M82 (427) - 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
AndySnow (5573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: Tasting 2015-10-09, bought from Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, fruit, alcohol, spices, yeast, vanilla.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, vanilla, spices, fruit, citrus, sweet malt.
arnold931 (1012) - Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2014. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Nose is vanilla and brown sugar. Taste is dark fruit, toffee and some tart cherry. Great.
Guerde (1246) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a reddish-orange color with a towering off-white head that settles to a medium cap. Aroma consists of dates, oak, cherries, maple syrup, vanilla, and lightly burnt brown sugar. Further warming replaces the lightly burnt sugar character with some charred wood that gets close to smelling a bit vegetal and green bell peppery. Even further warming yields something reminiscent of roasted sunflower seed or tahini. Flavor holds a very solid expression of bourbon (reminds me of EC 12), dried cherry, dates, prune, oak, apple, cinnamon, red vines licorice, light barrel char, with some lingering sweet roll and bourbon on the finish. The high abv is virtually imperceptible. This is pretty solid.
coachd (381) - Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is complex but a little weak. It has notes of cherries, oak, bourbon and vanilla but I wanted something stronger. Pours a pretty dark brown with a light brown ring of sticky foam. The taste has all of the qualities of a quad that I like, but they have replaced the dank/dark fruit aspect with pure bourbon barrel character. The cherries are a nice edition; they keep it from being too hot. Crazy drinkable for 11.8%. This is excellent. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to try it.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1004) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown with medium-fine dust colored head that fades moderate-slowly. Aroma is vanilla lavender caramel and some clove. Hint of banana. Flavor is a balance of phenol, moderate clove, touch of pepper and fresh bread, and moderate-light toffee. Body is medium-heavy, slightly syrupy. Overall, an highly enjoyable quad, still, just barely approaching the standards of Belgian powerhouses.
Pyrmir (4738) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle at home. Golden amber with beige head. Aroma has bourbon, vinous port notes, sweet malt, alcohol and biscuit. Taste is boozy, alcohol, sweet malty notes, light candy, vinous notes, Port, bread with a boozy finish.
hackobock (2423) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
October 28, 2015. Bottle at home, 2013 vintage.
Light hazy reddish amber with a medium sized yellowish head. Aroma is sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, pear, peaches, alcohol, some highest alcohol notes as well.
Taste is sweet caramel and fruits, medium bitter. Finish is sweet caramel, baked pear, peach, light oak notes, alcohol, quite bitter with hints of highest alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Decent, there are some higher solvemt like alcohol notes in the aroma and the finish gets a harsh bitter note from the higher alcohol. I was expecting more from this one.
chadmasontx (28) - - OCT 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not quite what I was hoping for. Pours a hazy brown with small tan head. Smell is bourbon, bananas, and vanilla. Tastes a little odd. Some alcohol heat, some berry flavors.
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Wischylini (211) - Grimstad, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2015
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This rating is for the 2014 release.
Appearance Pours deep dark brown, with a creamy tan head, nice lacing
Aroma Toffee? Nope. Cherries? Nope. Vanilla? Nope. Booze, booze, more booze, and a hint of oak? Bingo.
Taste Sickly sweet
Palate Solventy hot, slick, low carbonation
Overall Tasted like carbonated bourbon. Maybe the flavours would have mellowed if I stored it for ages, but I honestly expected the beer to be drinkable right from the store, like most beers are.
dfearnley (1416) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Caramel, blackberry, currants, and cherries. Red with tons of particulates and a thin tan head. Taste is nutmeg, currant, caramel, and red grape.