sudomorph (260) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky, opaque, chestnut with very little head.Smells of spice and alcohol, with hints of vanilla and molasses. Taste is very different from the nose. Ripe fruits, alcohol, notes of spice and raisins. Has a sweetness to it. Medium to high carbonation. Medium body with a smooth texture. A very different quad than I have had before. Worth having a few bottles.
bbbeer (502) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown with touch of red, small tan head. Aroma caramel, yeast, malt. Full body. Quite minimal alcohol. Faintly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor pretty sweet, molasses-filled baking bread. Some dried fruits, spice. A tad sweeter than I would prefer but nonetheless rich and complex and enjoyable.
Peabody2671 (9) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice flavorful ABT. The beer had a nice dark caramel color. The flavor is dry with a little bit of spice. Good aroma as well. Overall, I recommend.
RexTalionis (1980) - FINLAND - JUN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 341 ml. Pours light brown in color with a tan head. Sweet malty, raisins, dough and nutty notes in
aroma. A bit of boozy notes in taste. Sweet malts, toffee and earthy nuttyness in taste. Quite soft.
Cloying sweet finish.
Bule (423) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle at Monk's Kettle. Pours a coppery brown color with a bit of frothy head. Lots of subtle flavors all coming together here. Needs a few minutes to breathe.
crossovert (5627) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour with a quickly-dissipating head. The smell is dried fruits, wood, and wine. Flavor is sweet, no bitterness. It is a bit tangy, lots of caramel as well as dark fruits. Not as vinous as the smell would suggest but it is there. The yeast note is a subdued. Not bad but not on par with the best in this hard to pull off style.
Bacterial (832) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy dark brown pour with a nice light tan head. Nose is malty goodness with hints of dark fruit and spice. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel - almost no indication that its 10.5% until a little alcohol in the finish. Quite nice!
BlackHaddock (2887) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taken in ’La Trappe’ San Fransisco on 6 Feb 2013. The basement is very dark (where we sat anyway), so I had trouble seeing the true colour of the beer: it looked dark brown though. The bottle label being dark also was almost unseeable too, which is a shame because the art work is lovely.
The smell told me however I had a great beer in front of me, even if I couldn’t see it too well. Malty molasses and rich fruit esters filled my nose and I couldn’t wait to taste it.
The richness of the flavours exploded in my mouth, sweet malty molasses (like the aroma) with hints of toffee, caramel and chocolate. Add dark fruit and yeastiness into the mix and you have a very tasty beer indeed.
Full bodied and rich from the first sip, overall an excellent beer.
NikkTwist (1235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Eulogy. Nearly opaque pour that shows as a hazy dark red brown under bright light. Nice tight small bubble head that reduces to a lasting foam. Not much aroma. Unexpected burnt breadiness at first sip. Medium dark red fruit. Grapes and plums halfway to being raisins and prunes. Harsh bitterness up front with a syrupy sweetness underneath. I feel pretty confident that this beer has not aged enough. The bitter grassy breadiness should die away and the underlying fruit should darken and mature. It would be a stretch to say I taste any chocolate at this point. Hopefully will find an older version of this. Will rate upon that expectation.
Rangi (492) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown poor with a pleasant frothy white head. Aroma of ripe dark fruits slight spice. Flavour is the same but more so. Boozy with a pleasant after burn. Has a slight molasses after taste. As it warms up there is a faint flavour of chocolate. The beverage also becomes really nicely mellow.