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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,581
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 1,497
Gots: 398 | FT: 27
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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Photo of claaark13
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Mjmoser
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of standardcherry
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of davey101
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Photo of daleyke
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mark99
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of imfrommichigan
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Dirty25
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Photo of dbc5
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jacob4999
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of SmallestArt
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jacewg
4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,581 ratings.