jcr (2160) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml. Black with ruby highlights. Fizzy, off-white head. Aroma of plums, cotton candy, overripe fruits. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderate bitter. Medium body, watery texture turning syrupy, lively carbonation. Cloyingly sticky sweet. Overwhelms any good qualities the beer has. Nice aroma, though.
Dacrza (484) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DATE REVIEWED: June 17, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: year in public education #15--done!...APPEARANCE: intimidating dark black body that sports a thin white head that settles quickly--a white on black spectacle... AROMA: toffee and peat malt dominate the nostrils; fruity yeasts--peach, pear, apple--provide a floral balance... PALATE: active, warm, full-bodied--worth sipping of 10% ABV; like a strong ale in texture, but a bit buttery too... TASTE: complex fruit--plum, black currants, and banana--with clove cigarettes and milk stout properties--a demanding,, playful experience... OVERALLL: the kitchen sink seems thrown in here, with a serious backbone that rewards the drinker with hear and flavor--a big beer that could be brought out for big occasions....
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle purchased @ the brew pub on my visit awhile back. Color is a deep brown with ruby highlights, not much penetration of light. Fizzy head that lingered until the end. Aroma is sugar with prune juice.
Flavor is cloying sweet. Caramelized sugar, Molasses, candy syrup, sugar dipped raisins and maybe a hint of yeast underneath all this sugar. Texture is sticky and syrupy medium body, leaning on the thin side. On the positive side no alcohol from time it mellowed in the cellar. Overall I like Sly Fox, so this is not a reflection on their brewery but this brew will not stand up to any other in the style. Way to sweet.
Darkmagus82 (443) - - MAY 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From BA review on 3-2-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a deep-deep red nearly brown color. There was a thin white head upon serving which faded to give a moderate level of lacing. While not bad the lacing was less then would be expected for a quad.
Smell – Dark fruits of cherry and plum are mixed in with some more bready aromas. A yeasty and slightly tropical sweet aroma make their presence known but are still quite light in comparison to the dark fruits. At the end of the aroma enters some alcohol smell, while not overpowering it is definitely present.
Taste – The dark fruits in the nose are the first to be tasted. Plums and cherries are most pronounced, but there is also some raisin and apple mixed in as well. These sweeter fruit flavors are next paired with some more yeasty and malty flavors, with a nice does of banana mixed into the taste. There is a good level of alcohol flavor that then comes into play brining the taste to the end. While not huge, the alcohol is a bit on the stronger side. While it is warming, it is just a bit too much at the end.
Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is rather moderate to slightly above average. While not bad, it is a tad shy of what would be desired for a quadruple. The carbonation is right, but the body is just a bit too thin for the style.
Overall – The beer has some really nice attributes, such as nice strong fruit and malt flavors and aromas, but the weaker body and the stronger alcohol presence keep it from being really good. Not bad, but not really great either.
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Deep, dark and surly. This carries a thick character of dark fruit, drinks like liquid raisin and bourbon, and is exceptionally easy to quaff, all things considered. Very well assembled, a nice balance of many classical points. (#5516, 5/16/2014)
thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark red with a small white head. Aroma is molasses and candi sugar. Flavor is brown sugar and dark fruit with molasses and a bit of roasted nuts. Finish is candi sugar sweet with a nice raison after taste. Maybe a bit thin for a quad but plenty flavor full and the alcohol is hidden well.
Emeister84 (860) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of raisin, strawberry, and caramel cream. An incredibly dark beer with deep ruby highlights, head foam is beige and almost fully lasting, beautiful aside from the chunks of sediment. Dry, fruity, savory, with notes of cola, blueberry, and toast. Medium-full bodied, very well carbonated, finishes chock full of dark fruit and some earthly hops, and some grain alcohol. Delicious, very smooth, very complex, and wonderfully refreshing.
HellesBunny666 (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sweet faint aromas of brown sugar and herbs. Tastes pretty syrupy sweet, brown sugar, molasses, dried fruits, grape juice, slightly tart. Deep dark ruby color, great body. Sooo good.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle from Beer Run. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium sized fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of spice, yeast, brown sugar, herbal hops, stone fruits, mild earth. The taste is tart stone fruits, brown sugar, herbal hops, yeast, mild booze. Medium bodied, alcohol fairly well hidden, low carbonation. Solid beer.
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a hazy light brown/amber color with a foamy off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light citrus, caramel, and roasted malt. Taste mimics the nose, with notes of raisins, and booze.
tgncc (2740) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, fruit, candi sugar aroma. The appearance is deep amber, haazy. The flavor is like the aroma, sweet, sweet, fruit, candi sugar, bread. Medium to medium thick in body. The finish is sweet, pine needles. Quite oood overall.