hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… March 08 Tampa Bay Tasting… This beer rocks!… Cloudy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is terrific and fruity as hell; chock full of mysterious tropical and fuzzy fruits alongside perfumy goodness. Full-bodied with a skim milk mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Fruity, tangy flavors of golden raisins, mango, apricot and papaya. Good bitterness. Extremely drinkable. At no point does the high ABV rear its head. Finishes tangy, fruity and sweet. BBB63 came through with this one!
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of BBB63. Thank you, sir.
Caramel brown body with a small head, no retention and not much lacing....some swirly foam is all that’s left after a minute or so....nose is fairly hot, along with tropical fruits, dark esters, caramel malts and some floral hops....flavor seems a bit off and disjointed, all of the components aren’t meshing well....mouthfeel is light for the style as well, could use a bit more heft....medium length finish, fruits, some perfume/floral notes and dough....something somewhere just didn’t mesh with me on this beer, my least favorite of all the great offerings Mike brought us from this top notch brewery....
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy BBB63. Pours a clear amber copper color, with a small white head. Smells of a touch of bourbon, light caramel, fruits, and sweet malt. The flavor is more on the mild side, but nicely balanced for a barrel aged brew. The bourbon is soft, with the fruits and malts showing up more in the front and softening out in the finish. Very light to be called a quad in my opinion. Finished kind of tart. Decent, but not eye opening.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand bottle courtesy of BBB63 via tjthresh; enjoyed at csbosox’s tasting on 3/7/08. Pours a hazy orange with a thin, white head and decent legs. The aroma is a beautiful blend of slightly overripe apples, oak, and a touch of spicy hops. Medium bodied and oily with a dry finish. The flavor drops off quite a bit from the nose: fermented apple juice and alcohol dominate with some oak in support. This one began with great promise but steadily declined from there. If this is a quad it is unlike any other that I’ve sampled. Thanks again for giving us a chance to try this one, Mike.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy dark amber, wispy beige head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma balanced by oak and a light tartness that dries it out, touch of smokyness rises out of the oak,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of fruity character, caramel sweetness comes out as it warms, nice woodyness, light bitterness comes out of the oak, touch of cherry like tartness, light oaky bitter finish,
Overall: thanks to the brewer for sending this growler of excellent beer via BBB63 to the Georgia crew
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks a million, BBB63!
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed amber body. There are a few disorganized bubbles on top, but calling it a "head" would be a somewhat dubious claim.
Smell: A fruit platter served upon a wooden plank with a side of caramel.
Taste: Caramel and a melted candy sweetness overlayed with a pleasant fruitiness of peaches, pears, and lychees. An everpresent woodiness and light tannins help lend it a dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty good. I, myself, did not find the wood character to be overwhelming (or even whelming).
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hand bottle by way of tjthresh and BBB63. Thanks! Sugary, doughy, sweet malt aroma, full of spice and fiery alcohol, also notes of calvados barrel(?). Some baking cinnamon rolls and green apple notes. Clear medium golden amber color, head is spotty and slight. Flavor is packed with turbinado sugar, green apple fruitiness, wood and rather intense alcohol, peppery and medicinal, tangy and hot with plenty of warmth and a touch of spicy bitterness. Smooth and lightly acidic on the palate, body is certainly huge. A bit harsh for my taste.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce hand bottle from Mike. Clear amber with a thin a thin dirty white swirl on top. Apples, solvant, and saw dust. Solvanty/cleaner flavors as well as cidery. Very thin. Ehh.
theisti (3068) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz hand bottle shared by tjthresh, courtesy of BBB63 - enjoyed at the csbosox tasting on 3/7/08. Pour is golden, with some ruby highlights - no head whatsoever. Aroma of green apples, very bright and fruity. Some heat behind that. Wood is present, though certainly in the backseat behind the apples. I am assuming this was Brandy barrel? Taste is a fair amount of heat, with sourish apple and almost a Trippel body and finish to it. This was OK, but I thought the barrel was pretty overwhelming. Thanks to both Mike and Tom!
1FastSTi (3274) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Mike via Jason! The beer pours to a glowing vibrant amber body with no head. The aroma is apricots, pears, sweet fruits. Some sort of sweet barrel, but not too much. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a nice oaken apricots and orange laden barley. Very balanced and blended. The palate is sweet, mildly warming, and medium bodied.