corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that nearly black and completely opaque with a two finger, light beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly spicy, medicinal dark fruit aroma with sweet chocolate, cough syrup and a subtle phenol presence. Strong tootsie roll/artificial chocolate character with peppery spice and dark fruit sweetness. Subtle smokiness with herbal medicine followed by caramel, coffee and toast. Also, I’m picking up some date, fig and raisin but the medicinal and phenolic notes hurt the aroma. Not as offensive as some other beers in this style though.
On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly acrid, roasted dark malt presence that wasn’t found in the nose. Slightly dry and smokey with hints of charcoal, tobacco, burnt toast and lightly roasted coffee bean followed by lighter malt sweetness, peppery spice and vinous dark fruit. The medicinal/syrup character found in the nose is minimal and the unpleasant phenolic character is thankfully missing. Hints of sweet cocoa, toffee and caramel along with raisin, plum, fig and a touch of cough syrup. The high ABV is very well masked with slight boozy sweetness and little to no heat. The flavors clash a little bit but the alcohol presence doesn’t hurt the drinkability. I wouldn’t have guessed that this beer was 11%. Nothing too special going on here but this is a solid holiday/winter beer that I enjoyed drinking.
SaintMatty (6296) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Fudge, cocoa, dates and coffee in the aroma. Smooth, chocolatey, roasted and moderately sweet taste with milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee standing out.
FlandersNed (384) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle. Supposedly the same as their Winter Strong Ale. Clear, chestnut brown hue with a moderate, pale tan head. Huge coffee nose. Chocolate, dried dark fruits, caramel & more coffee flavor. Full-body and medium+ carbonation.
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled as Barista Chocolate Quad. Pours a dark mahogany with tan fizzy head. Aromas of coffee, dark fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Flavors of coffee, plums, a touch of smoke, finishes with a chocolate tail.
Beersiveknown (4663) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sample from bottle at beer bloggers conference family brewers meal
full bodied, heavy, christmas cake spicing, warming, sweet, dark brown
obguthr (5087) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Espresso, walnut, charred oak, aroma, big roasty notes. Ruby black, thick quickly dissipating tan head. Rich coffee and plum notes. Medium to full body, easy carbonation. Mild walnut hints. Not a traditional quad and I’m more accustomed to tasting that much coffee in porters or styles. I’ve had coffee in other non tradtional styles that worked, but this one didn’t work as well for me. Not terrible, however.
crtalbot (4) - Beverwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear dark brown red with a beige head, good carbonation.
Hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses.
Full bodied quad, sweet, warm, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, malty flavours. Warm alcohol, almost like wine. Complex, heavy beer with a fantastic, long lasting aftertaste.
crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml cork and caged bottle a Barista. Big chocolate flavors and scents, lots of coffee notes, dark fruits, strong and rich.
jbuskirk (1020) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It seems a bit early to be drinking beers brewed for winter, but then again, this beer was bottled on 6/26/2013, so technically I’m drinking it late rather than early. I don’t know if it’s the age or the coffee and chocolate flavors (or some combination of the three) but this brew is innovative, hugely satisfying, and damn near perfect. The aroma and flavor point clearly toward buttery chocolate and strong coffee. There’s some underlying notes of roasted grains, subtle dark fruits, spices, and caramel. There’s enough booze in here to warm your stomach and lull you to sleep. This is a winter beer that could put you in a state of hibernation. I never would’ve thought a Belgian Ale could achieve these kinds of candy-like flavors. That just shows how full of shit I am. This is a winter treat that you’ll want to experience repeatedly.
JefVerstraete (2427) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from LDW drinks, Eke. Dark brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet nose of chocolate. Also coffee and roasted malts. Lots of cocoa. Sweet, light bitter finish. Ok.