spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Had on tap at Ashley’s.Aroma had some slight bourbon with a nice sweet aroma.Pours dark black with a little tan head.Flavors of sweet malts and a hint of bourbon.Mouthfeel was medium with a very smooth finish. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Deep mahogany pour with bright, ruby highlights. Lots of rich, over-ripe dark fruit aroma with a healthy balance of sweet and smoky bourbon, lots of vanilla, some black strap molasses, deep aromatic oak, and notes of tobacco, anise, and leather. The flavor is a blast of smoky bourbon upfront. The middle reveals lots of toffee, caramel, and molasses. Finishes with lots of vanilla, fig, raisin, alcohol, anise and oak. The body is sticky and full with soft carbonation. hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Dark brown with some red showing through, not a huge head but soe exists and is almost a brown sugar colour. Aroma is filled with dark fruit, sweet malts, and come caramel/toffee. The flavour is devine and is very full. It’s not sticky or too full. I get some alcoholic heat in the middle for only a fleeting second. Lots of really nice toffee or burnt caramel at the end. There’s a lot going on in this and it’s really very nice. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
12 oz. bottle served in a Founders tulip. 2011 vintage courtesy of Payne! Thanks for hitting this long time want!!
A: Pours a dark brown with plum edges. A one finger head of tan foam forms on the pour and quickly dissipates to some wisps and a thin collar. Splotchy, soapy lace is left down the glass with some light sticky residue as well.
S: Wow, there is a ridiculous amount of deliciousness going on in the nose. Sweet bourbon, light oak, slightly charred marshmallow, dark prune fruits, grainy malts and a little touch of alcohol the back end.
T: Sweet bourbon is up front with some woody oak mixing in as well. Heavily toasted marshmallow, semi wet leather, roasted oats and some tobacco leaves. Light bitter dark fruits. The finish has a slight alcohol flavor with a touch of heat.
M: Heavy bodied with low carbonation. The finish is smooth with some minimal heat with a nice sweetness.
O: I didn’t think the regular 4D could get any better. Oopsie! Barrel aging that bad boy just enhanced everything I loved about the regular 4D and just added new layers of complexity. I couldn’t be more happy
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-10-2012 bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2007
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.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
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. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 My goodness this is great stuff. Received a 4 pack in a trade. Pour us very murky brown with a very thin tan head that only hangs around the rim. Nose is huge on bourbon but very distinct vanilla, wood and toffee notes. Taste is absolutely fabulous with a great bourbon kick but not nearly as hot as others I have had that that spent less than 6 months in the bottle. Flavors are similar to the non BA version. The only ding I would give is it feels a little heavy on the palate. I realize that is common for the BAs but I just wanted to throw it out there. It is certainly worth every bit of the $28/4 pack and will likely be even better in about 1-2 years. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
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! sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - JUL 15, 2011
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours reddish brown with virtually no head. Aroma is boozy, but some fruitiness (raspberry and cherry), coconut, oak, chocolate and caramel. Taste is very hot, some oxidation has flattened the malt a bit, some chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits in the background.Thick, smooth, long finish. Overall, it got better the longer I drank it, but not quite as good as the original. Thanks again, Guerde! murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Tap at Rattle for the Kuhnhenn takeover. Pours dark brown with a bit of head. Very strong bourbon aroma, nutty, toasted oak, sweet malt, caramel. Taste is sweet up front, more nutty, vanilla. Bit of an alcoholic bite, finishes bourbon and caramel. Very flavorful and delicious, can’t wait to try it again.