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
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.
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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