kathouse (1139) - 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 thatís another story. Plenty of that to clean up the finish. A sipper to be sure.
Zer0 (1133) - 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.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from trade. Aroma of bourbon, molasses, soy, dark fruit, and milk chocolate. Flavor had much of the same, dynamic pieces as the nose, and it paired like a gem. Just a fantastic beer! Anyone down for a trade?
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jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle, pours out a dark amber, very little carbonation and only a hairís-width ring of bubbles atop blending the liquid with glass, with a nose full of oaky tannins and malty 4th dementia. unfortunately it seems that the bourbon is overpowering what was already a wonderful old ale, as the malt and molasses seems to have succumbed to charred oak, vanilla, and woody acids. flavor is a malty (caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, english-style flavoring hops and green american nose hops) and nicely-hopped so that itís not cloying. itís an enjoyable beer (how could it be bad?) but i would truly rather have the un-barreled version, which is one of my all-time favorites.
jbeatty (1104) - 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.
devman171 (1100) - 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
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense, mostly opaque chestnut and mahogany body. Barely visible but steady carbonation rises up through a muddy looking, thick, semi-oily liquid, but never manages to form a real head. Lacing is sparse but thick and gobby. Aroma is comprised of heavy caramel malt, mild oxidation(but a pleasant variety, from extended barrel aging no doubt), cocoa, nutty malts, some light tinges of fruit. Bourbon in the nose is elegant, heavy and smells of quality. Tannic notes and dark citrus mingle with vanilla and alcohol, bouncing wildly off each other with each whiff. Toasted malts come to light as the glass warms. This certainly tastes like barrel aged 4th Dementia, but it also seems like it spent too long in the barrel. Sweet, sugary caramel and vanilla are the predominant tastes, backed by more citrus and fig notes. Very tasty, but the standard offering was much more exciting. Palate is oily and unrefined with biting tannins. Mouthfeel is succulently full. Finishes moderately sweet, then leaves a lingering semi-dry barrel and toasted caramel twang behind. The thing about this beer that stands out the most is how much less life it has than the standard 4th Dementia...some things are better left as they were intended originally.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage bottle. Had to do an international trade to get this. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is of molasses and bourbon. Taste is of bourbon and chocolate tootsie roll. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with alcohol noticeable. Good brew. Glad I got to try it. Unfortunately, I didnít get to try this until midnight and nodded off while drinking it. When i woke up, I reached for my glass on the desk and knocked it to the floor, losing the remaining third of the pour and breaking a favorite glass.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle pour. Thanks Madvike! Light brown in color with a light head. Oaky with a nice light bourbon taste, Very smooth and enjoyable.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with minimal head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, raisins, and brown sugar. Flavor is big sweet dark fruits upfront with bourbon barrel notes coming through immediately after. A bit boozy and really sweet, this one is a slow sipper for sure. All around, pretty good brew.