mnoud (292) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like this one quite a bit. Not a lot of alcohol despite 10.4% abv. Subtle flavors and rich color.
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Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear red color with a large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, booze, brown sugar, berries, bread, spices and something just a faintly bit cheesy. The taste is bread, berries, citrus, booze, brown sugar and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied, strong carbonation and significant warmth.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep, mahogany-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big on the dark fruits with a nice sweetness. Some caramel, yeast, a touch of banana, and bread. Flavor is soft all-around and pretty solid. Brown sugar, caramel, and yeast up front with some bread in the middle as well as more dark fruits and a light banana. Gets a tad bit toasty towards the end and I get a hint of chocolate as well as a touch of warming alcohol. Finishes with a light, but nice bitterness and yeasty spice that balances well with a soft, light malt sweetness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a very soft, creamy, medium-high carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid quad. Very soft, balanced, and flavorful. Not the most complex, but really nice.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured a brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, some dark fruits, chocolate, and roast. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, and yeast.
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Caramel and yeast aroma with light spice and light dried fruit. Toffee and caramel flavor with dried fruit and light yeast. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and dried fruit linger with caramel and light spice.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Nice clear brown color. Aroma of roasted malts. Flavor was warm and slightly bitter. Hints of vanilla and caramel but enough dry hops for the bitterness. I actually preferred the Dubel even though I normally adore Quads. Still, its a solid offering from SN.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is not what I expected from Sierra Nevada. Don’t get me wrong, SN is a decent session beer, but not a huge fan. This blew me away. This was probaly my favorite SN beer and a great example of a quad.Popped the cork and the aroma of sweet dark fruits and molasses filled the air.Poured dark with a thin head.Flavor was a great balance of dark fruits, caramel, molasses with a nice warming feeling.
unclemattie (4336) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, caged & corked. 3rd Ovila offering. Vintage 2011. (broken cork, had to use a corkscrew.)
Dark pour, black color. Off-white creamy head. Aroma of roasted grains, alcohol, very little dark fruits. Creamy texture, perfect body. Tastes of roasted malts, some chocolate, and alcohol. It is a more roasted version of the Ovila Dubbel. Overall somewhat disappointed with this one. Not that this is far from a premium beer, it is again, still, one of the best offerings from Sierra Nevada. It just doesn’t live up to style. Belgian Stout perhaps? I was really looking forward to this one after having the last two Ovila offerings, Oh well.
Merry Christmas 2011.
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a good sized cream colored head. Aroma is of raisins, candy sugar, yeast, prune. Taste is of brown sugar, bread, caramel, cinnamon, prune.
travita (4309) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich dried fruit, fruitcake, cooked sugar, toffee, and brown sugar. The look is reddish brown, beige colored head. The taste is multiple sugars, yeast, dried fruits, sweet, and nice.