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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2012 vintage 10.0% abv. Earlier 8.75%.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Sampled at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering. Hazy deep amber in color. Alot of caramel, some sherry- dark fruits in the aroma. Taste is caramel, dark fruits, bready yeast. Full bodied. Thought this was a more of a straight up aged barleywine rather than a quad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s Hoboken gathering - this seems more like a barleywine than a quad - muddy dark brown beer - loads of dough and fig and candied fruits in the aroma and flavor - a little bit of acidity and oxidation - some vegetal notes near the end - drinkable, but leaning heavily into the territory of lame.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering: Murky amber pour with a tan head. Lots of wintery spices in the nose. Some clove and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is frothy. Some oxidized dark malts in the flavor- dark fruits and subtle toasted maple. There’s a very light tart character in there, a bit plummy. Decent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours light brown with a thin white head. Aroma/flavor is dark fruit, belgian yeast, candi sugar, sweet malt, and etoh in the finish. decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2008
750ml bottle courtesy of Jonpol. Pours amber/copper with a thin sparse off white foam. Smells of sugar, some tarte cherries, dark fruit, some earthy character. Tastes nutty with some tartness and lots of sweet malt. No alcohol burn to speak of. This could use some more balance, but its otherwise an enjoyable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2008
Bottle thanks to kyzr: Pours a viscous faintly carbonated murky mahogany with some thin, off-white bubbles. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malts and some vinous oaky notes. Body starts with decent fullness, but not much carbonation, and a light toasty malty sweetness with big, almost overwhelming vinous character, and some slightly acidic cherry notes. Pretty interesting, but could use some more sweetness for balance.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2008
750ml bottle shared by immy. Thanks. poured a hazy dark orange color with a soapy off white head. Smelled of sour fruits (especially apple and cherry). The flavor was similar; sour cherries and red wine. Boozy, sweet, acidic, and strange all at once.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2008
(750ml bottle, 2007 vintage, thanks Immy) Minimal beige head atop hazy mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/boozy, plum/raisin. Taste is sweet, boozy raisin, sour (infected?). Minimal carbonation, full body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2008
GABBF 08 - This was absolutely beautiful. Exactly what I look for in a holiday style. this was really big and boozy, but still well balanced. Lots of dark fruits, and brown candi sugar notes. Some slightly sweet toffee maltiness, and also some wood tannins. I had to go back for a couple more sample of this and the blue hair.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of Immy. Thanks, Tim! Pours a murky, reddish-brown color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Boozy aroma, showing plenty of red fruits, dried fruits, and sticky candy sugar. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tons of boozy dried red fruits, slight tartness; pitty red fruits and mildly tannic; lots of stuff going on but a muddied expression and plenty of alcohol coming through. Lengthy finish, showing lingering cherries, dried fruits, and a touch of brown sugar.


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