degbert (1315) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with garnet highlights and a shallow, off-white, creamy fine-grained head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, bourbon, toffee, chocolate, and fig -- incredibly appetizing if youíre into the sweet stuff. Smooth and sweet on the palate; thereís more fruit (I definitely get the black cherry), toffee, vanilla, and a decent amount of bourbon booziness. Itís not too heavy, but itís definitely got some heft to it. Finish is a little hot; I also just want more body on the mouthfeel, itís a little thin. That said, itís pretty damned good.
trevor211 (1402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Big Wood 2014. Amazingly dry for a quad. Coconut and sunscreen (Hawaiian tropic). Dark fruit and dry oak. Pretty fall ruby pour. Boozy.
mcberko (8691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwerís Cafe for Big Wood 2014, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is huge on the bourbon barrels, with loads of booze, followed by brown sugar and dark fruits. Flavour is very rich and complex, with bourbon barrels, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits, green apple and caramel. Very elegant and balanced - the barrels, though overtaking on the nose - donít dominate too much, but rather accentuate the base beer. Excellent quad.
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Big Wood 2014 at Brouwerís. Heavy black-brown ruby, small ring. Slight alc aroma, dark cherry. Full round fruit, some coconut, alc. Barrel fruit, odd somehow but no big flaws.
Ferris (7014) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Sweet sugars and lots of plum. Deep maroon with a small beige head. Green apple and plum, slight wood and sweet barrel notes. Nice and light for what it is.
PartyFowle (454) - - DEC 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep maroon with surprising clarity and ruby highlights below a fuzzy brown sugar head. Aroma is decadent and sweet -- grape, raisin, maple, vanilla, booze. In the flavor things are more dry and complex, balancing raisin, fig and grape with crusty raisin bread, vanilla, oak and, finally, brown sugar-soaked bourbon. Taken together, this is one of the best bourbon-barrel quads Iíve had. The vanilla of the wood comes through in a beautiful way and the bourbon flavor is kept to a minimum, just an accent for the dark fruits. Superb.
jared1843 (1) - Ponchatoula, Louisiana, USA - JUN 14, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer just does it for me. Iíve been a beer lover for many years and enjoy all different types. This is a strong brew but isnít over bearing. Something about it just makes me happy.
drjay44 (2892) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Multiple tastings. Pours a thin beige head, over dark amber (SRM 15) body......nose is light Bourbon, cocoa, chocolate, light vanilla, dried fruit tones, minimal hops.....tastes of Bourbon, raisin, plum, light vanilla, brown sugar, hints of allspice, finishes with moderate bitterness.....mouth feel, light of medium body, alcohol warmth present, minimal acidity. This is an American Abt/Quad, but is delicately balanced, with the whiskey barrel adding nuances without dominating, but layering in where often various spice tones occur. BJCP 8/3/15/4/8
Strykzone (5384) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at ESBLS. Dark brown with a creamy beige head that does not fall. This beer is fruity and pleasant, especially for the ABV. Creamy and malty with all kinds of fruit. Dark fruit, plums. Interesting wood. A little heat but just a little. Amazingly easy to drink.
DenverLogan (856) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery last July. Pours black with brown head. Aroma of bourbon and dark malts. Flavors of sweet malt, raisins, plums, cola. Overall big, bold, flavorful and sweet.