had me reeling and I said out loud, this is fantastic! I taste initially the sweet toffee, caramel and vanilla. This yields to the dark fruits noted in the smell and then the alcohol and bourbon take hold on the finish and linger in the aftertaste. The barrel character really shines at the end and in the fantastic aftertaste with some wood notes rounding it out. A sweet beer for sure but does not get cloyingly sweet as everything seems to be in harmonious balance. Let me note that at 13.5% abv I would like to know how it is so well hidden? A slight burn but very enjoyable because it lets me know I am drinking a well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to reaching for a full feel. I think it is the sweet sticky like quality that gives it the feel here. No carbonation really to cut the sweetness but I don't care. Sticks to my lips and tongue with syrup like consistency that has me craving more.

Overall: First time for me with this one and I have to say it has lived up to it's hype. I find this to be a fantastic sipping beer with absolutely everything I look for in this style. I am now on an indefinite ISO for this beer. I truly can not say enough good things about this beer. Hits all the marks for me! Well minus the appearance but honestly who the fuck cares what it looks like when it smells and tastes this good!!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:43:23 | More by sleuthdog
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drove out to Kuhhenn's in Warren, wanted the 2012 4D but was also offered the bourbon barrel version, opted four the bourbon. Provided in their own Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A: What a sight, a deep almost opaque cloudy/murky maroon/brown color, with not much much head, limited to a lighter color brown hugging the sides of the glass with bits of lacing here and there.

S: Smells delicious, caramel, brown sugars, malts, yeast, honey, and booze.

T: Wow. What a taste, such sweetness, honey, brown sugars, caramel, toffee, malts, yeast, all contrasted by that kick in the teeth bourbon/whiskey after burn along with that booze. What a mix, that was incredible. To be enjoyed in a slow and un-rushed fashion.

M: Rich, medium body beer right here. Medium carbonation. Sumptuous and complex flavors, rich sweetness paired with the jaw jacking bourbon backlash. It was intense and strong after taste, but none the less, very good.

O: This was outside the box, the unexpected. Paid $8 for the tulip, fairly reasonable for what I got, some city bars charge $8 for bud shit lights, this was worth every penny and then some. Kuhnhenn is an incredible place to be and an incredible brewery, I recommend visiting the brewery if you can, as well as trying this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 07:13:47 | More by Mavigo
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dubinsky

California

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured into a tulip. This was included as part of the 8 Crazy Nights BIF, by rjm217.

A – This beer pours murky, almost muddy raisin color with absolutely no head. Swirling the glass barely creates some light bubbles that form at the edges. I finally understand what people say when they describe legs on a beer. This one coats the sides of the glass and then slides down slowly.

S – Woah! Huge bourbon aroma, with oak, rum soaked raisins, prunes, vanilla and hints of cocoa round out the nose. I’m not a huge fan of “Olde Ales” usually due to the overbearing aromas and extremely high ABV, but this is a wonderful smelling beer.

T – This beer starts off extremely sweet, with sweet booze soaked raisins, dark stone fruits, fig, vanilla and leather. The finish has a slight coffee like bitterness, but is still very sweet.

M – Thick and slick with very minimal carbonation. For the 13.5% abv, this beer isn't as warming as I would expect to be. For the style of beer that this is I would expect nothing else.

O – As I mentioned, I’m not the biggest fan of the style, but this is a great beer. Very drinkable for the high ABV. Really a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:30:15 | More by dubinsky
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Going live on this one:

2010 bottlng. A dark murky brown pour that is like a swamp after a flood. Not pretty but to the style.

The smell conjures up coffee, toffee, and booze. Kalhua almost. My father says high surfactant-ness on the brew. Good luck knowing what that is.

The mouthfeel lacks cabonation. Who cares once you get into the old ale stuff, especially aged this is par for the course.

More toasted coconut, burnt toffee, dark roasted mocha coming out. Caramel bomb shining through as it opens.

Overall well enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:26:51 | More by Patrickbrusil
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Dec. '12 Philly suburbs bottle share.
I do still have a bottle of this in the cellar (thanks, Matt), and one day I plan on opening it side by side with the regular 4D.

Dark brown pour, nearly opaque, surprisingly (considering the ABV) capped with a relatively substantial beige head that receded to a thin wispy layer, leaving oily streaks on the glass. The aroma was so much of what I enjoy in this style, creamy caramel, vanilla, bourbon-soaked oak, dark fruit, brandy-like booze. The taste reflected the aroma, thick caramel and brown sugar, vanilla, woody bourbon, plums, raisins. Great, though unlike some other big old ales and barleywines, the flavor seemed to fade a bit as it warmed...maybe it was just my palate adjusting and/or numbing to the alcohol, which was definitely present, but relatively well-hidden. Smooth, full mouthfeel, low carbonation, appropriately, and a great sipper overall. Looking forward to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 05:14:35 | More by Rifugium
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured into my founders snifter.

a - pours a gnarly looking, murky brown with no head whatsoever. kinda looks like swamp water. leaves a single, fine ring of lacing around the edge of the glass.

s - carmel, leather, vanilla, bourbon.

t - massive carmel malt with lots of other little things going on. notes of raisin and fig, vanilla, faint leather. still has ample hop bitterness to counter the malty sweetness. finishes boozy and very dry.

m - full bodied. slightly chewy, lacking in carbonation, finer co2 profile, big alcohol warmth.

o - pretty good, but doesn't hold a candle to beers like hotd adam. nice flavor but lacking in some other areas, and still pretty hot after almost two years. looking forward to this years batch. will likely revisit this review with a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 02:11:15 | More by divineaudio
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to sean for this

dark brown and murky, little head. very dirty looking.

lots of vanilla and dark candy. rich and sweet, light bourbon.

sweet and smooth, bourbon barrel aging is very apparent. very sweet malt body, and loaded with candy and fruit.

lower carbonation, but very smooth and full.

this was just too good.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:21:14 | More by hooliganlife
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iadler

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Mista for sharing this bottle! I've been wanting to try this for some time. '11 bottle.

A- Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin cap that dissipates almost instantly, with no lacing.

S- Bourbon is prominent with notes of oak, coconut, caramel, vanilla, burnt toast and a bit of dark chocolate

T- Bourbon hits the palate first followed by some sweetness with caramel, cherry, coconut and maple as well as a hefty dose of roast at the finish.

M- Low carbonation with a syrupy body that finishes a bit hot

O- This is a big beer in regards to ABV as well drinkability. It took me some time to get through my 3 oz pour. This could use a couple more years to potentially smooth out since it was quite hot and bourbon heavy.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 16:39:51 | More by iadler
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Aged for a minimum of nine months in used bourbons barrels.

Pours a deep, syrupy burgundy. Milky with yeast. Not many bubbles arise; a hard pour delivers a quarter inch of light tan head. Not the best-looking brew.

But the aroma. Oh, the aroma. The most intense caramel/toffee/bourbon/vanilla. I'm looking at the glass three feet away on the table and can pick out nuances. Crazy-rich. Brown sugar and maple come out upon closer inspection, with softer milk chocolate.

A two-step flavor. The front is all toffee-covered in chocolate. Tangy cherry as well. The swallow brings the rich heaviness I expected. Maple syrup, melted chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon. Sweet, heavy.

Velvet-smooth and full-bodied, like heavy cream. The alcohol is giant and unavoidable, arriving at the swallow with heat in the throat and fire in the nostrils. A light tingle of carbonation.

Very rich, very sweet. Maybe a touch too much sugar. Not a ton of depth, but a ton of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:27:05 | More by Phelps
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matttttYCE

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark brown color, with a creamy one finger tan head. Aroma is very pleasant. Lots of dark fruits, figs, plums, etc. with candi sugar, sweet dark malts, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toffee, and caramel. Taste is sweeter than the nose alluded to. Plenty of the dark fruits, sweetness, toffee, peanut brittle, butterscotch, caramel, bourbon, light alcohol heat, vanilla, coconut, light notes of dark chocolate and toasted marshmallow. The carbonation is light-medium, body is medium-full, consistency is full and filmy, and the finish is mellow compared to the flavor.

Overall quite a nice beer. I'm not sure it's the best bourbon barrel aged old ale I've had, but still very good and definitely one that's worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 23:09:04 | More by matttttYCE
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