M82 (350) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 A unique take on the style offering somewhat subtle, well balanced and integrated, decently complex barrel, fruit, yeast, and malt tones
A clear, vibrant, deep copper body presents several fading carbonation streamers and a smooth to frothy light khaki head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a pair of thick peninsulas and a few spots and spatters of clinging lace
Oak, mild bourbon, yeasty belgian notes, light candied malts, and shadowing cherry qualities coalesce to inspire further nuances of milk chocolate, vanilla, oranges, peaches, and fruitcake on a smooth, highly quaffable medium body with well restrained carbonation and building creaminess finishing with a pleasant layer of oak complimented by mild dancing spirit characteristics surrounded by lightly tart fruits; this one generally creates a bright, integrated experience with subtle tart, sweet, and tannic qualities mingling and complimenting to create a warm, nuanced ale which seemed to need a few minutes to completely present itself within each serving
25.4oz 2013 vintage code BB13226-2 08-2015 served at 60º into TeKu
10/16/2010 2009 Batch 1 No 9145 of 11384
Appearance(3) – Aroma(7): pours a deep amber increasingly hazy as the servings progress from this 750 ml bottle, a quickly dying one inch bone colored head settles to a couple strands of wavy lace and a thick ring – smells of mellow bourbon, brandy with rich wood notes and sour cherries
Taste(8) – Palatte(3): mildly sweet stone fruits and yeasty spices are followed by mellowing creamy bourbon and vanilla, sour and acidic cherry character persists, enjoyed the third serving the most which included more yeast, also, a little time to breath and warm was beneficial – fairly light mouth from a quad, slick, virtually no sense of alcohol with some carbonation which keeps the lighter body from being watery, surprisingly easy to drink considering alcohol percentage
Overall (17): a nice quad with some interesting cherry, barrel and liquor notes, major flavor elements in this one work quite well together, acidic cherries cut through and balance the rich bourbon, especially once the bourbon character subdued with some time to breath, one of the easiest drinking barrel aged +11% brews I’ve encountered
Enjoyed with a slightly gooey homemade oatmeal craisin white chocolate cookie
03/09/11 2009 Batch 1 No 9155 of 11384
Served in 13.5 oz Luigi Bormioli Napoleon Brandy
Not sure if the glass or matured palate was the difference, but this bottle was excellent
Light to medium body with medium to lower levels of carbonation
Well balanced mix of wood, bourbon and tartness
Mouth is on the light to medium side, very smooth and moist, just a touch of dry bitterness to end
jw0406 (849) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. pours a dark brown color with a small white head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, light cherry. Full bodied, complex, very nice
Strife21 (222) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky brown with thin head. Smell is bourbon oak and caramel malt. Taste is caramel, oak, bourbon and toffee. Medium body, heavy carb.
glennmastrange (2359) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas of cereal, roasted and caramel for the malts, cooked orange for the hops, dough and broth for the yeast, with hints of smoke, brown sugar, bourbon and milk. Head is small, frothy, light beige, with a spot or two of lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is muddy, medium brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy, with a lively carbonation and a moderately alcoholic. Perfectly balanced Quadrupel with a nice touch of smoke and bourbon.
Natai (102) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a rich, off-white head. Aromas of butterscotch, toffee, bourbon, and hints of cherry. Smooth flavor with stronger bourbon flavors on the back end. The cherries in this are very subtle, making it one of the better ales brewed with cherries I’ve had.
DrSilverworm (7683) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s. Hazy dark brown red color. Finger and a half of off-white head, pretty nice head… good retention… Looks good overall. Good bits of lace. Nice dark fruit, great bigger vanilla flavor, some caramel, good oak. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter, mild bite. Bigger body, smooth, kind of soft crisp lighter carbonation. Mild bite and heat… Not uncomfortable, but not magically smooth like the best quads are. Still, a very nice, enjoyable, flavorful American BA quad to sip on, despite being a tad bit harsh.
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Frank. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with minimal beige head. Aroma and taste of wood, booze, yeast, and some spices with good carbonation.
Cybercat (3650) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear coppery amber with a VERY thick buff head. Fruity, malty aroma has a strong overtone of bourbon-infused oak and hints of caramel and cherry. Flavor delights with bourbon, woody, apple, cherry, malty, and shy caramel and vanilla notes - and an alcohol bite like a Doberman pinscher. Firm body has OK fizz, and leaves a bourbon and woody and slightly fruity finish. Smoke that stack!
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber, pours an orange brown with some floating yeast. Thin tan head. Bourbon nose mixed with Belgan notes. A strong blend of bourbon, oak and Belgan flavors. long slow finish.
CousinBrenden (61) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super super quad cherry plum aroma tight champagne like bubbles bring out oak bourbon and cherry balance. Flavor of wet stems and prune grape like with good balance of alcohol heat. Nice cherry oak finish. Excellent
UrbanCaveman (111) - 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.