Four Roses Single Barrel OBSV (1789b)
Added on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:10 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 10.5 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 59.40 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

Bottled for 1789b (Selection 1)  Barrel No. 8-2A

Member Ratings and Notes
N:  Really lovely, licorice and spice.  Lots of rye with sweet notes in the back.
P:  Silky smooth mouthfeel, sweet yet woody with butter, milk chocolate, port/Cognac notes.  Layers of flavor, lots going on.  Quite hot.  Water brings out the spicy rye notes.
F:  Drier and more woody.   

Complex, interesting, one of the best Four Roses Single Barrels I've had. 

N: Strong and sharp. Some vanilla, some black cherry. Strong wood influence, definite caramel and a slight hint of cinnamon. Water makes the nose more prickly and brings the rye up. 


P: Medium-thick on the palate, somewhat sweet with caramel, vanilla and maple syrup. Slight hint of cinnamon. Some medium wood that is slightly bitter. Quite warm, with a noticeable cherry influence. Water makes the palate a little more cleanly sweet and again focuses the rye a bit more, but at a detriment to everything else.


F: Initially warm, with strong woody tones that are bitter. Black cherry, light caramel and toffee. Water reduces the bitterness and brings up an interesting earthy note.


I wasn't initially fond of this because it's quite hot. However, repeated sips really helped me focus in on the nuance. There's a lot here and it's almost overwhelming, and a lot of it is fleeting. Water tightens the focus but robs it of complexity. 

Good stuff, rye influence, decent chew that was a bit unexpected. Cough syrup flavors in the finish. I like it quite a bit, but need more there there to go into the A's. Still great stuff though. 
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