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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Abbey-style grand cru aged weeks on Virginia bourbon barrels.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1527) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. UPDATED: Pours a ruby red/brown with thinner tan head. Smells big maltiness with known bourbon and vanilla. Taste comes off very fruity/cherry, sweet caramel malts, lighter than expected bourbon notes, some booze, raisins, oak. Medium body. Complex, and I liked it because the bourbon aging was not overly powerful. Would have been better if not for the big cherry notes which grew tiresome by the end of the brew.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
At big Sethís going away party on 11/2/2013; was an awesome day! Aroma is apple, super funky, oak barrel. Taste is apple, soft barrel complexity, huge oxygen cardboard notes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresyourball (445) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bomber shared by Austin. Dark amber pour with minimal head. Nose is sweet Bourbon, caramel, fruity. Flavor is caramel, bourbon, sticky full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (663) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
2013 vintage from bottle - Redish brown pour with decent off white head. Nose of yeasty malt, fruit, and a little bit of vanilla and barrel. Taste is fruitier than I expected which added a level of complexity (green apples possibly?). Very good stuff. Not sure if a lot of aging would do any good on this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle,shared by Jon Macklin at beer study. Pours a deeper reddish orange with a small watery off white lace. Aroma is light barrel, light oxidation, caramelized sugar. Flavor is similar. Lots of carmel, lightly boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1123) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle at SARA. Again, beers thrown in my face! Great bourbon quad. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lupulucid (185) - - OCT 12, 2013
The barrel dominates this beer to an extent that little of the character of the beer is distinguishable but not so much that the it is unpleasantly out of balance. It is a touch boozy and vanilla from the barrel is prominent but some complexity remains. A bit of malt and yeast contribute even if they remain in the background.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (632) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
Sample from bottle. Hazy brown colour with a ring of foam. In terms of pure aesthetics not the most appealing. Aroma is all brown sugar and bourbon barrel. Much the same taste-wise, although sadly quite thin on the finish. Good attempt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Because nothing says a hot summer day like a barrel-aged quad. A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger off-white shade that starts off looking rough, but becomes smoother as it recedes. It retains a thin collar around the edges of the glass quite well, and tries to leave slight lacing on the glass. S: There isnít a huge oak character here, more of a general bourbon note - still, itís presence is very welcome. I actually pick up more in the way of milk chocolate and hazelnut than I do typical dark fruits. However, they are there, if not as bold as Iíd like them to be. Good aroma, but I expected more. T: Bourbon opens the flavor profile quite respectably. After that...to be frank, Iím not picking up a whole lot. I think the problem is that apart from the bourbon character, the other flavors blend too much, harming its distinctive complexity. The finishing flavor is far more nutty than fruity, or even caramel-y. I donít note much of an oak character, either. Iíd say itís closer to an English barleywine than a Belgian quad. Still, I love how it isnít remotely harsh. In this barrel-aged world, I can safely say Iíve had a few non barrel aged 10%íers that were boozier than this. Still, I wish it had SOME depth to it - itís getting a little boring drinking this. M: This one is pretty dry on the back end. Really dry, actually. Itís also rather clean (for a quad) as well - giving it good drinkability and roundness at the cost of reduced decadence and flavor. Thatís actually this beerís best feature; in spite of the bourbon presence, it could honest-to-Slaanesh pass for a 7% brew. Even as it warms up, the alcohol presence is well hidden. Good carbonation helps drinkability, too. O: This does an excellent job of providing bourbon qualities without the heat. As a quad, though, itís not very successful. There isnít much sense of complexity or boldness. But you know what? I like it to an extent. I wonít have much trouble killing this by myself.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (945) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Review from backlog, bottle tasted on 08/22/2012. Thanks to Dan. Pours ruby brown, small beige head. Aroma has big bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark bread malts, dark fruit. Taste is dark bread, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, sweet bourbon finish. Medium body. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2013
From the tap poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Flavor and aroma of sweet bourbon vanilla.


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