nearbeer (3602) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml. Opaque ebony with a small covering of creamy bubbles. Aroma of banana, booze and dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, Merlot, chocolate, and banana, with touches of ash and oak. Medium body is well balanced and has a nice low-medium carbonation level.
wedgie9 (1835) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 4/15/13 from a corked and caged 375mL bottle purchased at Frugal MacDoogal. Pours very dark auburn with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to fairly thick lace. The nose is caramel, toffee, candi sugar, plenty of spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of banana, and plenty of fresh plum aroma. The flavor is a bit more fruit forward with the plum, but the caramel, toffee, spicy yeast and candi sugar are all prevalent. The body is full with average carbonation and a long candi sugar, caramel, and plum finish.
Niko100 (1934) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, rich ripe plums, & some spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, molasses/syrup, dark fruit (notably ripe plums & figs), and some raisons; Smooth finish; Nicely balanced; Overall, tasty - but a little tiresome after awhile.
keanex (1385) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled January 9, 2013.
Appearance: This is a very dark quad, appearing black in the glass with deep chestnut hues on the edges. The head is thin with poor retention, settling into a creamy tan ring.
Aroma: On the pour the aroma is of dark cherries and plums with brown sugar hints. This smells pretty nice.
Taste: Fruity and syrupy plum flavors are strong on the intro and get more intense as the sip progresses. The taste becomes a touch boozy with a medicinal quality with sweet malts underneath and with a touch of brown sugar. This is very drinkable for 10%.
Palate: Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a good quad and I canít really find much fault in it, but it doesnít scream top tier. This is certainly worth buying though and Iíll consider it again.
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer. Pours deep dark red/ purplish with a tan head. aroma of figs, cherries, plums, leather, earth. taste is dark fruits and belgian spice with a really nice sweet backend from the sugar plums. palate is a bit sticky on account of the plums but as a desert beer this is hard to beat. happy to have found this.
radagast83 (4439) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Split a bottle. Poured a dark reddish ruby color with a off-white head. Aroma was some yeast notes, plenty of dried fruit notes, and a touch of vanilla notes. Flavor was yeast character, fruit characters, touch of vanilla. Pretty darn good.
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is really quite good. Aroma is almost coffee, with hints of dark, dried fruit. Possibly the most inviting aroma Iíve experienced. Taste follows through on the aroma with a complex mix of dark fruit and a thick, intriguing flavour left on the tongue. This was a surprisingly flavourful, drinkable and interesting ale.
popery (1358) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown - sort of a maroon-tinted mahogany - but light enough for color to be seen throughout and the beer is transparent even in a full (small) glass. Head is thin layer of fine beige bubbles. The aroma has lots of sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Lots of raisins, prunes, plums and other fruitiness. If I didnít know there were plums added, I probably would think this is just a normal quad with particularly deep fruit notes. It smells like a raisin bread pudding. Lots of doughy, bready malt with caramel, molasses, treacle and sweet booze. Very nice spice, as well. Taste starts sweet and builds in complexity and spice. The fruit comes through with a bit of tannic bitterness. Makes me think of macerated plum skin. Most of the sweetness is caramel and other doughy, toasty malt notes. The finish is a bit boozy, but thereís a lot of nice lingering flavor. The mouthfeel is fine and gentle. It does get a tad sticky as the beer warms and some of the carbonation comes out of the beer. Hard to avoid that. Still, it coats the mouth nicely and that light bitter note keeps the beer from getting cloying. Overall, Iím impressed by this beer. With their fancier offerings, Sierra Nevada shows off a mastery of restraint. When it comes to adding fruit (and barrel-aging), breweries tend to go overboard. This beer uses plums to enhance its flavor, and the beer, rather than the plums, remains the star of the show.
Sammy (8382) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2013 On tap at Caponeís. Black with a little head. Mocha, a big of edge from the plums. A big rich and drinkable beer, though in sips.
Hair6a11 (1319) - Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap : Pour is dark caramel / ruby with a modest khaki head in this glass. It retains on the average side here - the nose is heavy on sweetness, as well as dark fruits. Caramel, Candied Sugar, a bit of vinousness; the flavor profile is heavier on the sweetness, too much so by my estimation. the body is lacking a bit of heft for me - this one reveals the plums, i suppose, which is a nice twist, I thought. more candied sugar, caramel and toffee, plums and grape skin, modest florals - anyway - a nice attempt here, masking alcohol well.