flatmatt (1198) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewery. Pour is deep brown with an off-white head. Aroma is very potent, bourbon, caramel, and dark fruit. Flavor is also amazing, bourbon, toffee, lots of raisin, red grape, caramel, and some oak. Also in there somewhere are maple syrup and honey. A touch too sweet would be my only (small) complaint.
fletchfighters (1190) - 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 (1185) - 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.
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.
devman171 (1142) - 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
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 Kuhnhennís the day after Christmas and to my son for bringiní 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.
Zer0 (1137) - 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.
jtw (1133) - 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.
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?
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sarlacc83 (1116) - 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. Thereís enough carbonation in the body to keep this one lively.
Overall: Quite enjoyable, but thereís a few factors missing which keep this one from turning sublime. Reminds me a lot of Hair of the Dog, but itís missing a few components which would push it into the same realm.