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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 379
Hads: 1,720
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 4.02%
Wants: 1,657
Gots: 425 | FT: 30
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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 chanokokoro
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Kuhnhenn branded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a murky amber capped by a very light beige one and half finger creamy head. Dissipates within a couple of minutes, but above average retention for a BA brew, just a few hints of lacing. Bold nose, deep aroma of dark fruit, oak, brown sugar, toffee all capped by bourbon booziness. Opens with dark fruit including black cherries, sugar plums, prunes and raisins, and hints of dates joined by rich molasses, caramel, and brown sugar, some nuttiness and biscuit accents midpalate. Finishes with toasted oak, vanilla, continued dark fruit, and pleasant bourbon booziness. Low carbonation, syrupy full body that is amazingly smooth and velvety with just a bit of creaminess. This amazing brew is definitely one of my personal favorites. One of, if not the best BA Old Ale available. Whether fresh or aged this ridiculously complex brew delivers. (940 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

Pours a dark murky raisin color. It's viscous with little carbonation, exactly what I expected.

Oh wow it's a sniffer. Dates, figs, and extremely aromatic vanilla and caramel. Brown sugar. Oak. Every time I stick my nose in I find more layers.

Summed up, flavors are dark and sweet. Heavy on vanilla, caramel, and dates. A little marshmallow. The few years on this bottle really mellows the booze and melds everything else. I'd love to try it fresh sometime.

Thick body with minimal carbonation. Sipper, but smooth. It drinks heavy but should. The body holds it all together well.

I'm glad I got around to ticking this one. It's been a big want of mine for a while. Definitely worth chasing. (713 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky mahogany with cherry highlights and one finger tan head that fades quickly and leaves nice oily legs around the glass, but barely a hint of lacing. Just as expected.
Caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruit, huge bourbon notes, Touches of sweetened espresso, marshmallow, figs, dates, and cocoa powder.
Completely mimics the nose. Caramel enrobed in chocolate, vanilla marshmallows stuffed with a blend of dried fig/cherry/date/raisins and drizzled with coffee/dark cocoa ganache. Notes of citrus lay in wait. HUGE notes of sweet vanilla bourbon and oak.
Not quite as thick as I was hoping for, but it really sticks to your tongue and envelopes as it goes down. I think the bourbon thins it out but also intensify's and brings together all of these incredible flavors.
This is a really intense experience in a bottle. Old Ale... Barleywine... call it what you will. This is worth seeking out, and I'm glad I did!!! (924 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage, had at both 1 and 2 year marks.

Pours a dark, dirty, muggy mahogany/ruby brown with no sign of carbonation - not pretty, but no olde ale should have to be.

Aroma is outrageous. Boozy dark fruits - figs, raisins - huge bourbon caramel that enhances the caramel malt, toasted brown sugar. Very fine bourbon vanilla with a sweetness of marshmallow and coconut. Some brandy fruits and cocoa powder. There is some leather and tobacco as well.

Taste is huge, rounded, and balanced. All of the above in the aroma is featured - incredibly smooth with an amazing aftertaste that just lingers and sticks to the bottom of the tongue. Not overly sweet at all - the balance is perfect. The barrel-vanilla character is what sticks out the most - it is very soft and subtle but integrates with everything else strongly.

This is one of the finest beers I have ever had - incredible. 100/100


12-25-14

Revisited: Beautiful barrel aged beer. Perfect amount of sweetness balanced with some bitterness that comes out mid palate, great old ale character, beautiful sweet barrel influence, incredibly rich taste and body. 97/100 (1,131 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown, molasses color body. Small, thin head billows up slowly after the pour and fades much quicker, leaving just a tiny rim. Pretty indicative of any olde ale.

S: The smell is oozing of caramel malts and bourbon. A bit of toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla are laced in between the malt and barrel.

T: Perfectly balanced and complex. Toasted marshmallows. Toffee. Butterscotch. Caramel. It's just like having an after dinner bourbon with some creme brûlée - and that's a good thing.

M: Creamy. Very full body. Velvety. Low carbonation, but that's probably due to the aging. Boozy warm.

O: Wow. Just wow. I was a skeptic that this wouldn't live up to the hype, but I was wrong. So complex that ever drink is a bit different. Some sips are dominated by marshmallow, while some are literally just like eating a creme brûlée. Bourbon ties it altogether brilliantly. (919 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This drinks very closely to an English Barleywine to me. Dark fruits, caramel, and hints of bourbon. Maybe even a little vanilla. The barrel highlights this beer. The 13.5% does not diminish any of the flavor. Top notch beer. As good as any BB barleywine/old ale I've had. (272 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, poured into my oversize snifter.

Appeared a dark brown nearly black color with a quarter-finger mocha colored head. Head vanished nearly immediately. Once the head dissipated it was tough to tell that this was a carbonated beverage.

Smell was quite potent and delicious. Sweet candied fruits and vanilla, a bit of charred oak, and bourbon were present.

Taste followed the smell closely. Lots of dark fruits including plums and raisins, a nice burnt vanilla character and slight molasses. The bourbon is blended in nicely so there is not much of an alcohol taste to it. Extremely sweet.

Mouth-feel was excellent. Thick and velvety. Very smooth. Little to no carbonation (not sure if this would be different had it been a newer vintage).

Overall a fantastic beer. Would love to find some more! (810 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a caramel color, basically no head, huge amounts of lacing on the glass. Huge amounts of vanilla, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, toasted coconut and booze on the nose. Taste is truly superb. Lots of vanilla up front, with caramel in the middle and a slight alcohol burn on the back end. It's a welcomed feeling, that cuts through the sweetness. Low carbonation on this one, very viscous, coats the mouth and lingers a long time. Just really really good. Basically the best bourbon barrel aged english barleywine that's not a barleywine out there. (556 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

about as good as old ale can be, but for my money i can find a better one out there. not to say that this isnt special, just my second or third beer from these guys, and its downright fabulous, but its a shade below some of the best old ales ive had. its far too sweet for my palate, certainly a once in a while beer at most. rich brown sugar liquid with some yeast floating around and a lackadaisical than head that lasts just a minute. toffee and butterscotch on the nose, like a sundae, with a ton of sugary malt and alcohol, not much hops, not much balance, not much subtlety, this is a sugar and grain bomb. the taste makes me curious to try the non barrel aged version. its hard to tell how much of the sweet, wood, and booze come from the barrel or the base beer, its mixed well, but tough to separate. a side by side would be real cool. undoubtedly one of michigans best products, its just a little sweeter than i can handle, and the alcohol really dominates once it warms up. some dark fruit maybe and burnt sugar, belgian yeast would do wonders. a big and rich brew, not entirely unique but well executed. i will look forward to more kuhnhenn beers, and to some day getting my hands on the not barrel aged version. a great beer overall but a tad under my lofty expectations for it. (1,291 characters)

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the Solstice bottle release day, 2013.

Appearance- Like foamy brandy- rich leggy amber that you can't see through. Looks amazing.

Smell- Super complex- butterscotch, caramel, toffee, creamy coffee, faint sandalwood, vanilla, creamy chocolate, caramello!

Taste- Big fruity rye whiskey, followed by vanilla, smoke, raisins, figs, currants, dulce de leche, big chocolate toffee. Wait two minutes, and its like the finest cigar you've ever had all over your mouth. Super tasty!

Mouthfeel- Super smooth with just enough bubbles to keep it refreshing and not fizzy. Amazing- suits the character of the beer very well.

Overall- AWESOME! I truly did not expect this much out of it, but I now believe the hype. Glad it's local, and if you haven't had it, try it. One of the most complex, tasty brews I've had. Amazing stuff. Well done Kuhnhenn!!! (860 characters)

Photo of AdamF625
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- muddy water with red hues. Pours flat with no head
S- malty dark fruit, sweet bourbon, vanilla, hot alcohol
T- very sweet dark fruits, cherries, raisins, some oak and bourbon flavor, caramel, marshmallow
M- flat with little carbonation, syrupy and sweet but dries out on the finish which is very unique.
O- sweeter than I expected but very enjoyable. Flavors blend nicely with the barrel treatment. For a 13.5% beer it is dangerously smooth. (447 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: while pouring, it looked like heavily unfiltered apple cider. As the beer settled in the glass it was a dark opaque brown color. Just a couple mm of head presented which disappeared shortly after. No lacings around the glass.

Smell: a lot of over ripen dark fruits, some toasted marshmallow, white chocolate, bourbon as well as a heavily sweet and smoky smell that I just cannot describe.

Taste: its complex and boozy. Very sweet but not to the point of cloying. Taste raisins, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, a tad bit of spices and smoke. Finishes warm from the bourbon. Winter is the perfect time to drink this.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied, smooth and slightly creamy. It can get sticky along the edge of the glass.

Overall: this is one heck of a complex beer. A sipper for sure. As theres a ton going on in this beer, be sure to share this with a friend. There's lot to talk about this one with so much going on in this beer. (984 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2011 Winter Solstice bottling. Pours dense nearly pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a patchy lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, raisin, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, tobacco, light cocoa, and toasted earthiness. Absolutely insane aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, maple syrup, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light cocoa, light tobacco, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light cocoa, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of malt and barrel flavors; with a perfect barrel/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class old ale! All around insane complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on considering the very high ABV. Unbelievably amazing offering. (1,407 characters)

Photo of vinny21bal
3.19/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have had 3 vintages at different periods. This is a very extremly over rated beer. It is however a decent beer. But I really don't think there is any part of this beer that is over the top amazing. I think it would be a good everyday shelf beer, but nothing special. It may sound like I am being negative about the beer but I do think again it is a decent beer just not special (379 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a cloudy dark brown with a thin cap that dissipates almost instantly, with no lacing. Really how an old ale should look like.

S: Geezus. Big bourbon soaked dark fruits and candy bars. I smell marshmellow as well. Amazing.

T: Initial blast of big bourbon drench raisins and figs. I get a big caramel candy sweetness from what tastes like a roasted marshmellow, big sugary sweetness, more bourbon and dark fruits with some chocolate. A wee hint of oak and vanilla in the background. The finish is very big, bold, sweet boozey and sticky

M: Big feel with low carbonation . Sticky sweet with a dumptruck of flavors and textures.

O: How have I not had this? This beer was awesome.I can't recall another Old Ale which gave me such a "wow" factor. (755 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

Appearance: Brown, rust cloudiness. Not much head at all, and the small amount that was quickly fades to the perimeter of the glass only.

Smell: Dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, coconut, boozy Bourbon, cocoa. I can smell the toasted marshmallow they speak of on the bottle as well.

Taste: A blast of Bourbon paired with big coconut and vanilla opens it up. Middle of the mouth is dark fruit. End of the drink sees the Bourbon reassert itself and finishes pretty dry. Booze is hid pretty well, though the burn on the way down gives away its strength.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, somewhat syrupy and medium side of heavy bodied, as you'd expect from the style.

Overall: A smooth, drinkable beer that hides the abv masterfully. Would seek out and drink again. (773 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 batch.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small but dense and fizzy tan head. Head fades slowly, leaving zero lacing behind. Good retention at least.

S: Oh yeah, huge bourbon notes. Loaded with caramel, brown sugar and toasted marshmallow (love the latter aroma/flavor in bbal beers). Burnt sugars. Some decent cocoa and a little heat from the alcohol. Lightest touch of dark fruit. Wonderful.

T: Again with the big bourbon up front. Not as strong as in the aroma though. A little sharp booziness with wonderful caramel and burnt sugars/toasted marshmallow. Touch of dark fruit in there too. A little bitter cocoa into the finish, standing stronger in the aftertaste. Lingering oaky vanilla and toasted marshmallow between sips. Remarkably mellow for a 13.5% barrel-aged brew. It's still big, don't get me wrong, but not harsh.

M: Big, heavy, viscous. Cut nicely with the bourbon. A touch dry from the oak in the aftertaste.

O: Wow, an old ale for the ages for sure. Wish I could get this stuff locally...or basically ever. I've had normal 4D which was quite fruity. The bourbon in this covers up most of the fruitiness and brings in wonderful caramel and toasted marshmallow notes which I feel is a big improvement. Quite complex, well balanced, smooth and and very, very tasty. I think this might be my new favorite old ale, which was previously Fruet and Cuir. Not quite as good as Founder's Better Half though I don't think (that maple barrel really made it). Very close though. (1,492 characters)

Photo of justforrazors
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage poured at 50 degrees into a FSW barrelworks tulip.

A- Pours a viscous brown color with ruby hues when held to the light. A 1/2 inch beige head forms and quickly fades to a thick ring around the rim of the glass. Carbonation bubbles are apparent throughout.

S- Bourbon. Vanilla. Alcohol. Some oak. A little bit of caramel and malty sweetness, but I can't tell if it is coming from the barrel or the base beer. Either way, this smells fantastic and very inviting. Only drawback is there is not a ton of complexity.

T- Up front, a really nice malty caramel sweetness along with some molasses and port-like cherry esters. On the back end, there is a huge blast of vanilla, bourbon, and some oak tannins along with a touch of bitterness to round things out. There is alcohol present, but no fusel or 'hot' flavor. Spot on for the style. Wow- this is an amazing beer!

M- Luscious. Smooth, low carbonation that gives the beer a creamy feel. High body, although not overly sweet. Great balance between the tannic oak and high finishing gravity make this a smooth drinker.

O- I was not expecting this beer to be so amazing. I want to rate this badly in a disguised attempt to trade for more of it, but it deserves better than that. Great winter time sipper that meshes bourbon and malt perfectly, without being an over the top, diabetic coma inducing sort of beer. Gimme more. (1,388 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass. Incredible thickness. It's a murky deep brown color with a red hue throughout. Topped by a creamy, orange-tan head, about an inch thick. Head dies down after several minutes.

Aroma is of rich sweet caramel, toasted marshmallow, charred oak, very faint hint of the alcohol, and chocolate truffle. Robust aroma.

Well hidden alcohol. This is a very smooth, creamy bodied ale, full yet soft on the palate with a good level of carbonation. Sweet up front with notes of toffee. Mid palate has a little warmth to it, showing its strength. The barrel character expresses itself on the roof of the mouth, with a little molasses note on the sides of the tongue.

Goes down so so easily. Very great barrel aged beer. When the barrel aging seems to just mellow everything and create something that has the quality of a lower alcohol beer, and passes over the palate with ease, that's when the brewer has utilized the barrel to its best effect. This is masterful. (983 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my favorite snifter glass.
Vintage bottle from 2011 served September 2nd, 2013.

Appearance: dark mahogany colored body with little to no bubbles on the body creating a slightly off-white head that has a light orange tint to it. The head with a hard pour didn't rise much, I would say maybe 1/8" if that dropping to almost nothing before the first sip.

Smell: light molasses and caramel scent, awesome to sniff but little lighter than what expected.

Taste: I have had old ales before and this one on taste alone crushes almost anything else I have ever had. Complex and sweet that might overwhelm some people with its brown sugar feel and maltiness that is incredibly addicting.

Mouth: light to medium carbonation at best. Ridiculously sticky and for that alone I have to give I respect.

Overall: If you are looking for a good beer and like that caramel note to it, this beer is beyond perfect. Has some flaws but most of is easy to overlook because rarely you get something that tastes as good as this. Grab a bottle on me and enjoy....Salud! (1,063 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/29/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Deep, dark/medium brown, some dark caramel around the edges - nice clarity, pours with a small, creamy beige head, fades to some wisps of a cap, leaves a few streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Rich and intense - tons and tons of caramel and toffee - very cooked and caramelized, brown sugar-like sweetness, intense but not excessively sweet - some chocolate and vanilla - lots of bourbon and bourbon barrel - a range of dark fruit, figs, and raisins - some pretty obvious alcohol

Taste: About as intense as the aroma, with some serious malts - rich caramel, toffee, sweet grains, sweet bread - highly caramelized - hint of highly cooked, vaguely old, vaguely oxidized tasting malts (typical for the style) - some syrupy sweetness and brown sugar, but not over the top - lots of wood and rich barrel - alcohol is pretty obvious, but so is the bourbon, so it works

Mouthfeel: Borderline full body, very smooth, nice finish, a nice sipper

Overall: Sure, I'll give this at least 4 dementias

This is probably the first Old Ale that I have legitimately enjoyed. The malt profile is pretty ridiculous, and they can support the bourbon barrel aging better than I expected. This is great to sip. I might die if I had to drink the whole bottle, but it would be an acceptable death. (1,348 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Rich dark copper/brown. Hard pour leaves no head with the tiniest off-white collar. No carbonation. Standard affair for a barrel aged anything.

Smell: Holy hell bourbon. Loaded with vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Mild barrel presence. Big sweet maltiness tempered by a very light choppiness. Some molasses with a deep fruitiness. Raisins and plums and cherry. Sharp bite of alcohol. Complex sweetness layered with alcohol. Slight spicy finish from the alcohol as well.

Taste: Vanilla and coconut. Fleshy fresh coconut. Caramel and toffee in spades. Incredibly sweet with layers of bourbon. Complex malts add some mild roasted elements. Dark fruit with raisins and plums. Spicy alcohol. Vaguely nutty. Warming pushes the bourbon a bit far along with the sweetness. Almost like marshmallow on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean with a drying alcohol.

Overall: Sometimes hype pays off.

I'm not usually a bourbon barrel or old ale fan, but this is good. Complex if a bit too sweet. I guess I need to get another bottle or four to cellar and try over time. (1,203 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the 2012 release. Poured into an unlabeled snifter on 24 August 2013. Opened up another one today, 4 September 2013.

Pours a medium brown, perhaps mahogany. Not particularly dark but not particularly light either. Comes with a swirly film of white head that simmers on top for a while. Not much of a head, but it is very pretty on the top of the body.

Smells like caramel bourbon marshmallows. And very pungent here. The nose on this beer is a winner.

The taste is very intense. It's a big boatload of caramel, toffee, molasses, bourbon. A good bit of oak in here too. It all comes together to make some sort of bourbon marshmallow bomb. Very nice, unfortunately the alcohol here is very strong as well.

Somewhat thinner for a full-bodied brew, typical of old ales. Decent carbonation, smooth and thin-feeling yet flavourful. Definitely a sipper, as the booze on this one is very, very strong.

Outside of the booziness, this beer is excellent. Strong vanilla, bourbon and caramel flavours mix together quite well here. I could not drink the whole bottle by myself, no way sirree. This 12oz bottle is meant to be shared with a friend who likes his beer sweet and strong. (1,193 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
Wax Capped

2005

Received this gem in a trade with badbeer, thanks again. A hard pour conjures up a minimal swirling of head that disappears rather quickly. There's a tiny ring of head around the edge of the glass. The small head is expected from such an alcohol bomb such as this. The color on the pour is a muddy brown before becoming opaque dark brown in the glass.

I don't think this beer could even accommodate another aroma. Big nose filling whiffs of dark rye and pumpernickel bread start things off. All this bready goodness is wrapped around a handful of brown sugar and molasses. This again is all wrapped around a sweet oaken whiff of bourbon. Everything comes together flawlessly. There's alcohol in there but I can feel the fumes more in my eyes and nose that smell it's presence.

Flavor picks up right where the smell left off. The sweet notes (brown sugar and molasses) are just the right intensity bringing the bready malts into the oak and bourbon perfectly. The breadiness up front is absolutely mouthwatering and just pulls you right in. The bourbon and oak accompany the breadiness without being too dominant. World class old ale!

The mouthfeel is just as perfectly done as the rest of the drink. Sluggish carbonation leaves this beer sliding slowly along your tongue. As it slowly works through every separate flavor grabs hold at some point or another. The body has some weight to it and coats the mouth nicely.

The alcohol and big bold flavors keeps this a one and done type of beer. The bottle I'm drinking now will be a pleasure to finish but that's enough for one sitting.

This is not only a world class old ale but a world class beer period. The barrel aging sets this beer on an entirely different level. I'm glad I could get my hands on one of these. It's a great beer to celebrate Christmas. (1,841 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip , pours a dark deep brown with super thin brown head and not much visable carbonation

The smell hits your hard and fast with sweet malt and a nice bourbon aroma. I pick up on hints of vanilla and oak

The mouthfeel on this beer is great , nice and thick and the carbonation is spot on

The taste is wonderful all the flavors I want from the style are just about close to perfect , the alcohol is not hidden at all and makes it even more drinkable to me , nice and warming all the way down.

Overall its another homerun beer for me. This is an outstanding beer and the only thing bad about it is I can't buy it local (654 characters)

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.