American Whiskey - Bourbon

Four Roses Small Batch 90 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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93rd Percentile
This score falls in the 93rd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

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  • 2016

Proof66 Notes

Four Roses Small Batch bourbon is a blend of four separate whiskeys selected by their master distiller.

Four Roses Distillery prides itself on owning five proprietary strains of yeast that produce ten distinct recipes. The name of the distillery and their bourbon comes from founder Paul Jones Jr and his marriage proposal:

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This bottle has 20 ratings and 20 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (149)
Rating: 2.9 (2016-11-06)[Updated Review]
(Edited-11-6-16) This "Small Batch" has a higher rye content than most Bourbons which gives it proverbial spiciness. The bourbon flavors you would expect (caramel-vanilla-etc.) are present but rather lost in a heavy Cinnamon flavor. It does not have complex flavors, and drinks somewhat "hot & dry". It could definitely use some sweetness. Rather reminds me of "Bulleit" which I think has the same shortcomings. Its been mentioned by others and I concur that It's hard to believe that this "Small Batch" is from the same whiskey stock as the "Single Barrel". The Single Barrel is among my all time favorite bourbons and is as different as day and night from this product.
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KaiserSoze (2016-11-06):
Glad to see I'm not alone in not being completely in love with this. Hard to believe this is even in the same family as the Single Barrel offering.

BenThere BenThere (13)
Rating: 4.5 (2016-10-28)
I liked this bourbon. It has all the characteristics I expect in bourbon. Sightly sweet, nice charred oak. Oak wood smell. It's a little hot on the finish if sipped neat. It's much better than regular Four Roses and worth the price premium. I will buy again.
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KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (232)
Rating: 2.5 (2016-10-12)
The only bourbon I've had that I just simply didn't care for. Both on its own or in cocktail(s), I just wasn't a fan. A very nice nose, but down hill from there. Harsh and bitter on the palate with an unpleasant burn on the finish. Definitely prefer the single barrel and yellow label over this. I had this shortly after I started to get interested in bourbon and maybe I just need to give it another chance like I did with EC12 and ER10.
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BDanner (2016-02-20):
Very good assessment. This one just doesn't do it for me. Such a huge drop off from the 4R Single Barrel.

BDanner BDanner (257)
Rating: 3.5 (2016-10-10)
I was disappointed in this one. I actually went to the store in search of the regular $20 Four Roses, but it seems no one in my area stocks it any more. I had high hopes since I enjoyed the single barrel version. Sweet heavy nose. Enters only slightly sweet and dry and finishes oak heavy. Not a whole lot there. I do feel that a couple cubes of ice brings out some more complexity. This is what I was expecting the $20 regular bottling to taste like, and if this was a $20 bottle it would probably get a 4th star. But for $30, I feel that Buffalo Trace, Jefferson or EW Single barrel are the better buys.
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Cranecreek (2016-01-18):
You will not be impressed by the "Yellow Label" it's like any entry level 80 proof-promisssing but just does not deliver. Just my humble opinion.

BDanner (2016-01-19):
Thanks for the input...at the time I posted this, I was looking for a good sub $20 pour. Since then I've found that the EW Bottled in Bond and the Old Granddad BIB both fill that role nicely.

Rolugomi Rolugomi (34)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-06-12)
Spice, with woody, and then sweet, fruit. Nose has honey and vanilla. Great bourbon by itself and not a bad price
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lorax735 lorax735 (55)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-03-23)
3.5 I expected much more from this bourbon. Always prefer to drink my whiskey neat. Great for a new bourbon drinker. It is soft and smooth without any real bite or complexity. Lacks wood distinction on the palate. I won't deny a drink of this when offered, but I won't be buying a bottle either.
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (135)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-07-09)
My favorite premium bourbon. The complexity and subtlety of it's bouquet and finish grabbed my attention first. But with the second, and yes third, drams it's richness and sweet core flavors took over and the subtle floral and fruit tones became like the soundtrack to a great movie scene; an integral part of the performance without dominating the action.
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dbmkt1 dbmkt1 (13)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-05-16)
It's OK. Rate it a 3.5. It seems mild--I can't think of a particular aspect that stands out. Most of the bourbon reviewing websites rank it fairly high, so I was disappointed. The single barrel is far ahead of this. Can't wait to finish this bottle.
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Mellowoak Mellowoak (6)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-12-31)
Smooth. Sweet. Holds up to ice. A favorite or my wife.
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beerdless beerdless (10)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-10-11)
Great bourbon. Had after a couple evenings of Elijah Craig. Smoother. Cinnamon prevalent.
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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-08-03)
Better than I was expecting. I can see why the usual suspects on here favor it as it has no char and almost no finish, aka "smooth" (I'm beginning to hate that word as a descriptor for whiskey). I do like it, in a wheated whiskey kind of way, but the descriptor that keeps popping in my head is "girly".
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derkerderr derkerderr (73)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-01-27)
I have to agree with Ms. Magoo. I loved this bourbon and was shocked that it was rated as low as it is. Excellent product at a decent price ($30).
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (66)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-01-26)
I can hardly believe this is rated so much lower than the 100pr. They are equals in my opinion. Where the 100pr has a lot of kick, this one is extremely smooth in all phases. They would probably be good blended together. It has a slightly smoky overtone. It was a great bottle and should be rated much higher.
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voiceofsticks voiceofsticks (14)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-01-20)
Fine. Just fine. It's exceptionally smooth, but too many bourbons out there with more flavor to make me reach for this at the store.
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TimeToGoHome TimeToGoHome (29)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-10-18)
A bit strong spirit nose. Fills your mouth with slight burn. Lingers on the roof of your mouth.
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The Mad Analyst The Mad Analyst (1)
Rating: 2.0 (2013-01-02)
I've not tried the Four Roses single barrel, but the Small Batch has a decidedly unpleasant note of what I can most easily describe as "Fake Cinnamon" -- the sort you encounter in cinnamon candies and gum. For the money there are many better bourbons out there.
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scalihan scalihan (44)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-11-11)
Spot on professor. The single barrel is the choice when it come to Four Roses. Small Batch is the inferior. Having them back to back makes evident the lack in depth and flavor the small batch has in comparison.
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ProfessorCocktail ProfessorCocktail (68)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-09-29)
A strong, antiseptic smell is followed by a dry, bitter flavor. More wood taste than I care for. Complex and assertive, but too rancio-like for my tastes. I like the Single Barrel much better. For more reviews, including the results of our bourbon taste tests, please visit ProfessorCocktail.com.
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magezi magezi (67)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-03-12)
It's a good small batch bourbon. Nice and fresh, lemony and maybe little bit floral taste. It's quite light for a bourbon and that's the main problem for me, with the lemony taste. It's not my bourbon but it's very good. If you like yellow label, I think you might like this more.
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acordlecrna acordlecrna (1)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-02-07)
Smooth and not overpowering
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