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RATINGS: 973   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Poured red-brown with thin white head. Very sweet on the nose and the palate. Dried fruit, mango, and caramelly sweetness. A bit of chocolate and molasses also are noticable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Thick and rich across the board on the pour, nose, and palette. Great effort for an American Quad. My only complaint is that this is a little more cloying than the Belgians I’ve come to know and love. Still a very, very nice beer. My 2nd favorite of their Smokestack Series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber withj a lasting amber head. Aromas of raisins, dates, cherry, carmel, vanilla and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a lightly warming finish. Flavors of cherry, dates, raisin, carmel, light vanilla and light spice with a smooth warminbg lingering lightly sweet spiced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdcritch (153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. The bottle popped with good carbonation. Poured into a glass and it was a dark brown with a nice, thick, large head. Aroma is sweet with a little fruit but not strong. Taste of fig, banana, toffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark amber with a two finger white head. Aroma is fruit and figs. Flavor is kind of tart. Ok beer, but not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Suprised to finf this at the grocery. Poured a dark amber color with a big whitish head. Could smell fruit and alcohol as I poured it. Tasted sweet at first, then I noticed some spice. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. The other flavors seem to keep it in check. Very tasty beer. I found it best to drink slowly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2732) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Batch 58312. Pours a thick rapidly deflating head, mocha color. looks almost like a bread yeast starter, with some lacing, over a cloudy reddish amber body....nose of yeast, phenols, with many fruity tones including banana, dried cherry,....tastes of lingering sweetness with dried cherry, banana, fig amongst others, finishes with a bit of coffee, cocoa bitterness...mouthfeel is creamy but strangely light (probably alcohol). I’d like to do a blind tasting of this and some of Ommegang and Unibroues brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750 ml bottle - thanks to brewczar for the trade; pours dark brown with frothy white head that sits quickly; great nose with plenty of toffee, dank fruit and caramel; creamy texture with toffee, malty sweetness; booyah; texture, nose, flavor are all terrific; easily trumps the BA version

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Mighty good stuff. I liked each of the four Smokestack varieties I’ve had a chance to try. Spicy. yeasty and with a subtlety that’s often hard to find in a beer this big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2009
750ml bottle $7.98. Nice red-brown, not quite transparent or opaque. The head died a swift death so there is not much to comment on there. The aroma was like a fresh cut apple, cinnamon, and pepper, nice. The flavor was a little hot with more cinnamon, alcohol and fruity flavors. This was incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABV and it was quite an enjoyable beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-06-2009 16:27:16

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