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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our 4th Dementia Olde Ale that has been bourbon barrel aged. This ale has an intense sweet caramel malt flavor and aroma that develops into a toffee/toasted marsh mellow like character.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Steve. Pours a very dark clear ruby with a thin ring of head. Nose is big, rich, sticky malt, honey, some nice oxidation, tobacco, leather. Quite deep and old feeling but still very lively and assertive. Fairly high carbonation upfront. Flavor is really big, assertive malt, hot throughout. A lot of that tobacco and leather quality. Pleasant oxidization, spicy on the finish. Dark fruits like plums and dates, some cookie-like qualities to this as well. The sweet fruits play with the old leather, tobacco and spices really well. This is very good, way better than Abacus, on par with the Old Stock Reserves if not better, a bit under Wooden Hell.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.87/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Got this one to celebrate Easter with my family. Didn't get the chance to drink it there, but I'm glad because now I'll be able to give it my full attention. After a vigorous pour it is a dark brown with very little head. Not much in the way of streaming bubbles. I smell bourbon, molasses, raisin and a little vanilla. Not an overpowering taste of bourbon, but I also get some molasses and raisin. The 13.5% alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is the only let down for me. It has a full body with very little carbonation. I picture this not unlike a drink that they would have in the medieval times. I guess that makes sense, since its an Old Ale. This will take me a while to drink, and I'll savor every sip. Overall, very complex brew, but the lack of carbonation makes me lower the score a little.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of semibaked. Thanks!

This is the 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a very dark brown that reveals substantial garnet clarity around the edges. Even a vigorous pour doesn't produce much head, though some beige bubbles eventually come out of solution and vanish quickly into a thin bead on the beer.

S: This is well-oxidized, in the good way. Lots of sherry and port notes. Substantial bourbon, oak, vanilla, even a touch of booze. Mild notes of maple syrup and prunes. Wow. This reminds heavily of Alpine Great and even some older vintages of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in its assertive oxidation character. Whatever the Kunhhenn boys did to oxidize this beer so well, they did it properly.

T: The taste is, again, assertive [good] oxidation: sherry and port flavors abound. Prunes are noticeable as well. Caramelly bourbon and vanilla define the mid-taste. Oak emerges near the finish, while the finish itself is toffee-maple that carries into the aftertaste. I'd love some tobacco or smoke (I admit it -- Adam has ruined me for this entire style), but that's a small nitpick. These Kunhehnn boys have figured out how to work with high-gravity beers to tremendous effect.

M: This is slightly hot, still. I fault that in most beers, and I won't make an exception here. I'm torn, though; this could use some time to cool off, but that could push it over the edge from 'good' oxidation into bad (cardboard, soy). At least its full-bodied, low-carbonation mixture is right on the money. Great mouthfeel for an old ale; good job, Khunehnn!

O: Kuhnenhn should be applauded for this. This is a warning shot over Hair of the Dog's bow. Someone else in America knows how to make an outstanding old ale...

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Photo of scottfrie
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter. Huge thanks to northernbrews for sending me this one!

A: Pours a dark ruddy brown with about a finger of light tan head that disappeared into a thick collar that left a few wisps of lacing down the glass.
S: Rich notes of bourbon, sweet figs, prunes, vanilla and wood. There is a touch of raisins and maple syrup mixed in as well.
T: All of the above scents are extremely well integrated and polished on the palate forming a wonderfully well rounded brew. I would add milk chocolate to the list of flavors I pick up along with caramel and a touch of ambiguous peppery spices in the finish. The vanilla, caramel, chocolate and bourbon really shine through. This tastes amazing.
M: Thick body with a chewy and exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is warm but not hot or overpowering.
O: An all around exceptional brew. I thought the normal version was good but this takes it to the next level. Thanks again for hooking it up Jeff!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scoot1969 for trading this to me, been a want of mine for a while.

A - A rich, exceptionally dark brown that looked black at times. Went with the hard pour on it which amounted to zero head at first, but then a surprising late-rising finger of khaki rose up beautifully, before fading to a small ring. No stick left on the sides.

S - Chocolate, alcohol, earth, dark fruit and vanilla. A really great mix of aromas that are all exceptionally balanced.

T - Roasted/crystalized/burnt caramel initially, wrapped in some smooth bourbon and rich chocolate. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden, with only the tiniest bit of burn letting you know it is there. Toffee completes the taste. This is pretty freakin' awesome.

M - Full bodied, chewy, thick, lower carbonation.

O - Fantastic beer, shocked at how smooth and tasty this is. One of the finest beverages I've drank in a while.

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Photo of cetherid
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip


beer is a dark brown with red and ruby hues. A slight vigorous pour gave it some small but very fizzy head, like pouring a can of pop. Nothing really impressive, but my first whiff of this beer has me ready for more! :)


An incredible aroma on this one. Big time smells of bourbon, vanilla and oak with some dark fruit coated with brown sugar. Reminds me a lot of the BA behemoth. Absolutely fantastic.


Awesome, just like the nose. Tastes of bourbon, caramel and booze soaked dark fruits covered in brown sugar. A little wood/bourbon barrel taste as well which I enjoy as well, and not too "barrelly" like some cheap BA beers. Only thing I'd knock on this is it's a little too boozy, but otherwise stellar.


Beer is medium bodied with low carbonation (which isn't that bad for a BA monster like this). A little sticky/syrup as well which was expected judging from the sweetness. A bit hot as said above but very tolerable. A nice sipper!


A fantastic BA beer. I think it almost rivals a beer like BA behemoth. Incredible smell and taste, unfortunately difficult to obtain in my area (even for those in MI). Special thanks to Wadsey for giving me the opportunity to try this. I had a small sample of this at the Michigan Winter Beerfest, but my palate was already wrecked at that time.

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Photo of nhindian
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass. Really huge thanks to normyk for sending this as an extra!

2010 vintage.

A - Appearance is obviously quite similar to the version, but this one is perhaps a bit more ruddy brown. The head still retains that one finger of foam, with an eggshell white color. Retention appears to be a little lower, only lasting a few moments after pouring. Unfortunately the lacing doesn't seem to retain the cascading characteristic that made the normal version so enticing as it quickly slides down the glass.

S - The nose on this beer is utterly fantastic. The normal version was good, but had a bit too much malt sweetness in it. This version still has a strong malt presence, but the bourbon soaks the dark fruit to cut the malts. The complexities just keep coming as the beer warms. I am getting lots more vanilla here than in the original, and perhaps slightly less oak. Just an excellent smelling beer.

T - After the vast improvement in the nose, I would've expected an improvement in taste, but after my first sip, I was blown away. If any complaint could be levied against the normal version, its that it makes no reservations with its sweetness. The bourbon barrel alleviates this problem and much more. The first taste is almost exclusively a hit of bourbon, but it quickly transitions into bourbon soaked fruits, grapes, raisins, and even some toasted coconut. The malts still come through to bring toffee and caramel, but its much more balanced. This version does seem to be a little boozier, but for the improved taste, its easily worth it. The finish is long and filled with bourbon, fruit, and caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with pretty low carbonation. Seems to have less carbonation than the regular version but that's to be expected with the barrel aging. Long finish that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

D - Drinkability is high. This is an incredibly impressive beer in all respects, and an improvement in nearly every way over the normal version. The only complaint I have with this beer is that it does become a little heavy on the alcohol astringency as it warms, but for 13.50% I'm just surprised it wasn't there all along. Make no mistake, this is a sipper, but it is enjoyable the whole time.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes to sweemzander for bringing this to one of our recent tastings.

A: Slightly cloudy rusty brown. No head or lace. It does however have some decent legs. No surprise with the high abv on this one.

S: Loads of dark fruit soaked on bourbon. Caramel and toffee laced with bourbon. Rich malt sweetness along with plenty of hot booze.

T: Thankfully the bourbon heat is much more subdued in the flavor. It's there but it meshes well with all the other flavors. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, wet barrel wood, brown sugar, sweet tarts.

M: Full body with just a hint of carbonation. Slowly slips across my tongue like a fine scotch.

O: Overall this is not my favorite style so I tend to have a hard time judging it. This one seemed to fit the style to a t.

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 54ยบ cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip.

Tawny brown with glints of ruby when held to the light. About a fingers width of foam rises initially and settles quickly into a ring around the edge. The glassy surface reflects the light, like a still pool of oil. Random flecks of spotty lace adorn the glass.

Rich aroma of fried plantains, toasted almonds, rich toffee, vanilla bean, with a dose of mellow bourbon barrel underlying the sweeter notes. Impressive and nuanced.

Complex rich flavors of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, toasted coconut, almonds, and sweet homemade toffee. Chewy, syrupy, and rich, though balanced and not overly sweet. Long finish of oak barrel and toffee. Bourbon is sweet, lending vanilla and coconut, and a minimal amount of heat, though it's certainly present. Creamy and full bodied. Confectionary. Slightest numbing from the alcohol, but it's remarkably hidden in the taste. Well crafted in that respect, no single aspect dominates, yet they blend together so well. The barleywine retains it's rich toffee character, and marries seamlessly with the barrel.

Really nice, glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks Alex! Most generous, that guy.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Huge thanks to steebo777 for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a thick burnt sienna color. Produced some tan to transparent bubbles; not surprising considering the ABV.

(S)- A nice smooth yet rich dry oaky caramel and vanilla richness. Bits of fig with a surprisingly balanced boozy finish. Not an overwhelming booze bomb like I was anticipating.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A really nice dry charred oak character. Some nice fig and caramel. Ridiculously smooth, yet rich. The bourbon barrel aging really has been integrated very well into the overall character of the beer; it did not overpower it, but rather enhanced it.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, yet fitting for the style. The ABV is expertly hidden; in no way does this feel like 13.5%. Rich and sweet, but has a really fitting mellow charred oak note that fits right into the mix.

(D)- A fantastic old ale. Rich and sweet, yet complex and smooth despite the ABV. Very well done. I find it very rewarding to see a beer that actually benefits from barrel aging and in this is a shining example how it should be. While I might just barely favor the regular non barrel aged version, this is still a top notch beer in its own right.

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Photo of fiver29
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew kettle. Pours murky dark brownish red color with no head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, brown sugar, fig, plum, tobacco, and some candy. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose exactly. The bourbon is really upfront, but the flavors stand up well to the booze. A touch hot. This kind of reminds me of angels share to an extent. A great beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes: Last tasted in the Autumn of 2009 in San Francisco.

A: Dark ruby copper brown with just a bit of tan head.

S: This almost singes your nose hairs! Fresh bourbon, oak, and vanilla in a big way.

T: Bitingly intense multilayered maltiness smoothed out by oak, vanilla, spice, and biscuit. A winner.

M: Thick, coating, hot, but nice.

O: A champion of the style. A phenomenal barleywine that truly benefits from its time in the barrel

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Alex (Masterski) for bringing this one up on his visit to Alaska.

Pours a nice brown color with major ruby highlights. Carbonation quickly falls to a skim, and leaves no lacing, but appears to be carbonated correctly for the style.

Nose is chock full of dark fruit. Some caramel lurking in there as well, and also an odd maltiness that i picked up in alot of kuhnhenn's huge beers (extraneous and BBBW).

The caramel flavors come on strong in the flavor, complimented by a big bourbony booziness. Certainly not for the faint of heart. Pretty hot. The finish is a little more bitter than i expected, but certainly not out of the style's sweetspot. Booze, caramel, and slight dark fruits linger after each sip.

Mouthfeel is money. Big and chewy, good carbonation, ideal. My only gripe is that it could be a touch bigger body-wise. Feels every so slightly thin.

Overall a very nice beer. Not much to critique here. A little more body, and slightly less booze would be nice, but really not in need of any serious alterations, IMO. A great beer. Thanks again Alex.

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Photo of Spider889
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this baby on tap... somewhere. It technically wasn't legal in the state I had it in so I'll leave it at that :-P

Big thanks to MbpBugeye for purchasing this glass for me, though I think he still owes his brother and me a paddle next time we're out drinking... wherever it was that we were drinking this... yeah. :-)

Ok, two smiley faces in the first two paragraphs of a review... we're not off to a good start here, so time to dig into it. This is review #300 on the eve of my 1 year BA anniversary. I chose this beer because it was one of the most delicious beers of 2011 so far for me.

Served in a snifter, poured a cloudy root beer color, fairly thick, with a head of half a finger. The foam is cream colored and left above average lacing. My final notes for the appearance say "thick and heavy."

The smell... ohh the smell!! Dear god is this a luxuriously decadent beer! The smell of BB 4th Dementia ranks up there with the best smelling beers I have ever experienced. Sweet, sweet bourbon is really strong and in-your-face, yet it is well balanced with the malt heavy background. I kept smelling my snifter repeatedly without taking a sip - a practice my wife makes fun of me for indulging in. At one point she had to smack me, saying, "your eyelids are fluttering whenever you smell that beer!"

Yes. Yes, I guess they were. ;-)

Ohh snap, a third smiley. Well to be honest, the memory of this beer does make me smile. How I loathe the fact that this is not available in Ohio. The aroma is deeply nuanced with vanilla and oak, peppery spikes of earthy hops and chocolaty malts. This is every bit as wondrous as Founders Backwoods Bastard, only amplified by a factor of ten. And here I thought that no other brewery could master the art of barrel aging as well as Founders has...

The taste could hardly compare to the sublime aromatics of this brew, but it nevertheless impressed the hell out of me. Smooth and extremely rich, this was certainly a sipper. Luscious vanilla lends a buttery sweetness while oak provides a balancing dryness. There's a slight roastinesss to the malt character, but to be honest the barreling has mellowed the hell out of whatever the base beer used to be.

As the beer warmed and grew ever more swirled in my snifter, I began to pick out deeper waves of sweet complexity I can only ascribe the moniker of 'pure awesomeness.' Cinnamon crumble coffee cake became the dominant flavor, and all I can say is that this beer is damn delicious.

The alcohol on a beer that tops in at over 13% abv can never be dismissed fully, but I must state that this brew is very well balanced. The bourbon heat is appropriately warming, but never to the point of burning nor was agitating enough as to have prevented me from finishing my glass much more quickly than I should have. I stress that this beer is sticky sweet, but dry on the finish, and always always always - smooth.

The drinkability was fantastic. Had I not already been drinking since 8am, with plans to sample many more beers that day, I would have eagerly run to garner a second glass for myself. I feel that this is one of those beers that will always remain on my 'wants' list due to the sheer enjoyment I got from drinking (and most importantly - smelling) it.

My first ever Kuhnhenn beer was a true experience to remember.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A murky dark brown liquid with a half finger tan head. Oily alcohol legs when swirled in the glass.

The nose is mostly dark fruits at first. Plumbs, dark cherries and raisins. Also a little bit of marshmellow and toasted coconut.

The taste is similar. Dark fruits, mostly dark cherry and raisin, at first but then flavors of marshmallow, toasted coconut, and bakers chocolate take over accompanied by hints of oak and alcohol. Quite vinious.

Very sweet but the oak and alcohol helps to balance it out a little bit. Full bodied with low level of smooth carbonation. Alcohol starts to numb the tongue after awhile. Slightly chewy and round, but not super sticky or viscous.

A sipper for sure.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery, drank from a snifter. The beer was served to me with a thin white head sitting atop a dark brown/amber (almost purplish) cloudy glass of beer. There was minimal lacing left down the glass as I drank it down.

The beer smelled of of rich, sweet toffie-fied caramel drenched candied fruit with a splash of bourbon thrown in. Light hints of vanilla as well. The taste matched the nose closely, with a bit of booze up front quickly followed by deliciously sweet malty dark fruit goodness. The alcohol is well masked in this beer. The body was medium, with an ample amount of carbonation.

Highly, highly drinkable for a high ABV old ale. The Kuhnhenn Bros hit it out of the park with this brew.

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Photo of jale
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours a murky brown with red hues. A finger of tan head. Lacing lasts a few minutes.

S: Sweet caramel malt,bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar and raisins.

T: Sweet caramel malt forward with substantial alcohol burn. Nice bourbon smoothness and vanilla. A little burnt brown sugar and a little fig/raisin. Great hop flavor in the finish.

M: Nice carbonation with medium body.

D: Great sipper.

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Photo of SeaUrchin
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

reviewing this from notes due to insomnia, i have had it 3 times on tap at kuhnhenn once at the winter solstice, again with some friends from work, and once again at one of my 2 best friends birthdays, i am reviewing this from the winter solstice, on tap poured into a tulip

appearance - dark brown in color, some light makes it through along the edges of the glass it is more of a milk chocolate brown, thin tan head with a low amount of carbonation

smell - up front there is a strong bourbon scent, then there is a sweet roasted malt middle with a hint of caramel and vanilla, finishes with a slight hint of dried dates or raisins, and a slight smell of alcohol, very enticing smell

taste - taste is following smell to start, strong sweet bourbon flavor that remains through the middle, from the bourbon a sweet roasted malt shines with a bit of dulce de leche peaking in, and going into some sort of dried fruit sweetness, finishes with a nice mellow bourbon and vanilla hints, low alcohol presence

mouthfeel - feels almost syrupy, with the light carbonation giving it a slightly lightened feel that makes this a very refreshing warmer, self restraint was needed to make this one last

drinkability - this one is quite easy to sip on, considering it was ordered as my first on three separate occasions, proves to me that this is a solid brew, enjoy this one with the free house popcorn and good conversation

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Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the late (BA-wise) chswimmer for this tick.

Deep dark brown pour with minimal off-white head.

Big bourbon aroma with caramel, toffee, roast, and molasses. Maybe some dark fruit.

The flavor is also big on bourbon. A little -bal to it as well lending some considerable oaky notes. Complex with candied dark fruits, molasses, roast, and toffee.

Medium-full bodied and with slight tannins and lower carbonation.

Overall a great -bal aged beer from Kuhnhenn. Way better than the non-bal version.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of SourNotes, 2010 version. Pours a dark cola like brown color with very slight collared head. The nose is extreme, with a mix of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Slight bite of booze in the beginning with a very caramel start mixed with dark fruit. Slight banana as well. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Warming alcohol notes. Very easy drinking. The aroma isn't as nice as the BA 5th Dementian but still is pretty good.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn. Dark brownish black color with an inch of head in a tulip. Smell is sweet caramel, toffee, with some strong bourbon. Taste is a mix of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and marshmallow. Deliciously sweet, complex with excellent drinkability. This is excellent and I was lucky to find on tap.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Side by side with ba 5th and regular 4th

Thanks to translucent for this one.

Pours a small layer of beige head. No retention. Color is a ruby hued copper brown.

Aroma: Dark fruits, raisins, cherries, dark chocolate, light oak and light bourbon. It is kind of warming, but not as much as some of their other beers. It is pretty nice. Reminds me a little of the Bruery's barrel aged beers.

Taste: More bourbon here. Oak, vanilla, and a touch of spice. Chocolate, raisins, and caramel. Pretty malty. The bourbon is pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, this beer was pretty solid. Great -bals. Reminds me of a lot of the Bruery's -bals. Very tasty stuff. I am really glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A murky, leathery brown liquid with just the tiniest bit of head to speak of- a thin ring around the edge with a few splotches on the surface. Very syrupy looking when swirled.

S- Caramel, vanilla, toffee, citrus, cocoa powder, nuts, smoke, and alcohol. Very complex and rich smelling.

T- Sweet, malty, boozy, complex, huge... Heavy duty.

M- Very smooth due to the very low amount of carbonation. Slick on the finish. There is a touch of lingering alcohol presence.

D- A massive beer that is a bit of a sipper. Very well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle of the 2010 into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to Knifestyles for sharing this gem.

A: Rich, clear mahogany body with no visible carbonation whatsoever. Basically still, but quite a nice color.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, grape seeds, and leather. Wow.

T: Everything from the nose comes through, with emphasis on the Bourbon, vanilla, and toffee. Sweet, rich, and absolutely delicious.

M: Smooth, sticky, and full-bodied. Flat, but still substantial.

D: For the strength and flatness, this is hugely drinkable - because it's hugely delicious.

Notes: I'd have to have this side by side with BBBW to pick a favorite - both are truly amazing, and both do a wonderful job delivering the absolute maximum amount of flavor + alcohol without letting the booze overpower things. So, so good.


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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks Javier.

A: Crimson tinged dark brown with a small bubbly head.

S: Blast of vanilla and caramel with some toffee notes. Strong bourbon. Awesome aroma. Caramel profile is excellent and goes well with the spirit character. Subtle plum notes meld with brown sugar and oxidation.

T: Rich caramel and toffee blend harmoniously with bourbon and vanilla. Booze is very well hidden for the ABV, in stark contrast to the barrel aged fifth dementia. Gracefully oxidized with subtle port notes. Amazingly mellow and rich with a great bourbon brown sugar caramel toffee finish.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with ample warming.

Overall: Really delicious.

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