arminjewell (6067) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, ruby red dark brown pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, raisins, hints of molasses, anise, dark fruits with some fig in there as well, some hints of oak, nice spice with clove, ginger, hints of cinnamon. Taste is a mix of sweet raisin, rum soaked raisin, hints of toffee, caramel, molasses, some anise, touch of raisin, finishing sweet, spicy.
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Sparky for sharing this. The 750mL bottle pours a nice clear mahogany with a thin tan head of foam. The aroma is inviting with some thick malts, prunes and dates as well as a bit of raisin like dark fruity esters. The taste begins with a nearly creamy mouth feel offering up smooth sweet prunes and brown sugar covered dates and raisins. This is a smooth yummy and rich brew with only the slightest rough around the edges sensation which tells me the room for improvement with age is kind of small. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to age a few. Lovely Quad.
RedSox2004 (1210) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany brown with a generous three-finger tan head, solid retention and very nice lace. Rich aromas of caramel, raisin, plum, candy sugar, with hints of tobacco, toast and whiskey. Wonderful dark fruit sweetness, reminiscent of plums, figs and vinuous grapes. Everything on the nose is there as well, with a cornucopia of flavors that blend very well, particularly the tobacco/booze combination. Full body, moderate carbonation, satiny soft and silky smooth mpouthfeel, and a long warm alcohol finish. Superb.
GMCC2181 (1499) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Alesmith tasting room. Wood brown in color with a small head. Smells really good. Oaky, malty, vanilla notes. Taste is super smooth... creamy low carbonation level but not flat... the taste really sticks to your taste buds. I love that about alesmith beers... Anyway. Taste is great as well. Rich maltiness, balanced by a nice hoppiness, really oakey, peat, moss and light vanilla. The high alcohol content is hidden well. Overall very enjoyable... Maybe someone will send me a bottle
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle from the brewery: Deep burgandy color with a dense, but fading beige head. Aroma is dark fruit and light molasses. Flavor starts rich raisin and plum followed by hints of clove and molasses with a touch of sherry. Finish has a light dry black cherry tartness. Full body is rich and smooth with moderate carbonation. AweSome Quad!
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with some red hues and a very large and creamy tan head. Aroma is dense, clean spices with light clove, slight roast (even smokey at points) and dark malt with bready notes as well as darker fruit notes like plum and fig. Taste is very clean with heavy dark fruit notes, spices, minimal clove, slight bitterness from the alcohol, and darker molasses through the finish. Clean, coating, and smooth mouthfeel. Exceptionally balanced and clean for such a large beer. This is great stuff and certainly worthy of a second bottle for the cellar.
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber pour with a small khaki head. Rich dark fruit and brown sugar aromas. Nice clove spiciness, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and caramel sweetness. The flavor is sweet, but well balanced. Good roast and chocolate notes to go along with the dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar. A bit of yeast, spice, and alcohol on the finish.
JohnnyJ (4254) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber, with a rocky off-white head. Dark dried fruits (raisin, date, prune), candy sugar, belgian yeast, spice, roasted nuts, aged sherry, toffee, and with a long, dry finish. Abv is hidden, just a pleasant warmth. Very good quad, I will definitely buy more of this.
StefanSD (2081) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights and a big khaki head that has fair retention. The aroma is rich with complex dark fruits; I get raisins, dates, plums, molasses and cola. The taste is similar to the nose, find the cola-like flavors to be very forward, with mixed fruits filling in the sides and back. Cloves are barely noticeable but for the numbing effect they have on my tongue. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and a bit dry with some lingering sweet fruits. Overall: OK, I know that I’m homering this, but wow is it good.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown hue with an amber tinge. Off white head that initially had thick bubbles but as it settle changed to fine little bubbles. Aromas of dates, prunes, a little cola, and a hint of clove and banana. Excited for the first sip. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Served around 55 degrees in a chimay glass. Flavors of tobacco, roasted nuts, a touch of cinnamon and hints of anise. Effervescence of the beer tingles the palate and makes the sweetness a little drier on the palate. Already tastes a little aged and not fresh which helps subdue the alcohol. As others have noted, this is one of the best domestic quads out there. The yeast profile is a little different, but uniqueness is always a good thing.