JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Wasn’t feeling especially quad-tastic, even though the lengthier than normal "winter" in NC made it intriguing. Handsome pour, ruby-to-brown with a small head. Nose immediately suggested an old ale far more than a quad, with leather, toffee, figs, tons of candy malts. Not much yeastiness or fruitiness that I associate with the style. And there occasionally crept in an odd dank or spoilt note. Another weirdly disjointed LOF beer.
marcus (6864) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish brown with a rich tan head and a robust fruity aroma, There is a harsh dark fruit flavor with too much clove. This is a complex beer that, unfortunately, doesn’t taste as good as it smells or as good as it should be. Still, an interesting brew that deserves a taste.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle. Fruity and malt oriented aroma. Appearance is. Copper orange, minimal lacing and practically no foam. Taste is loaded with dried fruit, boozy, a bit harsh with some flavors that come off as acidic. Palate is medium bodied and heavy with carbonation. Overall, an interesting recipe but a end result that’s a B at best.
DYCSoccer17 (3383) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 ounce bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Aroma has a sweet, sticky fruitiness present, with underlying butterscotch, diacetyl, and bandaids. Light banana esters are present retronasally. Moderately hazy amber body present with a medium light yellow head. Starts with significant carbonation, before a little sweet toffee is encountered. Becomes a bit astringent, bitter, and ethanolic in the middle. Finishes really dry, and pretty unpleasant. Seems like this was overfermented, and all of the sweet fruit sugars dried this out way too much. Another experiment gone bad. I’m gonna give the guys at the beer shoppe shit for recommending this one to me.
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sexy reddish-brown color, a bit of a thin tan head. Equally seductive aroma of tobacco and cherries. This drinks with an interesting character ... funny, I just now look at the commercial description and these guys nailed it! How do you pick out "leather" in a beer without making it sound gross? This is an amazingly complex and interesting beer. Well done! (#4979, 4/10/2013)
unclemike (2340) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky brown with average, creamy off-white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is figs, raisins, plums, woody notes, caramel, leather, dough, hops, and light spice. Flavor is heavy dough malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral and grassy hops adding a touch of bitterness, dry wood, and faint yeast; dry, bready finish. Full body and medium carbonation
wlajwl (4132) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dark fruit, malts and mild off-notes/astringency. The flavor is grapes/dark fruit, mild/medium sweetness and a tart/acidic finish. A lot milder than was hoping, it was decent but definitely not great.
zickbeer_ye (307) - Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light Fruity fig smell. Cloudy orange cider look. Fruity cherry figish taste with a spicy coffee finish. Crisp but a little spicy and bitter on the palate. Wouldn’t call It a quad
Emeister84 (1221) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aromas of earth, subtle orange peel, and rum. Hazy, dirty brown with minimal, off-white head. Strong and boozy, off-dry, and raisiny. Medium body, average carbonation, and a boozy, fruity finish.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First of all, I’m not rating this beer "to style." Since they’re calling it a Quad they apparently used a Belgian yeast strain, but that really doesn’t come though here.
What does come though is a full-bodied malty sweetness that tastes like figs and dark fruit laced with caramel. I didn’t get a lot of heat in the taste or alcohol in the aroma, so they seem to have done a decent job of brewing it.
It’s just not a Quad.