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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.32%
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Gots: 406 | FT: 27
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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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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.48/5  rDev -23.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a "Belgian Independence Day" tulip at high altitude near Denver, CO. I've had the regular Fourth Dementia, so my expectations for this one are quite high.

A: Pours an opaque reddish-brown color with a very thin off-white head of minimal retention. This one is pretty viscous and leaves a film when swished around the glass. Not the most appealing beer to look at.

S: A strong sweet aroma. Caramel, toffee, sweet malts, oak, some booze and a bit of dark fruit in the background.

T: Opens with toffee and caramel notes followed by some dark fruit notes and an oak finish. The alcohol comes through a bit on the finish, but not as strongly as expected for a bourbon-barrel aged old ale. The sweetness is a bit cloying in my opinion.

M: Full-bodied and viscous with adequate carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

O: I really don't understand the hype surrounding this one. Although it hides the ABV well, I don't particularly enjoy it.

07-18-2012 03:05:07 | More by schlimenhaumer
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kojevergas

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -33.3%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a La Chouffe tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head that quickly reduces to an edgewise floater. Fair cream and thickness. Awful retention, though the ABV is quite high indeed. Colour is a nontransparent dark vaguely fecal brown. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not appealing really at all.

Sm: Heavy caramelized malt, English hopping (dirty floral), some biscuity yeast, and some cream. Strong malts, some oak barrel. Some boozy heat. An average strength aroma. Not horribly appealing.

T: Biscuity yeast. Heavy malt caramelization provides the foundation. Dirty floral hopping is prominent to its detriment. Some heat. Heavy on the toffee - probably its best attribute. Maybe some oak; if so, it's buried. It's alright, but I don't care for it much. Maybe slight hints of licorice. Some spice. Not horribly complex, and not at all subtle. I don't see what all the hype is about. This is mundane. Overly sweet.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: I'm severely disappointed by this beer. Hides its ABV quite well, but that's the best thing about it. I expected far more given the style. It's no North Coast Old Stock Ale. Pricey and over-hyped. I wouldn't get it again. I just don't get it. I'll go with a C+ for the well-hidden ABV, but I'm just damned disappointed.

C+

07-18-2012 02:55:32 | More by kojevergas
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-16-2012 23:48:33 | More by ncaudle
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

12oz bottle into a snifter (2011).

A: Pours a dark opaque brownish-black with a small tan head.

S: Thick aroma of maple, caramel, prune, sweet oak, vanilla, raisin.

T: Melted marshmallow, brown sugar, prune, grape and raisin, maple, tannic and dry bourbon, slight vanilla, a bit of a warming boozy bite on the end.

M: Very slight carbonation, thick-bodied.

O: Thick, rich, and tasty.

07-13-2012 02:38:50 | More by Etan
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BobbysLiquors

California

5/5  rDev +9.4%

07-11-2012 16:27:12 | More by BobbysLiquors
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SchuStar

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-06-2012 15:11:16 | More by SchuStar
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev -12.5%

07-05-2012 05:03:08 | More by BillHilly
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mulder1010

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -11.4%

12 OZ bottle poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a dark murky brown. Bits of ruby, that are close to purple looking. Just a bit of off white film. Obvious and thick alcohol legs and quick fading spotty lacing. Honestly quite ugly looking beer.

S-- Oak, bourbon, vanilla, Carmel, toasted marshmallow, figs, alcohol and dark fruits. Really settled down into the barrel characters and marshmallow. Big massive nose. Insanely rich and powerful.

T-- Big dose of alcohol off the bat. Bourbon, oak, thick and rich carmel, fig, and marshmallow. Only issue is the heat from the ABV but this is just silly in the taste.

M-- Thick and rich. Slightly sweet. Might have needed a bit more time ageing to smooth out more. Lots of figs, toasted coconut, and stewed plumbs in the mouth. Quite slick and finishes with a bit of alcohol heat and a lot of toasted coconut. Nice.

O-- Big massive sipper. Close to wine like in complexity. Lots of alcohol is the only real negative to this. Brilliantly done and just a treat to drink if you like high ABV and high gravity beers.

07-04-2012 12:38:51 | More by mulder1010
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%

Visually is a really dark mahogany color, no head but a thin collar, understandable with the abv.
The aroma is sharp with alcohol. Even though the abv is the same as the non barrel aged it is stronger in heat on the nose. Potent barrels. Brown Sugar dissolved in bourbon, raisins and vanilla.
The flavors are bourbon forward, caramel and brown sugar, dates, molasses and maple syrup, and a myriad of other dark fruits. I can tell this is fresh.
The mouthfeel is low carb and syrupy.

I like this beer, about as much as i liked the non-Bal version. both are really nice.

07-04-2012 05:09:47 | More by ChadQuest
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stooge

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.4%

07-02-2012 05:12:48 | More by stooge
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M27

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-01-2012 19:49:25 | More by M27
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BruceBruce

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%

A. Reminds me of a barley wine with this amazing raspberry, radish hue

S. Alcohol, berries, a lot of sweetness and a bit of a sour smell

T. Sorry to be so simple but it's super sweet up front, then some smoke and a great bourbon alcohol burn/warmness at the end. I love it, I could go on and on about this one but simple and sweet.

M. Perfect, there is no other way to describe it. Low carbonation and not to thick makes for an amazing feel.

O. Second time to try it and wish I was better at reviews but man all I can say is go but this one for sure. Don't walk, Run!

06-28-2012 04:48:40 | More by BruceBruce
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shuajw

Georgia

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-28-2012 01:14:36 | More by shuajw
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POTABLE83

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-25-2012 14:04:32 | More by POTABLE83
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ImperialSnout

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-24-2012 16:02:51 | More by ImperialSnout
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky mahogany / chestnut tone while yielding virtually no head even with a somewhat aggressive pour - not surprising in the least. obvioulsy no lacing, either. bold, malt-forward nose is rife with with bourbon, caramel / toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a little vanilla. mouth-watering.

as enticing as the aroma is, i think the flavor is even better. just tones of the aforementioned characters with a few others i didn't get in the nose. some molasses, oak, and a hint of chocolate. chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel with slightly below average carbonation.

overall, enjoying the hell out of this one; so rich and flavorful but doesn't stray into the cloying sweet. great bourbon presence. just a phenomenal beer - world class.

(originally reviewed: 01-31-2012)

06-23-2012 03:58:26 | More by BostonHops
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-23-2012 03:06:49 | More by ms11781
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curly31989

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-22-2012 14:08:22 | More by curly31989
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7%

06-21-2012 17:15:05 | More by egrace84
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -20.1%

Pours a murky reddish brown with absolutely no head or lacing.

Aroma is bourbon soaked raisins, with some heavy burnt sugar and caramel. The bourbon is not very strong.

Similar flavors. Loads of caramel and molasses with big time sweetness. A little bit of vanilla with well integrated bourbon.

Pretty thick mouthfeel with almost zero carb making it cloying sweet at times.

Pretty good. Much better than the regular version although I'm just not a huge fan of the base beer. That said, the bourbon is very well integrated and adds a lot to this one so it was still enjoyable. As with all Kuhnhenn overall rating takes a hit because it is almost completely flat decreasing the drinkability.

06-21-2012 15:04:26 | More by jmarsh123
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-21-2012 02:41:04 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Durb777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7%

06-20-2012 16:28:22 | More by Durb777
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -7%

06-19-2012 14:33:29 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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CruisaC

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-19-2012 02:40:30 | More by CruisaC
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MarkFy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-14-2012 18:37:46 | More by MarkFy
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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