GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Marc Nolan for this bottle. Caramel pour with a dissipating brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, bourbon. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, dry, oak, smooth. Dark fruit and bourbon aftertaste. So tasty!
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle, pours a very dark brown with a thick light brown head, the aroma has a good amount of bourbon and vanilla mixed in with some dark fruit and caramel sweetness, the flavor has a strong sweet caramel front end with some bourbon in the finish, pretty big beer, not bad.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Vanilla and caramel. Super hot and boozy. Loads of oak and bourbon.
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Dressel’s Pub, St Louis, MO. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon and caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy woody bourbon caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon caramel finish.
GenDV138 (5230) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at RBSG 2014 Dressel’s Pub Beer Dinner. Hazy caramel brown with no head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, coconut. Tastes of bourbon, booze, dark fruit, caramel. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. Had this side by side with the regular Quad which was slightly better than the barrel aged.
jtclockwork (13236) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Beer Dinner. Etched glass. RBSG St. Louis. Pours dark brown with white head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, prune, vanilla, raisin, toffee, dark fruit and chocolate covered fig. Full bodied.
Frank (3841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this right before the non-barrel aged bourbon and I gotta say the aging here really killed the original beer. It is red brown in color, pretty clear w/ no head at all. It has a bit of vanilla bourbon character in the nose and sticky sweetness in the flavor really makes for that to be the singular focus once you taste it. This is very much on the heavy side and it was a real struggle to get through the glass.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at RBSG Brewers Dinner at Dressels (St. Louis, MO). Pours a darker copper orange hue, decent haziness and glowing frothy beige head dies to a faint ring, minimal lacing. Nice colors in the body as we trail out to the edges. Aromas are gentle whiskey and vanillin, touches of sweetness, toast and biscuit. Caramel, dark fruit and gentle toffee. The Belgian yeast gives a bit of spiciness, dark fruit. Some touches of warmth. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thinned from the barrel with vanillin, some toast and toffee and caramel. Some gentle yeastiness. Touches of dark fruit, toffee and firmer yeasty elements. Middle is a bit fruity, spicy and spirit driven. Gentle toast and warmth, carmelized elements meet biscuit, a faint sweetness, oaky tannic elements give some dryness and firmer influence into the backend and finish. Gentle warmth, tannic with gentle dark fruit lingering. Solid, a bit warm. Nice stuff. Touches of spirit, vanilla, a bit well fermented with gentle oaky qualities that grow a bit, show some firmer warm and tannic elements but work well.
Ferris (10736) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Oak, butter, raisin and caramel. Light cloudy copper with no head. Dark sugars, raisin and oak. Smooth and light, but lacks the complexity of the monks.
deyholla (9711) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pours a near clear amber gold with a gray head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a good amount of barrel with some candied sugar, sweet dark grains and a decent amount of raisin. Flavor has a combination of sweet grain and raisin with barrel and toffee in the finish.