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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad. A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending. Turbinado brown sugar from Mexico and Belgian candi sugar add wonderful molasses flavors. It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over this beer: toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badhack (313) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Pungent orange, orange peel and grapefruit with a finish that is musty and with yeast. Some caramel, malt and a little bread crust. Thick and sticky. Sweet. Maybe some fruit and coconut but none of the leather and tobacco come through this one. Definitely boozy and bourbony.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle - 2014 vintage. Opaque, murky dark brown with a short tan head. Aroma is slightly boozy with toasted coconut, vanilla notes, sweet malt, caramel, toffee, faint tobacco, dark fruit and molasses. Taste is big coconut and vanilla with molasses, dark fruit, candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, sweet malt, soft oak and hints of tobacco. Body is medium-full with a strong, bubbly carbonation and sugary stickiness. Soft warmth to this as well. Ends with more boozy notes, vanilla, molasses, caramel, sweet malt, toasted malt, oak and dark fruit. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1016) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Pours a deep amber, clear with an off-white head. Much like a barley wine, this beer is very sweet and viscous. Overt Belgian candi-sugar and rich and complex flavors throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle cracked with some brahs at Ryans, pours dark red-brown with notes of plum, sticky pudding, vanilla, caramel sugar and oak, Fuller bodied with medium heat and plenty stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (708) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle few months. pours clear brown no head. Aroma is Bourbon caramel light coffee green raisins. Flavor is sweet major and Bourbon fruity sweetness with striking bitterness and bite that balances it out. Wood char and sour mash come through and a bread yeast just peeks through. Feel is surprisingly dry and textured after what starts out with the potential of silk. Really intense but not overpowering. Love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ontape (297) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Dang, this is good, 13+% ain’t usually my scene, but this bangs. Pours deep brown with head that’s almost yellow. Fig, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, slight bourbon nose. More too, it’s nicely complex and layered. Taste is exceptionally balanced for a strong ale -- booze present but kept in check, sweet but not overly so. Did I mention vanilla? It bears repeating. One of the most drinkable strong ales I’ve had, a real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (743) - Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma is very strong of figs, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, belgiany, vanilla- lots of aromatics. Tastes is medium to full bodied- coconut, vanilla, sweet, rich, medium carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (2373) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks zvikar. Black with frothy beige head. Caramel, earth, a little marzipan aroma. Very sweet, coconut and a little roasty in the mouth. Oily texture, heavy body, no carbonation, long, sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (1879) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Not sure of the evolution of this beer, how it evolved from a tasty slightly oversweet barleywine, to an even more tasty, slightly oversweet "central coast" quad, but it’s bottled...and that’s a good thing. Belgian yeast and candi sugar are present under all that barrel-aged goodness. Very fruity, with brandy and bourbon coming through in the nose and on the palate. Sticky as suggested, though not hot coming in at 13%+. Really enjoyed this. Not quite up there with Abacus and Parabola, but not far off, either

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (512) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
(Draft at Brookland Pint in DC) Dark brown body with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, bourbon. Medium to full body. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit, vanilla, strong alcohol; slight tartness, cough syrup.

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