Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Courtesy of 15_2_Kuhnhenn. 12oz bottle of 2010 vintage pours murky muddy amber with brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is big smooth boldness, how dare it be this bold, with smooth sweet bourbon, rich vanilla, some caramel candy goodness, earthiness, dates and raisins. The barrel-ness overshadows the drool inducing base beer aromatics. The taste begins with a mix of prunes, raisins, dates and caramel, oh yeah! These notes grow toward bourbon and modest notes of vanilla and spicy oak. Yes. This may very well be amazing in a couple of years. A bit barrel forward and just a tough rough right now but that’s getting picky. MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Huge thanks to Normyk for this bottle. The regular Fourth Dementia was a long time want of mine, and it was fantastic. I didnt even know they make a BA verson.
Poured into a Jackie O’s snifter after a steak and potatoes dinner.
A- This version is a little more muddy looking than its non-barreled counterpart. Its a burnt chestnut brown with cool hues leaning towards purple. No real head at all but I expected this. The thick liquid does give some nice veins streaming down the glass.
S- Woah this smell is phenomenal. After having the regular 4D I didnt think the BA version could be much better, until now. Bourbon is artfully woven into a toffee and cherry tapestry. Parts of this aroma are so rich and sweet that it smells like fresh baked cookies. Alcohol is huge but well rounded and softened by figgy fruits and soft barrel notes.
T- This earns a big fat nickel for the flavor as well. One of the very best tasting beers Ive come across. It is exactly the kind of beer that Im in the mood for. This beer is deep. Toffee, nougat, caramelized fruits, black cherries and some subtle, smooth vanilla. There is a brief spiciness like bowl of bread pudding. This is very much a dessert beer, or should I say, after dinner beer. Its sweet and boozy but elegantly balanced and smooth.
M- Carbonation is nearly flat but it works so well with this beer. It has a slightly sticky body with unabashed alcohol burn.
D- The alcohol warmth prevents one from drinking this fast. This is simply an amazing night cap of a beer.
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2011
On tap at Jackie O’s 2/5 release. Shimmering red-nut brown, still wispy pollack-like cream head. A very strong caramel with light bitter dryness from oak, slightest oxidation, bit of tea leaves, odd rice scent. Flavor is more caramel, sugars, tea, light oxidation in cardboard, very sweet but a bit of heat to balance. Kuhnhenn heat compliments here, nice sugary fruit offset by the warmth from barrels, though result is very heavy bourbon in finish. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
On tap at Oak Stout Fest. Murky brown, no head. Aroma is a tad muted, but bourbon, vanilla, caramel are there. Flavor on par, bourbon, caramel, oak, light alcohol. Syruppy sweet mouthfeel and palate. gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2011
aroma- wood, vanilla, caramel, whiskey, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, alcohol, cherry, fig, dark bread, burnt sugar, spice. pours dark brown. taste is toffee, chocolate, nuts, caramel, vanilla, wood, whiskey, fig, ciabatta bread. palate is velvet, full bodied, with some carbonation.
50belair (3697) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2011 2010 bottle thanks to Sean. Is this really an ole ale?? I’m kinda thinkin’ barley wine.. Pour is a viscous almost watery butt mud brown. The nose is chocked full of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and sweet carmel malt. The taste follows suit with pleasant dark fruit flavors mixed in. This version is 13.5%, achie machie...... GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2010 Barrell aged. Thanks to bulldogp04. Dark brown pour with a thin wispy head that went away quickly. Dark fruits, figs, woody. Taste is woody, fruity, sweet. Very tasty. Low carbonation. My first beer by this company- a great introduction. This is one of those beers that you sniff the aroma between each taste, The alcohol came out at the end. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
’10 bottle from Sean - many thanks! Black and viscous pour with an initially healthy tan head fading out to a slight foam ring hugging the glass. Aroma is rich bourbon, minor coconut, heavy spice/date, wet booze, raisin/date, marshmallow, and sweet caramel/malt. Reminds me of a slightly rough AS Grand Cru. Smidge hot but otherwise extremely well integrated aroma. Oh shit - decadent bourbon, coconut, dense sweet malt, raisin, and tingling alcohol in the taste. Devastating. Insanely well integrated flavors despite the high ABV. I am humbled. tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2011
12oz bottle 2010 vintage. Dark, thick and oily maroon/brown pour. Short lived head that quickly dissipates. It looks virtually still save for a few bubbles struggling mightily to get to the top. Decadent and rich malt enhanced by plenty of barrel tones on the nose. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, marzipan, creme brulee, vanilla, bourbon soaked oak, coconut, melted dark chocolate. Spicy alcohol, but does not distract. Flavor isn’t quite as sweet as the nose lead me to believe. Moderate sweetness, little to no bitterness. Some English toffee, red wine grapes (?), vanilla, and oak... lots and lots of oak. The wood becomes quite drying on the back sides of the tongue near the finish. There’s a slight saltiness that I can’t quite put my finger on; salted peanuts or peanut butter perhaps? An absolute malt and barrel bomb on the tongue for sure. Full bodied with an oily texture that (thankfully) never becomes cloying. Soft carbonation leading to a slightly boozy, but mostly dry (oak, oak oak!) finish. These bourbon bombs usually aren’t my thing, but this is a fine example for sure. Thanks for the treat Shane! GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2011
12oz bottle from my favorite MI trader.
Pours a murky chestnut brown with a small beige head that recedes to a small collar and leaves no lacing, just some boozy legs clinging to the side.
Aroma is massive and spectacular. Where to begin - sweet caramel malts, vanilla, coconut, toffee, tobacco, leather and sugar-coated dark fruits. Let alone the bourbon and oak which integrate into the rest. Whoa.
Taste is just as impressive with an initial sweetness from coconut, caramel malts and dark fruits - raisins and figs. There is also an underlying earthy leather character. The finish is just decadent with toffee, vanilla and a nice bourbon burn with spicy oak thrown in.
The mouthfeel is smooth and dessert-like, thick and sweet with minimal carbonation but plenty for the style.
This is an exceptional beer, decadent, complex and wonderfully balanced for such a massive beer. One of the best beers I’ve had in recent memory...possibly ever.