BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2002: The ruby hue is topped with a fizzy but lasting head which produced good lace. The aroma is sweet and spicey ripe fruit with malty notes. Phenols and a dusty ester are also noticeable on the nose. The taste starts with a biting spice and sweet plum-like fruit which led to a woody and yeasty finish. The dark candy overtone is appearant throughout. The feel is silky and lush, but then a biting alcohol attack comes in for a hit and run. Not that overpowering but you know the beer isnít weak. Good but a long way from the better Belgian Quads.
Tejas (946) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2004
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
If I wanted to drink rubbing alcohol I would've bought some. I could've saved about $4 bucks. Certainly can smell & taste the alcohol in this one. Too much so for my tastes. I like strong beers as long as they have some flavor; this one doesn't. I didnít pick up hardly any flavor in this one. Tastes entirely to dry too. This one isnít aweful but not one that enters into the regular rotation. One & done.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thin head, deep ruby color. Smells of alcohol and spice. Full bodied. Tastes very estery and sweet - some figs and raison flavors. Very warming beer, but I would have liked to see more balance to mask the alcohol taste.
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head, Belgian aroma. Candi sugar and strong yeasty (alcohol) flavor in every sip. Definitely good "big beer". Iíd like to get two more bottles; one to cellar and one to drink now.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a small white head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Flacors of malt, alcohol, and caramel. This one should warm you up!
PorterPounder (6535) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange to amber colored pour, thin off-white head that sticks around for quite awhile. Sweet, malty aroma with some cloves and alcohol. Flavor has some candied sugar notes, a bit of raisins and molasses and alcohol. Not too subtle! 10% ABV is quite evident. The mouthfeel is just a tad thin for a Quad in my opinion. However, served as a good night cap after a cross country flight to Anchorage - found in a combination liquor store/pawn shop in Anchorage.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#666. I needed The Reverend for this one! Red-brown -orange color, big malts get sweet but not overly sweet. Big alcohol, can taste it going down the pipes. Darker fruits like cherries and raisins are there. A delicious big sipping beer. Heaven help us!
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a little underwhelming for me. It starts well enough with a gorgeous reddish amber colour and very little head. The aroma is mostly candi sugar with hints of dark fruit. The flavour initially is good with flavours of brown sugar and plum. The beer lost me on the finish I thought the alcohol was too dominant and there was a vague bitterness I didnít really like.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 Sweet marzipan, strong alcohol and hazelnuts feature in this pleasant, sweet and malty aroma. Clear mahogany brown with large-bubbled, off-white head that diminishes to very thin cover. Candy sugar and nutty malts in the flavour. Somewhat hot. Sweet and straight-forward and altogether more like a strong Northern English brown ale than an ABT. Yeast character seems fairly neutral. Medium full body. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, Dorwart!
Upon resampling, I had to bump the score down a bit as I found it to be quite alcoholic and somewhat thin and astringent. Original score was 8-3-6-4-15 - bumped down to 8-3-6-2-13.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 Creamy fig sweetness filling up the sparse roasted malt husks...Underlying berriness resides within amongst the apparent alcohol (which is nonetheless well-masked for the 10%) and fails to give more Belgian-ness to this secular double brown or English Strong Ale...A stout performer which is not true to its billing but which still entertains...