GODiSSOUTHERN (376) - Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours medium golden. Nice spicy yeast character and a good amount of sweetness. Some alcohol heat in the finish. The fruit notes were a bit muted and on the subtle side.
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler fill from Whole Foods, courtesy of the awesome spouse. Hazy amber, decent head fades to a slight film. Aroma is sweet, alcohol, undefined fruits. Flavor is a match - the flavor comes through on the finish, with dried cherry, fig, touch of apricot, and the faintest hint of coffee. Not bad, but with this much sweetness and alcohol present, a more complex flavor profile would have been welcome. Decent, but not spectacular.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle served in a goblet. Pours a hazy amber with a thin off white head. Dark fruit in the aroma, also a bit of cinnamon. Medium bodied. A lot of malt sweetness. Some more dark fruit, a bit of cherry that comes out as it warms. Alcohol isnít readily apparent. Decent, but nothing spectacular.
scooter520 (185) - - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dates and cherries come thru on the nose making it a typical quad aroma. Taste is same with bananas coming in middle thru end. It's just okay. I won't buy again.
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mmather (145) - Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think you folks are nuts. This is a very nice beer. It is obviously a higher alcohol beer, but its profile belies its 10%abv level. As I would expect from a quad, there is little hops, lots of malt and fruit galore. The coffee cherries I believe can be what can be attributed to an interesting slight sweet underlying spiciness and slightly raisiny (from the dates I presume). Would love to have a case of this to age for a few months, especially at the price point ($5.99/22 oz.). Much more of a quad than Averyís Reverend (although I do love it).
arminjewell (6322) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramelized sugars, lots of dark fruits, hints of yeast, spice, touch of grain, lots of booze. Taste is messy, lots of booze, dark fruits, hints of toffee, roast, slight dark chocolate but very hidden, touch of biscuit, finishing fairly sweet, lots of booze. Yikes.
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Small cream-colored head on the pour, but it fades quickly. Pretty nice dark red tint to the beer. Smells like raisin bread- very sweet with a bit of yeast and dark fruit. Really thick, syrup-like mouth feel with so much sugary sweetness. Strange combo of bitterness from the coffee cherries and sweetness from dates and an overpowering artificial candy sweetness. The 10% ABV is very obvious, as the sweetness and alcohol level gives me a headache very quick. I wouldn't recommend this beer for any occasion
notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The labels says this is made with coffee cherries, which is the fruit from which the coffee bean is taken - they arenít particularly tasty and are rather mellow in flavor - not sure how they though they would add anything to a beer as big and bold as a quad - anyway - cloudy reddish purple - minimal lace - very sweet nose of all manner of dried and candied fruits - there is this candy I used to buy from Asian grocery stores back east - itís essentially dried kumquat paste covered in sugar - this smells a lot like that, but there are also a lot of dirty, earthy phenols and a fair amount of alcohol, as well as a cherry cough syrup kind of quality - low carbonation - body is fairly thin for the abv and style - fairly sweet flavor, with a lot of apparent alcohol throughout, especially in the finish - some dusty, dirty yeast throughout - bubblegum esters - peppery phenols - mild bitterness - candied sweetness buried under all the mess - very messy and tough to palate - I always try really hard to find redeeming qualities in any beer I drink, but itís tough with this one - not completely undrinkable, I guess - close, so, man, getting through this bomber is going to be rough - I donít think Iíll be able to make it.
Strykzone (5038) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Rories house. Brown red with a smallish beige head. Boozy. Lots of malts. This could use more fruit and raisins.
Ernest (6314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of brown sugar, sour fruit (apple peels, kumquat, spoiled OJ), cotton candy, grape taffy, bile, rubbing alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Sometimes Iím amazed at how thoroughly New Belgium has lost their way. This beer is one of those glaring examples of how far they have fallen...the nose is a cartoon of sickening artificial-candy odors and sugar and is about as Belgian as Ajak Chol. In the mouth, itís goopy, syrupy sweet with a dirty aftertaste, absolutely wretched. One would like to think the brewers allowed their children to throw whatever candies they wanted into the tanks, but the truth is probably a lot less charming and forgivable.