poisoneddwarf (1692) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
What the fuck is a sugar plum? 12.7 oz corked and caged bottle. Pours dark dark mahogany and looks ruby red under the light; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is doughy with accents of dark fruit and alcohol; what smells like faint Christmas spices and caramel come through as it warms. Taste is sweet and savory with a lightly sour finish; boozy. Medium to soft carbonation. This is pretty harsh. I need to get another bottle to age. It has to get better than this over time. Addendum: okay, this beer did get better as it sat. Its caramel and fruit character became much more pronounced and the booziness seemed to dial down a bit. I still think it needs some time in the cellar, though. My original score was 6,4,6,4,13 = 3.3.
RickTStiles (709) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep clear purple with a very thin off-white head. Vanilla, plum, leather aroma. Rich flavor with notes of grape, lavender, flowers and plum. Spicy, warm finish.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught and 375ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted grain, plum, raisins, and yeast. Flavor of plum, raisins, anise, toffee, plastic, and caramel. Bottle was far superior to the draft version.
sinfull (796) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color , small beige head. Aroma of coffee, prunes , dark fruits. Same notes in sweet caramel taste with light bitterness in finish. Full body ,medium carbonation. Coffee and raisins in long, warming aftertaste. Great!
daleharshman (888) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml corked and caged bottle purchased 15 months ago at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach while waiting out traffic on the 405 returning to San Diego. Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger of quite fizzy tan foam. AROMA of candied fruit (cherry, plum), Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dry spice, lightly roasted malts, and buttery caramel. FLAVOR of sweet dark fruit (plums, raisins, dates), rich toffee, spicy Belgian yeast, molasses, and bready and toasted malts. Finishes with a nice level of sweetness. The quite spritzy carbonation for such a high ABV beer adds to the flavor and palate. The very high ABV is quite well concealed. Well-executed American quad! (311, 878)
VinegarStroke (267) - Napa, California, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear deep brown red with light head and light lace. Caramel, roast malt, coffee, light fruit and slightly funky wet wheat. Raisined fruit. Dense but lacking the density for his style. Off dry, not sour, and medium high bitterness. Hot and lacking flesh and richness of the big Belgium ale styles.
devman171 (912) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted Alongside Westy’s, St Bernardus 12, Decadence, others, Pours murky brown with big carb. Aroma is big sweet raisins and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and full bodied, but the finish is fairly hot and phenolic.
AirForceHops (2990) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Dark crimson pour with ruby highlight. lasting thin ring of head. Thin head with head retention. Aroma is very mild, light yeast and light plum, hints of candy sugar.
Flavor is sweet and juicy. Plum is kind of tuff to find but the raisin and dates are here. Body shows a solid amount of yeast in body with a light berry hint. Secondary toasted sweet bread. The ABV is totally hidden at this point, yet still a mild ABV warming after the sip. Real nice stuff.
OsuStu (32) - - JUN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours quite dark but not quite black. Thin light brown head. Malty, molasses/caramel, fruit aroma. Great depth of flavor. Malty, raisins, dark grains. Can certainly pick up on the sweet plums at the end. Clean, slippery mouthfeel. Excellent.
EdInSaltLake (593) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Dark fruit (plum, and dark malt); Sweet, subtle roasted malt, and solvent alcohol.
Flavor: Similar dark raisin/plum flavor; Sugar sweetness, with a little tartness in the finish, then sweeter in the aftertaste. A little caramel malt. Moderate bitterness.
flatmatt (1084) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle as Abbey Quad. Pours extremely dark red with a very off-white head. Plum, prune, cherry aroma. Dark fruit flavor (plum) with toffee. It’s quite good, but it doesn’t really do anything to stand out beyond that.