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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%
Wants: 1,422
Gots: 389 | FT: 23
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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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12-05-2012 03:25:57 | More by ASUBeer
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Shoo65

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-05-2012 00:46:37 | More by Shoo65
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-03-2012 14:53:12 | More by JLoden
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Hugonaut13

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-02-2012 05:05:38 | More by Hugonaut13
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-27-2012 05:27:52 | More by Kelp
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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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Anonymous1

Illinois

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11-16-2012 08:35:20 | More by Anonymous1
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sneaks2210

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-16-2012 02:59:11 | More by sneaks2210
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EricCioe

Montana

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-11-2012 16:05:44 | More by EricCioe
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle thanks to gratefulbeerhead, poured into a HF stem.

Pour: An incredibly ugly muddy brown with barely a head. Yuck this beer looks awful. But screw it,

Smell: Really awesome bourbon up front, followed by some nice chewy dark fruits, including figs and raisins. Really awesome toffee and caramel mix in.

Taste: Incredibly complex. The barrel aging comes on strong, but gives way to awesome vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee. Chewy raisins follow, with a lot of figs. Almost a sweet breadyness as well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty hefty bourbon warmth, but I'm okay with sipping this. Really relieved this is not too sweet either.

Overall: Awesome Old Ale. They nailed everything here, don't be fooled by the looks.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 03:09:13 | More by cfrances33
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grachdar

California

4.25/5  rDev -7%

11-08-2012 00:54:00 | More by grachdar
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dave122382

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-07-2012 02:20:10 | More by dave122382
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MSEGUIN

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-06-2012 03:52:49 | More by MSEGUIN
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

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

appearance: Deep mahogany. Nearly opaque except for cola highlights. Not much head on the pour, some messy lacing.
smell: Rich and decadent! Sweet caramel up front. Loads of complexity. Bourbon and dark fruit.
taste: A bit drier than expected but plenty of richness. Dark fruit forward. Again, lots going on.
overall: Outstanding. Lots of characteristics of other great barrel aged brews but a unique one.

Serving type: bottle

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.4%

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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle 13,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2010 Vintage.

Appearance: BB4D pours out thick and viscous and appears dark brown in the glass, with a back light showing the body to be moderately opaque and deep red in colour. A rough pour yields a small tan coloured head. The head lasts fairly well and leaves a few spots of lace, while a swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose offers a massive blast of delicious bourbon, sweet caramel and vanilla. As the beer begins to warm the base beer begins to emerge, with notes of: Dark fruits (figs, plums, dates and raisins), dark brown sugar, dark bready malts, dark treacle, toasted malt, some milk chocolate and a light earthy note.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour offers a ton of bourbon up front, as well as some warming alcohol. As the beer warms, the base beer begins to emerge, but it remains very bourbon forward. Notes include: Sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, brown sugar, dark fruits (plums, figs, dates and a touch of raisin), some toasted notes and a touch of molasses.

Mouthfeel: As with the standard 4D, the mouthfeel here is absolutely perfect - full bodied and fairly sticky, with a medium-low level of fantastically smooth carbonation.

Overall: BB4D is a fantastic barrel aged old ale, but I am not sure that the barrel aging has vastly improved the base beer. I love the bourbon character, but it seems to hide a little of the complexity that was on offer in the flavour of the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 11:57:37 | More by Thehuntmaster
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funkel81

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-30-2012 19:10:17 | More by funkel81
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Jules11788

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy muddy brown; no head, no lacing

S: Smells of sweet sticky malts and bourbon-soaked wood

T: Amazingly smooth flavors of toffee, caramel, sweet malt, sugary bourbon, smokey oak, and tons of dark fruits/raisins/figs. Absolutely incredible

M: Medium viscosity, barely any booze at all. Super smooth, it's incredible that there's this little amount of booze for such a high abv beer

O: This beer is beyond fantastic, by far the best old ale I've ever had. I need to start hoarding more of this stuff for years to come. I would give my firstborn for a case of this

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:54:52 | More by Jules11788
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SummitVA

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Small hiss as I pop the cap. Pours deep brown with light, but steady carbonation. No lasting head to speak of for the most part. Lovely auburn highlights on the sides of the glass. Legs apparent as I swirl the glass. This is a big beer.

S - Huge bourbon, vanilla, coconut, molasses, and burnt sugar. A beautiful, inviting nose. Just divine.

T - As the nose suggests: Sweet dark caramel, vanilla and coconut, more molasses and burnt sugar flavors. Sweetness gives way to a firm hop bitterness, sweet alcohol heat, and tannins that dry the finish off wonderfully. Booziness lingers in a delightful way.

M - Full bodied, of course, but with a dangerous crispness on the end.

O - Have been waiting to try this for quite some time, and I'm really happy to have had the chance. This beer's reputation is well deserved. One of the best BA beers I have ever had. Just perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:26:48 | More by SummitVA
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Mar02x

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-25-2012 10:51:55 | More by Mar02x
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joshwith

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

10-23-2012 05:08:29 | More by joshwith
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BrewerB

Florida

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

2011 version

Cheers to the ever generous aasher for sending this over in a trade. Thank you, Al!!

Pours a clear, dark stained chestnut with reddish highlights at the edges. Head formation was next to nil, likely affected by the 13.5% ABV. Big booze evident in the aroma along with molasses, caramel, and chocolate covered raisins. Flavor skews heavily towards malty sweetness. Nods at chewy caramel candies, dried prunes, and sugar cookie. Not as chewy on the palette as some examples and carbonation is modest.

Definitely a sipping beer with heavy malt sweetness and slowly unraveling depth of flavor. Digging it. Thanks again, Al!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 04:29:13 | More by BrewerB
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Macky20

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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