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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia

Brewed by:
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.

Added by alexgash on 12-14-2006

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this before, but somehow never reviewed it, so thanks to rudzud for this sample to make a review with.

Light fizzy almost non-existent head, dark molasses brown color that lets just a bit of brown light through, thick legs on the glass.

Nose tons of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some molasses even, sweet malts galore, then vanilla and toasted oak barrel, light bourbon in there even, and sweetened dark fruit like brandy soaked raisins, dates, etc.

Taste brings more of the same, fairly sweet, plenty of caramel and toffee, brown sugar molasses, candied dates, little nutty like, booze soaked raisins, fig paste, then barrel, some vanilla and toasty oak, and some nice bourbon, and a nice tingly warming booze. Finish is sticky sweet, long lingering sweet malts, caramel toffee, dark fruits, bourbon barrel, etc.

Mouth is fuller bodied, lighter carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall a very nice beer, top of the top in the style, bourbon barrel aged old ale executed almost perfectly.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kuhnhenn, also a few times out of the bottle. Pours an opaque, sienna-brown color with a dark-beige, creamy head that smokes out pretty quickly and is kind of hard to bring back, even with aggressive swirling.

The aroma is powerful right from the start, and only grows more so as the beer warms up. The bourbon barrel aging is apparent immediately, thanks to the heavy boozy-oak notes. Light vanilla, candied, booze-soaked dark fruits, and an intense sweetness build up the rest of the aroma. There's a nice clash between the dry warmth from the bourbon barrels and the savory sweetness of the malt.

This one is very creamy as it hits the palate, with a body on the thicker side and a medium amount of carbonation. Bourbon infused fruits up front; dates, figs, ripe raisins. Toasted brown sugar charges through and sweetens things up a bit, as well. Along with the brown sugar comes a delicate vanilla flavor that lasts into the aftertaste. Oak and bourbon flavors are hanging in the background from start to finish - although the word "background" may not do them justice, as they play a much larger role in the flavor.

The taste has the same head-butting of flavors as the nose did aromas - a nice, smooth, mellow boozy warmth with a dry oak underbody competes with a delicate and delectable sweetness in the form of toasted, sugar-coated dark fruit. Booze is, as mentioned, very apparent - but in a "flavor" kind of way, rather than a "burning" kind of way - although it's additional warmth should be noted.

At 13.5% ABV, this beer is no slouch, and it deserves to be slowly sipped. Heavy oak, bourbon, sugar, dark fruits, and vanilla make for a nicely executed barrel-aged old ale. There's a reason people rave about this stuff. It's great.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This thing is ominous coming out of the bottle pure murky brown liquid falls out of the bottle into the glass. No noticeable carbonation until it sits in the glass for a second.

The smell is just littered with barrel notes everywhere (this beer is still fresh): dry woodiness, oak flavors, and a small hint of vanilla. The barrel notes kind of remind me of KBS or New Holland Pilgrim's Dole. I get even more vanilla the more smells I take it. The old ale earthiness comes out a bit, but its definitely a bourbon barrel bomb on the nose.

Now this is exactly what I expected from the hype. Strong notes of caramel and toffee dominate pretty much the whole thing. Lots of vanilla and dry woody bourbon from the barrel mix beautifully with the sweet caramel and toffee. They are just intertwined so beautifully, that you can't tell where one begins and the other ends. The bourbon heat makes an initial attempt at coming out, but loses to the amazing sweet flavors, then it warms the back of the throat in the finish. The old ale is woven seamlessly into the huge bourbon and barrel notes. The earthiness helps keep this beer from being cloying.

There isn't much of a body at all, but it feels super slick. The caramel and toffee make it drinkable for 13.5%. I didn't even notice it in the flavor that much, which is scary as all get out. Its a sipper for sure, but a tasty one at that.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip:

This is from the 2012 Winter Solstice release, still on-tap in February:

A - a beautiful dark toffee muddy brown color. There was minimal head and what head there was disappeared to a small ring around the top of the glass, with the small head there was a small amount of lacing, the lacing had great legs.

S - Man this smells great, toffee and marshamallow followed by the booziness of the Bourbon. There is a sense of some fig and raisin with the backbone of the malt present as well.

T - The taste is different from anything I have had before, the bourbon and toffee along with the marshmallow were dominant and just like the aroma there was just a hint of some fruit mostly figs and raisins but something else along with it I just couldnt place.

M - very smooth with minimal carbonation, nice full body.

O - wow, this is an outstanding beer. Was very dissapointed they didn't have any for sale in bottle even though the menu indicated they had some. would gladly pay $8.00 per bottle for a few of these. This is rapidly going to be something I search for and has moved into the upper tier of beers that I have enjoyed.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trade from deyholla, part of an awesome box. Thanks! 2011 bottle. Pours cloudy dark brownish red with a hint of kahki head. Smell is an amazing blend of vanilla caramel, chocolate, oak, bourbon and maybe some brandy. Beautiful. Surprisingly mellow flavor. Bready malts and chocolate fade into strong vanilla oak and subtle caramel notes. Bourbon is there up front but dissapates into the complexity of the barrels quickly. Thick viscous mouthfeel almost like a stout. Almost like a caramello dipped in bourbon with vanilla ice cream on top. And yet the sweetness is not overpowering. Just fantastic. One of the best beers I have ever had.

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4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A friend brought this back after a trip to Michigan. This review is of the 2011 version, served at about 55 degrees.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep mahogany brown, with a minimal might tan head. Moderate cloudniess in the beer gives it a bit of a murky quality; otherwise, it is the color of cola.

The aroma is intense and boozy, with tons of burnt toffee, malt and dark cherry. I don't quite get the burnt marshmellow advertised on the bottle, but there is a burnt quality to the brew.

The taste is malty, boozy, yeasty and strong, with dark fruit, caramel and burnt sugar. This is an intensely flavorful beer that demands it be sipped. A bit peaty and earthy, there's tremendous depth to this ale. Chocolate notes begin to come out the warmer it gets.

Full bodied with low bitterness, the brew has the feel of heavy creme it is so thick. There's a bit of fruity tang in the finish that balances out the ale nicely.

This is a slow sipper of a beer, meant to be enjoyed like one would enjoy a sherry, port or cognac, perfect for a cold winter day. You don't come across many olde ales that are as "English" as this; a true treat!

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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