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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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

Pours a dark murky raisin color. It's viscous with little carbonation, exactly what I expected.

Oh wow it's a sniffer. Dates, figs, and extremely aromatic vanilla and caramel. Brown sugar. Oak. Every time I stick my nose in I find more layers.

Summed up, flavors are dark and sweet. Heavy on vanilla, caramel, and dates. A little marshmallow. The few years on this bottle really mellows the booze and melds everything else. I'd love to try it fresh sometime.

Thick body with minimal carbonation. Sipper, but smooth. It drinks heavy but should. The body holds it all together well.

I'm glad I got around to ticking this one. It's been a big want of mine for a while. Definitely worth chasing.

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

Pours a murky mahogany with cherry highlights and one finger tan head that fades quickly and leaves nice oily legs around the glass, but barely a hint of lacing. Just as expected.
Caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruit, huge bourbon notes, Touches of sweetened espresso, marshmallow, figs, dates, and cocoa powder.
Completely mimics the nose. Caramel enrobed in chocolate, vanilla marshmallows stuffed with a blend of dried fig/cherry/date/raisins and drizzled with coffee/dark cocoa ganache. Notes of citrus lay in wait. HUGE notes of sweet vanilla bourbon and oak.
Not quite as thick as I was hoping for, but it really sticks to your tongue and envelopes as it goes down. I think the bourbon thins it out but also intensify's and brings together all of these incredible flavors.
This is a really intense experience in a bottle. Old Ale... Barleywine... call it what you will. This is worth seeking out, and I'm glad I did!!!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage, had at both 1 and 2 year marks.

Pours a dark, dirty, muggy mahogany/ruby brown with no sign of carbonation - not pretty, but no olde ale should have to be.

Aroma is outrageous. Boozy dark fruits - figs, raisins - huge bourbon caramel that enhances the caramel malt, toasted brown sugar. Very fine bourbon vanilla with a sweetness of marshmallow and coconut. Some brandy fruits and cocoa powder. There is some leather and tobacco as well.

Taste is huge, rounded, and balanced. All of the above in the aroma is featured - incredibly smooth with an amazing aftertaste that just lingers and sticks to the bottom of the tongue. Not overly sweet at all - the balance is perfect. The barrel-vanilla character is what sticks out the most - it is very soft and subtle but integrates with everything else strongly.

This is one of the finest beers I have ever had - incredible. 100/100


Revisited: Beautiful barrel aged beer. Perfect amount of sweetness balanced with some bitterness that comes out mid palate, great old ale character, beautiful sweet barrel influence, incredibly rich taste and body. 97/100

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown, molasses color body. Small, thin head billows up slowly after the pour and fades much quicker, leaving just a tiny rim. Pretty indicative of any olde ale.

S: The smell is oozing of caramel malts and bourbon. A bit of toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla are laced in between the malt and barrel.

T: Perfectly balanced and complex. Toasted marshmallows. Toffee. Butterscotch. Caramel. It's just like having an after dinner bourbon with some creme brûlée - and that's a good thing.

M: Creamy. Very full body. Velvety. Low carbonation, but that's probably due to the aging. Boozy warm.

O: Wow. Just wow. I was a skeptic that this wouldn't live up to the hype, but I was wrong. So complex that ever drink is a bit different. Some sips are dominated by marshmallow, while some are literally just like eating a creme brûlée. Bourbon ties it altogether brilliantly.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This drinks very closely to an English Barleywine to me. Dark fruits, caramel, and hints of bourbon. Maybe even a little vanilla. The barrel highlights this beer. The 13.5% does not diminish any of the flavor. Top notch beer. As good as any BB barleywine/old ale I've had.

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 1,915 ratings.
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