Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Opaque murky orange-brown body, thin tight tan head. Potent nose with notes of toasted coconut, wood, sharp alcohol, and sugars. Sweet body with sharp alcohol and bourbon, dominated by brown sugar and tannic oak, almost candy-like with sharp, hot alcohol. Vinous. Intense and delicious.
kbutler1 (1375) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Courtesy of SourNotes, 2010 version. Pours a dark cola like brown color with very slight collared head. The nose is extreme, with a mix of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Slight bite of booze in the start with a very caramel start mixed with dark fruit. Slight banana as well. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Warming alcohol notes. Very easy drinking.
hallinghansen (2220) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle vintage 2010 trade from iLikeBrew, thanks. Mud brown body with a tiny offwhite head. Aroma is Bourbon, raisins, plums, alcohol, caramel, wood and sugar. Flavor is bourbon, dark fruit, sweet toffee, light berries and alcohol. Well balanced. Medium carbonated.
brokensail (12361) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: The beer pours a murky dark brown color with a small layer of off-white/kahki head.
S: Smells like big time -bals. Tongs of bourbon and vanilla with a touch of oak. Lots of great dark fruits like raisins and dates, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A touch of sherry in there as well.
T: Damn this is delicious. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and plenty of vanilla. Lots of bourbon, a bit of oak, maybe even some coconut in there too. A nice chocolatey oxidation to it and some more of the sherry flavor.
M: The body is medium to full with a smooth and sufficient carbonation.
D: It’s kind of boozy, but damn is this stuff is tasty. I could drink a bottle of this almost any day.
Beerman6686 (5054) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured a very murky medium brown color with a very small beige head. Aroma was of lots of oak, bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, light alcohol and dark fruits, just awesome. Flavor was certainly not a letdown from the aroma, just silky smooth bourbon, with nice malty sweetness, toffee, light smoke, and a bit roasted too. Reminded me alot of Backwoods Bastard without the alcohol heat. Just amazing stuff.
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011, thanks to Normyk apparently. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a wispy light beige head that disappears quickly. Sparse lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate and roasted nuts. Rich body with flavors of raisins, bourbon, sweet caramel and vanilla. The finish is biscuity malt, caramel and sweet ripe fruit. Very good beer all around.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brew kettle. Pours murky dark brownish red color with no head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, brown sugar, fig, plum, tobacco, and some candy. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose exactly. The bourbon is really upfront, but the flavors stand up well to the booze. A touch hot. This kind of reminds me of angels share to an extent. A great beer.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the late chswimmer for this tick. Deep dark brown pour with minimal off-white head. Big bourbon aroma with caramel, toffee, roast, and molasses. Maybe some dark fruit. The flavor is also big on bourbon. A little -bal to it as well lending some considerable oaky notes. Complex with candied dark fruits, molasses, roast, and toffee. Medium-full bodied and with slight tannins and lower carbonation. Overall a great -bal aged beer from Kuhnhenn. Way better than the non-bal version.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of 15_2_Kuhnhenn. 12oz bottle of 2010 vintage pours murky muddy amber with brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is big smooth boldness, how dare it be this bold, with smooth sweet bourbon, rich vanilla, some caramel candy goodness, earthiness, dates and raisins. The barrel-ness overshadows the drool inducing base beer aromatics. The taste begins with a mix of prunes, raisins, dates and caramel, oh yeah! These notes grow toward bourbon and modest notes of vanilla and spicy oak. Yes. This may very well be amazing in a couple of years. A bit barrel forward and just a tough rough right now but that’s getting picky.
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge thanks to Normyk for this bottle. The regular Fourth Dementia was a long time want of mine, and it was fantastic. I didnt even know they make a BA verson.
Poured into a Jackie O’s snifter after a steak and potatoes dinner.
A- This version is a little more muddy looking than its non-barreled counterpart. Its a burnt chestnut brown with cool hues leaning towards purple. No real head at all but I expected this. The thick liquid does give some nice veins streaming down the glass.
S- Woah this smell is phenomenal. After having the regular 4D I didnt think the BA version could be much better, until now. Bourbon is artfully woven into a toffee and cherry tapestry. Parts of this aroma are so rich and sweet that it smells like fresh baked cookies. Alcohol is huge but well rounded and softened by figgy fruits and soft barrel notes.
T- This earns a big fat nickel for the flavor as well. One of the very best tasting beers Ive come across. It is exactly the kind of beer that Im in the mood for. This beer is deep. Toffee, nougat, caramelized fruits, black cherries and some subtle, smooth vanilla. There is a brief spiciness like bowl of bread pudding. This is very much a dessert beer, or should I say, after dinner beer. Its sweet and boozy but elegantly balanced and smooth.
M- Carbonation is nearly flat but it works so well with this beer. It has a slightly sticky body with unabashed alcohol burn.
D- The alcohol warmth prevents one from drinking this fast. This is simply an amazing night cap of a beer.