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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
December 2005 batch #4 of Fourth Dementia that spent 6 months in a bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
peteinSD (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
í10 bottle from Sean - many thanks! Black and viscous pour with an initially healthy tan head fading out to a slight foam ring hugging the glass. Aroma is rich bourbon, minor coconut, heavy spice/date, wet booze, raisin/date, marshmallow, and sweet caramel/malt. Reminds me of a slightly rough AS Grand Cru. Smidge hot but otherwise extremely well integrated aroma. Oh shit - decadent bourbon, coconut, dense sweet malt, raisin, and tingling alcohol in the taste. Devastating. Insanely well integrated flavors despite the high ABV. I am humbled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2011
12oz bottle 2010 vintage. Dark, thick and oily maroon/brown pour. Short lived head that quickly dissipates. It looks virtually still save for a few bubbles struggling mightily to get to the top. Decadent and rich malt enhanced by plenty of barrel tones on the nose. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, marzipan, creme brulee, vanilla, bourbon soaked oak, coconut, melted dark chocolate. Spicy alcohol, but does not distract. Flavor isnít quite as sweet as the nose lead me to believe. Moderate sweetness, little to no bitterness. Some English toffee, red wine grapes (?), vanilla, and oak... lots and lots of oak. The wood becomes quite drying on the back sides of the tongue near the finish. Thereís a slight saltiness that I canít quite put my finger on; salted peanuts or peanut butter perhaps? An absolute malt and barrel bomb on the tongue for sure. Full bodied with an oily texture that (thankfully) never becomes cloying. Soft carbonation leading to a slightly boozy, but mostly dry (oak, oak oak!) finish. These bourbon bombs usually arenít my thing, but this is a fine example for sure. Thanks for the treat Shane!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2011
12oz bottle from my favorite MI trader. Pours a murky chestnut brown with a small beige head that recedes to a small collar and leaves no lacing, just some boozy legs clinging to the side. Aroma is massive and spectacular. Where to begin - sweet caramel malts, vanilla, coconut, toffee, tobacco, leather and sugar-coated dark fruits. Let alone the bourbon and oak which integrate into the rest. Whoa. Taste is just as impressive with an initial sweetness from coconut, caramel malts and dark fruits - raisins and figs. There is also an underlying earthy leather character. The finish is just decadent with toffee, vanilla and a nice bourbon burn with spicy oak thrown in. The mouthfeel is smooth and dessert-like, thick and sweet with minimal carbonation but plenty for the style. This is an exceptional beer, decadent, complex and wonderfully balanced for such a massive beer. One of the best beers Iíve had in recent memory...possibly ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4117) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Dark amber beer out of the keg with a foamy tan head. Big buttery bourbon barrel nose with alcohol and raisins. This is a big old ale with lots of oaky bourbon, caramel, rum cake, vanilla and sherry. Smooth mouthfeel but tingely too. Alcohol burn in finish. Big bourbony alcoholic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2011
On tap: The aroma is a great combination caramel, toffee, banana bread, vanilla, and oak. Itís a dark orangish-brown with a small beige head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of caramel and toffee. The finish has vanilla, bourbon, light molasses, faint oak, and a touch of alcohol. Full bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
12oz. bottle, 2010 vintage, with a huge thanks to WeisGuy for the hookup! Pours a dark cola color with some ruby highlights and a thin and whispy covering that settles to a moderate ring. Aroma is just lovely, with loads of candied dark fruits, rich toffee and caramel, some vanilla and oak, more overripe mashed dark fruits, just a whiff of bourbon and some thick molasses. Wow, right up my alley! Flavor follows along stunningly, with more big notes of toffee, caramel, candied and ripe dark fruits, vanilla, oak, and some bourbon. Only a hint of prickliness on the palate with some warmth. The big ABV is there but very much in the background. Stellar all the way around and certainly did not disappoint, I could sip on this all night. Thanks again Shane!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
My only beer that I had while visiting Kuhnhenn on 01/07/11 before I went back to Chicago. Figured I might as well go all-out, since this was my only pour. Served in a snifter, from notes. A - Pours a mirky reddish/brown, half a fingers-worth of off-white head with some larger bubbles here and there on top. After the initial pour, thereís no lacing a some random bubbles and a thin film on top. S - Burnt sugars, candy, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, bourbon, malts and more bourbon. Itís not overly sweet and not too boozy. I was very surprised how balanced this one was, especially with very little aging. T - Very much similar to the nose. Bourbon, burnt sugars, candy, oak, roasty malts. Again, nothing overpowering each other here...everything is working well together. I wouldnít say thereís no booze coming through, but not 13.5% worth. M - Medium to full, rich and smooth, drinks like a fine spirit. D - It took me an hour to finish my pour, but I really took my time to enjoy it since it was my only beer of the visit. It was excellent on-tap and Iím looking forward to cracking a bottle in the near future. A must-try!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
huge thank you to flandersned for this gem. wow. what a brew. massive. 2010 vintage, 13.5%. nose is tons of carmel, sweet maltiness, toffee, some dusty old notes, and a strong alcohol presence. the taste is intensely old. dusty stale, flat, but oh so nice! this should mellow out very nicely over the years. very nice brew. delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gordonrivers1 (21) - USA - JAN 9, 2011
Quite an experience this beer was. Smelled and tasted like caramel candy, butterscotch and rich Kentucky bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
LIVE RATE! Deep red brown pour with a small ring of head. Aroma of bourbon and maple. Flavor of mapley sweet bourbon goodness. HELLZ YEAH!

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