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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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This dark rich ale is incredibly complex. Notes of dark fruit, caramelized sugar, toffee, raisins, and black pepper play against a sweet vanilla flavor from the oak and a round satiny finish from the hint of brandy left in the wood.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
On tap. Dark brown with ruby highlights and almost no head. Big chocolate, butterscotch, brown sugar, vanilla and smokey oak aroma and taste with red wine flavors throughout. Silky but oily palate.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5618) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
(Draught) deep ruby, rig tan bubbles. Nose of sherry barrel, rich dark fruit, smooth, raisin, fig, awesome. Taste of rich dark fruit, sherry/port, figgy, really nicely done!!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mpugel19 (2) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2013 does not count
Nice kick in the teeth, a great finisher for a dinner. Thouroughly enjoyed drinking this beer. Made me sleepy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2019) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Very dark brownish; lacing, frothy tan head. Aroma of wood, dark fruit, cocoa, and toast. Taste is woody and moderately sweet (much easier to drink than most quads), with a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied; smooth carb; well masked alcohol despite a slight liquor flavor.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6684) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Jupiter Sour Sunday. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint, a thin beige head and a brandy aroma. There is a sweet molassed flavor with a nice mellow finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8700) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Growler from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tart plums, berries, dark fruits, spice, bread, dark chocolate, faint brandy. The taste is plums, berries, bread, spice, caramel, faint wood, warming brandy finish. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdtenuta (5) - , California, USA - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
Great initial taste. I?m not a fan of most Sierra Nevada beers because of all the hops. Smooth malty taste.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1449) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours a warm, dark brown. The head is small, beige and a bit rocky. The beer is transparent, and it can be seen through pretty easily. No apparent haze or cloudiness from lees (donít see any lees in the bottle, either). The aroma is sweet and rich. Thereís lots of doughy, fruity malt flavors mixing with well-integrated barrel notes and a Belgian yeast that brings earth, spice and more fruit. The notes that Iím getting from the aroma are raisins, molten brown sugar, dates, maple syrup, vanilla, peaches, molasses, caramel, port, brandy, light wood, grapes, and Belgian spice. That was a long list. I had a similar thought about the Ovila Quad with Plums, but it really smells like a fancy bread pudding. This is less fruity and more brandy, but thatís the general flavor that I get. Thereís lots of doughy malt, rich sugars and refined barrel flavors. The taste kicks off with a good dose of malt sweetness. Warm brandy and dark stone fruit notes follow, and the beer dries out a bit as the spice and wood comes through. The finish is wood with some warming, integrated booze and a nice earthy flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and just a touch sticky. The beer provides some gentle heat, as well. I wasnít the biggest fan of the first round of normal Ovila offerings, but the recent release of barrel-aged quad, dubbel and quad with plums have been quite impressive. While Iím a fan of this beer, the barrel-aged dubbel is still my favorite. That said, Iím not normally a big fan of barrel-aged quads, and this one definitely won me over. So, kudos to Sierra Nevada. Always great to see them flex their muscles a bit and put out some fanciness.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
c_lee_burton (105) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Delicious Belgian Quad with notes of raisin, plum, and caramel. Complex with a smooth finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2014
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!


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