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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

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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1,906
Reviews:
412
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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Photo of Sexton
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdlb44
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dismembered_MC
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TypsiYpsi
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Kuhnhenn 4th D - unfortunately I have no idea which vintage this is, due to a missing vintage label: stored it in the fridge for about a year.

Pours a dark brown color with a quickly disappearing khaki brown head.

Smells of unsweetened coconut shell, earth and scented wood, enriched by dried grapes and old oak. Offers a nice Bourbon spiciness which gets entangled into toasted nuts and grilled corn. Surprisingly earthy, focussing on the barrel without turning just a tad too sweet, creating a spicy, warm complexity on the nose which is awesome.

Drinks truly soft, establishing a great silkness, which unfolds the Bourbon in all its powerfull facets. Its hot bite gets balanced by the rich toasty malt base, creating a powerful, complex beer.

Tastes of sugar glazed malts, a hint of licorice, dusty woodbark and toasty, bready malts. Spicy, sweet cinnamon and bakers chocolate add to the malt backbone, while a warming Boubon sharpness slowly becomes more and more recognizable. Ends sweet with a well integrated booziness, showcasing even more tongue tickling spices and toasty toffee malts. Finished very clean and soft, with a heavy Bourbon appearance defining the taste.

Masterfully balanced, intense beer, reminding of a Barley Wine at first glance, which from there on transforms into something different. All flavors work very harmoniously together, exhibiting a slowly uprising Bourbon sweetness which reveals a respectable amount of earth and bread. At its peak sweet toffee and scented wood add to the taste, never forgetting its rustic, bready roots. Finishes utmost clean after revealing its breathtaking complexity, calm after unleashing an intense flavor storm on the palate. Despite its taste intensity the beer drinks incredibly soft and almost easy if it wasn't for the perfectly integrated Bourbon, which works so good with the beers profound malt foundation.

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Photo of rhong187
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robertjskelton
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of foundersasap
3.89/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: pours a gorgeous burgundy clear little carb small head generation, dissipates instantly
Smell: fruits of apricot, sweet fig, plum
Taste: carbon copy of nose, all sweet fruits in forefront, not much backup, wishing for some toffee, marshmallow, very difficult to pick out the bourbon notes, little to no heat
Feel: medium feel sweet slightly sticky
Overall: little disappointed and did not find enough complexity or bourbon which is why I buy BA beers, decent though

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Photo of ragnar3
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage - poured from a bottle into a taster. Great example of the style - caramel, toffee, a bit of vanilla/marshmallow and some nice barrel without being overly sweet. Well done.

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Photo of RNbeerfan
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BartS
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyRebel
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corm44
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHunter
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got a bottle of Kuhnhenn's Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia. I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I first heard of Kuhnhenn, I've had 4D before, but I'm really excited to tr the bourbon barrel aged version, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz gold foiled bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a clean and classy look to it, it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy brown color that took on more of a ruby and crimson hue when held to the light with a quarter fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left lots of little spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a huge caramel aroma being the first to show up with lots of sweet malts and caramel malts and there's a little bit of a butterscotch like aroma showing up in the background. Up next comes the bourbon barrel which are noticeable and they blend perfectly with the other aromas and it imparts some bourbon, oak and and little bit of a vanilla aroma. Up next comes a little bit of an alcohol aroma with an toasted marshmallow aroma showing up towards the end. This beer has a very good aroma, all the different aspects work perfectly together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with that same big caramel aspect being the first to show up and it's followed by the sweet malts and caramel malts, this time the butterscotch barely shows up. Up next comes the bourbon barrel which imparts a noticeable bourbon flavor and it's a little less woody than it was in the aroma with that same noticeable alcohol aspects that I got in the aroma and I think it's hidden fairly well for being over 13% abv. Towards the end there's a little bit of bitterness with some warming alcohol and a little more sweetness with the toasted marshmallow coming right at the end with the caramel showing up in the aftertaste and it developed a little bit of dark fruit flavor. This beer tastes fantastic, all the flavors work very well together.

M- Fairly smooth, a little warming, slightly cloying, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and I thought it was world class example of the style, to me it has everything that big, dark, bold and strong beer should have, all the bases are covered and all the flavors work so well together it's hard to tell where one starts and another begins. This beer has nice drinkability, one is the perfect amount for me, it's a great sipping beer. What I like the most about this beer is how well all the flavors come together and the balance is awesome. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything at all that I would change. I would buy this beer if I ever had the chance to and I would recommend it to anyone who like big barrel aged beer. All in all I was very impressed with this beer, it's just as great as I hoped it would be and it didn't disappoint in the slightest. IT's now my favorite beer from Kuhnhenn and it's a world class example of the style, Great job guys, this is a super tasty beer.

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Photo of MichaelCoyne
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells and taste like sweet raisins. Overall awesome beer, had it twice at bottle shares. Wish I had a few bottles of it for myself. Another great Michigan beer!

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wulfie85
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really an excellent beer. Poured dark and thick with notes of caramel, toffee, and dried fruit. Had great body and mouth feel with flavors of sweet toffee and caramel to match the aromas. The bourbon barrel added excellent vanilla and bourbon flavors, but no alcohol burn of any kind. Can't wait to have more of this!

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