Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia
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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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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL red wax. Older batch. 2008? Pours a cloudy amber with not much of a head. Aroma is huge toffee, gold raisins, tiramisu, rich chocolate, vanilla. Very nice. Taste is gold raisins, toffee, spices, very barleywine like. Some of the 11% starts to show through in the finish. Sweet, thick, sticky. 4/5/2010 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

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4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Quite hazy deep brown. Tiny bit of loosely distributed head vanishes quickly.

S: Tootsie rolls, toasted coconut, vanilla, dark buttery caramel, booze, dry cocoa, a hint of smokiness. Big malt fruitiness. Very inviting, sweet, smells amazing.

T: Sticky toffee, slightly maple-ish, sappy sweet malts, fruity esters. Leaves my lips smelling like caramel corn afterwards, absolutely delicious.

M: Almost flat but perfect for the style and size of this beer. A great beer to sip over a few hours.

Slick, huge, boozy, delicious and unique.

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4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark muddy river water brown with no head to speak of. Leaves a film/legs, but no lacing. 3

S- Caramel, marshmallow, toffee, vanilla, sweet sugary malts, roasted notes. 4

T- Follows the nose with decadent flavors of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Vanilla and some spicy booze mingle with barrel notes. Finishes with more caramel/marshmallow sweetness. Tasty. 4.5

M- Thick and rich with lower carbonation. Almost syrup-like. 4.5

O- Just a fantastic beer all-around. I wish I could get this with regularity. 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.62/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky, rusty, syrupy pour with just a few stray bubbles-not even enough to call a head. Possibly the most viscous pout I've ever seen. It's like olive oil, but the color of used motor oil. Really clings to the glass when you swirl it.

S: Holy diabetes, batman, this smells like marshmallows, maple syrup, and brown sugar with hints of oak, alcohol, and leather. I'm honestly scared to taste this!

T: Much better than I expected from the nose, as the bourbon comes through much stronger. Prunes are an addition to the flavors listed above. Still too cloyingly sweet by far.

M: Here's where this beer shines, or at least gets points for being unique and impressive. The only beer I can compare it to in thickness and consistency is bcbs. In that beer, though, it works really well with the heat and roasty bitterness. Here, it enhances the sense that you are drinking syrup from the bottle. Still impressive.

O: I'm more than a bit disapointed with this one, but I did have pretty high expectations. Still, for an old ale, I'd like to see more leathery, oxidized, and/or tannic flavors to balance out the sweetness. I guess if you have a real sweet tooth, this beer is for you; otherwise steer clear.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A: Vigorous pour yields little more than a wisp of foam. Dark garnet body.

S: Intense toffee and vanilla, with moderate wood and bourbon.

T: Sweet and caramelly and chocolatey, finishing with wood and light roast.

M: Syrupy and rich with minimal carbonation. Some alcohol burn, but it's pretty well masked.

O: Intense is the word here. Delicious as a dessert. Way too much to drink very much of. I'll work my way through this bottle, but it's going to take a while. FWIW, I think calling this an Old Ale is a mis-characterization.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2010 version; poured into a snifter

Big thanks to Jebus3515 for this one

Pours a rather translucent chestnut brown body with no head or lacing whatsoever.

The bourbon is strong with this one. Huge bourbon notes sting the nostrils while figs/raisins hold steady. Plums, brown sugar and vanilla round out the nose.

Ok. So, bourbon takes control early and often here. Raisins/figs with brown sugar and plums through the middle before everything gives way to vanilla and more bourbon.

Full, rich body. Fusel alcohol hurts the overall smoothness and delivers an oily feel. Finish is bourbon heat and vanilla.

Overall, this is a damn fine old ale. The barrel aging definitely takes its toll on some of the finer points of the reviewing process, but this beer is a damn good example of the style. A great sipper after dinner.

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn glass

A - Deep brown with a very nice and clean look to it. It actually has a nice quarter inch off-white head comprised of many small bubbles. Actually one of the nicest heads I've seen on a high ABV old ale

S - Wow, the nose blows you away as soon as you get close to the glass. It is strong and complex. Strong caramel, vanilla, and oak from the bourbon intermingle with dark fruits like plums and candied dates. There is also a hint of marshmallow that intermingles as well. It balances the oak and bourbon perfectly with the other flavors as it gives it another dimension instead of overpowering.

T - Initally big hints of caramel, marshmallow, and vanilla hit the tongue. Then, a slight dark fruit that reminds me of English Christmas pudding intermingles with a slight alcoholic kick. The finish is bourbon and oak that lingers on the tongue along with the dark fruit flavors. It manages to be sweet but not cloying and all the flavors meld together perfectly as one flows into the next. The alcohol is there but just enough to serve as a reminder that this is a big beer.

MF - Smooth and velvety on the tongue. Medium body with a slight stickiness to it but still very smooth. There is light carbonation that comes in the finish that helps add to the bourbon and oak flavors

O - A splendid old ale from Kuhnhenn's that impresses from the moment you first get a whiff of it. It has a strong and complex nose that really blows you away. The flavors blend sweet, fruity and bourbony together perfectly so that the all play off of each other instead of one overpowering the rest of the beer. It reminds you why people will go to the winter solstice and stand outside in a Detroit winter to get some of this.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured in Hunahpu snifter.

Dark black to blood red elixir, thin brown rim, few wisps of lacing, not unexpected for a 13.5% abv brew.

Wonderful mix of sugar, caramel, bourbon, subtle oak. Could really sniff this one all night.

Starts off sweet with toffee, some dark fruits and mild bitterness with the barrel coming through and a lingering bourbon aftertaste. Complex and well integrated.

Surprisingly medium bodied, under carbonated, oily.

This is one to seek out and savor. Well done.

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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