JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber pour with a fairly pronounced white head. The nose is lightly spicy and fairly fruity. Soft peach and rich apricot/light banana. Toasted but lean malt that has a nice clove and cinnamon spiciness throughout. The fruit in here is soft and sweet but not at all cloying. A little bit of light banana, plums and sweet fruit, but the kicker is how the malt sits on the back without dominating the beer with sweetness. The nose is quite light and fruity with a nice brisk herbal character that keeps it interesting. Lots of skill went into brewing this and it shows. This is one of the best, if not the best US-brewed quads I’ve had.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweet, Belgian bread yeast nose. Flavors of licorice, candi sugar, syrupy brown sugar and caramel. Roastiness on the finish. I wish the mouthfeel was a little thicker and the flavor not as sweet. Solid US example, but not as complex as the European beers. Would definitely have again.
TizzleJizzle (770) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of strong malts; caramel, roasted nuts, etc. Poured a finely unfiltered brown color with a quickly vanishing head. It tasted like alcohol, bread, and other malty goodness. Overall this is the $hiit, buy it if you can. cheers!
luttonm (4612) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful big bottle that pours a rich, deep amber with huge off white head that quickly ’goes swiss’ and dissipates to a light lacing. Nose is boozy caramel and brown sugar, a bit sweet without much malting or spicing. First sip is quite boozy and shocking, this is big and bold. As it warms things do smooth out to a very complex, smooth and sweet ’abt’ style. A bit brighter than other big US Abt attempts, but not quite as interesting as the real thing. Too much alc coming through with sticky finish. Overall, very good and not far off. Definitely would have another bottle sometime.
Tmoney99 (13459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy reddish orange color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.
lefossoyeur (587) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful amber with a thick beige head. Aromas of butter, fresh cream, maple syrup and caramel. Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, very smooth, spicy, butter caramel, some dark fruits in the mid-palate, like brandy soaked dried raisins, finishes on a crème brulée note with a slight warming alcohol presence. Absolutely gorgeous ABT. Misses just a little bit of depth to be amongst kings. Probably the best non-belgian ABT IMHO...
Batch # 69121
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 69365. A transparent reddish-brown beer with a massive 4 finger head. The aroma is very yeasty, fruity, and alcohol. The taste is berries, metallic, very hot with alcohol, and the yeast attacks your tongue. The massive yeast profile prickles the tongue along with the alcohol. An unpleasant beer in my opinion.
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle held for awhile now and likely from mreusch. Thanks, Matt! I continue my journey among the Smokestacks, finally having the full set in my cellar or consumed already. My easiest Smokestack cork yet, by FAR. Pours a murky dark amber, thick and swampy with a huge darker khaki head that cakes and laces pretty well, dies down to a moderate level. Aromas are potent, a blast of brown sugar/candi sugar mixing with fruity apple and pear esters, some decent Belgian yeasty spice. Vanilla, cool and mellow sweet with faint honey, a touch of cinnamon, clove. Initial is a bit more even keeled, medium bodied with a light warming alcohol glow to it, a decent bitterness tempers up front, moving into decent sweet malts, brown and candy sugar mixing with good fruity esters of apple, pear, a touch of cinnamon giving it a light pie quality. The Belgian yeasty spice tickles towards the back of the palate, bitterness comes back in along with alcohol. A bit thinner than expected, the nose hits you strong but the sweetness is less so, or at least more balanced than I would have expected. It’s a solid beer, I don’t know what really makes it a quad though. Finish leaves lingering sweetness, fruit, spice, vanilla, and light bitterness. EDIT: this left a little more of an impression on the palate as it warmed.
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Pours a dark mahogany orange color with a huge, bright tan head. Sweet raisin aroma with a background of alcohol. Seems like there is some banana type smell. Spicy, sour raisin flavor with a strong alcohol after taste. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation and a long finish.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another rating from awhile back. Bottle from Liquor World, Fayetteville. Russet with tons of persistent light tan bubbles. Toasty banana cream pie nose. Firm late-season apple and honey flavor, subtle spice. Dry clove finish with just a bit of alcohol warmth. Really nice stuff.