gordonrivers1 (21) - USA - JAN 9, 2011
Quite an experience this beer was. Smelled and tasted like caramel candy, butterscotch and rich Kentucky bourbon. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2011
2010 bottle consumed 1/9/11
dark brown color... kinda like rootbeer with a teenie off white head.
i want to make a mustache out of this so i can always smell it!
a+f= holy maple sweetened bourbon-y goodness!... along with chocolate dipped naners, brown sugar, dates, tongue tingly alcohol and some faint umami. bitter finish with an incredibly rich aftertaste. smooth, rich and complex. 4.8-5
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Deyholla hooks it up! Dark brown pour. Toffee, whiskey, caramel, maple, brown sugar aroma. Flavor is rich and decadent. Tons of toffee, bourbon, maple, molasses, dates. Wow! 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.
jeremiahoden (11) - Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2012
This is the best old ale in the world bar none. The only thing closes old stock cellar reserve. Had it in Holland at a great american craft beer bar. Cant wait to have it again! Cheers!
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. BlackForestCO (978) - 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. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 2005 Bottle shared w/ Chris & Simon. The type of beer you crack open, hold to your nose, smile, then laugh...don’t get much better than this. I really wanted to objectively "rate" this ... Very few beers that I’ve come across can compare. So rich, so decadent, so "WOW!". This is just about perfect for my taste ... that deep, dark, caramel - raisin - choco - fig - amazing wood combo ... smoothed out with a ridiculous velvety mouthfeel...a gum massage. Sweet, but in an amazing way ... that powerful sweet that stays dry. If there was ever a beer that overwhelmed the taste buds with the smallest of sips, this is it. Amazing how well this has held up. Slight oxidation, but no where near going far south. Hopefully we meet again jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2011
UPDATED: APR 28, 2011 Draft at RnH with Streets, Andrew, and Brendan during the Kuhnhenn Tap Takeover. Great Old ale/barley wine with dark, murky brown body with thin white lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, maple, vanilla, chocolate, and oak. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy with notes of vanilla, maple, honey, molasses, chocolate, and oak. This beer has got to be the doppleganger of angel share. 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.