DiarmaidBHK (3387) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at fireworks pizza. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Nose is boozy and full of molasses and brown sugar. I get a hint of roasted malt on the tongue but also a slight raisin vibe. Clean finisher. Itís a big beer lacking in complexity.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks emacgee for sharing. Pours a muddy hazelnut brown with off-white ring of lace. Nose is quite estery with lots of bananas, booze, brown sugar, light dark fruit character. Medium body, a tad sticky, with soft carbonation and a sweet and mildly bitter finish, slightly abrupt finish. Heavier flavor, dark fruits more prominent, booze a little too high, and not very complex. Iíve had much worse quads, but this is just average.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Dark brown color with a smallish beige head. Retention isnít that great. Lots of dried fruit soaked in alcohol and some chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is more boozy dried fruit, burnt sugar and spice, and a little smokey chocolate. Body is medium with fizzy carbonation. They did the style well, but this somehow still lacks a real soul. Itís just so hard to copy someone elseís style this closely and come off as original. And without originality, why should I buy your beer? The price certainly isnít convincing... This and the dubbel are both fine beers (the saison was a miss...) but at $10 a bottle, I have a few Belgian beers that are still going to take priority every time.
Chalsk (1051) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a white foam head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and vanilla. Sweet caramel taste with some bit and notes of dark fruit. Creamy. Smooth. Spot on for the style.
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tan lasting head. The aroma has fruit and sugar, some caramel and a hint of booze. The flavor has the same. It has a lively mouth feel and a good after taste.
maley1 (744) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour with small tan head. Aroma is strangely citrusy with some caramel coming through. Taste is slight caramel, dark fruits and a fizzy carbonation. This beer much improved as it warmed pretty much up to room temperature. Very thin mouthfeel for a quad and not much in complexity. Everytime I see a quad on tap I get excited, as this is my favorite beer style, but this was a big disappointment.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to say I rather enjoy this. Okay, sure for the price Iíd rather get a St. Bernardus or Chimay Red, but this is one of the better íAmericaní attempts at a Quad Iíve had. Aroma of bread pudding, mellowed fruit, brown sugar, touch of alcohol, really nice here. Flavor follows, bit of metallic banana and brown sugar, nice alcohol note, bit of toasty bread, honey, adequate balancing bitterness. I suppose the body could use a bit more, carbonation feel is thinner than I want.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Pours a deep amber color with a small creamy light beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, cherry and a bit of prune with some light spice and a sweet bready character. Flavor starts with the dark fruit, the black cherry coming out more this time, still a light bready and spice character going into a creamy brown sugar and caramel finish. Medium to medium full creamy body and a soft carbonation. Decent quad
emacgee (3981) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clean deep garnet brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of creamy tan head. Nose shows lots of ephemeral dark fruits and spice with some alcohol coming through, lightly raisiny with a caramel sweetness and hints of leather. First thing I notice in the flavor is some Munich or Biscuit malt, something toasty. Dark fruits for sure with some phenolic spice from the yeast. Light sweet notes and some alcoholic warmth. Medium body.
PacNWDad (64) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice aroma, malty, caramel, plum and a bit of vanilla. Fairly dark pour, tan color. Sweet flavor, and a hint of saltiness in there. The head fades quickly. Not appreciably carbonated. Finish is a bit off - it is abrupt and somewhat bitter. Overall, an interesting offering, but I think Sierra Nevada can do better than this.