Fourth Dementia Old Ale (4D)
Tasting: April 1, 2015
Style: Old Ale (like a Barleywine)
Beer #: 722
I hated to part with my extra bottle of A Deal with the Devil (especially since it was $36) but Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia and the barrel-aged version of the same beer have been on my want list for quite some time. To boot, I got them in multiples and also received their flagship stout – Solstice as well. I’m satisfied with the deal as it worked out dollar for dollar and critical quality for equal quality.
This is the 2013 offering and the label indicates that it was aged for nine months before being released. Fourth Dementia, delivers with huge, bright flavors out of the gate. I’ll call it like a crisp wine with a heavy helping of caramel, honey, vanilla and raisin. But I can’t express enough how flavorful and bold the taste. Massively rich in body and it completely masks any evidence of alcohol. Really have just the right amount of boozy warmth but Fourth Dementia is an absolutely beautiful old ale – really like a barleywine and I’m totally stoked at trying the barrel-aged version. The regular 4D version gets a solid 96 from me.
Fourth Dementia Old Ale (4D) – 2012 bourbon-barrel aged
Tasting: April 8, 2015
Style: Old Ale (Barley Wine)
Beer #: 723
Flavors have mellowed quite a bit as I don’t get that white wine juiciness pop out of the gate. A bit more dark fruit in the form of raisin but definitely the same honey, caramel and vanilla. Barrel influence is certainly mellow. This is certainly different than the regular 4D just as nice in my book. I’ll match the 96 points I gave the base 4D.