Tooch4321 (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell was mostly bourbon with a hint (and I mean barely a hint) of burnt brown sugar and banana. The taste was all alcohol heat, I mean straight bourbon bomb, I couldn’t even taste the much of the base beer. I wish I had more to add, but considering I couldn’t even finish my sample size that should say it all. A couple years ago, I probably would’ve loved this, but times have changed...
Newk (299) - - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
poured from tap into a snifter. Very dark brown/almost black color with a very small head.
very good aromas of malts, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel and bourbon notes. Very good depth, but lacking a slight bit.
Full bodied with a very good and smooth feel. Lacking a slight bit on the mid with flavors of malts, milk chocolate, some toffee and bourbon flavors.
Definitely better than the foursome, but it wasn’t amazingly great either. A quality BA brew from rev, but there have been others I’ve enjoyed more
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from the tap at the Kedzie location. Pours a near clear deep brown with a slight amber hue and a small gray head that dissipates completely. Aroma is very bourbon forward with vanilla and backing dark grains and dark fruit. Flavor has strong bourbon and vanilla with an alcohol burn backed by sweet dark grains and dark fruit. Too boozy.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Kedzie. I was pretty excited that I can grab barrel aged beers here as well. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, caramel. Dark fruit and bourbon in the flavor. The barrel took out some of the Quad attributes, but it is still a fine beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bigger bourbon and plenty of caramel malt sweetness. A good amount of oak, dark fruits, molasses and toffee, and a hint of toastiness. The barrel has really cut the massive sweetness of the original, but it’s still pretty sweet. Flavor is similar. Big caramel sweetness up front with a big bourbon presence. Dark fruits, toffee, oak with a touch of toastiness, and a light vanilla. Bourbon and oak grow even more into the finish along with a light heat, but there is plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness to balance. Finishes pretty dry from the wood, but sweeter with lots of bourbon. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, sticky body and a light carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. The big sweetness of the original is still there, but the big bourbon presence really takes the cake. Solid oak dryness with some dark fruits too, but the quad aspects are pretty masked. Despite that, I found this fairly enjoyable.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small pour on tap at the Kedzie Avenue Brewery (Chicago, IL). First trip in since the party. Pours a deep brownish pour with some copper orange glow filling in the glass, gentle haze, rich striking colors and a frothy head that dies to a film and laces small. Aromas offer a sticky sweet caramel and biscuitelement shifting quickly to coconut, vanilla, some hot spirit and barrel wood. Kiss of dark fruit, stone fruit, black cherry. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thinned from the barrel giving a firm barrel presence up front. Toffee, toast, and biscuits come in as black cherry, plum, and raisin compliment well. Carmelization, moving into more barrel of copious shaved coconut toasted and vanilla, wood, touches of heat that gets a bit strong. More red and dark fruit, sticky malts, lingering barrel flavors with a darker slant. Finish is a touch spicy and fairly warm and sticky. Not bad, but a bit overdone it seems. Sticky muddled nose, flavors were good if a bit unbalanaced towards heat and barrel elements. Looked great. Interesting experiment.