BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Dark brown color with sweet dried fruit aroma. Sweet malty body with a raisin character.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours rich mahogany with thin khaki head. aroma is big raisin, banana, some spice and caramel sweetness (a little bit of alc). taste is raisin, banana, chocolate, some spicyness with a good amount caramel sweetness. finish has a fair deal of tangy spicy bitter (which is kinda strange for the style) and a little heat. good stuff but jus not great.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG 2007. I am quite sure that Hellomynameis opened this one, but I could be wrong. Thanks to whoever did! Murky copper color with no head. Awesome aroma of brown sugar and mint. Both of those are prominent in the flavor with loads of caramel and sweet malt. It may not be insanely complex, but damn if this isnít fantastic!
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(tasting at Brickskeller) dark brown with no head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark fruits. Alcohol noticeable in the flavor, along with dark fruit.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great full dark appearance w/ a fantastic aroma of toffee, raisins, and just a hint of licorice. The flavor was a fantastic blend of everything from the nose of this beer. The finish dances on your tongue afterwards. This is a beer which stands up and challenges those who say beer is boring.
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) Minimal beige head atop hazy mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, acetone. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, some pomegranate, light caramel. Sticky full body with low carbonation.
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle generously shared by beastiefan2k. Dark brown, purple tinted beer with a thin amber head. Very fruity aroma, raisins, dates and plums. Dark malts, cherry sweetness, sweet red licorice as well. Flavour is okay, fruity sweetness but very alcoholic and hot. Chewy, malty sweetness, raisin, licorice and a touch of dry leathery character. Itís quite out of balance though, hot alcohol and a lack of yeasty complexity. Light estery profile but it doesnít really come together. Meh... Iím not sure this is ever going to come together.
beastiefan2k (2526) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml cork and wire shared with JoeMcPhee at the Blind Tiger, I am so glad someone was around to help me with this piece of crap-ola. Actually the cork smelled really good. Poured with a small head that quickly fades away, which makes the beer look really still. Actually looks like slightly dark cola with similar light edges. Cannot see through the beer but it looks thin, a la soda. Aroma is strong with chocolate, molasses, burnt bitterness, and alcoholic prunes. As it warms up syrupy barleywine aspects come out as well. At first the aroma is cool and you think to yourself there is a lot of life in this beer. Then, its like, well, this aroma is strong but itís crappy and all out of balance. Then you are like, damn... Taste is cherry alcohol and sweet brown sugar, pretty much a strong, boozy, sweet beer. Overall, could be cool but as keep drinking it, the thin ass body and the over the top flavors really start to suck. And by the end, I was just trying to get my moneyís worth out of this damn bottle. This has all the pitfalls of American Quads, too much overpowering flavor with no substance behind it. Worst US Quad, EVER! You know, I donít even like the label.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Blind Tiger - Thanks for sharing xray! Deep brown, thick lightly tanned head. Nose held dark malty notes of raisin, sweet prune, rock candy, rich toasted caramel, and touches of spiced vanilla. Flavor practically matches with similar intensity from start to finish. Just a faint touch of hops in the end to try and stage war over the crazy malt component. Never quite pulls it off, but age will no doubt pull this together even more. Full bodied, medium carbonation, dark fruity finish. Very good now, great in two years....
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Bottle from Caponeís, and drank with Ross and Shigadeyo on AIM. Pours a muddy chocolate dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of yeast, raisens, vanilla, clove. Soft carbonation and a surprisingly thin texture for a quad. Initial flavor of sugary plums, with the middle having notes of yeast, dark bread, banana, spice and a hint of vanilla. Finish has a strong clove presence, along with strong alcohol that really warms the windpipe. This is much better at warmer temps. Interesting beer, as this tastes like a quad that had a splash of saison mixed in. Well crafted, but I do not find the complexities to be harmonious on my palate.