bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from Nugget Market in Davis, CA. Pours dark ruddy copper with a 3 finger creamy dark beige head. Aromas of treacle, dark fruit and maybe hop. Or not. Arguably full bodied. Flavor is very dark, enhanced by the ABV, and is imaginable as super dark fruit cake. There’s a light heat/spice combo burn. Every quaff is an interesting cycle of flavors and mouthfeel. I think I even get chocolate occasionally. Truly fantastic ale.The finish is not dry, but that would be wrong. It’s not overly sweet either. Seems just right.
bytemesis (3505) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a small tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is rich with notes of caramel, molasses, dried fruits. Flavor is much the same, with perhaps a note of clove, although I might be talking myself into that one based on the description. Medium sweet with a light orange-zesty bitterness. Full bodied. Quite a nice beer.
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours caramel with a thick beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a delicious raisin and toffee flavor with a mellow slightly bitter finish. A nice version of Decadence.
b3shine (5831) - Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle to oversized snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a semi-opaque brown with fluffy light beige head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; candied dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good beer.
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beercraft. Pours a Ruby color with egg shell head. Aroma is very sweet. Taste has lots of carbonation has lots of dark fruits, raisins, and other figs and tobacco
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man! Pour is clear brown with a slight red tint and small cream head; decent lacing. Sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, red licorice, and bread in the aroma. Taste is sweet, spicy, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, light clove, molasses, and maple with a light alcoholic burn on the finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Pretty nice.
adnielsen (9464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s house thanks to arminjewell. Pours a fairly clear, maroon appearance with a brown head. Zesty chocolate, some spicy, mild orange, plum, fig, somewhat boozy aroma. Thick dark fruity, spicy yeasty, chocolate, candy sugar, fig, licorice, light leather flavor. A little strong but overall pretty decent.
arminjewell (6433) - Lansing, Michigan, 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 (7091) - 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 (1326) - 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.