thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#700---Big props to leopoldstoch for sharing this at C-bus 6. Lots of sweet malt scents with some bourbon. Dark brown body with little head. Medium to full palate offers a great mix of sweet, sugary tastes mixed with some roasted malts and caramel malts. A hint of the alcohol shows up--but nothing that detracts from the experience.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Styles for the bottle!! If you like the regular 4th dementia...this one was great. Some bourbon in the nose with lots of sweet caramel and chocolate malts. The taste is melded very well with the sweet caramel sugars, the slight roastiness of an old ale, the bourbon, and some oak/woodsy characteristics as well. Very good brew, and I am very glad I got the chance to try it!
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draugh at EBF on 2/10/07
The base being my favorite beer at Kuhnhenn, I was pretty eager to see how this one turned out.
Tan head is small to moderate in size, fading fairly rapidly to partial cover and leaving blotchy lacing/film on the glass. Clarity is low on the dark blackish-brown body.
Being served extremely cold certainly did not help, but as with the regular beers (which is also served very cold at the brewpub) patience is the key. A bright fruitiness folded in to lush chocolate and caramel malts with a strong amount of oaky-finish is quickly noted. Creamy-sweet vanilla mixes with almost a cherry cola note that is further supported by light pineapple and coconut notes. As in the base beer, the booziness is extremely controlled for its size and lends only a touch of sharpness/heat on the finish. Coarse wood tannins take the dryness level up a notch on this usually quite sweet beer, while dark fruits and light coffee notes add further complexity. Very high strength of aroma. The barrel goes very well with the beer, though I think it could have been taken off a few months earlier than it was. Lots of oak, coconut and pineapple make for quite a different beer, though I wonít say in a bad way.
Dark chocolate supported by creamy-sweet malts produce a chocolatey flavor with bits caramel. Redolent of brownies soaked in dark rum, with some moderate saltiness and dry toffee emerging. Vanilla and spicy, very dry bourbon notes are quite apparent and itís a bit strong on the wood tannin sharpness, contributing some acidity that dices up the malt to the point where there is some over-thinning on the body. Raisins, plums, light cherries and vanilla are all plastered to the palate, while the deep, chocolatey malts seek to recover their former dominance. In the end, itís certainly flavorful and enjoyable, but I find it a bit too heavy on the barrel character. Still, itís very close and probably only a matter of preference. Itís not like they went crazy on the barrel. Rich, warming, without any syrupiness or tacky sweetness. Low carbonation. I think the aroma benefited the most from this experiment, but Iíll still take the regular stuff.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Secret small keg at EBF. Thanks to Eric for hooking me up with a few samples. Pours a dark woody almost muddled brown and a thin head. Aroma of the usual thickly sweet caramel and toasted malts found in the regular 4th, with more wood character and light bourbon, but it isnt overly bourbony or oaky like some other BA aged beers. Great full flavor loaded with caramelized sugar and malts, dried fruits, light apricot, some vanilla, light oak, moderate bourbon. Silky smooth mouthfeel and the same great texture as the normal 4th. Obviously a great beer, if you like the regular version.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
date is unknown but Iím guessing it came from the 2/16/05 batch before resting in the barrel. Sampled next to non-BA 4th Dementia. Poured mahogany without as much red tint as the non-ba version had, and thereís no head. Nose is similar to the non-ba version but not as complex and fruity, the bourbon barrel seems to have created a mask of sweetness like maple syrup over the plum and raspberry notes along with charred wood. However, this version seems to have more dark chocolate in the nose. I preferred this nose of the non-ba version only slightly, it seemed more complex and haunting. Flavor notes are sharper and darker than the non-ba version. The bourbon provides more of a sweet plum and raspberry taste and splashed with bourbon. Some chocolate and caramel notes as well. This beer seems to be a tad hot in the beginning and in the finish (probably more like 12-13%). Mouthfeel also seems a tad thin. Carbination is really low. this is very tasty and intriguing but too hot and not an extremely complex flavor.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12íer. Big time nose of raspberry covered chocolate and charred wood. Dark color. Extremely complex fruit and malt character, with an intriguing barrel character.
bp (810) - Queens, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: pours a dark redish brown with no head at all. A little syrupy, flavor of dark fruits with a sweet and smooth finish. I also did pick up a little of the alcohol when tasting. A nice brew.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Pours a beautiful hazy burgundy with no head. The aroma is slightly vinous with a hint of speariment and a berry-like fruityness. Rich malt background balanced by a fruit accented body. Raspberries, pomegranetes, green grapes. Slight boozy flavors come through with a light earthy undertone. As it warms more minty flavors develop. Thereís a touch of roastyness in the toffee-like malt finish, and an unabrasive hint of alcohol. A rich and fruity Old Ale.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to Styles for picking this up at Kuhnhennís the day after Christmas and to my son for bringiní it home. 12 oz. bottle, from the Kuhnhenn Holiday gift pack.
thought I was smelling a super sweet Jim Beam manhattan, strong bourbon on the nose! pours a hazy brown without much head, yet leaves a small ring of tan lace all the way to the finish. like a lot of Kuhnhenn brews, this one is very sweet. flavor is caramel, brown sugar and lots of malt. even with the other flavors, bourbon dominates. unlike the regular 4th Dementia, this does not seem as complex, because of the overriding bourbon dominance. still a very nice winter warmer on a cold January night.
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 At ashleys in ann arbor. The regular fourth dementia is great and the bourbon barrel makes it rediculous. Aroma of brown sugar and some bourbon. Flavor was a little burning from the bourbon and alcohol. Strong bourbon but not overpowering like some. I thought this was incredible, nothing overpowered.
Had this again from a bottle. This is a great beer that is one of my favorites.