Mora2000 (5128) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour with a white head. The aroma is full of whiskey with some strong oak and bourbon notes. The flavor is similar. I get a good dose of bourbon and toffee as well as some cherries. Overall, the flavor is a bit muddy. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A disappointment after loving the regular and Batch 9 version of this beer.
Westchesterco (662) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a corked sealed bottle it is a dark amber Colorado eithba off white head. The aroma is of sweet sherry the taste is vanilla infused with Bourbon and raisins which leadscto a very sweet finish.
Iphonephan (2207) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a corked and caged 375 ml bottle shared at home. Pours a clear brownish amber with a thin off white head. Aroma of banana lacquer. Flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel and raisins. Moderate to heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Sweet boozy finish.
zach8270 (3038) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - corked & caged 375 ml) Deep copper pour with a creamy tan head. Big oak and sweet malt aroma with a good sweet vanilla and bourbon backbone. Flavor has that same mixture of sweet malts and the sweetness from the bourbon barrel but them moves to a slightly earthy and dark fruit middle with a different hint of wood note at the finish. Very smooth and silky without that overly boozy feel to it.
Maltser85 (107) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours a dark murky caramel brown color. No head to speak of. Aroma is very woody up front. Bourbon notes, a bit of vanilla. Large dark fruit notes. Some bready notes. The initial flavor is smooth, typical quad flavors that roll into a nice barrel character that finishes with a significant alcohol burn. After taste is bready and malty and I canít get past the barrel to enjoy the beer. The beer is very smooth for what it is, but I donít know what else to say here. Not my style.
rangerred (782) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle into a goblet. Batch #12
Pours a hazy dark brown with just a thin, wispy head. Some ok lacing but nothing really special.
Bourbon is quite prominant in the aroma and this makes since as 91% of this batch was aged in bourbon barrels. The vanilla and smoke is complimented by raisin and plum along with a very pleasant yeasty note. It is very reminiscent of pipe tobacco. Quite Nice.
Loads of bourbon on the taste but it is somewhat muted. This, of course, contributes lots of vanilla and char notes along with a touch of caramel. Dark fruits permeate underneath with raisin and plum. Sweetness is held in check with just a light stickiness washing over the tongue. Light bitterness as well.
Overall, this is an awesome beer. The quad/bourbon combination is interesting and works quite well here. I am very interested to try some of the other barrel blends as they sound very interesting. While this beer is a bit on the pricey side, it is well worth the occassional splurge.
Dazz3 (1426) - Hšllefors, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Smells and tastes oak, vanilla, nuttty and caramell malty with a similar finish.
Osprey87 (911) - London via, WALES - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No date on bottle. Pours a thin brown colour and some head forms initially, but it dies off quickly. Smell is sherry, oak and paint stripper. Smells a bit like Iím about to drink methylated spirits, which is a bit off-putting really. Body is medium to thin with low-ish carbonation. Taste follows the nose - alcohol and oak forward. Sweet concentrated fruits. Aftershock shots. Apple liquer. Tannic finish. Salt. Bourbon is obvious but not totally over-done. The spice and raisins from the original quad are still there but have been overpowered by the barrel aging. It tastes like it has more alcohol in it than it actually has. This is pretty interesting, quite nice. It could do with some more balance, but itís good stuff. Over time, it actually gets quite moreish.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you put a pancake with syrup in a juicer, it would be this beer. Sticky syrup and dates with low carbonation. Iím gonna have trouble drinking half a bottle. Pair with cherry glazed filet mignon. Or dulce De lechery cake
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml bottle) cloudy medium brown, fine tan edge bubbles. Nose is very rich, cognac, bourbon, vanilla, raisin, oak, toasted marshmallows, brown sugar, as complex as anything in recent memory. Taste of raisin, oak, strong spirits and alcohol notes, toasty marshmallow, almost decadent but alcohol prevents it a bit. Really neat complex beer. Great linger.