Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Photo of srv33
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark near-black. almost zero head, but a few medium-size bubbles remain. Fantastic fragrance of dark fruits, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and bourbon. Taste very much follows the nose - though these is an amazing complexity here, in addition to the chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and bourbon notes, there are hints of oak, soy, and a hint of tobacco. Its sweeter than I imagined it would be, definitely more "lush" of a taste compared to other bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. Mouthfeel is very well balanced and very big, definitely a slow sipper sort of beer, though despite its ABV it doesn't show, its hidden quite well. This is a fantastic brew, quite unique, and deserves its position on the list.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin tan head. Collar left.

Sweet caramels, smells a bit hot.

Cherries, yum. A tad hot on the tail end but definitely doesn't detract.

Medium mouthfeel, tongue tingling carbonation.

This is a great one, worth every accolade it receives. Everything great about old ales...this one packs. Thanks kawilliams81.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle from the 2011 vintage. Poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass and served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, in color. Pours a slight beige head recedes almost immediately into a light lacing. Looks a lot like a stout.

Aroma: Huge caramel, molasses and brown sugar upfront. Really nice bourbon and vanilla is also very forward along with hints of oak. Barrel forward yet really well balanced.

Taste: Caramel, molasses and the bourbon from the barrel really stand out upfront. Vanilla and toasted malt create some nice depth. The ABV is hidden very well considering the amount of boubon present.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and warming. Lower than average carbonation.

Overall, an incredible tasty and balanced old ale. The barrel notes are strong and flavorful and well balanced. Really tasty and one of the best barrel aged non stouts I've ever had. I am definitely going to try to get my hands on more.

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4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Payne for this rare opportunity; I was happy to win this in her American Cancer Society Donation LIF, and even happier to participate in the raising of hundreds of dollars in support of the ACS. Cheers to charity!

A: Breathtakingly thick on the pour – I can’t remember having a beer that looked this syrupy. Lovely dark brown color, not letting much light through at all, with only a moment of filmy head. Looks like thick coffee liqueur, but with specks of brown lacing as the body moves around the glass.

S: Potent, delicious caramel scents waft up as soon as the glass gets anywhere near my face. Strongest of those scents I’ve ever encountered in a beer, bar none. Impressively rich tones of syrup, including toffee and maple, help push the huge caramel backbone to sweet glory. Loads of chocolate, bourbon, and oaky vanilla show that the barrels are there, as well. Smoke and raisin give it some traditional old ale character.

T: Pure malt with definite aged qualities. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate fudge, marshmallow, and toffee give this a sweet, yet refined palate; it’s not devastatingly sugary, in other words. Marginal tastes revolve around sweet gingerbread, along with ripe dates, a spattering of herbal hops, brown sugar, and dark, vinous raisin. Thick barrel and booze tastes provide a decadent wooden tone that leads into the finish. Aftertaste is a reminder that you just drank a bottle of malt, playing on residual sugars and dark, earthy fruit tastes in sticky fashion.

M: All the thickness you’d expect from a beer of this gravity, but with memorable heat. Medium-full and satisfying, but not mouth-coating.

O: Kuhnhenn seems to have been going for the old ale to end all old ales; and, alas, they’ve done it. Style-defining for barrel-aged old ales; it’s just the right mix of barrel, booze, and bold malt. A beautiful beer.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip. 2011 bottle

A - Pours a nice deep brown almost black with a good half a finger mocha head that fades to leave a nice heavy wisps and a good rich halo.

S - Excellent aromas of wood, vanilla, and bourbon. Some light dark fruits, figs mostly, with nice caramel and toffee undertones.

T - Wow, this is tasty. More of those sweet oaky vanilla bourbon notes with strong, but not oppressively, caramel and fig sweetness. There is some nice toffee, almost like burnt sugars. Alcohol is outstandingly hidden.

M - Mouthfeel is holy cow good, smooth, almost creamy that alcohol is no where to be found. That said this is still a sipper.

O - Overall this is a delicious beer, one of my favourite old ales. The bourbon improves the base beer, which was already good, big time. Delicious.

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with almost no head and a few bubbles around the edge. No lacing. The aroma is huge vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and light chocolate, as well as quite a bit of booze. The taste is sweet with caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and some light chocolate. The finish has a strong alcohol presence. Full bodied. Low carbonation. This was quite good despite the alcohol being very prominent.

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3.47/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3.02/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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


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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter (2011).

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

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

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

M: Very slight carbonation, thick-bodied.

O: Thick, rich, and tasty.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 OZ bottle poured into a globe glass

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

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

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

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

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

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4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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4.5 out of 5 based on 1,911 ratings.
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