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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: 1295
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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Photo of cpmichael


4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottle. Thanks to khumbard and the regular 4D.

A: Pours a dark ruby red (a darker shade than regular 4D), a little bit of tan foam appears and quickly dissipates.

S: Less of a cotton candy smell that I thought the regular had, this has caramel and toffee sweetness, brown sugar, hints of bourbon, vanilla and oak. This is still very sweet smelling, but a bit more booze in the nose.

T: caramel and toffee dominate, with brown sugar and raisins also prevalent. Nice bourbon and oak characteristics come through. Still very sweet, but the bourbon adds another dimension to the beer. Very complex.

M/D: Thick, like pancake syrup, medium carbonation. Chewy, the alcohol is more noticeable on this one, but it does not detract from how great this thing is.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 21:07:39 | More by cpmichael
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

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

Thanks to surlytheduff for the bottle.

A: Deep brown, but still with a bit of transparency, not much head but that wasnt a real issue for me.

S: Tons of toffee and caramel mixing with vanilla and bourbon. some smokiness and brown sugar.

T: Very similar to the nose. the bourbon was very present and quite enjoyable, at times i felt like i was drinking a very nice bourbon

M: Very boozy, the smallest of sips went a long way. I found myself taking alot of time with this beer enjoying every sip

D: I am extremely happy to have finally tried this beer as it is one of the top bourbon barrel aged beers i have ever tried. I am very curious to see how this one will age as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 19:29:12 | More by mikey711
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 on the label. I had this on-tap a little while ago and it blew my mind, but I didn't review it since I have pretty well buzzed with a wrecked palate. Here's my chance to spread the good word.

3.0 A: Pours a cloudy dark brown, nearly black color. A fairly aggressive pour gave a maximum head of about 1/4 a finger, which quickly receded. I'm sure the ABV didn't help with the head formation, but I've seen other Kuhnhenn brews form very nice heads despite super high ABVs.

5.0 S: Simply amazing. This is the perfect beer for a bourbon treatment and the bourbon treatment is done perfectly. The bourbon is what hits you first, so I guess I'll talk about that first. Intense, but tranquil bourbon - leather, peppery, raisin, oak and vanilla. There's also a moderate to not quite heavy booziness that complements the other aromas. The beer underneath is similarly wonderful. Dark fruits in the order of prune, tobacco, raisin, and fig. Sweet caramel and toffee. Perfect amount of sweetness.

5.0 T: Again, absolutely wonderful. Rich caramel and toffee. Sweet prune, plum, raisin, fig, date, tobacco, and raisin. Intense, yet well integrated flavors much like GI BCS. The bourbon again is a perfect complement to the base brew. Plenty of leathery bourbon that has a spicy quality to it with perhaps just a touch of peat. Moderate oakiness with a more than moderate amount of vanilla. Not a hint of tannins. The booziness is definitely detectable, but it doesn't taste like 13.5%. However, it certainly feels like 13.5% as in warms on the finish. Sweet caramel aftertaste.

4.5 M: Thick, creamy, and slightly chewy body. My only issue with this is that the carbonation is just a tad lower than I'd prefer. Incredibly smooth given the ABV.

5.0 D: This is one helluva beer. There's no getting around that. This takes a very good beer and supplements it with bourbon barrel flavors, which makes it a truly world class brew. The base beer is still strong enough to shine while the barrel aging adds everything you would want and nothing you wouldn't.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 04:39:23 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a snifter at cellar temperatures.
2010 Vintage.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown, almost completely opaque to the first glance but still does let a fair amount of light though, with a miniscule half finger of off white head that quickly dissipates to a very thin ring leaving below average lacing on the glass.

Smell- Is rather sweet with molasses, toffee and what seems to be like a burnt marshmallow smell is actually present, no I’m not just reading the bottle this is what I actually smell. You get a nice strong whiff of the boozy bourbon in there as well mixed with a mild hint of vanilla.

Taste- The boozy bourbon takes over right off the bat and finishes with a nice sweet note of the burnt marshmallow almost a buttery flavour? With mild hints of vanilla and sugary sweet molasses/toffee taste.

Mouthfeel- A full bodied bourbon barrel aged ale that is very well balanced on the palate, with minimum to no carbonation.

Overall- OMG amazing doesn’t sum this beer up enough; you do get a strong kick of the bourbon but when it balances out with the sugary sweet tastes it all makes sense and the booze is not overpowering in any way, especially for the very high ABV. Kuhnhenn definitely hit the nail on the head with this one, it is an absolute gem of a beer and I feel privileged to have had the chance to try one. Just be warned to don’t have one of these and attempt to do anything but relax for the next couple hours, it will knock you on your face.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 04:10:32 | More by Roke87
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer #3 from Kuhnhenn's tap takeover at the Rattle n Hum was poured into an 8oz thin, champagne flute style glass.

Bourbon Barrel 4th Dimension pours an intense mahogany, with a nice cherry shimmer along the edge of the glass when it's held up to light. There's a small amount of khaki colored foam capping it as well. Caramel is the clear standout in the smell department, it actually reminds me of the smell of the ice cream place I work for making their hot caramel topping. There's also an undercurrent of vanilla running throughout the nose, and a definite bourbon note is present as well. The aroma was good, but from the first sip this beer blasted off into the topmost echelon of any beer I've ever had. Caramel is still there in spades, and is again joined by vanilla and an impressively smooth bourbon quality. Newcomers to the party include flavors of creamy milk chocolate and and toasted marshmallows. There's also a delightfully mild warming sensation from the alcohol. It's absurd to think that this one's 13.5% alcohol, because it drinks like it's only about 9%. The body is impossibly rich and creamy, and is balanced by the absolute perfect carbonation, it's just enough to balance the sweetness and prevent the beer from coming across as cloying. Bourbon Barrel 4th Dementia reminds me a lot of the draft pour of Abacus I had a few weeks ago (which I guess makes sense seeing as I've never seen there to be a huge line between English Barleywines and Old Ales in the first place), and is one of the better beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 00:30:16 | More by axeman9182
Photo of callmemickey


4.05/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review of the latest batch.

A: Muddy brown body. Only the thinest bit of caramel colored foam.

S: Typical dark malt flavors. Caramel, brown sugar, plus the bourbon. Nice, I think it could have been better with some age to bring some things to the back and move some others to the front.

T: Like the nose, lots of malt. Lots of bourbon..

M: A bit too much heat. At first it was fine, but the occasional sip was like licking hot coals.

D: Flavorful, but a bit out of balance right now. Aging should do this wonders.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:57:27 | More by callmemickey
Photo of alpinebryant


4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Following up on the non Barrel Aged 4D earlier this week, Bourbon Barrel 4D today

A: Pour is a very hazy chestnut brown with tiny white bubbles on the top. There seem to be a lot of miniature particles hanging out in here that you cannot see directly but by the opacity, you cannot quite see through the glass.

S: Aroma of sweet malt, lots of bourbon, lots of Oak, heavy toffee, thick roasted malt, sweet barleywine / old ale aroma of marshmallow, caramelized sugars. Booze aroma. So many great flavors it is hard to capture them all.

T: Delicious light Toffee flavors , with heavy sugar Caramelization. Strong bourbon presence, a thick body, nearly stale in carbonation, which is perfect for the style. The label says toasted marshmellow and is definitely accurate. There is definitely a booze presence in this although it is not nearly as hot tasting as the non barrel aged beer. It seems to have been smoothed out from the barrel aging.
Plenty of vanilla with the toasted marshmallow taste. Golden graham / graham cracker finish with a little dryness. Vanilla really is prominent in here both from the barrel aging and the bourbon presence. This really is a fantastic -bal So good that I may need to go back and knock down some Old Ales that I have rated in a similar score.

M: Thick in mouthfeel with a light carbonation, almost like drinking directly out of a cask with the low carbonation.

O: applause - this has really come through strong. While I loved the non BA 4d, this just is a different beer and it is done extremely well

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 23:15:07 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of BARFLYB


4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Rattle $ Hum for their K. event. Served in a glass as it should.

BB4thDOA comes into the glass looking a deep dirty rotted tree bark brown bordering on black and it looks dirty. A surprising skim of tan bubbles on top with retention, not sticking though.

The smell is through the roof. Not over the top great bourbon scents along with the expected vanilla from the wood. The old ale portion leaps with smoke/peat, a nice roast, port scents akin to old English vintage ales. Some scattered dark fruit and a whiff of alcohol. Nice.

And I am literally blown away by the taste on this pup. I get bourbon up front, not overpowering but the vanilla that it brings as well melds with the old ale oh so nice. Wood along with dark fruit, port notes, an English yeast strain I pick up, toffee, sherry, alcohol. Top notch. I especially like the sweet vanilla alot.

With an ale this big, you have to expect some heat. It's there but not 13% there, I expect some heat with old ales and I find that it adds to the overall experience of the style. 4th is no exception. The body is big and is suited for sippin

Overall I enjoyed this one a hell of a lot and a little mix of this into some K. Raspberry Eisbock goes a long way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 15:18:12 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at rattle and hum. Wow! I can't believe I'm drinking this.

A- comes to me from the angel behind the bar with a finger thick cap of tan head that settles before the first sip and leaves a solid ring and a skin on top. Muddy dark brown in color with a chestnut glow at the edges.

S- opens up more subtle then expected with a smooth barrel presence, hits of vanilla, and chocolate, with some bourbon, brown sugar, and baked desserts. Touches of anise and other fall spice. Very complex by the end.

T- sweet brown sugar and vanilla with bready toasted malts. Lots of the barrel come out over times but with such a simple and smooth approach. Some spice in the back and a bit of booze. Long sweet finish.

M- on the fuller side on body with a slow creeper carb that ends up rather strong. As the brew warms there is a bit of growing heat that ends up being rather substantial but of a massive bb beer I'd want no less.

O- well the hype is warranted this is a spectacular brew that I'm very glad I got to try. Its subtly is its winning quality but its bold ass hell at the same time. Its hard to explain. Just go out and drink one and you'll see.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 17:49:11 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of JAXSON


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

Bottle, thanks Steve. Pours a very dark clear ruby with a thin ring of head. Nose is big, rich, sticky malt, honey, some nice oxidation, tobacco, leather. Quite deep and old feeling but still very lively and assertive. Fairly high carbonation upfront. Flavor is really big, assertive malt, hot throughout. A lot of that tobacco and leather quality. Pleasant oxidization, spicy on the finish. Dark fruits like plums and dates, some cookie-like qualities to this as well. The sweet fruits play with the old leather, tobacco and spices really well. This is very good, way better than Abacus, on par with the Old Stock Reserves if not better, a bit under Wooden Hell.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:36:51 | More by JAXSON
Photo of 33nickadams


3.88/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Got this one to celebrate Easter with my family. Didn't get the chance to drink it there, but I'm glad because now I'll be able to give it my full attention. After a vigorous pour it is a dark brown with very little head. Not much in the way of streaming bubbles. I smell bourbon, molasses, raisin and a little vanilla. Not an overpowering taste of bourbon, but I also get some molasses and raisin. The 13.5% alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is the only let down for me. It has a full body with very little carbonation. I picture this not unlike a drink that they would have in the medieval times. I guess that makes sense, since its an Old Ale. This will take me a while to drink, and I'll savor every sip. Overall, very complex brew, but the lack of carbonation makes me lower the score a little.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 23:51:50 | More by 33nickadams
Photo of Arbitrator


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of semibaked. Thanks!

This is the 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a very dark brown that reveals substantial garnet clarity around the edges. Even a vigorous pour doesn't produce much head, though some beige bubbles eventually come out of solution and vanish quickly into a thin bead on the beer.

S: This is well-oxidized, in the good way. Lots of sherry and port notes. Substantial bourbon, oak, vanilla, even a touch of booze. Mild notes of maple syrup and prunes. Wow. This reminds heavily of Alpine Great and even some older vintages of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in its assertive oxidation character. Whatever the Kunhhenn boys did to oxidize this beer so well, they did it properly.

T: The taste is, again, assertive [good] oxidation: sherry and port flavors abound. Prunes are noticeable as well. Caramelly bourbon and vanilla define the mid-taste. Oak emerges near the finish, while the finish itself is toffee-maple that carries into the aftertaste. I'd love some tobacco or smoke (I admit it -- Adam has ruined me for this entire style), but that's a small nitpick. These Kunhehnn boys have figured out how to work with high-gravity beers to tremendous effect.

M: This is slightly hot, still. I fault that in most beers, and I won't make an exception here. I'm torn, though; this could use some time to cool off, but that could push it over the edge from 'good' oxidation into bad (cardboard, soy). At least its full-bodied, low-carbonation mixture is right on the money. Great mouthfeel for an old ale; good job, Khunehnn!

O: Kuhnenhn should be applauded for this. This is a warning shot over Hair of the Dog's bow. Someone else in America knows how to make an outstanding old ale...

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 05:58:19 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of scottfrie


4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter. Huge thanks to northernbrews for sending me this one!

A: Pours a dark ruddy brown with about a finger of light tan head that disappeared into a thick collar that left a few wisps of lacing down the glass.
S: Rich notes of bourbon, sweet figs, prunes, vanilla and wood. There is a touch of raisins and maple syrup mixed in as well.
T: All of the above scents are extremely well integrated and polished on the palate forming a wonderfully well rounded brew. I would add milk chocolate to the list of flavors I pick up along with caramel and a touch of ambiguous peppery spices in the finish. The vanilla, caramel, chocolate and bourbon really shine through. This tastes amazing.
M: Thick body with a chewy and exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is warm but not hot or overpowering.
O: An all around exceptional brew. I thought the normal version was good but this takes it to the next level. Thanks again for hooking it up Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 02:30:34 | More by scottfrie
Photo of AgentZero


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

Thanks to Scoot1969 for trading this to me, been a want of mine for a while.

A - A rich, exceptionally dark brown that looked black at times. Went with the hard pour on it which amounted to zero head at first, but then a surprising late-rising finger of khaki rose up beautifully, before fading to a small ring. No stick left on the sides.

S - Chocolate, alcohol, earth, dark fruit and vanilla. A really great mix of aromas that are all exceptionally balanced.

T - Roasted/crystalized/burnt caramel initially, wrapped in some smooth bourbon and rich chocolate. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden, with only the tiniest bit of burn letting you know it is there. Toffee completes the taste. This is pretty freakin' awesome.

M - Full bodied, chewy, thick, lower carbonation.

O - Fantastic beer, shocked at how smooth and tasty this is. One of the finest beverages I've drank in a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 03:56:19 | More by AgentZero
Photo of cetherid


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip


beer is a dark brown with red and ruby hues. A slight vigorous pour gave it some small but very fizzy head, like pouring a can of pop. Nothing really impressive, but my first whiff of this beer has me ready for more! :)


An incredible aroma on this one. Big time smells of bourbon, vanilla and oak with some dark fruit coated with brown sugar. Reminds me a lot of the BA behemoth. Absolutely fantastic.


Awesome, just like the nose. Tastes of bourbon, caramel and booze soaked dark fruits covered in brown sugar. A little wood/bourbon barrel taste as well which I enjoy as well, and not too "barrelly" like some cheap BA beers. Only thing I'd knock on this is it's a little too boozy, but otherwise stellar.


Beer is medium bodied with low carbonation (which isn't that bad for a BA monster like this). A little sticky/syrup as well which was expected judging from the sweetness. A bit hot as said above but very tolerable. A nice sipper!


A fantastic BA beer. I think it almost rivals a beer like BA behemoth. Incredible smell and taste, unfortunately difficult to obtain in my area (even for those in MI). Special thanks to Wadsey for giving me the opportunity to try this. I had a small sample of this at the Michigan Winter Beerfest, but my palate was already wrecked at that time.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:24:48 | More by cetherid
Photo of nhindian


4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass. Really huge thanks to normyk for sending this as an extra!

2010 vintage.

A - Appearance is obviously quite similar to the version, but this one is perhaps a bit more ruddy brown. The head still retains that one finger of foam, with an eggshell white color. Retention appears to be a little lower, only lasting a few moments after pouring. Unfortunately the lacing doesn't seem to retain the cascading characteristic that made the normal version so enticing as it quickly slides down the glass.

S - The nose on this beer is utterly fantastic. The normal version was good, but had a bit too much malt sweetness in it. This version still has a strong malt presence, but the bourbon soaks the dark fruit to cut the malts. The complexities just keep coming as the beer warms. I am getting lots more vanilla here than in the original, and perhaps slightly less oak. Just an excellent smelling beer.

T - After the vast improvement in the nose, I would've expected an improvement in taste, but after my first sip, I was blown away. If any complaint could be levied against the normal version, its that it makes no reservations with its sweetness. The bourbon barrel alleviates this problem and much more. The first taste is almost exclusively a hit of bourbon, but it quickly transitions into bourbon soaked fruits, grapes, raisins, and even some toasted coconut. The malts still come through to bring toffee and caramel, but its much more balanced. This version does seem to be a little boozier, but for the improved taste, its easily worth it. The finish is long and filled with bourbon, fruit, and caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with pretty low carbonation. Seems to have less carbonation than the regular version but that's to be expected with the barrel aging. Long finish that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

D - Drinkability is high. This is an incredibly impressive beer in all respects, and an improvement in nearly every way over the normal version. The only complaint I have with this beer is that it does become a little heavy on the alcohol astringency as it warms, but for 13.50% I'm just surprised it wasn't there all along. Make no mistake, this is a sipper, but it is enjoyable the whole time.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 04:58:19 | More by nhindian
Photo of beerwolf77


4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes to sweemzander for bringing this to one of our recent tastings.

A: Slightly cloudy rusty brown. No head or lace. It does however have some decent legs. No surprise with the high abv on this one.

S: Loads of dark fruit soaked on bourbon. Caramel and toffee laced with bourbon. Rich malt sweetness along with plenty of hot booze.

T: Thankfully the bourbon heat is much more subdued in the flavor. It's there but it meshes well with all the other flavors. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, wet barrel wood, brown sugar, sweet tarts.

M: Full body with just a hint of carbonation. Slowly slips across my tongue like a fine scotch.

O: Overall this is not my favorite style so I tend to have a hard time judging it. This one seemed to fit the style to a t.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:49:30 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of emerge077


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

Served at 54º cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip.

Tawny brown with glints of ruby when held to the light. About a fingers width of foam rises initially and settles quickly into a ring around the edge. The glassy surface reflects the light, like a still pool of oil. Random flecks of spotty lace adorn the glass.

Rich aroma of fried plantains, toasted almonds, rich toffee, vanilla bean, with a dose of mellow bourbon barrel underlying the sweeter notes. Impressive and nuanced.

Complex rich flavors of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, toasted coconut, almonds, and sweet homemade toffee. Chewy, syrupy, and rich, though balanced and not overly sweet. Long finish of oak barrel and toffee. Bourbon is sweet, lending vanilla and coconut, and a minimal amount of heat, though it's certainly present. Creamy and full bodied. Confectionary. Slightest numbing from the alcohol, but it's remarkably hidden in the taste. Well crafted in that respect, no single aspect dominates, yet they blend together so well. The barleywine retains it's rich toffee character, and marries seamlessly with the barrel.

Really nice, glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks Alex! Most generous, that guy.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:08:20 | More by emerge077
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4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Huge thanks to steebo777 for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a thick burnt sienna color. Produced some tan to transparent bubbles; not surprising considering the ABV.

(S)- A nice smooth yet rich dry oaky caramel and vanilla richness. Bits of fig with a surprisingly balanced boozy finish. Not an overwhelming booze bomb like I was anticipating.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A really nice dry charred oak character. Some nice fig and caramel. Ridiculously smooth, yet rich. The bourbon barrel aging really has been integrated very well into the overall character of the beer; it did not overpower it, but rather enhanced it.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, yet fitting for the style. The ABV is expertly hidden; in no way does this feel like 13.5%. Rich and sweet, but has a really fitting mellow charred oak note that fits right into the mix.

(D)- A fantastic old ale. Rich and sweet, yet complex and smooth despite the ABV. Very well done. I find it very rewarding to see a beer that actually benefits from barrel aging and in this is a shining example how it should be. While I might just barely favor the regular non barrel aged version, this is still a top notch beer in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:12:42 | More by sweemzander
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4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew kettle. Pours murky dark brownish red color with no head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, brown sugar, fig, plum, tobacco, and some candy. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose exactly. The bourbon is really upfront, but the flavors stand up well to the booze. A touch hot. This kind of reminds me of angels share to an extent. A great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 01:07:55 | More by fiver29
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4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes: Last tasted in the Autumn of 2009 in San Francisco.

A: Dark ruby copper brown with just a bit of tan head.

S: This almost singes your nose hairs! Fresh bourbon, oak, and vanilla in a big way.

T: Bitingly intense multilayered maltiness smoothed out by oak, vanilla, spice, and biscuit. A winner.

M: Thick, coating, hot, but nice.

O: A champion of the style. A phenomenal barleywine that truly benefits from its time in the barrel

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 05:06:16 | More by francisweizen
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4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Alex (Masterski) for bringing this one up on his visit to Alaska.

Pours a nice brown color with major ruby highlights. Carbonation quickly falls to a skim, and leaves no lacing, but appears to be carbonated correctly for the style.

Nose is chock full of dark fruit. Some caramel lurking in there as well, and also an odd maltiness that i picked up in alot of kuhnhenn's huge beers (extraneous and BBBW).

The caramel flavors come on strong in the flavor, complimented by a big bourbony booziness. Certainly not for the faint of heart. Pretty hot. The finish is a little more bitter than i expected, but certainly not out of the style's sweetspot. Booze, caramel, and slight dark fruits linger after each sip.

Mouthfeel is money. Big and chewy, good carbonation, ideal. My only gripe is that it could be a touch bigger body-wise. Feels every so slightly thin.

Overall a very nice beer. Not much to critique here. A little more body, and slightly less booze would be nice, but really not in need of any serious alterations, IMO. A great beer. Thanks again Alex.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:47:19 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this baby on tap... somewhere. It technically wasn't legal in the state I had it in so I'll leave it at that :-P

Big thanks to MbpBugeye for purchasing this glass for me, though I think he still owes his brother and me a paddle next time we're out drinking... wherever it was that we were drinking this... yeah. :-)

Ok, two smiley faces in the first two paragraphs of a review... we're not off to a good start here, so time to dig into it. This is review #300 on the eve of my 1 year BA anniversary. I chose this beer because it was one of the most delicious beers of 2011 so far for me.

Served in a snifter, poured a cloudy root beer color, fairly thick, with a head of half a finger. The foam is cream colored and left above average lacing. My final notes for the appearance say "thick and heavy."

The smell... ohh the smell!! Dear god is this a luxuriously decadent beer! The smell of BB 4th Dementia ranks up there with the best smelling beers I have ever experienced. Sweet, sweet bourbon is really strong and in-your-face, yet it is well balanced with the malt heavy background. I kept smelling my snifter repeatedly without taking a sip - a practice my wife makes fun of me for indulging in. At one point she had to smack me, saying, "your eyelids are fluttering whenever you smell that beer!"

Yes. Yes, I guess they were. ;-)

Ohh snap, a third smiley. Well to be honest, the memory of this beer does make me smile. How I loathe the fact that this is not available in Ohio. The aroma is deeply nuanced with vanilla and oak, peppery spikes of earthy hops and chocolaty malts. This is every bit as wondrous as Founders Backwoods Bastard, only amplified by a factor of ten. And here I thought that no other brewery could master the art of barrel aging as well as Founders has...

The taste could hardly compare to the sublime aromatics of this brew, but it nevertheless impressed the hell out of me. Smooth and extremely rich, this was certainly a sipper. Luscious vanilla lends a buttery sweetness while oak provides a balancing dryness. There's a slight roastinesss to the malt character, but to be honest the barreling has mellowed the hell out of whatever the base beer used to be.

As the beer warmed and grew ever more swirled in my snifter, I began to pick out deeper waves of sweet complexity I can only ascribe the moniker of 'pure awesomeness.' Cinnamon crumble coffee cake became the dominant flavor, and all I can say is that this beer is damn delicious.

The alcohol on a beer that tops in at over 13% abv can never be dismissed fully, but I must state that this brew is very well balanced. The bourbon heat is appropriately warming, but never to the point of burning nor was agitating enough as to have prevented me from finishing my glass much more quickly than I should have. I stress that this beer is sticky sweet, but dry on the finish, and always always always - smooth.

The drinkability was fantastic. Had I not already been drinking since 8am, with plans to sample many more beers that day, I would have eagerly run to garner a second glass for myself. I feel that this is one of those beers that will always remain on my 'wants' list due to the sheer enjoyment I got from drinking (and most importantly - smelling) it.

My first ever Kuhnhenn beer was a true experience to remember.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 05:08:42 | More by Spider889
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3.95/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A murky dark brown liquid with a half finger tan head. Oily alcohol legs when swirled in the glass.

The nose is mostly dark fruits at first. Plumbs, dark cherries and raisins. Also a little bit of marshmellow and toasted coconut.

The taste is similar. Dark fruits, mostly dark cherry and raisin, at first but then flavors of marshmallow, toasted coconut, and bakers chocolate take over accompanied by hints of oak and alcohol. Quite vinious.

Very sweet but the oak and alcohol helps to balance it out a little bit. Full bodied with low level of smooth carbonation. Alcohol starts to numb the tongue after awhile. Slightly chewy and round, but not super sticky or viscous.

A sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:11:13 | More by billshmeinke
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery, drank from a snifter. The beer was served to me with a thin white head sitting atop a dark brown/amber (almost purplish) cloudy glass of beer. There was minimal lacing left down the glass as I drank it down.

The beer smelled of of rich, sweet toffie-fied caramel drenched candied fruit with a splash of bourbon thrown in. Light hints of vanilla as well. The taste matched the nose closely, with a bit of booze up front quickly followed by deliciously sweet malty dark fruit goodness. The alcohol is well masked in this beer. The body was medium, with an ample amount of carbonation.

Highly, highly drinkable for a high ABV old ale. The Kuhnhenn Bros hit it out of the park with this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 04:11:13 | More by surlytheduff
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.