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RATINGS: 1056   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Beer tasted at mcbackus tasting courtesy of the CheeseMan. Pours dirty brown orange with one inch tan head. The aroma is musty light colored fruitiness, spices and bacon earthiness. The taste starts and ends sweet with light colored dark fruitiness, coriander, other less discernable spices, yeasty spices and Belgian candi sugar. Really nice but could use a couple more years to mellow out the bright flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Shared with MB at Woody’s. Pours a muddled orange with small supended particulate and large sustainable tan head. Aroma of sweet raisin, cane sugar, caramels, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol, though, the abv becomes more evident as it warms. Flavors of plum, sweet crystal malt, and I detect some oakey flavors, even though this isn’t oak aged. Fairly impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3940) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
What a satisfying beer! Really excellent complexity, with the alcohol set just at the right level to lift the yeast, sweetness, and spice across the palate. Rich color and a frothing pour, rich fruits in the finish. Very enjoyable; I wish I hadn’t shared the bottle four ways (albeit, I’m happy that it was shared with my wife, sister, and brother-in-law).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
[Bottle] Pours a cloudy caramel with a medium tan head. Aroma is fruity belgian yeast with a bit of rubbing alcohol. Flavor is raisins, alcohol, and a medium/thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6355) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
bottle, batch 68081, good muddy color with a soft 2’’ head, malty sweet aromas, flavor of malt, nuts, caramel and dusty cocoa, finish is a little thin and alcoholic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Sampled @ Backus’s Backdoor Bash.Pours a nice brick red witha nice sweet nose.Dark fruits,boozy, and bananas.Flavor was warm, boozy with dark fruits.Finished off warming the whole way down

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
solarized chestnut with enigmatic large, lacy, billowy, wispy tan head. nose was seriously in your face with cobwebby yeast, melting bananas, clove, and rum. Flavors were yeasty and chocolaty like chocolate covered bananas. There’s a darker, wrinkly fruit flavor beneath as well...maybe a raisin, prune, fig type thing going on. Somewhat sweet but not overly so. Definitely big on flavor...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy of the funess that was Backus’s Backdoor Bash ‘08 Aroma of bananas and vanilla. Flavor was sweet and thick. Very malty, with a bit of black pepper on the end. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Sweet strawberry aroma: caramel, cherries, and black current. Pours a bright glowing scarlet red, thin patchy head. Hot with alcohol, berry sweetness, sour cherries, and a smooth finish. Palate is a bit sharp and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Tasting at mcbackus 10/19. damn this was good. No it was great. Brown pour, tan head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, spice and candy sugar. Flavor is smooth and balanced. Dried fruit, spice, and the alcohol is hidden well. this is a great brew.

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