UrbanCaveman (136) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle, poured into a wide-mouth snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful red-amber, and forms a massive off-white head with a slight orange tint. Excellent head retention, and it leaves lacing on the glass itself as it recedes, to say nothing of the lacing left by the thick ring it eventually collapses into. Tiny bubbles continually stream from the bottom of the glass, joined sporadically by the occasional larger bubble.
Smell: Delightful. Dark fruits and candi sugar erupt from the glass, heavy with plums, slightly soured grapes, and cherries. There’s a faint oaken tinge to the aroma, and vague suggestions of vanilla.
Taste: In an almost exact reversal of the nose, the bourbon barrel strikes first as the beer touches the palate, with heavy notes of vanilla, burnt toffee, char, oak, and boozy heat. Beneath those notes, the candi sugar sweetness takes the center of the rear stage, with the fruit notes off toward the wings and possibly the orchestral pit. The finish brings a slightly sour tone, as cherry and some lingering candi sweetness ride a rush of pure boozy heat. A tiny bit of wooden flavor lingers after the swallow as well.
Mouthfeel: Hot with alcohol, this is also a nigh syrupy beer in consistency, both encouraging sips over swigs.
Overall: This blends the complexity of a good Belgian with the power of a potent bourbon barrel nicely. It drinks a touch hot, but there are few nigh-12% ABV barrel-aged beers that can conceal that - a spot of age might take a bit of the edge off as well. I don’t know that I would ever reach for this over a good non-barrel-aged quad, but perhaps trying one with some age on it might change that opinion.
fitwitchik (387) - USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass cloudy caramel with a light beige head.
Aroma is fruity booze.
Flavor is banana like ester. Bready. Subtly sweet. Bourbon like a job!
Carbonated more than I prefer in a quad but done very well above average.
monk191 (1212) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice quad overall, tasty and very well balanced but a bit one note. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick tan head and a good amount of sediment . Smells of maker's Mark and cherries. Taste is very smooth and creamy, with lots of cherries and a bourbon finish. Not too much complexity in the taste though. Had in the bottle.
ekstedt (5732) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Murky chestnut, medium fizzy beige head. Strong barrel and bourbon aroma, some dark sugars and red berries. Medium bodied, meidum carbonation. Semi sweet with low bitterness.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Vintage, Batch 2
From notes. Tasted in early 2013 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle that I purchased at Lush and shared at SvT’s house. Pours clear bright auburn with an average tan head that leaves a thin ring of lace. The nose is full of bourbon maple, caramel, toffee, toast, a dry yeasty note, and a just a hint of cherry. The flavor is more funky with more cherry than the nose with the caramel and maple bourbon really the focus. The body is full with lively carbonation and a long funky cherry and lightly sweet bourbon finish.
GothGargoyle (1556) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkish orange with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, rose, brown sugar, hint of banana. Medium-full bodied, lightly creamy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a lightly boozy finish. Taste is cherries, honey, banana, caramel.
Ferris (6744) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Bourbon and cherry sweetness. Cloudy copper with a white head. Boozy bourbon, cherry and lots of booze. A bit too much barrel and booze now.
jsnicholas (320) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2015 Bottle (750ml $15): Cloudy copper color with white head. Aroma, mostly yeasty, funk smell with some bourbon. Taste has carmel and cherry. Quite a bit or carbonation. medium body.
baraciisch (2203) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark hazy caramel brown in color... Aroma of caramel, toffee, cherries and oak... Flavor is caramel, oak, nutty malts, and a hint of cherries, notes of bourbon on palate... Solid
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Bulk_Carrier (2498) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 bottle. Best by 08-2016, batch number B14234-1.
This was served in a chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark amber to brown color, shimmered nicely in the light. Half finger-ed white foamy head maintained a nice level-ness and dissipated within about a light thirty seconds leaving a speckled light lacing sticking around the glass.
The smell started off with a cooked sweet cherry and a sweet to bready spicy clove, good.
The taste was mainly sweet and added a decent spice to the flavor. Weird but okay sweet to spicy aftertaste leading to a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. The carbonation seemed appropriately styled and was good for me.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good quad I could have again.