SHIG (3982) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a copper jello with white head. Big malty and fruity aroma. Very fruit, yeasty esters, spicy and sweet malts.
Bacterial (2282) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear pale amber color with a white head. Big Belgian nose and taste, with some nice wine oak and whiskey character. Big with a warm finish.
jsnicholas (399) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (22oz $15.00): (2015 vintage) Light amber with white head. Definitely a Belgian taste. Can also taste the wine barrel aging but not so much the whiskey barrel aging. Good beer, but preferred the NOT THE STOIC.
Sarlacc83 (1416) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass shared by Eugene. Thanks!
A: Orange body, creme color head.
N: Toffee, some acetone, biscuit, prune, peppercorn. More of the sweet malts over the top, a touch of fruit. Not much whiskey as is Deschutesí wont in these blends.
T: Sweet; light spiciness.
M: Medium body, light alcohol, appropriate level of carbonation.
O: Well, I missed my chance to label this an unmitigated disaster. The first batch was just wretched, but this is much better even if itís still not in the same realm as Quad.
jkwood04 (4821) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at the Portland brewpub. Pours copper/amber with a small head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some whiskey and wine and oak, caramel and pale malts, light notes of EtOH, and some sweetness. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. A really cool quad.
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~50 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a brilliant, clear amber, forming no head, with no bubbles anywhere to be seen and thus, no lacing. At all.
Smell: Candi sugar and caramel, twined around a mixture of subtle fruits, dark and vinous.
Taste: Opens with sugars and caramel, with a supporting chorus of raisin and cherry, all of which remain strong through the entire tasting process. Some faint grape and berry whispers along the edges here and there, and thereís a touch of herbs and spice as well. A mild tinge of hardwood, barely perceptible, meanders through the beer as well.
Mouthfeel: Slick, and on the lighter side of medium-bodied. This is also not as sticky as one might expect, given the style and the sweetness.
Overall: Not a bad example of the style - this is an 11% beer that completely disguises the ABV, and almost encourages quaffing quickly via the sweetness and the light body. That being said, I donít know that the various stages of barrel-aging mentioned on the label necessarily added much complexity not already found in other quad/BSDA examples. I donít regret this purchase by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time, at this price point, I donít know that I would buy this beer again.
ICEatALAMO (1144) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
'12 vintage bottle. The pour is a rich colorful orange and reddish. The aroma is a great mix of dark fruits. The taste is a wonderful blend. Not too strong but a perfect mix. Probably the best Quad I have had.
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alexsdad06 (7106) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 in 2012 from notes. Pours the slightly hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, very fruity, pears, apples, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, wood, a hint of spice, some alcohol to this.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 1/3/12 from a capped 22oz bomber bottle. Pours clear, light orange with an average off-white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is sweet golden raisin, vanilla, fruity, and spicy Belgian yeast. The flavor is sweet pomegranate golden raisin, vanilla, and spicy Belgian yeast. The body is medium with an oily texture, average carbonation, and a long sweet and spicy finish.
GriffDaddy (93) - - JAN 15, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
And the gods of beer smiled upon us. This is a bottle from 2010 or so that has been lurking in the back of my cabinet for years. Very cloudy two toned dark/lighter orange pour, light head. Wow what a nose! Mandarin orange, apricot, orange blossoms, fruit cocktail, sweet and thick. Tons of yeast sediment. Palate is apricot, stone fruit, concentrated pineapple/orange/guava (POG!), kind of grapey with some modest Belgian spice. I taste no pomegranate. Very complex, very dynamic, rich, sweet, chewy, with a looooong, satisfying finish. Alcohol is present but nicely balanced. This was a one-off, very likely never to be repeated experience that was simply remarkable. I will think about this beer for a long time.