Fourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Fourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-AgedFourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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 and toasted marshmallow-like character.

Added by alexgash on 12-14-2006

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of oline73
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Unibroue snifter. The bottle says this is a 2010 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with some light coming through the pour. There is just a small layer of light tan head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Just a touch sweeter than the regular version. Lots of dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar. The bourbon is definitely there, but the overall smell is incredibly smooth. Some toffee and vanilla show up as well.

Taste: This one is incredibly smooth. Sweet caramel up front with some dark fruit notes. None of the tart notes show up as they did in the regular version. Some heat from the alcohol and bourbon. Some oaky notes in there too. The finish is hot and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this version a little bit more than the regular version. I thought it was slightly under carbonated, but the depth and complexity of flavors was very nice. I'll definitely have this again given the chance.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of schneid
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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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tarheels86
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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Photo of mattsander
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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Photo of stxSS07
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%

Photo of eatabagofbooger
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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4.5/5  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%

Fourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 1,942 ratings