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.
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle. Pours a brownish color. Aroma and taste are caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, and toffee.
aleigator (783) - GERMANY - JUL 19, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kuhnhenn 4th D - unfortunately I have no idea which vintage this is, due to a missing vintage label: stored it in the fridge for about a year.
Pours a dark brown color with a quickly disappearing khaki brown head.
Smells of unsweetened coconut shell, earth and scented wood, enriched by dried grapes and old oak. Offers a nice Bourbon spiciness which gets entangled into toasted nuts and grilled corn. Surprisingly earthy, focussing on the barrel without turning just a tad too sweet, creating a spicy, warm complexity on the nose which is awesome.
Drinks truly soft, establishing a great silkness, which unfolds the Bourbon in all its powerfull facets. Its hot bite gets balanced by the rich toasty malt base, creating a powerful, complex beer.
Tastes of sugar glazed malts, a hint of licorice, dusty woodbark and toasty, bready malts. Spicy, sweet cinnamon and bakers chocolate add to the malt backbone, while a warming Boubon sharpness slowly becomes more and more recognizable. Ends sweet with a well integrated booziness, showcasing even more tongue tickling spices and toasty toffee malts. Finished very clean and soft, with a heavy Bourbon appearance defining the taste.
Masterfully balanced, intense beer, reminding of a Barley Wine at first glance, which from there on transforms into something different. All flavors work very harmoniously together, exhibiting a slowly uprising Bourbon sweetness which reveals a respectable amount of earth and bread. At its peak sweet toffee and scented wood add to the taste, never forgetting its rustic, bready roots. Finishes utmost clean after revealing its breathtaking complexity, calm after unleashing an intense flavor storm on the palate. Despite its taste intensity the beer drinks incredibly soft and almost easy if it wasn’t for the perfectly integrated Bourbon, which works so good with the beers profound malt foundation.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, dégustée le 7/7/2013.
Couleur : brune foncée.
Apparence : quasi-opaque.
Caramel, boisé (bourbon), fruité (raisins, figues), alcool, léger de vanille, notes de pain.
Entrée de bouche : Goût fruité (raisin, prunes, figues, gâteau de fruits) avec un goût boisé (bourbon) avec des notes de vanille et réglisse noire.
Une dominante maltée de caramel est présente avec un léger goût d’alcool ainsi que des notes de chocolat et de mélasse.
En bouche :
Corps : ronde.
Effervescence : moyenne-douce.
Texture : riche et huileuse.
Finale : longue, composée d’une légère amertume d’alcool avec un goût boisé ainsi qu’un résiduel sucré et fruité.
sir__v (2076) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle vintage 2011 from The Drunk Monk, Mataro - Spain. Color: dark black brown beer with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: intensive caramel and sweet nose. Toffee. Barrel and alcohol finish. You feel the malt complexity on the nose. Taste: full body very intensive malt and caramel. Superb oily palate. Really amazing. Superb attenuation, sweet and toffee. Aftertaste: sweet malt caramel and alcohol.
thomashall (655) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in trade from Rightcross55, thanks Matt! 2010 bottle. Dark caramel brown pour. Amazing aroma, oak, vanilla, caramel. Taste follows, a little boozy, missing some carbonation due to age but really good stuff.
chucklemation (1431) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, date-colored brown with a thin, lasting white head. Aroma is dark fruits, dates, plum, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, caramel, and light boozy notes. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits - hides the booze well. Flavor has an odd, almost soapy off-flavor as well as an astringent mouthfeel that interrupts the thick, syrupy, chewy body. Maybe it’s the batch. This is still a delicious beer with an intoxicating aroma.
Mad_Ferret (994) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught sample at CBC 2014.
Big sticky sweet dessert like beer with toffee, bourbon, figs and vanilla. Massive, but a nice sipper, snd I think it’s got more complexity underneath to offer.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at James’ for his 11k tasting. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Wood and bourbon on the nose, chocolate and cocoa. Medium-bodied, warm roast. Cocoa, chocolate, warm and boozy, long malt and warming alcohol. Lovely.
Savage_Night (422) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 release. Alc. 13.5% by Vol. Pours dark caramel brown with a small khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: rich malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, toffee, bourbon barrel char, smoke, vanilla, earthy, alcohol, roasty, nuts, spices, molasses, brown sugar, slight honey, slight herbs and faint tobacco. TASTE: rich malt, peppercorns, coriander, alcohol, caramel, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, bourbon barrel char, roasty, nuts, smoke, vanilla, toffee, burned brown sugar, molasses, earthy, spices and light herbs. AFTER TASTE: bourbon barrel char, molasses, toffee, spices and coffee bitterness with a rich fizzy spiced finish.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours from the bottle into a deep dark black cherry color. A strong woody aroma with a lot of dark fruit mixed in. But cherry and apple flavor upfront with a lot of barrel. Bourbon flavors come in through the end. Amazingly smooth flavor. Very dangerous sipper. Great stuff.