EithCubes (5304) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked and caged, at 12.7oz a great size for a bottle of this kind of stuff. Nose plummy with caramel and some brown sugar, yeast, tar, wood, berries only hinted at. Some mile bubble gum, a little meaty, and sugary flights to highlight, less but rounding soy (very faint), chocolate, and yeast. A lot of interesting, complex things going on there, especially with layers of malt. Pours something of a dark brown dark enough to be called black, with chic ruby highlights and a short light brown head. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter, very lightly tart, strongly fruity (red berry, grape, peach, and especially plum and apricot), brown sugar, very light hops but their presence is noted. Heaviest overtones are just strong prune juice, with raisins added. Thick and richly malt body is warming with hefty alcohol but smooth as silk, no burn, but enough stature to feel important. Comes in on the jammier side, well, OK, it’s extraordinarily jammy (and the intensity will likely be decried by detractors as ’Americanization’), but heavy and complex, one to sip and swirl slowly, and really enjoy. Not quite on par with best of the more restrained Belgian Quads, but close, and very satisfying!
wchesser (1573) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy reddish brown. Malty nose with some spice and dried dark fruit. Plum, honey, lavender, with a big cherry cola finish. Smooth and rich.
Dogbrick (9998) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Winking Lizard. Pours pitch black with some mahogany around the edges. Medium beige head that diminishes gradually, and partial rings of lacing. The aroma consists of dark fruit, malt and spice. Full-bodied with flavors of dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar and licorice. The finish is fruity with a lingering malt and plum aftertaste. Good beer all around.
MaroonOrange (137) - - JAN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of fruity esters, yeast, honey, and plums. Taste matches the aroma with the addition of roasted coffee notes. Rich palate with a mild tart finish and a good lingering flavor.
madvike (3132) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Deep, dark pour with a thin tan head. Nose is metallic with dark fruit, dark bread and a mellow yeastiness. A bit bitter. Taste is sweet plum, dark bread, toffee, and the same gentle, mellow yeastiness. Smooth and sugary, with a long, sweet finish. A bit of bitter booziness in the long finish. Creamy and slick but thinner than I would have expected for a quad. Good but not great.
tfratzke (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of dark fruit, banana. Color is dark ruby brown. Small tan head. Taste is sugared plums, more banana, tinge of spice. Some alcohol flavor, but really mellow. Very nice.
scotchzombie (461) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12.7 oz corked bottle. Pours bubbly dark brown with prune-burgundy tones in the light. Medium tan head of fine fizzies that fades to a coating. Lacing drips back into the glass. Aroma is dark roast malts and sweet plums. Taste shows a bed of alcohol, but also spicy yeast, an almost juicy darkfruitiness, and a roasted malt backbone that mingles nicely with candied sweetness. For me, the booze notes hit early and not late. The aftertaste is burnt grains and prune juice. Mild carbonation and somewhat thin on the palate - but not in terms of taste. There is a good balance here and this is a distinctive Quad and a price performer for the style. One of the better American quads I'd say.
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BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice! Dark purple black like Purple tanish head. Aroma of Plum/prune/grape like and Belgian yeast small hint of brown sugar. Medium body light to medium carbonation. Dry finish and small burn, almost like a wine finish. Very good.
glennmastrange (2488) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of cookie, roasted and nutty, light cooked orange for the hops, moderate yeast notes of dough and broth, with prune, port wine, brown sugar and maple syrup. Head is tiny, frothy, light beige, with good lacing and good legs, and reduces to a small ring. Color is murky dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, a bit syrupy, with a soft carbonation and a lightly to moderately alcoholic finish. Not a bit of bitterness in this Quadrupel, but I really didn’t miss it for just the right amount of acidity to balance the sweetness.
Changed (447) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, Max’s. Pour is virtually black, decent white head, nice retention on the lacing. Aroma is sweet, boozy. Flavor is dark, complex maltiness- the plum really delivers. I’ve never had the regular Ovila, but I really love this iteration. Fantastic.