KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/12/2011. Served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip.
Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia is bistre in color with walnut edges. A small off-white head starts firm, then fades to mostly a ring. Not much lace, but the head reaffirms itself with each sip or swirl. Not a ton of lace expected here with such a big ABV.
Great aroma, there is no doubt about it. Tons of molasses, plums, raisins, fig, caramel, and dark roasted malts. Bourbon and oak just add another level of complexity, although each aroma is easily identifiable in its own right.
Once I smelled this, I figured the taste would be incredible, and it does not disappoint. Just tons of flavor throughout each sip. The bourbon barrel aging interacts perfectly with the original beer. Very complex. Caramel malt is the first flavor to be noticed, and then an bourbon burning that is present throughout. Sweet molasses and roasted malt, figs, and plums provide the sweetness. Light earthy hops, then oak, smoke, and a touch of bourbon to finish. Very satisfying.
The creaminess is immediately noticeable, with the body of the beer quashing the carbonation. Alcohol warms the throat and stomach throughout, and the lips are left a little bit sticky. A very full body.
Barrel aging claims another victory. It just made a great beer even better. Obviously a sipper, but I would be satisfied sipping this for a long time.
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 At ashleys in ann arbor. The regular fourth dementia is great and the bourbon barrel makes it rediculous. Aroma of brown sugar and some bourbon. Flavor was a little burning from the bourbon and alcohol. Strong bourbon but not overpowering like some. I thought this was incredible, nothing overpowered.
Had this again from a bottle. This is a great beer that is one of my favorites.
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very well balanced barrel aged barley wine. It is drinking great right now, and while I am not usually an advocate of putting a lot of age on a BA beer, I have 1 more of these that I think I am going to save for another year or 2. I don’t think the Bourbon flavor will fade to a point that it will loose that special quality overtime as is the case with some BA beers. I think this beer has the potential to a crown jewel at a future bottle share. If you have the means I highly suggest you pick some up!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. bottle, 2010 vintage, with a huge thanks to WeisGuy for the hookup! Pours a dark cola color with some ruby highlights and a thin and whispy covering that settles to a moderate ring. Aroma is just lovely, with loads of candied dark fruits, rich toffee and caramel, some vanilla and oak, more overripe mashed dark fruits, just a whiff of bourbon and some thick molasses. Wow, right up my alley! Flavor follows along stunningly, with more big notes of toffee, caramel, candied and ripe dark fruits, vanilla, oak, and some bourbon. Only a hint of prickliness on the palate with some warmth. The big ABV is there but very much in the background. Stellar all the way around and certainly did not disappoint, I could sip on this all night. Thanks again Shane!
drsordr (831) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. 2011. Bottle pour opaque dark brown. Nose bourbon, toasted malt, toffee. Taste thick mouthfeel. Nutty, caramel, sweet malt, interesting toasted nut finish. Bourbon well integrated, not overpowering.
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pentaz (830) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2013. Pours clear dark amber with a diminishing white small head. Aroma is coconut, cherry, caramel, raisin, spicy, wort, dark malt, toffee, vanilla and wood. Taste is heavy+ sweet and medium bitter. Body is near full, texture is creamy/sticky and carbonation is soft. Finishes sweet with caramel and warming alcohol. Not near balanced - too sweet and alcoholic.
ansalon (806) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is intense with caramel, raisins, dates, figs, sugars. Taste is caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, raisins, muscovado sugar. Absolutely freaking brilliant!
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Steasy66 (778) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3oz pour from 12oz bottle into snifter, enjoyed with Tewaris, Anand, and Lowery.
A- Deep brown, no carbonation
S- Booze, malt, bourbon
T- Super sweet, bourbon, boozy
M- Thick, low carbonation
O- Nice beer, very good, very sweet, good barrel character.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-09-2012 06:27:10
kathouse (777) - 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.
bp (776) - Queens, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: pours a dark redish brown with no head at all. A little syrupy, flavor of dark fruits with a sweet and smooth finish. I also did pick up a little of the alcohol when tasting. A nice brew.