OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle served in a Prairie teku.
A - Pours a tawny brown with red highlights. A firm tan head holds well and clings the glass.
S - Brown sugar, dates, figs, apples, banana liqueur, old candy, fruit cake,
T - Sugary malt, lots of fruit, apples, prunes, but raisins and dates are very prominent. Vanilla and woody tannins along with some noticable hops that give the candy sweet malt base some balance. Finishes fruity with some tannin/woody like bitterness.
M - Medium full body, foamy carbonation, finishes crisp with a rounded woody bitterness. The alcohol becomes sharp when allowed to warm up.
Excellent aroma. The wood doesn’t stand out but is layered underneath the fruit and malt. There’s noticeable bitterness that almost clashes with the alcohol. It would get in the way if it were any stronger but really helps with the sweetness. Pretty good for an American made Quad.
Serving type: bottle
Darkmagus82 (1829) - - DEC 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a yeasty and slightly spicy aroma with lots of coriander and a little bit of clove. Some other aromas of dark fruits (being mainly of raisins and figs) as well as some caramel and molasses are there as well. A little bit of banana, a light pepper, and some alcohol are there as well rounding out the aroma and producing a somewhat fruited, but not overly sweet smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins quite a bit sweeter then I would have expected from the nose, with tons of darker fruits of raisin and fig as well as a very strong showing of a caramel and candied sugar taste. While the fruit is sweeter than the caramel upfront, the sweet profile later switches with the caramel and candied sugars getting more potent and the fruit less so. All the while there is a yeasty taste as well as some lighter spice upfront that get stronger toward then end. The spice never gets really strong and is largely dominated by the sweet, but does give a nice accent to the taste. Along with the lighter spice, some banana and a little bit of a warming alcohol comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving one with a quite sweet and pleasantly warm and flavorful quad flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side for a brew of 10.3 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thinner body did a wonderful job for the sweet darker flavors of the brew all while keeping a nice drinking feel without being too weak to support all the rich flavor.
Overall – A really rather nice Quad overall. This is a quite nice and approachable brew overall that I can see most people rather enjoying.
bluejacket74 (1396) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a DFH signature glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with almost a couple inch creamy light tan head that stayed around for a very long time. There’s also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins), cloves, molasses and some sweet spiciness. It tastes like dark fruit (plum, figs, raisins), cloves, red grapes, caramel, molasses, oak and some brown sugar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and is well carbonated. The carbonation is soft, which helps make it easy to drink. I thought this was a good overall brew, it’s worth picking up if you’ve never had it before!
DenverLogan (827) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the big corked bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice. Pours copper with large head and lace. aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, raisins, tart meaty fruit, dark malts, plums. Overall rich, unique, flavorful.
monk191 (1093) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great beer from the Samuel Adams barrel room collection. Pours a deep red with a quickly dissipating tan head. Smells fantastic, cloves, raisins, plums, banana and cinnamon. Taste is quite malty, with banana and cloves upfront, and plums and raisins coming in at the finish. Has quite a dunkel quality. Had in the bottle.
PorterPounder (5712) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Costco - 22 oz bomber - brought by a friend to a Christmas party - thanks! Dark orange pour, soft off white head. Aroma of brown sugar and dates, very sweet. Flavor is sweet as well with some brown sugar, some cotton candy, just a bit of molasses sweetness. Thick enough mouthfeel. High abv is hidden well. Decent.
mabel (6830) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[6134-20140121] Bottle. Nail polish caramel aroma. Clear, amber brown body with a quick foamy white head. Boozy caramelized grains flavour. Full body. Average. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, jercraigs)
BrettTaylor (546) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper color with 3 finger head. Poured into snifter. Aroma is full of fruit and a bit wine-like although there’s some definite strong malt and subtle hop notes once it’s been open a bit. Taste - a lot of dark dried fruits (figs, plums) with toffee notes clearly present as well. Some alcohol mid to late palate.
sloshgator (467) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Samuel Adams Tetravis is a big beer in the winter style. Pours nice and dark with an initial fizz, but whoo, what happen to the head? I pretty much stays flat from there. Aroma is faint molasses and figs. Taste is molasses, figs, raisins with slight tartness. Surprisingly smooth for such a high ABV. Tetravis is a tasty, warming beer -- great for after dinner.
EithCubes (5090) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25.4oz bottle, corked and caged, think I got this one on the last trip down to State Line. Nose is very fruity, very vinous, lots of plum and cherry, raisin, fig, red currant, molasses, faint maple syrup, brown sugar. Pours deep brown-red that brilliant dark ruby under light, abundant tiny carbonation with a noisy, soapy beige head. Taste sweet at first, touch oily with strong and lightly-hot alcohol, clove and oil, brown sugar, malty but thin, faint tartness, light-medium bitterness. Does dry out, but that jammy fruit lasts throughout. Medium body, heavy in phenolic and esteric character according to its yeast, just not a great combo of oily olive-and-clove meeting the thinning malt (though I’m sure I’m conflating the latter with the mild oaky and tannic barrel quality). The raisin side is also a bit thin and airy, as if the yeast had worked on soaked raisins instead of forgoing the adjunct. On the whole, an enjoyable big boy for after a holiday meal.
cfrancis (2511) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours purplish brown with a small fizzy head that quickly disappears. Aroma is raisin, sweet malts and figs and light oak. Taste is fig, raisin and sweet malts, oak dries out the palate. Not terribly boozy.