bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, raisin, dates, and oak. Flavor of sweet dark fruit, caramel, wood, some chocolate, and nuts with a dry finish. MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Any first impressions?JoeMcPhee (9451) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
-A ring of head surrounds the cloudy, dull red blanket.
-A portentous barrel perfume surges from the glass, yet fits exquisitely with the caramelized raisins, blackberries, and other dark fruit.
-Alcohol heat is felt a little too much, perhaps due to the important barrel apport.
-The low carbonated mouthfeel is a bit lazy for my taste.
What if you dig deeper?
-Cherries and pepper emerge after the barrel aroma slightly subsides, once you get used to it that is.
-Nutty, almond sweetness walks with melons and cantaloups.
-Sweetness is a little one-dimensional in the end, which might displease some.
-The barrel use is a little too strong imho, as in most of Allagash’s barrel-aged beers. But this doesn’t take away anything from the fact that this is a flavorful, well-designed brew.
Sampled at Extreme Beer Fest ’06.
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep brown hazy brew with a thick creamy off-white head. The aroma is pretty subtle, soft rich malts and a fairly assertive bourbony oaky aroma. A touch of plums and a bit of bourbony sweetness. Light caramel and a bit of berryish character. Rich and sweet with loads of oaky bourbony character. Lingering vineousness. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2005
On draught at NEBF, 10/29/2005. Similar pour to the Four, a murky, deep auburn-chestnut brown, with some darker solid brown tinges and a strong beige head, with fair retention, though it’s mainly due to the draught nature of the carbonation. Little to no lacing. Aroma of prunes, dates, moderate vinousness and some vanilla cream. Bourbon character comes in late, and is quite well-done. I was rather skeptical of how the barrel aging would be done, not having cared for the Odyssey and the Curieux. But the flavor shows great restraint, with only a light coconut and whiskey-like flavor appearing on the finish. Through the middle it is mostly chocolate, light alcohol, dark grapes and vanilla. Yeast is light in apparency with a thick, chewy texture, yet without being too heavy. Perhaps a little too chocolatey, moreso than I remember, but the wood and whiskey dryness adds a nice touch and dosent horribly interrupt the Belgian character of the beer. Still think I preferred the first batch of Four. egajdzis (6672) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
[BCTC 06] Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, vanilla, oak, caramel malts, light bourbon, and toffee. Taste of nuts, more caramel malts, tart dried fruits, vanilla, and a lightly bourboned finish.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours orangey red with no a thin white head. Taste and smell is fruity with some mellow bourbon characteristics. Some chocolatey elements pop in at the finish. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
Hazy peat moss colored, its light off-white head quickly dies. A somewhat complex nose, minty, leafy, brandy nuanced in its woodiness, some pleasant oak notes, but undeniably bourbon dominated, drowned in bourbon even as the strong alcohol masks a good part of the ABTor quad fruity character. Sure the bourbon appears fairly integrated, it’s not done by novices, but it nonetheless diminishes the interest, sweetening the whole process with strong toffee component and chocolate powder, after eight minty, woody flavours that grow oily. Watery edges betray the stolen character from the barrel, I certainly don’t remember the Four as being light-medium bodied at best and oily at that rather than Belgian carbonated. You feel the dying presence of grapes underneath, drowning, the background earthiness, drowning. Bourbon is stronger than beer, a lesson to remember. It’s a matter of personal preferences really, because I can see myself falling in love with the same beer done in a bordeaux barrel à la Stille Nacht. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
Tap at BCTC 2006. Cloudy light brown with a small white head. Forestry and caramel smell. Taste is whiskey type of single-malt, nutty and tree bark. Manages to have some hop presence despite its very intense malt character. 10% is not too apparent. To my great surprise I found it refreshing!!! Aged four, wow, can you imagine what it will be when it’s a grown up. notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2006
BCTC. Nice reddish, nearly purple, with off-white head - the beer less smells of bourbon as it does reak of it, like an alcoholic on the subway - nice full woody presence, though - the flavor is all bourbon and wood, overpowering almost all of the original flavor of the beer - a bit of cherry and plum try to make appearances, but the big bourbon flavor just kicks them back - they left this stuff in the barrels just a bit too long. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
BCTC 06. Pours a turbid hazy murky brown with a fizzy moderate off white head. Aroma is earthy, herbal, dried wood, hints of bourbon and alcohol, and dried fruits and sweet malts. Flavor is pretty complex but a high carbonation dulls some of the flavors- woody, earth, spice, light medicinal smoke, sweet malts, and vanilla-like tannins. Smooth finish.