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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3219) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear reddish mahogany, small diminishing brown head, some lacing.aroma is bourbon forward, dark sugars, vanilla, oak, cocoa, raisin. Flavor is medium sweet, little bitterness, lots of bourbon and vanilla over toffee, raisin and a bit of quad spiciness. Bourbon is clearly forward here, but not too overpowering. A bit of zesty bitterness on the finish. Medium body, tongue coating. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1259) - Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Draft. Clear dark mahogany. Small wispy beige head and ring around glass that dissipates. Big sugary caramely sweet sticky aroma bursts from glass. Flavor does the same. Rich sugar and caramel, molasses. Vanilla, tobacco and oak. Bourbon. Some dark fruit. Rich. Decadent. Bigger medium body. Kinda slick. Not that sticky. Light roasty bitterness. Alcohol is there but doesn’t detract or get in the way. Delicious barrel character. Excellent dessert sipper but also quite easy to drink. Everything here works so well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (803) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Pours a deep reddish black color with a tan head.Bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, soy sauce, roasted malt, caramel, tobacco and dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit, oak, molasses, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, tobacco, caramel and chocolate flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Sweet taste and a dark fruit and molasses finish with some bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (371) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Dark ruby brown color, thin beige head. Loads of brown sugar, candied fruits, bourbon soaked oak, sticky caramel, a little leather, and hints of vanilla. Very sweet and viscous. Smooth, full-bodied, and lively with a long bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2612) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2014
Fad: Taster på taproom. Dyb ravfarvet øl med stort skumhoved. Duften er fadlagret men med tydelige gærnoter fra den belgiske gær. Smagen er sød, men lækker og balanceret fra spritten og fadlagringen. Lækker øl.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (171) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market, Jaffa. Thanks zvikar. Clear dark brown. Aroma is woody, vanilla, date honey, biscuit, alcoholic, sweet. Complex flavor of coconut, vanilla, very sweet, cherry, dark fruits. Very alcoholic. Low carbonation. Full body. Sticky sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2193) - 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....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (615) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1458) - 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 that’s 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 it’s 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, it’s present but it’s 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 it’s alcohol far too well, this could be dangerous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1526) - 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.

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