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.
demmbonz (589) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle to snifter. Dark brown. Thin ring. Dark brown sugary sweetness. Some dark yummy fruits but mostly just burnt sugar and booze.
Ferris (4972) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, and raisin. Deep cloudy brown with a small off white head. Bourbon, anise, raisin, plum and a bit of roast with barrel notes throughout. Nice, but I actually like the regular better.
Abio (1628) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown in the glass. Small head, very fruity and boozy. One to drink again if i can get my hands on it.
Barrelbelly (647) - BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with no head. Sweet coffee/toffee and caramel aroma. High sweet alcohol finish.
ebone1988 (262) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is sweet, butterscotch, toffee, oak barrel. Appearance is apple cider brown, light tan head. Taste is much the same as the aroma, super complex, the barrel adds a lot of booze qualities and a new character. Mouthfeel is perfect, creamy, thick, lovely. Overall, I love this beer, but prefer the original 4D to the barrel-aged counterpart.
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Wish list cross off. Very sweet on the aroma and flavor, but the body is so smooth as to be bordering on ridiculous. I didn’t get a vintage, but do remember this one coming in at a whopping 13.5%, with very little heat. Flavor and aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, fruit, brown sugar & bourbon. Little to no hop presence. Maybe some slightly roasted malts in there as well. A beautiful sipper. Deserving of the 100/100 on RB."
kappldav123 (5158) - GERMANY - SEP 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at CBC 2014. Beer in the glass dark brown, nice head. Heavy malty aroma. Starts fiery-malty, alcoholic, woody, earthy. Some spicy hints. Finish still strong and fiery. Could be more balanced.
jdb288 (576) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle opened in 2014. Pours muddy red brown with no head. Aroma is nutty, allspice, slightly floral. Taste is like sticky pudding; lots of toffee here with some great bourbon notes in the background. Super smooth and deceptively drinkable.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours cloudy iced tea brown with no head. The nose is tobacco, caramel, sweet bourbon, vanilla. The taste is bourbon, molasses, beachnut chew, wood and vanilla. Medium bodied. Very good. 4.5
gEUS (1262) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage 330 ml bottle at home. Pours deep brown amber with a tiny light beige head. Rich vanilla and milk chocolate nose, raisins and fresh forest nut aroma’s, deep caramel. Rich body, vanilla sweetness and slight bitterness, with quite some heat, yet well balanced with the sweetness. Taste of rich salty caramel and tangerine bitterness. Nice!