48FanInCali (787) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark iced tea pour slight off white head and a touch of lacing. Nose is bready malts and a little on the funk side. Taste is sweet with an abrupt tartness. Not getting much coffee but there is some fruit. Sweet on the back.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Pailhead (5362) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Bottle: The aroma consists of apple, cherry, raisin, and faint spice. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate chocolate and caramel. There’s some cherry in the background. The finish has raisin, alcohol, and light apple. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, too much going on and the flavors don’t mesh well.
TURDFERGUSON (4005) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at beer study. Hazy reddish brown with thin yellow white head. Nose is cinnamon, dates, prunes, rum raisins, brown sugar, and booze. Flavor is super ho-hum, dusty, dark fruits, but not really quad-like and the Belgian yeast is hard to pick up.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a cloudy amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter and fruitier with plenty of black cherries, raisins, figs, and plums. Caramel with some bread, brown sugar, and hints of coffee. Flavor is again sweet with lots of caramel, bread, and brown sugar as well as plenty of dark fruits. Lots of plums, black cherries, raisins, and figs with some leather notes, Belgian yeast phenols, hints of chocolate, and a light coffee note. Finishes a bit syrupy, but dry and a bit spicy with a nice alcohol warmth. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent quad. A bit messy feeling at times, but the sweetness was pretty well balanced by all the fruits and yeasty spice. Not bad.
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is coffee, caramel and cookie malt, dates, cherries, and light spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear copper hued body with a thin off white head. Some lace and some alcohol legs. Some cascara in the aroma: dried cherries and tobacco. Also a lot of sweetness, brown sugar, plums, dates, medium isoamyl acetate, leather, chocolate and a boat load of alcohol. Flavors are sweet, biscotti like bready malt profile, lots of alcohol and sweetness, almonds, dried fruits, dates, figs and cherries. Quite a strong hit of fusel alcohol as well (which I’m sure is contributing to the perceived sweetness). Earthy, rustic, decent mount of cascara (caveat: I would not know what cascara tasted or smelled like had I not added some to a firkin at work a few weeks ago). Lively bubbles, boozy with a medium body. Odd almond biscotti taste up front and lingering in the finish. Very boozy though.
Kind of messy, but not as bad as the ratings led me to believe.
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Brown and opaque. Thick head. Fruity and slightly sour smell. Bitter sweet. Some woodyness on the aftertaste. Not a great beer.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
651mL leftover in my fridge. Pours a clear, deep red to ruby. Large beige head. Good retention and webby lacing. Nose is prune, dark cherry juice box, Taste is very sweet, cherry juice box, finishing with some toothpaste and chalk. Palate is clean, but a bit chalky in the finish. A bit cloying and the odd toothpaste flavor is not pleasant, perhaps the cascara tea addition? No chocolate or tobacco in the nose.
alexanderj (3377) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a muddy color. Dull brown-amber-auburn with a fairly large khaki head; lacing. Aroma of candy sugar, yeast, cherries, bread, caramel and alcohol. Starts of smooth than a bit boozy. Very odd that the aftertaste was initially more complex. Some complexity and good flavor, but a bit messy. Dark fruit, sugar, with a bit of caramel and roasted/toasted. Some potential.
arkurzynski (1675) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Brown with amber to red hues. Frothy off-white head. Nose is deep with fig, raisin, and plum that fades to toasted malt, glazed biscuit, mild spice, and faint peppery alcohol. Flavor is more of the fig/sugar plum and other mixed dark fruit (almost tropical) with toasted biscuit, brown sugar, and spice. Finishes lightly dry. Some residual canded and toasted malt. A little rough around the edges and a little heavy handed on the dark fruit aspect, but overall pretty solid.