Madagascar Fourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Style:
English Old Ale
Ranked #37
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,500
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 4.68%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
14
From:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
One-off
Wants
  4
Gots
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
Madagascar Fourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-AgedMadagascar Fourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 4th D is aged for a minimum of nine months before being released. This ale has an intense sweet caramel malt flavor and aroma that develops into a toffee / toasted marsh mellow like character. This special variation has lots of Madagascar Vanilla beans added to the barrel while aging.
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 14
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, dark fruit, cherry, apricot, red apple, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, brown bread/crust, licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, peppercorn, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic malt/roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 13.5%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing flavored barrel aged old ale! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish; fantastic soft feel for the style. Perfectly balanced rich malts, vanilla, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with solid earthy hops. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier quality style example as expected. Not as amazing as the BA base beer, but still pretty mind blowing.

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4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 bottle weighing in at 13.5% ABV. Pours with little fanfare, less than a half-finger of head over dark brown molasses. Very little retention, but nice legs when swirled. Brown sugar, vanilla, leather, prune, green tobacco, bitter melon on the nose. Oak, bourbon, light yogurt, malted milk balls, and fudge join in the palate party. The vanilla is very present and really rounds out the flavor profile compared to the draft snifter of the standard BBA 4D I had two nights ago. Less of the bitterness and oxidation associated with many old ales, placing this somewhere in between what I would expect of an old ale and an English barleywine.

I do not give out 4.75 and 5 scores lightly on anything, but this has definitely earned it.

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Madagascar Fourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 14 ratings