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RATINGS: 93   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (687) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. He has it labeled as a bourbon barrel version, but I think it’s the same. Pours a watery murky goldish brown with no head. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, and a hint of buttery toffee. Taste is funky Belgian yeast, raisins; with a strong bourbon finish. I liked the regular version of this but found it somewhat pedestrian. The barrel aging definitely takes that up a notch. Also hides the alcohol a bit. Somewhat odd on a beer this thin bodied though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Tap @ Black Bottle Fort Collins. Brandy barrel version- I think this is the correct entry. Pours a clear, dark reddish brown appearance with a small tan head. Dark grape, plum, fig, a bit leathery, spicy, oatmeal cookie aroma. Slightly low carbonation. Spicy, cinnamon, vinous, dark grape, plum, caramel, a bit woody, peppery flavor. Kind of a cool brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - 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!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2012
The barrel-beating serves this kind of beer well. Big old raisiny belgian with all that funk and spice from the brandy oak. Worth a drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Café for Big Wood ’12, pours a hazy dark / golden amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, wood barrels, and some slight sourness (probably from the barrels). Flavour is quite a mess, with the barrels obscuring the base beer, leaving light wooden notes, soured quad-like notes of dark fruits, and candied sugar. Strange and unorthodox. OK stuff. Regular Ovila Quad is better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2012. A bit tart, actually. Cherries, plums, and dark pit fruits. Mostly sweet, but with that hint of tartness. Not at all bad, but the oak really doesn’t do much -- was expecting more of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1073) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Sister. I found this beer rather interesting to begin with, and much more so when I realized it smells and tastes exactly like a terremoto. For those of you unfamiliar with a terremoto, it is a wine and ice cream concoction popular in Chile. That’s all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11056) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. For some reason SN rep told them it was bourbon barrel. Lively and introspective discussion and tasting ensued. All agree it was very brandy. So: Pours very dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of vinous dark fruits. Full bodied. Flavor is dark fruit, treacle, oak, vanilla and a definite brandy aspect. Very tasty ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5538) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
On draft at Tap 25. It pours deep reddish brown with a khaki head. The aroma is very strange to me with notes of tequila, brandy, brown sugar, fig, molasses and a touch of maple syrup. Very alcoholic nose. The flavor is also very strong with the alcohol and vinous with raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar, wood. Thinner body than the regular version, but oily. Not bad. A bit brash and challenging to drink.

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