thornecb (4317) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Foamy tan head micros as it slowly recedes leaving sheet lacing. Almond and pit fruit aromas. Bubbly and sharp with upfront chocolate and nuts - turns hot and peppery in the pit fruit finish. Sharpness fades as it warms increasing the drinkability.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy dark brown color topped by a massive frothy off-white head. Rich, nutty malt aroma with hints of peat smoke and chocolate. Toasted bread malts, and some subtle dark fruits. Earthy yeast, faint hints of soy and licorice. Finish is a bit brash with some black peppercorn flavors that linger on the tongue.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. Ithaca did a nice job with this quad. pours a dark brown. aroma has a lot of spices as does the taste. Good carbonation and head.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown murky pour with a billowing foamy tan head. Spicy yeast notes in clove, also raisins, plums, slight alcohol, and some dark chocolate on the nose. Tastes strongly of dark fruits and caramel -- quite sweet. Bready, doughy through the mid palate. Slight chocolate on the finish. Alcohol imperceptible. Lively carbonation, relatively full mouthfeel.
DeeBee21 (51) - NH, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy Dark cidery pour thick frothy tan head lots of visable sediment . Aroma of that same spiced hard cider notes of dark mollasses and juicey raisin. Flavor floods with tons of yeasty bread quality. Little of that sweet mollases and raisin in the middle then finishes almost dry with a burnt popcorn aftertaste. A little odd and unexpected but still interesting
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Root beer colored pour with a big frothy white head- good looking brew. Aroma holds raisin, plum, molasses, cider, pear, and some great spice notes. There is also a great bready and yeasty quality to this quad. Flavor characteristics are marked by heavy spice, dough, caramel, and some definite booze burn. The palate is surprisingly light for the style, but this certainly makes it drinkable, which is impressive for 12% ABV. Not too complicated on the tongue, but tasty overall.
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with a large amount of floaters. Resilient offwhite head. aroma is rife with pear, date, molasses, a touch of rum raisin. bread pudding, yeasty and boozy. Flavor is bready, yeasty, boozy, some molasses, not especially complex but pretty tasty.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of deebee21- thanks so much! Opaque brown pour with a robust off white head that stays erect throughout. Aroma is cider oriented- apples and pears combine with date and raisin to created an excellent sweet malt arrangement. On the more subtle, but wholly noticeable side, I am presented with dough, prickling spices, and a warming alcohol presence. Flavor presents a hefty, bountiful dark fruit profile that is quickly met by clove, banana, dough, grapes, and brown sugar. Palate is fluffy in its effervescence, but remains full and heavy throughout. The finish is yeasty and clean.