bearislandbeer (15) - - DEC 20, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It was all I could do not to open this from my cellar, but thankfully I made it 6 months and was able to do it. The flavors achieved and brilliance of the odd parings of them were wonderful. The aroma is reminiscent of a smokier sour, but the taste is earthy, subtle cherry and coffee with a very smooth lasting finish.
BrewDad (5324) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark in color with a thick aroma of fruit and whiffs of sour. Light toffee and fig like characters. This was a big Belgian Quad super nice.
GarrettB (1363) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 16th, 2013 - Are these llamas before my eyes? Llamas dancing around my bottle? I hope so, because this might be a first for llamas gracing a beer label, and I like what it suggests: nothing. I can’t think of a flavor association between llamas and beer that makes any kind of sense, which raises the mystery factor considerably. The pour produces a fuzzy, fluffy looking head and a short, dwarfish tan head. Cinnamon and the signature childhood smell of Cinnamon Pop-Tarts are easy to pick out, adding brown sugar notes, but definitely a kind of artificial flavoring. Bubble gum and red grape appear in the nose too. The flavor trades some of the aroma’s cinnamon for that sweet and umami rich yeastiness, and the fruit flavors here are less pointedly sweet. Pear makes an appearance with a louder voice than the accompanying cherry and blackberry notes. I don’t recall ever having had a quadruple from New Belgium before, but I love what the llama has brought me.
slowrunner77 (8987) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"I dug this. Definitely not a traditional quad or anything else. Deep malts, chocolate covered cherries, spicy yeast character and some pipe tobacco for good measure. I. Hope to find one more o these before its gone for good. 2013 - on tap shows a LOT more booze than my bomber did, especially next to some more restrained beers. Gots ta dock it a little..."
johnnnniee (3399) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Mike Friday night, thanks for the opportunity!
Lots of fruit caramel and chocolate with a solid hit of alcohol. Somewhat muddled flavors. Might need to time to get harmonized.
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kept this bottle for over year to let it mellow and blend. It still smells and tastes a little boozy. Beer is slightly hazy with a small tan head. Aroma is alcohol, prunes, over-ripe cherries, yeast and tobacco. Taste is very sweet with mild dark fruit overtones and dank rich tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium heavy. Overall, I wonder if it is not the effect of the tea that accentuates the alcohol in the flavor. It may be that tea is not a good ingredient for beers that are nor drunk fresh.
AirForceHops (5661) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from a trade. Hazy burnt orange color with out much head. Bottle says best before 14 Aug 2014... Just in time!! Aroma is sugar, dates and caramel syrup.
The body is medium with a solid quad base. Dates upfront of the flavor with a sweet syrupy texture throughout the sip. Lingering dark fruit after the sip. Candi sugar and raisins here as well. Very sugary. No coffee to be found here which is problematic after a lot of time. Perhaps it was better a year ago? Two years ago?
Tstamba (669) - Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at White Oak Tavern in a snifter. Amber with fading off white head. Nice aroma of spices, coffee and chocolate. A bit light and thin for the style. Fruit and spice with sweet dry finish.
jandd1983 (3575) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of dark chocolate, some nibs, cherries, sugar and booze. The taste was of dark chocolate, cherries, orange, cocoa nibs and booze. Nice.
nick76 (4357) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is sweet and malty with fruit and alcohol. The appearance is orange copper. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall good.