KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/12/2011. Served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip.
Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia is bistre in color with walnut edges. A small off-white head starts firm, then fades to mostly a ring. Not much lace, but the head reaffirms itself with each sip or swirl. Not a ton of lace expected here with such a big ABV.
Great aroma, there is no doubt about it. Tons of molasses, plums, raisins, fig, caramel, and dark roasted malts. Bourbon and oak just add another level of complexity, although each aroma is easily identifiable in its own right.
Once I smelled this, I figured the taste would be incredible, and it does not disappoint. Just tons of flavor throughout each sip. The bourbon barrel aging interacts perfectly with the original beer. Very complex. Caramel malt is the first flavor to be noticed, and then an bourbon burning that is present throughout. Sweet molasses and roasted malt, figs, and plums provide the sweetness. Light earthy hops, then oak, smoke, and a touch of bourbon to finish. Very satisfying.
The creaminess is immediately noticeable, with the body of the beer quashing the carbonation. Alcohol warms the throat and stomach throughout, and the lips are left a little bit sticky. A very full body.
Barrel aging claims another victory. It just made a great beer even better. Obviously a sipper, but I would be satisfied sipping this for a long time.
tastybeer (1852) - Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Job, thanks buddy. Pour is hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit, molasses. Taste is big raisin/dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, molasses. Palate is sticky sweet, slightly cloying, soft, creamy, sweet finish.
kevinsenn (1597) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 12 ounce bottle from Kuhnhenn brewpub. Pours murky deep nut brown. Aroma is crazy strong and has butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, and toasted marshmallow. Wow!!! As for taste, also wow. Pretty much the same as everything I listed for the aroma. Has a bit of bitter and alcoholic bite near the end; how did they get it bitter even with all that sweetness. Just amazing stuff; very glad I got two bottles from the brewery, rather than one. Heaven in a bottle.
toffsbury (115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle shared by kevinsenn, which he picked up at the brewpub. Smells like a combination of blue cheese and Werther’s Original butterscotch candies. So butterscotchy, with toasted marshmallow and vanilla notes. Very, very intense aroma. Deep nut brown, almost opaque, with just about no head. That toffee comes right out of the aroma and onto your tongue. Everything except the cheese, actually, translates directly from the aroma into the flavour. This is very thick and very sweet, with just a hint of a roasted bitter finish. This is delicious. Booze is definitely not as present as you’d expect. It’s there, but it’s not the 13.5% you think it’d be. How do you make this stuff? Good gods.
beernbourbon (1426) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle big thanks to John, thanks buddy! Pour is dark brown with very little head. Almost port- like. aroma is huge brown sugar, vanilla, light brandy, light squash, and very faint alcohol. Flavor is deep toffe malt, faint vanilla, notable Brady notes, and a huge long burnt brown sugar finish with a pat of butter on top. Hearty and delicious.
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a recent tasting... Poured deep, dense brownish with a tan head. This was intense and potent. Loads of bourbon, oak, and booze here. Dark malt sweetness reminiscent of toffee, caramel, and butterscotch. Warming whiskey heat, dark fruits. Thick, full bodied and coated the palate nicely.
Sarlacc83 (1540) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 courtesy of Scott. Appearance is extremely dark brown, good legs, minimal amount of lacing. Not an attractive beer. Nose is intense with the barrel (vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar) with some dark fruits such as prunes. Taste is heavy on the barrel as well, as one would expect. Really heavy on the caramel and honey in a good way. The sweetness and the bitterness work well together. However, this is still pretty hot even after nearly 2 years, and it detracts from the experience. Palate is smooth and velvety. There’s enough carbonation in the body to keep this one lively.
Overall: Quite enjoyable, but there’s a few factors missing which keep this one from turning sublime. Reminds me a lot of Hair of the Dog, but it’s missing a few components which would push it into the same realm.
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, dark cloudy brown hue, with a beige head, leaving some laces, nice strong boozy bourbonish, oak barrel, coconut nose, with some fuitcake, mild chocolate, brownie, liquorish accents, and some vanilla, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, toffeeish, caramel, toasted, chocolate malt, molasses notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good sweet warmth alcoholic, phenolic, bourbonish woodiness, faint brandy liquorish, fruity character with some dried raisin, date, fig, prune, fruitcake, burnt oak barrel flavors, with a molasses, alcoholised chocolate cup, toffee, toasted, caramelized, chocolate malty backbone, leading towards a warming, fruity, malty, bourbonish finish.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received in a trade. Sampled along the regular version with 2mikes. Dark red-brown with a tiny head that dissipated immediately. Nose is rich sweet malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and booze. Taste is massive booze and rich sweet. Hot and sharp. Medicine and cherry and warming bourbon. Big and fuzzy and gorgeous.
hirigalzkar (2634) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours brown-grey. No head. Very sweet. Liquor, vanilla, sweet chocolate, alcohol and a small touch of wood. Incredible smooth. A bit too sweet and one dimensional, otherwise very good.