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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2112) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Is this a quad? At its heart yes. Through and through. Thick, dark and syrupy, sweet, slight alcohol burn. Would not be out of place in a Belgian bistro....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (567) - ISRAEL - JUL 25, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Clear brown with a beige head. Aroma of wood, port, spices and caramel. Sweet with coconut, dried fruits, oak, caramel and vanilla flavors, a bit heavy and boozy, but balanced. Medium-full bodied, oily mouthfeel. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1437) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2014
2014 Bottle.
Appearance: When not held to light the body appears to be a deep chestnut, though when held to the light the body shows a beautiful deep garnet hue. A short, but quickly disappearing, light tan head appears on the pour, but all thatís left is a bubbly ring after a moment.
Aroma: The aroma leans fruity with plums, fig and raisin, followed by deep caramel aromas, some brown sugar, hints of booze, and a dash of leather. The aroma is mellow, though showing off itís contents with ease.
Taste: Big dark fruits in the way of plum, raisin, and fig are noticed throughout as are big malts giving flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Bourbon is noticed mostly during the finish with a dash of leather and tobacco. The malts really rise up just before the bourbon hits to push aside the fruity intro a bit. This is a great sipper, full flavored and enjoyable, complex and inviting. The booze is hidden far too well in this, itís present but itís noticed mildly on the finish.
Palate: Full-bodied, bordering on thick, with light carbonation.
Overall: I find this to be a beer brewed to high standards. Firestone Walker rarely disappoints and this is another winner. Big in flavor while remaining soft and hiding itís alcohol far too well, this could be dangerous!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1513) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
2014 650 ML bottle. Darker pour with a minimal head. Nose is sweet, syrupy, no roast or hoppy notes. Initial flavor is very sweet and sugary, with a smooth body. Similar to a milder barley wine but I can see how this would be a great blend beer with the inherent sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5750) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks zvikar. 2014 bottle. Dark brown with amber hues and a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, cookies, vanilla, wood, nuts, coconut and a bit of chocolate. Sweet flavor with caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, coconut, some chocolate notes and a spicy boozy edge. Full-bodied, a bit syrupy. A bit too heavy, but very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3312) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 23, 2014
5oz sample on tap at BJs in Woodland. Aroma has some sweet bourbon woody notes with light vanilla. Some chocolate is also there. Very quaffable. Slightly transparent mahogany body with a medium tan head and good lacing. Starts with a largely sweet bourbon flavor. More sweet woodiness in the middle with chocolate and vanilla. Ethanol is well hidden. Finishes with a chocolate sweetness. Very dangerous. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1420) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is dark brown/ruby with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of bourbon, dark fruit, sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and oak. Finish is sweet and boozy with some added notes of leather and molasses.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (978) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle from Lectvay, thanks again! Dark brown pour with ruby tones and a brown head. Aromas of oak, dates, brown sugar, bourbon, and figs. Wow this smells epic. Flavor is sweet dark fruits with bourbon and oak. Finish is a little warm from the abv but I bet cellaring this one for a year or two would mellow it out nicely. Very complex and delicious. Firestone doesnít make a bad beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9601) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Tap at Maxís. Pours clear black with ruby highlights and a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar, dates, figs and prunes with cookie malt and spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet, nearly cloying, malt with dark candied fruits, brown sugar, molasses, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (3951) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle shared by David. Thanks brother! This was a nice surprise in a style I rarely enjoy much these days. This beer is big and sweet, usually things I hate, but this particular gem is super complex and well put together so the sweetness and booziness do not dictate the beer. Tons of caramelized sugar, light vanilla, cream, very creme brulet like at times. Also get notes of banana split. Light coconut cream, oak, coffee cake. Yummers. One of the best flavors Iíve had in a beer in a while. This is a sweet beer I can get into. Not really a quad at all, but I donít give a shit.


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