mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014.08.22 - Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad Brandy Barrel - 12.7 oz bottle in snifter.
Aroma - I can smell the normal Quad in there, much raisin, boozy notes. 7/10
Appearance: pours deep, deep chestnut-y brown. Still has a decent off white head that forms into a ring and some floaters. Mostly opaque. 4/5
Taste: You can still get that syrupy sweet toffee flavor of the quad but it is a hint of the base beer and is quickly subsumed by boozy vanilla flavor from the brandy. Agreed slightly lighter body than base beer. Light carbonation. Oak at the finish. Could easily be a bit too astringent or medicine-y, but as is it is a nice balance. 9/10
Palate: medium body, a bit lighter than base quad. Light carbonation. Long-ish finish, a bit astringent. 3/5
Overall: I’m a big fan of Quad with plums and regular Quad so there’s little chance I wouldn’t like this. It’s definitely a nice variant. I wouldn’t want this exclusively instead of regular Quad but it’s certainly enjoyable. 17/20
gendv138 (1215) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz draft pour at Max’s Taphouse during their Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event.Hazy dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of vitamins, brandy, light oak. Tastes of brandy, light vitamins, dark fruit, booze. Medium body with a dry finish.
snoworsummer (2092) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Max’s. Pours copper brown with almost no head. Tastes like strong raisin, sweet dried fruit, astringent, and alcohol. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisin and astringent alcohol.
sonnycheeba (3508) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours dark brown with thin, beige head. Aroma is plums, mixed berries, light vanilla, oak, some booze, and bready malts. Flavor is heavy dark fruit sweetness, booze, chewy malts, light hop bitterness, and dry oak finish. Medium/full body and light carbonation.
sudomorph (585) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Pours a clear caramel with an off white. Aroma has big sweet, smooth notes of dark fruit, booze. Taste is sweeter than the base beer but still not cloying. Slightly tart with dark fruits, caramel, and soft alcohol booze. Really nice. Medium body and carbonation. Silky smooth texture and carbonation. Slightly thinner than the base beer. Overall a very nice beer. Dark fruits, soft booze, and a touch of tartness. Really nice.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in a small bomber. Pours with big carbonation. Deep dark amber color. Really nice brandy color from the barrels. Great brew.
ineedbeer (714) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 375mL bottle.
Moderate malt character with dark caramel, toffee and burnt sugar. Light toasted bread and treacle notes. Moderate dark fruit notes of cherry, prune, plum and raisin.
Pours a nice brown color with some ruby hues. Moderately sized, somewhat thick, light brown head with average retention.
Flavor has a medium light sweetness with quite a bit of malt character. Lots of dark caramel and toffee. Moderate burnt sugar, light toasted bread and chocolate. Moderately strong fruit notes of plum, prune, cherry and raisin. Medium bitterness and a hint of alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty tasty quad. Lots of complex sugar notes, but not too sweet with nice complimentary, bright fruit esters.
Taverner (1093) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes of raisin, date and currant in there. Pours dark with little head. Finishes clean - perfect ale for a steak!
Getbetter (832) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a tap at the Torpedo Room.The pour brown red with a minimal white head.Huge raisin notes with booze notes as lite aftertaste.I normally do not like Quads but this is outstanding from others.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark, opaque brown with an effervescent medium sized tan head that dissipated quickly. Nose is heavy on liquor laden dark stone fruit, vanilla beans, brown sugar and slight toasted oak. Flavor is sweet, but not overly so like some quads. Cherries, raisins, caramel, liquored-up plums, brown sugar....to say the least it is very complex. The toasted oak is ever present as well. This is a wonderful quad without the prominent Belgian yeast flavor. Nice offering!