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RATINGS: 1066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"Do you know what dwells in a glass?" asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Tasted way back in the day, upon the first release of the Smokestack Line. Typical quad look, muddy, lumpy mahogany with a quickly-thinning off-white head. Burnt sugar, dark raisins, and strong yeast presence in the nose and on the tongue. Sharp alcohol, but what else would you expect from a quad?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loveamberbock (19) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2010
poured dark red, high tan head, taste of roast and toffee, high abv can be tasted quickly, leaves sweet aftertaste on palate, mostly sweet taste ignores the high abv, drinkable and enjoyable bottle aged brew. nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (1007) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Pours a dark reddish-amber with a large head that retreaded quickly. Some cloudiness eventuallly came out tward the end of the bottle, but no esters. The aroma has toffee, figs, Belgian yeast, and leather. The flavor was better, with everything you would expect from a quad. A little on the sweet side, this was very much on target, with some hot alcohol on the finish. Very good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 750ml bottle from Argonaut Liquors in Denver. After bringing this to about 5 beer events without having it opened, I finally convinced people to share it, and it went over very well with the crowd. Clear dark reddish color with a large lasting beige head. Solid lacing. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. Smells pretty sweet, but good. Flavor is great and complex: caramel malt and brown sugar, fruity esters, berries, pecan pie, spices, and some booze. Not too sweet. Medium-full bodied with fairly high carbonation and a little booziness. This is a nicely crafted American-style Belgian-style quad overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
High caramel, molasses, and brown sugar flavors propel this potent quad. Very fizzy and spicy too. Taste was somewhat one-dimensional. Brown in color with formidable tan head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3234) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottle: Rich aroma is sweet and fruity. Light yeast and bubblegum. A big frothy beige head bubbles away atop of a caramel colored pour. Soon, it disapates into merely a skin on top. More sniffing reveals a little more fruity element, reminds me of pears. A little cotton candy too. Rich flavor is full of malts, caramel, brown sugar, and vinous fruit. Not nearly as sweet and fruity as the aroma had led on. Light spice and yeast presence takes a backseat until the glass reaches room temp. The spicey notes and yeast get a little more involved now. It seemed best at closer to 50-55*, but that is just one trial. Still, quite enjoyable and a modest task to complete solo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 750mL Bottle. 2009. Soft wheat oil, banana bread, and apricot juice aroma. Pours a bit hazy and amber-red, with a finger of unevenly shaped sand-colored head. Flavor has an absolutely intense honey flavor. Wow. This is delicious. Intense buckwheat, orange-blossom, and cooked honey flavors. Flowery and rich. Stunningly aromatic and flavorful. Strong alcohols and more raisiny port-like fruits rise from the core. It is quite sweet, dense and toothy, but delicious and satisfying. A great range of raisin, port, and refined malt flavors. A bit of toasted toffee brightens in the backend. I love the range of great flavors in this beer, paired with a reasonably balanced palate. Fantastic work!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle at home. Wow, that was a lot of fun! Once again I find another quad that makes me question whether belgian strongs should remain my favorite style. Great nose full of malts - bread, chocolate, caramel, tosted nuts. Followed by Yeasty notes of dough and an earthy background. Appearance pours a cloudy dark amber with a frothy beige head that leaves wonderful lacing, head sticks around for the entire experience. Sweet malts follow through to a slightly bitter, earthy finish... so enjoyable! The full bodied, creamy-thick texture rolls around the mouth with a soft - nearly flat carbination that leads to a long, relaxing finish. Pour me another glass, this quad is one we could drink well into the night!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dark fruit, toffee, some citrus. Flavor is malty sweet, a little boozy. Some hop bitterness. Decent quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4729) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle and Batch No. 69198. Medium sized beige frothy, fizzy head that mostly diminished, semi-opaque body, one ring of lacing, no visible carbonation, and a reddish-amber hue. The aroma is malty, caramel, lightly yeasty, fruity, spicy, and alcohol. The flavor is malty, caramel, fruity, spicy, and the ABV comes through but in a very nice way. There is a warming sensation to the finish. The mouthfeel is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, I enjoyed this beer very much because I liked the way the flavors came together. This is a nice beer for a cold winter evening, worthy of a try and a beer I would drink again and again and again!

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