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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#68
Reviews:
415
Ratings:
1,923
pDev:
8.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,709
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Trade:
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.55/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my favorite snifter glass.
Vintage bottle from 2011 served September 2nd, 2013.

Appearance: dark mahogany colored body with little to no bubbles on the body creating a slightly off-white head that has a light orange tint to it. The head with a hard pour didn't rise much, I would say maybe 1/8" if that dropping to almost nothing before the first sip.

Smell: light molasses and caramel scent, awesome to sniff but little lighter than what expected.

Taste: I have had old ales before and this one on taste alone crushes almost anything else I have ever had. Complex and sweet that might overwhelm some people with its brown sugar feel and maltiness that is incredibly addicting.

Mouth: light to medium carbonation at best. Ridiculously sticky and for that alone I have to give I respect.

Overall: If you are looking for a good beer and like that caramel note to it, this beer is beyond perfect. Has some flaws but most of is easy to overlook because rarely you get something that tastes as good as this. Grab a bottle on me and enjoy....Salud!

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/29/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Deep, dark/medium brown, some dark caramel around the edges - nice clarity, pours with a small, creamy beige head, fades to some wisps of a cap, leaves a few streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Rich and intense - tons and tons of caramel and toffee - very cooked and caramelized, brown sugar-like sweetness, intense but not excessively sweet - some chocolate and vanilla - lots of bourbon and bourbon barrel - a range of dark fruit, figs, and raisins - some pretty obvious alcohol

Taste: About as intense as the aroma, with some serious malts - rich caramel, toffee, sweet grains, sweet bread - highly caramelized - hint of highly cooked, vaguely old, vaguely oxidized tasting malts (typical for the style) - some syrupy sweetness and brown sugar, but not over the top - lots of wood and rich barrel - alcohol is pretty obvious, but so is the bourbon, so it works

Mouthfeel: Borderline full body, very smooth, nice finish, a nice sipper

Overall: Sure, I'll give this at least 4 dementias

This is probably the first Old Ale that I have legitimately enjoyed. The malt profile is pretty ridiculous, and they can support the bourbon barrel aging better than I expected. This is great to sip. I might die if I had to drink the whole bottle, but it would be an acceptable death.

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4.05/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Rich dark copper/brown. Hard pour leaves no head with the tiniest off-white collar. No carbonation. Standard affair for a barrel aged anything.

Smell: Holy hell bourbon. Loaded with vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Mild barrel presence. Big sweet maltiness tempered by a very light choppiness. Some molasses with a deep fruitiness. Raisins and plums and cherry. Sharp bite of alcohol. Complex sweetness layered with alcohol. Slight spicy finish from the alcohol as well.

Taste: Vanilla and coconut. Fleshy fresh coconut. Caramel and toffee in spades. Incredibly sweet with layers of bourbon. Complex malts add some mild roasted elements. Dark fruit with raisins and plums. Spicy alcohol. Vaguely nutty. Warming pushes the bourbon a bit far along with the sweetness. Almost like marshmallow on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean with a drying alcohol.

Overall: Sometimes hype pays off.

I'm not usually a bourbon barrel or old ale fan, but this is good. Complex if a bit too sweet. I guess I need to get another bottle or four to cellar and try over time.

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the 2012 release. Poured into an unlabeled snifter on 24 August 2013. Opened up another one today, 4 September 2013.

Pours a medium brown, perhaps mahogany. Not particularly dark but not particularly light either. Comes with a swirly film of white head that simmers on top for a while. Not much of a head, but it is very pretty on the top of the body.

Smells like caramel bourbon marshmallows. And very pungent here. The nose on this beer is a winner.

The taste is very intense. It's a big boatload of caramel, toffee, molasses, bourbon. A good bit of oak in here too. It all comes together to make some sort of bourbon marshmallow bomb. Very nice, unfortunately the alcohol here is very strong as well.

Somewhat thinner for a full-bodied brew, typical of old ales. Decent carbonation, smooth and thin-feeling yet flavourful. Definitely a sipper, as the booze on this one is very, very strong.

Outside of the booziness, this beer is excellent. Strong vanilla, bourbon and caramel flavours mix together quite well here. I could not drink the whole bottle by myself, no way sirree. This 12oz bottle is meant to be shared with a friend who likes his beer sweet and strong.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
Wax Capped

2005

Received this gem in a trade with badbeer, thanks again. A hard pour conjures up a minimal swirling of head that disappears rather quickly. There's a tiny ring of head around the edge of the glass. The small head is expected from such an alcohol bomb such as this. The color on the pour is a muddy brown before becoming opaque dark brown in the glass.

I don't think this beer could even accommodate another aroma. Big nose filling whiffs of dark rye and pumpernickel bread start things off. All this bready goodness is wrapped around a handful of brown sugar and molasses. This again is all wrapped around a sweet oaken whiff of bourbon. Everything comes together flawlessly. There's alcohol in there but I can feel the fumes more in my eyes and nose that smell it's presence.

Flavor picks up right where the smell left off. The sweet notes (brown sugar and molasses) are just the right intensity bringing the bready malts into the oak and bourbon perfectly. The breadiness up front is absolutely mouthwatering and just pulls you right in. The bourbon and oak accompany the breadiness without being too dominant. World class old ale!

The mouthfeel is just as perfectly done as the rest of the drink. Sluggish carbonation leaves this beer sliding slowly along your tongue. As it slowly works through every separate flavor grabs hold at some point or another. The body has some weight to it and coats the mouth nicely.

The alcohol and big bold flavors keeps this a one and done type of beer. The bottle I'm drinking now will be a pleasure to finish but that's enough for one sitting.

This is not only a world class old ale but a world class beer period. The barrel aging sets this beer on an entirely different level. I'm glad I could get my hands on one of these. It's a great beer to celebrate Christmas.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 1,923 ratings
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