Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (9.5% ABV bottle)- Old Ale- Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., MI
Grade: A BREW OF THE BLOG!
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Rapscallion snifter.
Appearance: Pours dark brown, almost black, with nice chestnut highlights. Minimal caramel/off white head. Lots of sticky lacing down the glass.
Smell: Sweet dried fruits, figs, toffee. A bit of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Thick, bordering on being too slick until it’s cut by a slightly dry finish. Not much carbonation.
Taste: Sweet up front; dry in the end. Roasty bitterness. Dried fruit. Alcohol spice. A bit of breadiness. Rum soaked fruit cake comes to mind.
Drinkability: This is a winding down for the night sipper. Very good but indulgence should be limited. You might want to split even a 12oz. bottle with a friend.
Overall: Fourth Dementia is a complex brew that drinks more like a sherry or a liqueur. It is potent and forces you to respect that while remaining enjoyable. I can imagine sipping this on a cold New England evening in front of a fire. [Now if only I had a fireplace.] This might sound like heresy, but Fourth Dementia made me think of my experience –limited though it may be– with Sam Adam’s Utopias. Not the mouthfeel perse, but the flavor profiles are very similar. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the Kuhnhenn is as good, however, I would say that if you want a hint of what can be found in a bottle of Utopias try Fourth Dimentia at a fraction of the cost to see if it’s up your alley.