troupos40 (65) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured from 12.7 oz bottle into tulip glass, pours dark with very light tan head. aromas of fruit and malt very light. Looks brownish/purpleish probably due to the sugar plums. not strong plums flavors which is surprising, they are very muted which I enjoyed. more plum flavors come thru in the aftertaste, slightly sweet. the complex flavor palate masks the 10+ % ABV. also a little light on the palate almost thin feeling on the mouth but with decent carbonation and a long finish. Overall, i enjoyed this beer, I feel like it was a good collaboration and am looking forward to drinking my other 3 bottles!!
J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 (This rating is for the Vision of Sugar Plums version): Bottle from the SN brewery in Chico. Deep garnet red with a very small light tan head. Nice chocolate aroma but with an unusual cooked vegetable component (like lima beans) that worried me. Fortunately, that did not follow strongly into the flavor and I think itís a bit of hops showing through. What did come through was delicious dark chocolate, figs, plums and molasses along with a creamy vanilla. As it warmed up, it became more and more of a dessert beer. Thereís a slight woodiness to it that along with that vegetal character keeps the sweetness in check. Finishes with cream and dark chocolate along with what seems like a wood barrel aging taste (but it must be something else). I noticed that there were only 2 other ratings of this and they were both in July along with me. Not sure how a winter holiday beer got pushed out to July, but Iím hoping weíll get more for Christmas this year!
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2013 Total Score: 4.2
12.7 oz. bottle in a 4 pack from the brewery. Rich roasted malt and sugar aromas coming out of the bottle. Pours a beautiful dark amber and garnet with very little carbonation and wispy but lasting light tan head. Explodes with plum and cherry flavors, milk and dark chocolate, charred wood and biting alcohol. Thereís so much going on all at once and right away, but the balance between everything is great and the combination is delicious. Itís a bit hot with alcohol, but the sweetness surges near the end and balance returns. Leaves with lasting sweetness and chocolate, and a light sourness and bitterness that lays on the tongue and doesnít let go. Another stellar Ovila beer! ***************** New notes*******************: Found out that the Visions of Sugar Plums ale is a slight variation of Ovila Quad with Plums (SN said this on Twitter: A few tweaks to the Ovila version, including a dryer finish.). So, now Iím doing a comparative tasting of Visions of Sugar Plums (from 2012/2013) with the 2013 and 2014 versions of the Ovila Quad with Plums. The 2014 definitely has more carbonation and head as well as sweetness than either of the 2013 versions. The VOSP still has a slightly woody, vegetal taste compared to the Quad as well as a more mellow flavor all around. Both of the Quads seem to have sharper edges but the 2014 has more sweetness to balance it. Although the VOSP has a bit more character, I think the Quad is probably the better beer. However, Iíd like SN to bring both of them back for a rematch next year!
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Sweet malts and dark fruits, spicy yeast, candy sugar, and a sweet finish. Rich, and quite delicious.
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated at Big Texas Beer Fest, April 2013 - Red brown in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of Plums, cherries, fruitcake, candy sugar, and caramel. Taste is of booze, plums, light roasted malt, chcolate, caramel, prunes, and raisins.
chris__hartley (266) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours opaque, very dark brown (almost black); the head is beige and mousse-like. The aroma has notes of: plums, toffee, burnt sugar, molasses, woody characteristics, and dark fruit. The taste is heavy sweet, that finishes medium bitter; all the notes from the aroma carry through into the taste. The palate is heavy bodied, very rich and sticky, has low carbonation, and a long finish. Overall, a beautiful big bootied buxom Quad.
curepute (105) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark plum color with barely any head. Aroma of dried fruits, plums, vanilla, bananas, boozy. Taste: burned plums, figs, raisins, dates. Finish opens to a slightly boozy flavor, brown sugar with good malty sweetness. Let it heat up a bit!
maneliquor (2729) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dark brown with some clear edges and a small, beige head which has great head retention and lacing. Nose shows heavy christmas cake notes, toffee and shortbread biscuit. Loads of raisins and touch of red plums. Taste shows the raisins well with a heap of well balanced liquorice notes. Very heavy christmas cake and plum notes. Dark fruits are the winners here with some light aniseed coming through nicely. Solid all round but not the amazing beer I was led to believe
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from Hyde Park Wine and Spirits. Pours a deep, dark mahogany color with a finger of beige head that settles into a thick film and ring. Aroma of plums, caramel malts, peppery spice, berries, grapes, booze, and wood. Flavor of plums, grapes, berries, sweet malts, spice, caramel, and candy. Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation and a vinous, warming mouthfeel. Really solid. Another very good beer in the Ovila series.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on Tap at the Beer Revolution 2nd Anniversary Party on 2/2/2013. This Abbey Quad pours a dark brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized off-white head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, plums and brown sugar. A medium to full bodied Abbey Quadruple. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit with plums. Very smooth, nice hints of wood. Great sipping beer, nice balance between the wood and the fruit and sweetness. Slight touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
357ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a forthy tan head. It has a huge smell of dark fruits, toffee, and spice. Flavor is thick and boozy. Some vegetation, savory yeast spice, malt. A complex and almost savory brew.