cloudskipper (17) - Alameda, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep red, amberish color. Nose is of cherries, sugar, some vanilla notes. Taste is sour cherries, vanilla, sugars, and a slight oak finish. Fantastic mouth feel. One of my favorites of the year. Thanks to fidel for bringing this!
TheEpeeist (3373) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Deep brown with scant beige froth. Nose is cinnamon stick, cherry jam, caramel, cocoa and oak. Luscious melted caramel literally drips off the palate finishing spicy and dry with a faint tingle. Taste is dark rum black cherries, shitake mushrooms, candied apricots, nutmeg and caramel. Amazing. Huge thanks to Eric for this rare gem.
scottfrie (1) - East Bay, California, USA - MAY 29, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle opened a couple years ago, finally entering review from notebook.
Snifter. Huge thanks for sharing, Dan.
A: Caramel colored body with a short-lived light tan head that faded into a thin collar.
S: Sweet cherries and red fruits, honey, and a slight caramel sweetness. The nose definitely has a strong woody barrel quality to it as well.
T: More caramel sweetness and wooden barrel than cherry or fruit sweetness. The cherry are decently faded and lend more of a tannic cherry pit/skin flavor than a juicy sweetness. Black cherry-like. The aftertaste has the suggestion of chocolate and honey.
M: Greasy, buttery aftertaste, greasy mouthfeel, smooth and extremely good. Low carbonation.
O: Definitely tasting of its age but I thoroughly enjoyed every drop of it. A woody black cherry caramel beer in the best kind of way. I wouldn’t wait much longer to open a bottle, but it’s still worth seeking out and trading for. Thanks again for sharing Dan!
bob_w (327) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
an oxidation note. some sherry. murky brown. nice aged, sherry, mild tobacco flavor. some sweetness. viscous.
50belair (2359) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Big thanks to Dak for sharing this one. Murky brown pour with a white head. Dark fruit aromas. Sweet and smooth with cherries, fruit esters, and sweet caramel malt notes. Great mouthfeel and body...
biggsbowler (339) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Thanks Dak - Pours a murky brown with cream head. Smells of sour cherries and dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, cherries, tartness, and malt. Pretty solid!!!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
joeneugs (3335) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Ratebeer gallery event… Wow. Rarely to Belgian quads live up to the hype for me, but this one was a big exception. It pours a cloudy amber brown with an off white head. The aroma is amazingly balanced with rich, dark fruits and bready, spicy yeast. The flavor is the same. So smooth and rich. Incredibly complex dark fruit character without any harsh phenols or alcohol. Wish I could’ve had more of this.
jkwalking05 (3827) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Brown in color with a large beige head. Aroma is of cherry, oak, caramel, toffee, and malt. Taste is of toffee, cherry, oak and vanilla.
oRos (1130) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by marcus. Color is Carmel. Aroma is sweet and a little boozy. Taste is sweet and fruit. Has a nice balance
Dunt (291) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dvelcich Dan and I made the trade for this bottle. Opened it at Zwanze Day 2012. Pours a murky brown in color, with a wisp of off-white head. Nose is rich brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, some cherry, and some caramel. Great depth in the nose. Complex flavor in the character ilas well, rich malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, slightly tannic, and some booze. Light carbonation, boozy, medium mouthfeel, and a moderate finish. Great quad, and I generally dislike the style. Great depth, perfect nose, solid experience.
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with cherry highlights and a medium beige head. Nose is wine barrel with a fairly expressive malt character of raisin, port, earthy spices. Lots of strange complexity in the mouth -- aged port, ripe raisin and prune, cardamom seed, cinnamon. Super integration and complexity between the malt and port qualities. This is what McKenzie has been trying to do the last two years. Finish is strawberry jam which carries on for a good 30 seconds. Some light oxidation on the finish. Feel is fabulous, soft, thick, rich with a wash of tiny bubbles. You would have to enjoy port and barrel-forward beers to really appreciate this. Pretty great, maybe too barrel-forward for me even but it worked very well and it’s a pleasure to sip on.