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 Oís 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.
whale_hunter (10) - - JUN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Kuhnhenn. Pours a rich chocolate brown. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, alcohol. Flavor is caramel, vanilla extract, subtly metallic, raisins, toffee. Finish is bitter and lingering, not sweet at all like the nose would indicate. Overall, a great beer that will only improve with cellaring. This is from yesterdayís release.
JBPortland (1141) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours dark red brown with small head. Tons of rich toffee, dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch, leather and oaky bourbon in the nose. Palate follows this profile with super creamy mouthfeel, well integrated oaky vanilla, caramel bread, touch of raisin, dried fruit. Finishes somewhat sweet with sticky caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dried dark fruit, chocolate, old leather. Top notch brew.
AirForceHops (4345) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. 2011 vintage. Dirty brown without head, aroma is awesome mild bourbon treatment sitting on top of raisins, sugar coated figs and burnt molasses.
For the flavor the bourbon is exactly what the flavor needed to help balance the overly sweet flavors. This variant is not as sweet as the base beer I sampled 2 minutes before this. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy but again the bourbon transform it into a very nice slightly warming alcohol with a mild warming after the swallow. The bourbon works wonders for this. Great share Brian, owe you for this one!
WillRunForBeer (1327) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from trade. 2011 vintage. Pours muddy brown without a head. Aroma is molasses, spice, vanilla. I could be sniffing a fresh baked cookie. The bourbon really helps balance this beer. Taste is molasses, raisin, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak in the finish. Great beer!
Lectvay (182) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you, Secret Santa. This beer is just right. Deep and full dark brown, very little head, but a second after you pour a subtle, off-white foam appears. Smell is banana bread, honey, molasses, booze. Sweet, thick, creamy. Truly fantastic.
Lukaduke (2657) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep burnt sienna color with a finger of eggshell foam. Round sweet molasses, caramel, boozy raisin, leather, soft bourbon, lingering nuttiness, toasted oak. Yum !
Martinus (3637) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins and brown sugar. Sweet malty flavour, caramel, molasses. Quite full body. Sweet finish, nuts, bourbon, raisins.
(from draught @ CBC green session, Copenhagen 2014. Vintage 2012.)
CanIHave4Beers (3556) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours a muddy reddish brown with almost no head.
The aroma is huge on cooked fruit, vanilla, cherries, and bourbon in general.
The flavor of th beer is fairly boozy with some blood orange and some candied fruit. Itís fairly sweet with some toffee & vanilla. Itís complex, but not complicated... generally very tasty.
johnnnniee (2827) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Ruby brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Toffee, fruity, vanilla, and light oak with hints of molasses and alcohol make up most of the aroma. Smells quite sweet but I like it. The flavor is sweet and fruity with bits of caramel and burnt sugars. Light vanilla and wood with some solid warming alcohol. Thick body with a sweet sticky mouthfeel. Great sipper!
Clownoisseur (357) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn. Pour is a deep mahogany, plum colored hues. A small off-white head fades to a couple dashes of lacing. Aromas of bold molasses, bourbon, wet oak, over-ripe fruits (raisin, plum, cherries), vanilla, caramel, toffee....just a bouquet of aroma! Taste is equally as complex and bold. Loads of bourbon and oak hit you quickly, but the sting fades to a harmony of sweet molasses, plum, raisin, caramel...then hints of oak, vanilla, port wine and char give it some edge. A final dose of oaked bourbon hits you on the way down, but itís the ripe fruits and molasses that leave the lasting impression. Delicious stuff!!