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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Nose is light brandy, golden raisins, vanilla, and toffee. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is toffee, vanilla, dark fruit and brandy.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (555) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
Awesome quad! Notes of raisin, date and currant in there. Pours dark with little head. Finishes clean - perfect ale for a steak!

4
   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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours brownish red with creamy tan head. Smells of raisins, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. Tastes of raisins, prunes, and alcohol. Alcohol taste gets more intense as the air hits it. Flat and creamy on the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3757) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared at RBWG GT. Poured a muddy brown with a smaller foamy beige head. Aroma is fruity, cherry, strawberry, dark berries, vanilla, brown bread, touch of vinous notes. Flavor is very similar with lots of berries, cherry upfront followed by some bread and a bit more of a medicinal touch like cough syrup. Medium body with average carbonatoin. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
c_lee_burton (21) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Delicious Belgian Quad with notes of raisin, plum, and caramel. Complex with a smooth finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Popingo113 (1) - - FEB 2, 2014 does not count
This has. Tantalizing smooth palate, a heavenly smooth finish of plum And fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (460) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark with tan head. Smells like figs, very sweet, fruit. Has a really huge sweet fig flavor, sugars, raisin, cherry. Sweet, rich, a tad alcoholy, really easy and good. Very delish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
burleybrew (34) - - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle from Safeway in Chico. A rich beer with a lot going on. A little sweeter than other quads & not as carbonated. The beer also tasted a bit boozy. This isn’t my favorite quad & seemed a bit young. Ill age the other bottles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (7900) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Tap at PPOB. Clear, blacker ruby pour. Soapy head. Nose is sweet meat, black cherry cola. Taste is mild booze, cocoa, mild chocolate, black cherry cake. Pretty decent. Pretty thin body. Sweeter black cherry bourbon dessert beer. Interesting acid balance in the finish but too little too late.


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