Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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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Photo of ColForbinBC
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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Photo of jrpapajcik
5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SirIPAalot
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jeonseh
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%

Photo of CaptCleveland
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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Photo of WorldWideStout
4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of LaChupacabra
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of srv33
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -1.1%

Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +8.1%
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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +9.9%

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of psychotia
3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of jethrodium
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.47/5  rDev -23.7%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -33.6%
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 +4.4%

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