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RATINGS: 1025   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...


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1384) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Another great Smokestack offering. Nice aroma with yeast and bread but not as strong as most Quads. Dark amber color with plenty of particulates floating around. Light head. Smooth palate with a medium weight and pretty easy to drink. I was expecting a little funkiness as the yeast appeared to have gone into the glass but there wasn’t any. Clean flavors of soft and bready malts, grainy as well. Not much of a hops presence and the alcohol was well hidden. A solid effort.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogre71 (53) - Utah, USA - AUG 1, 2015
This is good lots malty yeast flavors can feel the alcohol on the tongue. Lots going on here would recommend.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2015
750ml corked bottle pours amber in color with a 2 finger off-white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and dark pitted fruits with some hints of yeast. Taste is a fruity and caramel malty sweetness with a grassy hop bitterness and a dry yeasty finish. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty brew that is nicely balanced and quite tasty. Recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (280) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Poured from the four pack of bottles, smells like xmas, dark brown with some orange glowing on the sides, foamy fat white collar. I’m all about education so I looked up this Ole Anderson character they spoke of in the commercial description, turns out he was a professional wrestler in the 80’s, this must have been his favorite beer, can’t blame him for that, it’s great. I don’t care if you’re Ole Anderson or Anderson Cooper, there is no way you are making it to your 6th glass of this, It’s strong!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5732) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2015
750 ml corked & caged bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 10.5%. BB date 06-2014. Hazy orange-brown colour, moderate off-white head. Aroma of mild spices, caramel, brown kandij sugar, dark dried fruits, spice cake. The flavour is rich, spicy, full of dark dried fruits, and very pleasant - but not too sweet. Sufficient hops, and dangerously drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeverszeuge (636) - GERMANY - JUL 16, 2015
# 3571 ersma: langer name für so ne kleine flasche. dunkel karamellfarben mit rotstich und zahllosen schwebeteilchen, trotzt stehender lagerung und vorsichtigen einschenkens. hätte ich den bodensatz mit eingegossen, wäre es wohl auch trüber. so ist es erstaunlich klar. durchsieben, hefezopf backen. oben ein stabiler schaumberg, der den ersten schluck zur geduldsprobe werden lässt. der geruch ist süßlich, karamellig. hefe- und kräuternoten. der antrunk ist deutlich röstmalzig mit viel karamell. dazu pflaume, beeren und hefe. eine gewisse spritigkeit. zur mitte steigt diese an, während die fruchtigkeit intensiver wird. etwas hopfenherbe ist auch da. der abgang ist röstmalzig-süßlich mit karamell, abnehmender fruchtigkeit und einem hauch hefe. die flasche ist ok. fazit: intensiv-aromatisches quadrupel. die pritigkeit stört etwas und verhindert spitzennoten. aber auch so unbedingt probierenswert. 12,12,12,12,11,12 - 11,95

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopTsing (454) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2015
From the bottle poured a brownish brew with an ok white head. Malty is the first thing that comes to my tongue and nose. It had lots of stuff floating in it, yeast I presume.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (1241) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Old bottle (3-4 yrs old). Dark caramel with a hint of red, smoke creamy head, and floaters. Smells like vanilla creme caramel, dark fruit, and a little boozy. Tastes boozy but then cut by a dry (but not too bitter) hoppiness. I actually am digging this today.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle. Heavy caramel and nutty for the malt, light to moderate cooked orange for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, notes of fig, date, toffee and brown sugar. Head is small, fizzy, beige with no lacing and is fully lasting. Color is murky medium brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy with a lively to fizzy carbonation. A very nice Quadrupel. It was just a touch too bitter in the finish, but otherwise everything was in the right place.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (841) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Pours hazy copper color, with a 1-finger head that was somewhat cream-colored. Nutty malt aroma, with notes of candied fruit and maybe date. A touch of earthy yeast too. Full body, a touch syrupy, with an astringent dryness to the finish. Nutty malt flavor with earthy yeast beneath. Notes of fig and candied fruit too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (1978) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle. Murky medium brown with khaki head. Aroma has figs, toffee, burnt sugar and slight alcohol. Flavor is very similar, figgy, dark toffee, toast and slightly boozy. Lighter to medium body. Not bad, but lacks a certain depth.


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