Review #154. Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014 OESF

Review #154 | /r/Bourbon Review #87 – Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014 (OESF)

The Schtick: This is an annual release from Four Roses that showcases a single recipe. It is bottled at cask strength.

Distiller: Four Roses

Bottler: Four Roses

ABV: 53.9% ABV

Age: 11 Years

Source: Sample

Nose: Brown sugar, mild rye spice. Molasses, some clove and this odd fruity hint – like banana and apple.

Taste: Only mildly with an interesting punch to it. It almost drinks a hair more like a rye given the spicey. There’s a hint of metallic edge here. Based on the nose, I expected tons of sweetness here but all I’m getting is a dry, rye mouthfeel with some odd metal. It’s good, but deceptive.

Finish: It’s long, hot and spicy. Growing bitter with only a small hint of maple.

Overall: I’ve never branched out and tried all of the 4R recipes but I’m starting to see that there can be some major differences. I think, perhaps, this recipe just isn’t for me. It was spicier and lacking in the maple and molasses department compared to the nose. I would almost equate it more to a rye. Maybe my palate was off. Either way, I enjoyed getting the opportunity to try this and I’ll look forward to snagging some other recipes to venture into in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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