SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, some caramel. Flavor is malty, sweet, dark fruit, peppery, some dark roast and yeasty. Mouthfeel is heavy body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, solid!
SudsMcDuff (6241) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep bruised purple .. . mild foam, good lacing.. . deep raisin, very mild booze, purple molasses, and grape .. . easy drinking and enjoyable- a year or two should make this magic .. . . then run along you little scamp, a boy without mischief is like a bowling ball without a liquid center....
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with a plum tint. Little tan head. Funky, musty aroma. All I can taste in the flavor is milk chocolate. I wonder if they put this on the old Young’s tap. It has a lively bite and finishes with a bit of alcohol.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, almost mistakably black, in color with a thin, dense, off-white/light brown head, this beer is exactly what it’s called. A Belgian black (i.e. roasted malt) quadrupel. It smells sweet, deep and malty without excessive roasted characteristics. There must be something wrong with my nose today because I can’t smell anything. For certain, though, there’s nothing odd about the nose.
In the mouth, you get a neat, deep caramel sweetness and (again) despite the darkness of the beer, practically no roasted malt flavors. It’s a very smooth, tame, and easy beer in the mouth, with that sweetness and almost creamy body running the show. Being a quad, I’m sure there’s quite a lot of alcohol in this - but I can’t taste it. The caramel sweetness and possibly beet sugar follow through to the finish, really keeping true to the roots of a Belgian Quad, while giving off a very dark roasted color. And did I mention... without the roasted malt flavors? Good job, guys. Man, it’s even sticky on the lips. Love it.