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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

**2013 vintage**
L: pours a dark tan caramel color with no head.
S: smooth whiskey and dark malt sweetness.
T: Caramel and smooth booze. It does have a bit of a alcohol heat on the backend.
F: smooth barrel, but warming on the backend. Medium to thick feel, no carbonation.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Oil slick of burgundy, copper and shiny yet muddy brown with a soft fizzy film that can be coaxed into reappearing and coating the glass with the legs of the booze before quickly receding again.

I smell a crap ton of pretty potent, mossy wood, almost peaty. This woodiness is, unfortunately, largely succeeding in tamping down other elements that shyly present themselves as toasted nuts, raisin, prune, fig, apple butter, and bourbon.

Oh my god. Divine. Taste is nothing like the nose. Silky smooth, really rich fig comes first--this feels like a gift from the gods. Elements from the nose, such as the overwhelming woodiness, are subdued nicely, with a little charred tobacco and leather coming in, followed by decadent caramel, luxurious dark cherries and brown sugar.

Despite the very high ABV, BB4D is soft, round, and goes down easily, finishing faintly dry. The booze is only barely there and very well integrated. Are my ears red yet?

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Photo of brianmandell
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage; pours a murky brown. Smells of sherry, raisins, caramel, brown sugar. Flavors of dark caramel, sherry, chocolate, brown sugar, a touch of bourbon and oak barrel. Sweet but very well balanced and finishes with drying oak tannins. Low but prickly carbonation combined with a syrupy mouthfeel. Just amazing. Drinks like a So bummed I only have one bottle.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage on 10/13/2016

deep dark brown, minimal carbonation....really nice barrel on the scent and taste....a little vanilla, some oaked cherry sugaryness, plenty of caramel and boozy bourbon malts....really nice

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I need more of this in my life. A well balanced beer that has the flavors and barrel character brilliantly blended together. Unbelievably smooth for the monster ABV. Bottle was 2011 and time has been extremely kind to this beauty!

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Photo of aleigator
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Kuhnhenn 4th D - unfortunately I have no idea which vintage this is, due to a missing vintage label: stored it in the fridge for about a year.

Pours a dark brown color with a quickly disappearing khaki brown head.

Smells of unsweetened coconut shell, earth and scented wood, enriched by dried grapes and old oak. Offers a nice Bourbon spiciness which gets entangled into toasted nuts and grilled corn. Surprisingly earthy, focussing on the barrel without turning just a tad too sweet, creating a spicy, warm complexity on the nose which is awesome.

Drinks truly soft, establishing a great silkness, which unfolds the Bourbon in all its powerfull facets. Its hot bite gets balanced by the rich toasty malt base, creating a powerful, complex beer.

Tastes of sugar glazed malts, a hint of licorice, dusty woodbark and toasty, bready malts. Spicy, sweet cinnamon and bakers chocolate add to the malt backbone, while a warming Boubon sharpness slowly becomes more and more recognizable. Ends sweet with a well integrated booziness, showcasing even more tongue tickling spices and toasty toffee malts. Finished very clean and soft, with a heavy Bourbon appearance defining the taste.

Masterfully balanced, intense beer, reminding of a Barley Wine at first glance, which from there on transforms into something different. All flavors work very harmoniously together, exhibiting a slowly uprising Bourbon sweetness which reveals a respectable amount of earth and bread. At its peak sweet toffee and scented wood add to the taste, never forgetting its rustic, bready roots. Finishes utmost clean after revealing its breathtaking complexity, calm after unleashing an intense flavor storm on the palate. Despite its taste intensity the beer drinks incredibly soft and almost easy if it wasn't for the perfectly integrated Bourbon, which works so good with the beers profound malt foundation.

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Photo of foundersasap
3.89/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: pours a gorgeous burgundy clear little carb small head generation, dissipates instantly
Smell: fruits of apricot, sweet fig, plum
Taste: carbon copy of nose, all sweet fruits in forefront, not much backup, wishing for some toffee, marshmallow, very difficult to pick out the bourbon notes, little to no heat
Feel: medium feel sweet slightly sticky
Overall: little disappointed and did not find enough complexity or bourbon which is why I buy BA beers, decent though

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Photo of ragnar3
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage - poured from a bottle into a taster. Great example of the style - caramel, toffee, a bit of vanilla/marshmallow and some nice barrel without being overly sweet. Well done.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got a bottle of Kuhnhenn's Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia. I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I first heard of Kuhnhenn, I've had 4D before, but I'm really excited to tr the bourbon barrel aged version, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz gold foiled bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a clean and classy look to it, it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy brown color that took on more of a ruby and crimson hue when held to the light with a quarter fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left lots of little spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a huge caramel aroma being the first to show up with lots of sweet malts and caramel malts and there's a little bit of a butterscotch like aroma showing up in the background. Up next comes the bourbon barrel which are noticeable and they blend perfectly with the other aromas and it imparts some bourbon, oak and and little bit of a vanilla aroma. Up next comes a little bit of an alcohol aroma with an toasted marshmallow aroma showing up towards the end. This beer has a very good aroma, all the different aspects work perfectly together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with that same big caramel aspect being the first to show up and it's followed by the sweet malts and caramel malts, this time the butterscotch barely shows up. Up next comes the bourbon barrel which imparts a noticeable bourbon flavor and it's a little less woody than it was in the aroma with that same noticeable alcohol aspects that I got in the aroma and I think it's hidden fairly well for being over 13% abv. Towards the end there's a little bit of bitterness with some warming alcohol and a little more sweetness with the toasted marshmallow coming right at the end with the caramel showing up in the aftertaste and it developed a little bit of dark fruit flavor. This beer tastes fantastic, all the flavors work very well together.

M- Fairly smooth, a little warming, slightly cloying, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and I thought it was world class example of the style, to me it has everything that big, dark, bold and strong beer should have, all the bases are covered and all the flavors work so well together it's hard to tell where one starts and another begins. This beer has nice drinkability, one is the perfect amount for me, it's a great sipping beer. What I like the most about this beer is how well all the flavors come together and the balance is awesome. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything at all that I would change. I would buy this beer if I ever had the chance to and I would recommend it to anyone who like big barrel aged beer. All in all I was very impressed with this beer, it's just as great as I hoped it would be and it didn't disappoint in the slightest. IT's now my favorite beer from Kuhnhenn and it's a world class example of the style, Great job guys, this is a super tasty beer.

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Photo of MichaelCoyne
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells and taste like sweet raisins. Overall awesome beer, had it twice at bottle shares. Wish I had a few bottles of it for myself. Another great Michigan beer!

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Photo of wulfie85
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really an excellent beer. Poured dark and thick with notes of caramel, toffee, and dried fruit. Had great body and mouth feel with flavors of sweet toffee and caramel to match the aromas. The bourbon barrel added excellent vanilla and bourbon flavors, but no alcohol burn of any kind. Can't wait to have more of this!

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Photo of vicinandp
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the start you know what this beer is all about. Immediately you get tons of caramel and dark fruit, very sweet on the nose. The taste follows the nose and this beer was caramel, toffee and raisins. Not a whole lot of bourbon comes through, very good offering but not much barrel and a tad bit sweet for my taste.

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Photo of tywhite
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage in 2016. Unquestionably sweet, but apparently less so than when fresh. Sheets of rich dark fruits with just a hint of barrel left. Would drink again any time, but would probably try to sit on it for several years.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best Old Ale I've ever tasted! Enjoyed the fresh 2015 bottle and very glad I have more of this and can't wait to try the 4 year old bottle!!

Nice bourbon caramel notes on none and palate! Enjoyed slowly via sipping and savoring over and over :)

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured blackish brown with mocha colored bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Sweet booze is noted with dark fruits and sweet malts.

Taste - My initial impression is chocolate covered raisins with booze. Sweet malts and other dark fruits are present. As the beer warms, sweet chocolate becomes more apparent. The booze is well balanced with the after taste being modestly warm.

Mouthfeel - The sticky booze and malts really linger. There is some thickness.

Overall - This is definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of LAp
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours burgundy when the flow is viewed through the light, and when collected in the glass, creates a dark-chocolate, almost-black appearance. A 1 finger thick tan, almost-khaki head, forms, and recedes gradually, leaving beautiful lacing with moderate retention. The nose is a dry red wine right off the bat when nosed from the bottle., followed by caramel and bourbon. When nosed from the tulip, the same features are present, but with more emphasis on the caramel and bourbon. The palate opens with thick, syrupy malt with caramel and sweet bourbon. The thickness of the beer, and the deep caramel notes mask much of the boozy warmth at first, but the alcohol becomes a touch more noticeable on the backend of the palate. Hints of fig and currant emerge as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is incredible - one of the thickest, most syrupy beers I've tasted - it complements the beer itself tremendously. Overall, an incredible beer in a style that is too-little-done in my opinion. This beer almost tastes as much like a rich English barleywine that's spent some time in bourbon barrels as it does a bourbon barrel old ale (though the dividing line between those style's is admittedly blurry). Truly a treat to try.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. No bottled on date, but this is 2015 vintage, so maybe 2-3 months old at this point.

A: Pours a syrupy-thick, mahogany-brown color. Just a hand-full of bubbles in a very calm beer. Some light getting through.

S: Apricot, fig, maple syrup, plum, dark cherries, vanilla. The bourbon is very faint on first pass, but a good whiff reveals it. Comes through as a more oaky, leathery note, and less wet, fresh bourbon.

T: Big fig, jam, plum, and caramel notes up front. Some vanilla and toffee in the middle. Finish leaves more of a slightly booze-tinged character than an overt bourbon note, but lets you know that there's some barrel presence there.

M: Just brilliant. This is about as thick and chewy as you'd want for a barrel-aged beer, regardless of the style. The high-ABV is well hidden. Carbonation level is right in the sweet spot.

O: Kuhnhenn is my hometown brewery, as I grew up a short 15 minutes away. However, I didn't discover it's place in the craft beer universe until 1 or 2 years in. A very small, unique place, Kuhnhenn has a similar ethos to Founder's in that they do it their way. After my first Winter Solstice in 2012, it instantly became one of my favorites. BB4D is a legend, and 3 years later, it still holds up as a classic. This beer, for the style, has it all. It's rich, sweet, decadent, layered, and above all delicious. It's truly an achievement to craft a beer this drinkable and tasty. My only small critique is that I would like a bit more barrel presence here. Not sure if it was more predominant a few years back, but it's just a tad mute here. Maybe I'd have to have it side by side with 4D to truly appreciate it, but bourbon isn't the first thing that comes to my mind when drinking this one. Nonetheless, it's an under-the-radar beer that deserves a bit more acclaim than it already has.

Recommendation: Mandatory drinking for lovers of all things barrel-aged.

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Photo of hardysf
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours super thick. Dark black with a thin head, and a ring stays throughout the drink. The smell is of sweet malts, dark fruit, and bready malts. I don't get a whole lot of wood, bourbon, or vanilla aromas surprisingly. The taste is full of toffee, caramel, and bready malts. Some oak notes come through on the back end, and there is a splash of alcohol on the finish. Really good beer. Must drink warmer than colder though. It got significantly better as the temp rose. Very nice mouthfeel on this one. There is a touch of oxidation in this beer more apparent on the nose than the taste.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From bottle. Pours an oil thick milk chocolate brown. Nice layer of film on top and stains the sides with some lacing as it drinks. Fantastic smell. Sweet bourbon, chocolate, date, fig, caramel, marshmallow wow. Taste is more elegant than I would have guessed. Abv is not noticed. Getting plum and charred/roasted fig. Hint of chocolate. Very yummy. A faint hit of carbonation. As thick as it looks, it just has a thin feel to it. The sweetness that while pleasant in smell and taste is a bit cloying. Still an awesome beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown color, slight head dissipates quickly. Some light lacing on the glass as it drinks down a bit. Smells like a chocolate covered fig that was soaked in bourbon. Taste reflects the same with the bourbon shining through nicely and balancing with the sweetness. Good stuff from these guys

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks for the awesome Kuhnhenn hook up!). 2015 vintage. Served in a goblet.

Pours an opaque mahogany with chestnut highlights at the edges. The finger and a half of deep beige head is slow to recede to a modest halo. Scattered small islands of lacing find purchase on the glass.

Aromas of toffee, dark fruit, leather, earthy oak and faint bourbon. This is one of those beers that I can savor the smell alone so my nose returns to the glass often to do exactly that.

The bourbon isn't dominant but is much more apparent in the taste than the nose. Caramel, cereal grains, soft bourbony vanilla notes, dark fruit skins, toffee, wet oak, faint spice, earth and a surprisingly light touch of alcohol. Its a wonderful blend of old ale and bourbon barrel.

Creamy, full feel with pillowy, light carbonation. A blend of raisins, slightly oxidized fruit, caramel and bourbon soaked oak caresses the palate in the finish.

Kuhnhenn takes their already outstanding Fourth Dementia to the next level with some barrel aging. This is a little more boozey than the base and as expected adds some nice, sweet, complementary barrel notes. Like many of Kuhnhenn's offerings this is worth some effort to try.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bottle into a snifter:

Best old ale I've ever had. Super dark brown in color and somewhat boozy on the nose, but, man...this is just smooth, caramel coated candy bar without ever being actually sweet. Coating mouthfeel, nice pleasant warming sensation. Truly wonderful.

I was hesitant to crack this, now I wish I had a few more. Much better than I expected, as I'm not typically a huge fan of the style. Definitely a recommended brew.

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Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 2 5 oz pours from this year's Winter Solstice event at Kuenhenns Brewery. I had BB4D at the Summer Solstice event but I felt this batch was way better from what I remember. Very good smell. The taste was excellent, very smooth and balanced with only a hint of the bourbon. Great job on this brew.

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Photo of docoman
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't give too many overall 5's, but for the style Old Ale this is fantastic! Super smooth, great smell, taste, look, feel... just wish easier to obtain (I live only 20 minutes from brewery and still hard for me to get). Hopefully once Kuhnhenn expands from current 2500 bbls per year to around 20000 bbls annual we'll all get more to share.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not the prettiest beer ever made thats for sure, this was brown for the most part, but would reveal some more fire kind of colors (orange and red) that came out around the edges.

Aroma was pretty much bourbon and caramel.

Taste was more of the same, add some toffee, thick ass viscosity mouthfeel. Vanilla comes out, smoke, you could pour this on pancakes while camping and get your day started.

Solid old ale, 1st tier.

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