Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK, for some fun. I rated this blind, not having even read the brewerís description.
Purchased in New Glarus area this past weeked. Unfortunately the brewery was closed due to inclement weather. Served in a snifter. With a strong pour, a 1 finger head bubbled up and rapidly disappeared, leaving a creamy white ring around the edge of the glass. Crystal clear whiskey color. Wonderfully fruity, spicy aroma with a touch of Belgian yeast and alcohol. From the nose I am a hair suspicious that some of those Door county cherries spontaneously fermented and "accidentally" fell into the secondary barrel fermenter - not that I would have a problem with that! From the aroma alone I would have guessed a Lambic far before I ever guessed a quad. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth - perfect. I canít imagine what would improve it. Flavor is complex, blended and balanced; I am having difficulty isolating individual notes, but I will try. Malt, Sour, Alcohol. Whiskey/Scotch/Something. Argh... I feel like I am drinking an oversized scotch/brandy/whiskey. The finish is a lingering sourness intertwined with a delightful warmth from the alcohol.
Now, having finally read the description, I see: Brett yeast. Oak Lager tanks. Bourbon barrels. It is all so much more clear now, and I am feeling more than a little silly, not just from the 11% alcohol, but for for not being able to spot the obvious. Self-administer a dope slap. Ow! The bourbon is clear now. Iím much of big bourbon fan due to an unfortunate adolescent encounter, but I can pick it up the profile clearly now - medium weight, and offset with the Brett and oaky characters.
I donít usually run out and score more of a beer, but Iíll be snagging the next 4-pack of these babies that crosses my path.
mrhoppy (1185) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with my buddy Mike. Nice sweet nose. Fruitcake and nuts, bread. Pilsner malt. Sweet cracker and cookie notes. Smooth vanilla barrel, creamy and delicious. I really enjoyed this.
bytemesis (2175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Brian - thanks man! Pours opaque mahogany, thick and creamy with a small drown head and some lacing. Aroma is very malty, some spices, caramel, toffee, yeast. Flavor is the same, definitely quad-like but some oxidation evident as well. Full body and rich mouthfeel. Tasty beer that was probably better a couple of years ago.
JPDurden24 (1384) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very aged bottle. Copper Pour and the flavors havenít lasted too long. Some fruit and malts, but some definite oxidization. Wish I could have tried the beer awhile ago.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from pepsican. Thanks, Andy! Pours a richer deep brownish copper hue. Healthy deeper haze, ruby copper glow in the body, darker yet inviting. A frothy offwhite head dies to a mellow ring, laces small. Aromas are lots of apple, fruity elements, a bit of pear, cherry, and gentle raisin. Carmelized malt and brown sugar, caramel. Yeasty life, bit of vanilla, banana bread. More jabs of apple and/or cherries. Cidery, fruit, gentle toffee malt. Yeasty, a touch of oxidation. Initial is medium bodied, a dose of cinnamon and brown sugar, firm caramel, toffee, and biscuity malts. Carmelized, a touch of oxidation. Middle shows a touch of heat, good dose of fruit. Apple, a touch cidery, cherries, and gentle dried dark fruit. A bit thinner into the backend, yeasty, mellow spice, cinnamon with carmelized malt. Touches of heat, lingering spice, red fruit and gentle sweet toffee malt, fruity melange. A bit older, thinned, but still kicking pretty well. A bit oxidized. I think Tail Wagger has held up better. Still, pretty solid offering here if a bit aged.
arminjewell (5231) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy orange-red with thin to no white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, bread pudding, hints of earth, vanilla, touch of oxidized cardboard,hints of grass and grain. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, vanilla, hints of cracker, touch of earth, finishing fairly sweet, bitter, slightly dry.
Steve_0 (1931) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Armin. Big thanks for this one man!! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Somewhat oxidized, caramel, toffee, a hint of banana, clove, cardboard, bread, and old earthy hops in the aroma. Taste is toffee, golden raisins, figs, clove, banana, biscuit, bread, and vanilla with a slightly spicy finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Pretty tasty, but a bit past its prime, although the alcohol is very well hidden.
blklab2007 (1782) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to summer secret santa. Pour has a dark amber color and a ring of white head on the glass. Aroma has some fruit, sweet malt, yeast, and a bit of earth. mouth feel is medium and there is low carbonation. Flavor is so sweet, rich malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and a lingering finish. I just can not get into this one.
mensch (226) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth, strong and complex. Aged about 5 years. Clear carmel color, vanishing head. Aromatics include raison/plum, peppery or anise spice, a little funkiness aka horse blanket. Smooth, medium to heavy body. Flavors of aged carmel, a hint sourness, alcohol more evident as it warms. Still sneaky at 11%.
48FanInCali (617) - California, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iced tea color pour without the ice. Lots of sediment. Thin head. Nose of dark fruit, nutmeg, booze and other spices. Taste is very sweet with tons of dark fruit and sweet malt. Even a little too sweet for me for the style. Not much too much as far as barrel characteristics.
sonnycheeba (2543) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with average, frothy white head; decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is belgian yeast, cereal and caramel malt, earthy and floral hops, and light spice. Flavor is malt dominate with light hops and fruit esters; dry finish with a hint of alcohol. Full body, medium carbonation, and high warmth.