fletchfighters (1205) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-- Poured a dark murky brown. Bits of ruby, that are close to purple looking. Just a bit of off white film. Obvious and thick alcohol legs and quick fading spotty lacing. Honestly quite ugly looking beer.
S-- Oak, bourbon, vanilla, Carmel, toasted marshmallow, figs, alcohol and dark fruits. Really settled down into the barrel characters and marshmallow. Big massive nose. Insanely rich and powerful.
T-- Big dose of alcohol off the bat. Bourbon, oak, thick and rich carmel, fig, and marshmallow. Only issue is the heat from the ABV but this is just silly in the taste.
M-- Thick and rich. Slightly sweet. Might have needed a bit more time ageing to smooth out more. Lots of figs, toasted coconut, and stewed plumbs in the mouth. Quite slick and finishes with a bit of alcohol heat and a lot of toasted coconut. Nice.
O-- Big massive sipper. Close to wine like in complexity. Lots of alcohol is the only real negative to this. Brilliantly done and just a treat to drink if you like high ABV and high gravity beers.
kathouse (1203) - Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Deep brown with a nice cream colored head. Sweet aromas of brown sugar, toffee, and cream. Taste is ultra sweet as well but delightful none the less. No hop presence at all. Alcohol? Well that’s another story. Plenty of that to clean up the finish. A sipper to be sure.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Aroma has notes of dark dried fruits, bourbon, caramel. Dark brown hue with an average off-white head. Palate is heavy sweet and bitter. Surprised at how balanced and well integrated the bourbon was. Really enjoyed this one.
Sarlacc83 (1171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 courtesy of Scott. Appearance is extremely dark brown, good legs, minimal amount of lacing. Not an attractive beer. Nose is intense with the barrel (vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar) with some dark fruits such as prunes. Taste is heavy on the barrel as well, as one would expect. Really heavy on the caramel and honey in a good way. The sweetness and the bitterness work well together. However, this is still pretty hot even after nearly 2 years, and it detracts from the experience. Palate is smooth and velvety. There’s enough carbonation in the body to keep this one lively.
Overall: Quite enjoyable, but there’s a few factors missing which keep this one from turning sublime. Reminds me a lot of Hair of the Dog, but it’s missing a few components which would push it into the same realm.
devman171 (1171) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours murky brown with low head and carb. Aroma is sweet dark fruits and bourbon oak. Taste is similar with a thick sweet booze finish, but easy to drink
WillRunForBeer (1170) - 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!
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours deep chestnut, topped with a small tan head. Really enticing aroma, with lots of wood, vanilla and dark fruit in the forefront, with molasses and raisin the back. Dark fruit hits the palate first, with the woody, boozy character building and taking over. Bourbon lingers on the palate. A little boozy, but otherwise its pretty solid.
jbeatty (1160) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2012 batch, 03/4/2013. Pours dark brown, thin creamy light tan head, tight watery lacing around the glass. Aroma is vanilla, sweet caramel with chocolate, brown sugar, marshmallow, dark raisin bread, oak. Taste is caramel toffee fudge, dark fruity malts, darker bready notes floating behind a rich bourbon finish. Thick palate, chewy yet fluffy mouthfeel. Complex and decadent, great.
Zer0 (1148) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown with no head at all. Nose is very alcoholic, raisins, roasty, bubblegum, sweet malts, licorice, vanilla, woody, soy and nuts. Taste is very sweet and alcoholic. Huge beer. Full bodied, thick oily texture and not much carbonation.
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 Kuhnhenn’s the day after Christmas and to my son for bringin’ 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.