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Fourth Dementia by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Old Ale
13.50 % ABV


 
Review by Surly Duff on 06/11/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 8 13 3 6 2008
Thanks to grub for this bottle. Not sure if the ABV changed in this one as this page lists it at 13.5% but my bottle says 11.8%.

Pours a murky medium-deep brown with a finger or so of bubbly light brown head atop. The foam sticks around for a good bit but leaves no lacing on the walls of the sniffer. Tiny bubbles continue to slide up the walls of the glass to make their way to the top.

Smells of light chocolate, hint of bourbon, and light toffee. Some light roasty notes. Warm light sweetness. No notes of alcohol to be found.

Smooth and roasty malt with a nice sweetness. Raisins and cherries as it seems there may be a bit of infection as is common with Kuhnhenn brews. Chocolate and very light coffee note. Hint of smokiness and just a touch of whiskey. Smooth malty flavor with a nice medium level of carbonation. No sign of alcohol in the flavor as in the aroma. Just a slight hint of oxidation at this point. I can see even a little cola flavor as joe1510 pointed out.

Nice old ale for the age although I wish Kuhnhenn would do something about their contamination issues. Had to throw out a bottle of Fifth Dementia because of infection.

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2007
12oz Bottle

2007 Bottling

A big thanks goes out to hoppymeal for this brew among many others, thanks Derek! There's nothing like an old ale to celebrate the first snow of the season. Fourth Dementia's body is the darkest of reds, that red that borders on black and is deep mahogany when a little light gets to it. I can't see any carbonation through the glass when backlit, the beer looks perfectly still. I had to pour hard to get a head but when it finally started forming it was well worth it. Two fingers of beige creaminess sit atop the body and slowly falls to a thick cap leaving insanely sticky lacing all over the glass. The head sticks around forever and makes for a great looking brew.

The nose is loaded with malty goodness. Deeply toasted grains and brown sugar lay down the big malty base. Coca-Cola, Bing cherries, blackberries, and golden raisins all take place in the aroma in that order exactly. Faint whiffs of vanilla and lightly toasted wood pop up here and there. Alcohol comes through with some spiciness. The nose on this old ale is deeply complex and needs time to open up to get all the perks.

Damn! The flavor is just as malty intense as the nose led on. Caramel, brown sugar, and toasted grains all come through in a big way. That sticky sweetness segues directly into the Coca-cola, cherry and blackberry middle. The finish is somewhat peppery and boozy warm which adds more depth and character. The moderate alcohol heat never gets in the way of this brew and it just wouldn't feel right if there were any less heat.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. Each drink coats the tongue and cheeks with a sticky sweetness that never becomes cloying but in fact disappears not long after the swallow. The carbonation is a little livelier than I expected, which isn't saying much with the still look on the pour.

This beer is big and complex so it's a sipper without a doubt but it goes down especially easy. I take drink after drink trying to pull out all the intricacies of this beer until I realize it's almost gone.

My first sampling of Fourth Dementia was the bourbon barrel aged version, it was fantastic and this one isn't far behind. One of the best of the style I have sampled to date. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

Reviewed: 11/10/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 05/06/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
Thanks to tangfoot for sending me this beer in the Top 100 BIF. I was told that this was purchased in the Winter Solstice party on 12/21/07.

Pours a lovely dark brown with a few red spots when held to the light, and a half inch or so of tan foam topped it.

This beer has an intense bread aroma with a mixture of apples, plums, raisins, and cherries. A good presence of yeast and spices makes the aroma even more complex. The malt really steals the show in this beer, raisin and cinnamon bread, toast, and multi-grain bread. The fruitiness would be my second favorite aspect of the nose. The fruits range from dark ones like raisins, plums, figs and prunes to cherries and apples. There’s also some caramel in there.

The taste is just as good and as complex as the aroma. First I taste some wheat bread and toast and then a rush of dark fruits in the middle and then a complete turnaround back to toast. The finish has the yeast and spices with just a touch of heat from the alcohol but it does not get in the way of the beer, it actually seems to enhance the flavors. The next couple of sips reveal some apple skins, pears and fleshy prunes. Caramel and butterscotch flavors are also there. The finish is also a bit dry and just enough bitterness to balance out the massive amount of malt sweetness.

The mouth-feel is a touch syrupy at the beginning but once you swallow the carbonation hits the palate and goes down really smooth. The beer residue on the lips leaves them a little sticky.

Old Ales are not a style I particularly seek out or crave but this is one tasty beer and I wouldn’t mind drinking this again (I’m glad I at least have one more bottle!).

Served In: Bottle

Review by Organized Chaos on 01/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 5 8 2007
Thanks to tangfoot for this one via trade.

Pours a think, oily dark copper color. No head, a thin layer of bubbles around the ring. Beer seems to coat the glass like a liquor.

Fruity smell, nice but not very strong.

Taste is good, sweet with a nice alcohol finish, very good flavor in this one.

Good mouthfeel for an old ale, perfect carbonation, very smooth brew.

Overall this is a solid beer and while it is a little sweeter then what I am used to for an old ale, it totally works for this brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by beagle on 01/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 9 19 5 9 0
Purchased at the 2007 Solstice party

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Very thin head with a dark mahogany red body. Smell is fruity, cherry, raisins, with a slight spice background.
Taste is unbelievable. Sweet taste (as it smells) and maybe a hint of chocolate in there. Malty malty malty. Some slight Roasted tones in there as well. A little alcohol is present, but I can barely feel/taste it. The body coats the glass after every drink.

Good work Kuhnhenn, one helluva brew there.

Served In: Pint Glass

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