MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heard alot of hype about this brew, but was personally unsure. Well, it lived up to the hype! Tart, malty, tobacco, sour cherries, leather. All the good stuff! Very enjoyable.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a mahogany body with a thin white head. Aroma of tangy cherry wood, sweet barley malt, and subtle tobacco. Flavor is strong and complex. Tangy sourness from the vibrant cherry and oak. Leather and tobacco. Earthy deep caramelization. Nice carbonation and medium full body. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.
deekyn (1169) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-good head with solid lacing and lasting creamy light brown head. Clear filtered amber color. M-lightly syrupy, water and wine. S-sherry , alcohol, wine and dried fruits up front. Some cognac. Molasses in the body and caramelized malts. T-sour cherries and wine, oak, molasses, and heavy alcohol.
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Damico (2561) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - this beer is huge and complex, especially being so young. The aroma and flavor brings a conglomerate of different notes from all the barrels and styles. The aroma on this particular bottle brings dominant Flemish Red nail polish notes with caramel coming in second then the cognac and oak combined. Crazy. The beer pours dark amber, almost murky, unclear for sure with a white sandy head. The flavors brings cognac, sherry and cherries from the quad combined, oak, bourbon, and tart sour notes as well. This brew is quite complex, all over the place but a nice blend overall of four fantastic berries in a wide respectable variety of barrels. Toss one up for big unique beers of awesomeness for the West Coast!
radarsock (897) - Vermont, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extra from Dak -- many thanks! Incredibly excited to finally get to try. Pours a mahogany sandy caramel brown with a thin, bubbly off-white head resting atop. Its smells explodes from the lip of the bottle, and becomes even stronger when letting it out in a glass: vinous (red wine, lees and French oak), dates, Ritz crackers, Angel’s share, American malt, graham paste, krill oil with some phenolic acid and white grapes. Tastes predominately of apples/apple cider vinegar, with displaying portraits of phenols, acidic blends, booze, and gelatin, however the booze I’d say is rather well hidden.
KyotoLefty (6322) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Maekchu. Pretty red color with lace. Aroma of wood, caramel, raisins, some acid. Sweet and alcoholic, with a bit of sourness, and cherry. Much like a cocktail. Nice tasting, to be sure, but what is it? A hodge-podge that is worse than any of the constituent beers. I’m sick of blends. Especially over-priced ones.
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby hued brown body. Fruit notes dominate the aroma with some sweet malt notes. Hearty malt body, very doughy with sour yeast character. Figs and currant notes with lots of wood and vinous residue. Vanilla and bit of pepper. No doubt a true monster in ABV, complexity, and unfortunately price.
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tulip. Amber color no head. Smell of dark fruits and red wine character. Taste is heavy to moderate sour with notes of sourdough bread, pear, and green apple.
maekchu (2082) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sharp phenolic nose, some vinegar, a slight chemical note, too. Clear dark brown brandy-like color. A very interesting blend of these four beers (Alan Sprints does this so well). But the distinctive characteristics of each one are mellowed out into a kind of beer soup. The oak comes out clearly in the finish. I do like this, but would really prefer to drink the four beers by themselves, as individual experiences.
jbruner (2296) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish hued brown from the bottle with no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma of pickle juice, spices, and booze. Taste is sour at first, then a bitter bite, then the barrel age kicks in with a nice burn on the way down. Intetesting, good.