Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Mondial 2011.
Appearance : Clear mahogany, no head.
Aroma : Intense bourbon with lots of raisins and licorice.
Taste : Intense bourbon with sweet raisins and licorice. Lots of bourbon on the finish with quite a lot of alcohol. Light soy sauce.
Overall : Very intense woah ! 1 ounce is more than enough to sample this. Very nice richness. I really liked the intense raisins notes. Bourbon felt a bit too intense though. Nice finish. Interesting but I wouldn’t seek this again. I personally look for more balance in bourbon barrel aged beers. A hard one to rate as it is very tasty and complex but after 1 ounce I’m done...
Diogène (1143) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Mondial de la bière 2011. Dark amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is very woody with vanilla, bourbon sugar, biscuity, caramel, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is also quite woody with bourbon, brown sugar, dark malt, caramel, alcohol, dark fruits and a lot of residual sugars (a bit too much). Full body with a liquorous mouthfeel. Very sweet!
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, d’une bouteille, au Mondial 2011. Arômes de caramel brûlé, de chêne, de vanille et d’alcool fort. Robe brune aux reflets roux, légèrement trouble, légère dentelle et effervescence assez faible. En bouche, on retrouve beaucoup de caramel brûlé et de sucres résiduels, mais la bière n’est pas si ronde pour une création aussi forte. Le fût de chêne est très présent, apportant des notes vanillées. L’alcool est vraiment très présent. Longue finale alcoolisée présentant une forte amertume résineuse. La Fourth Dementia régulière est bien meilleure, à mon avis.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks susygreenberg! I am forever in debt. jammy caramel nose, some dark cherry. still warm, could be aged more, loads of fruity notes boozy with pale wood notes.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle, 2010 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, oak, raisins, vinous, toffee, and caramel. Flavor of oak, toffee, vanilla, raisins, toasted coconut, caramel, light bourbon, and chocolate.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy murky brown with no head and no lace. There is intense aromas with vanilla, candied brown sugar, toffee, tart cherries, caramel, and chocolate. The aroma is very tell-tale that this was aged in bourbon barrels. Immediately, the beer is flat while being a bit hot and boozy. Loads of chocolate and caramel on the palate. The vanilla is also rather intense with some tart cherries, candied sugars, and charred oak. The finish is surprisingly short.
Cavie (4196) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a murky orange color with very little carbonation. Aroma is sweet syrup, brown sugar, aged notes with wood and some touches of alcohol. Flavor is sweet syrup, maple wood, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark malts. Some roast. Hot finish. Nicely done.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Brash brown sugar, madeira and soy whip up an intense caramel of sorts which is neither tight nor all that pleasant to sip. An unrefined sugar explosion.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head of foam atop the brownish terracotta.
-Light smokiness adds complexity within the murky, sickly sweet body.
-Alcohol burn is actually welcome as it tends to cut through the overwhelming sensation of sweetness.
-The malt profile is poorly defined. Lots of flavors come from the grain bill, but most of them are in the form of residual sugars.
-Fruity edges come from the bourbon barrel.
-Just noticed this is Top 50 material here. Goodness gracious. Not for me, to say the least...
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle:   Deep caramel, thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Very nice nose of Bourbon, toasted marshmallows, caramel, and some dark pitted fruit.   This one smells complex and tasty!   Rich and smooth on the tongue.   Very malty.   Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, toasted marshmallow, and just one hell of a damn smores package that includes some dark pitted fruit.   This one is tasty!   So mellow, yet with some bite, smooth, nice rich maltiness.   Its warming, but for 11% its simply delicious!   Full bodied, rich creamy mouthfeel.   One of the smoother more full bodied beers I have had in a while.   Its like a nice cognac.   I wish I had several more of these to age.   Big thanks to Pailhead for getting me one of these!
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Hopstoopid for this one. Intense aroma of caramel, tobacco/ash, toffee and peat and bourbon. Taste is even better. Fine tawny port, caramel, "dulce de leche", bourbon heat. Real good. Palate is awesome, sirupy and mouthcoating.