DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2008
First off, I hd no idea this was so highly rated. Second, thanks to badbeer for a crack at this. Pours a rust brown with no head. Bourbon, cherry, chocolate, and caramel aroma. Flavor was dominate bourbon, cherry, booze, chocolate, foot, tobacco, toffee, and caramel. No carbonation in the finish. Very boozy, dry, a bit of sweetness. This was good and had a bunch going on in it, but at the same time it had the similar "barrely" flavors that the BA barley wine had, and I really didn’t care for that one at all. This worked a bit better, but it just misses world class for me. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
This is my second review of this beer, after 1.5 years aging.
Clear copper color with a quickly receding head and no lacing left. Aroma is very intense, it’s full of bourbon, figs, sherry, rich caramel, floral, and some sort of spices. Taste is of sweet caramel, figs, plums, brown sugar, spices, and bourbon. Light carbonation and medium body. This is one of the most intensely flavored beers I’ve ever had, and it’s such an amazing beer. I hope they make this again. henrikb (1264) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
Not saved for my 1000th, but very carefully selected - Deep dark chestnut body with a big beige head; Huge deep warm nose, carameled smooth with a sneaky fruity bite, clear oak Bourbon aromas with loads and loads of humid French prunes swimming around; The body is like fluid silk with small perfect needles of carbonation and bitterness sticking everywhere in your mouth, almost non existing but they are there, carameled sweet and very very true; It finishes with a super balanced bourbon touch an alcohol fruity bite covered by a thick down duvet of light super soft feathers from former east European guard geese. Amazing true special and very very great BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 Bottle generously shared by Crosling. Poured a deep amber-brown color with a thin beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and toffee, fruity undertones (apple and light berry), oak, and light bourbon. Smelled awesome. Sweet, smooth caramel malts with a strong oak dryness and undertones of fruit (apple, plum, grapes) and a nice, complex bourbon finish. Super smooth on the palate with a spectacular oak bite that made me moan in joy as I drank it. Spectacular beer. Thank you much Nick. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
This is my third beer from this brewery. The first sampled was their exceptional Raspberry Eisbock and the second was the regular version of Fourth Dementia which didn’t impress. This was impressive. Pours a dark chestnut with an ephemeral beige head. The aroma assaulted the nose with creme brulee, bourbon, a wisp of charred wood, some raspberry, and chocolate. Rich and robust in the mouth. The flavor incorporated all the elements of the aroma nicely and somewhat sweetly without being cloying. Sad that it’s retired. Something nice for sitting by a fire and sipping from a nice snifter while listening to Ravel’s Bolero (don’t ask me why).
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2008
(12oz bottle, 2005 vintage, thanks kmweaver) Minimal beige head atop cloudy dark-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, vanilla/Bourbon, toffee, caramel, tobacco. Taste is sweet, caramel, vanilla/Bourbon, some alcohol burn. Medium-full body, low carbonation. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Recieved this gem in a trade with badbeer, thanks again. A hard pour conjures up a minimal swirling of head that disappears rather quickly. There’s a tiny ring of head around the edge of the glass. The small head is expected from such an alcohol bomb such as this. The color on the pour is a muddy brown before becoming opaque dark brown in the glass.
I don’t think this beer could even accomodate another aroma. Big nose filling whiffs of dark rye and pumpernickle bread start things off. All this bready goodness is wrapped around a handful of brown sugar and molasses. This again is all wrapped around a sweet oaken whiff of bourbon. Everything comes together flawlessly. There’s alcohol in there but I can feel the fumes more in my eyes and nose that smell it’s presence.
Flavor picks up right wherethe smell left off. The swett notes (brown sugar and molasses) are just the right intensity bringing the bready malts into the oak and bourbon perfectly. The breadiness up front is absolutely mouthwatering and just pulls you right in. The bourbon and oak accompany the breadiness without being too dominant. World class old ale!
The mouthfeel is just as perfectly done as the rest of the drink. Sluggish carbonation leaves this beer sliding slowly along your tongue. As it slowly works through every seperate flavor grabs hold at some point or another. The body has some weight to it and coats the mouth nicely.
The alcohol and big bold flavors keeps this a one and done type of beer. The bottle I’m drinking now will be a pleasure to finish but that’s enough for one sitting.
This is not only a world class olde ale but a world class beer period. The barrel aging sets this beer on an entirely different level. I’m glad I could get my hands on one of these. It’s a great beer to celebrate Christmas.
12/25/07 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Bottle shared by kmweaver. You rock Ken! Dark burgundy purple colored body with a slow forming tan head that sits as a film on top. Hugely rich bourbon and sherry nose, with plums and wood all over the place. Rich, chewy, robust plum, roast, and dry wood, warming into the finish with a brandy and sherry flavor, before morphing into more of a pure bourbon character, leaving the tongue tingling with dried dark fruit. Some meaty soy or jerky marinade is picked up as well, maybe an interpretation of the wood, dark fruit, bourbon and light spices tasted in the 4th Dementia. Awesome stuff. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of badbeer. Thanks, Mike! Pours a very murky, rusty-brown color; khaki-colored head with fine-bubbled lacing. Beautiful, generous aroma: tons of dried red fruits, chewy caramel, and a touch of viscous bourbon; leather and vanilla; awesome, awesome aroma. Full mouthfeel: tons of leather, caramel, and warming bourbon; toasty vanilla coming through from the oak, but very controlled and toasty and well-integrated; the alcohol is integrated perfectly, with a warming bourbon and dried dark fruit character; ridiculously good, even if argo0 gives it a 3.8. Stinky Aaron. Lengthy, dried dark fruits and doughiness and caramel in the finish. Honestly, this was incredibly good, well-made from the beginning, and beautifully blended. Awesome. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Finally. Generously provided by kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Cloudy brown body with a small beige head. The nose lightly oxidized, tons of caramel and toffee, bourbon, vanilla, some pine and citrus with a hint of roast and vanilla. The favor is moderately sweet and vinous with bourbon, lots of vanilla and oak, berry, light cherry, toffee, brown sugar and prunes. Full body is sticky, soft and a bit oily with light carbonation. Amazing.