dalekliz (810) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a deep dark brownish-red with a white ring. Sweet aroma, of malt, dark fruits, sugar, and berries. Taste is very sweet, of sugar, malt, berries. Lingering sweetness. Tasty.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. 2009 batch. Poured out a deep reddish brown, with no head whatsoever. Aromas are rum soaked raisins, brandy barrels, dried prunes. Flavors are big and bold. Rum soaked raisins, dark dried fruit, prunes, alcohol.
Alcohol is noticeable off the bat.
A tad too hot right now. Could age into a perfect beer in a year or two.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to mcox90. Pours a red-brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of malty grapes, cherries, some brown sugar. Taste is brown sugar sweetness, rum, plums, prunes, cherries, and raisins.
Gmoney (440) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 2009 ,dark ruddy brown pour , small , thin tan head , no lacing.sweet aroma of raisins and dark fruits.sweet and smooth flavors of molasses,cocoa,toffee,spicy belgian yeast and even a bit of smoke.thin and slick, finishes dry and a little too sweet. reminds me of Scotch ale but whatever it is its good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 2009 bomber, courtesy redlight. Pours clear and dark, chestnut brown in color, with a small, swirly, tan colored film at the head. Minimal micro-spot lacing marks the glass. The aroma shows a surprisingly hefty dose of chocolate malt in place of the candy sugar I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all cocoa based, there is plenty of raisin, fig, and burnt sugar in there. Some barley roast and earthen hops complete the very unique nose. Flavors, too, are very different from your traditional quad. Cocoa and raisin are joined by a bevy of other dark fruits, with loads of dark caramel and toasted marshmallow. The yeast component completes a very cookie like overtone. Medium-full and ultra creamy on the palate, the body is easy drinking for the style, with virtually no alcohol detectable. It’s far from a traditional quad, but it is quite good nonetheless. Very unique and pleasing.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black strap molasses with dark fruits on the nose, raisons, rummy aromas with spicy belgian yeast. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head, pours beautifully. Very smooth malts, toffee, caramel, not too sweet, with a great belgian yeast spiciness. very smooth with a wonderful spiciness.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy redlight. Very appealing dark amber pour topped with a bit of tan foam. Nose of sweet toffee/cocoa malts and estery yeast. Flavor is malt forward with yeast only showing on the back end, a touch of warming alcohol on the finish. Toffee, cocoa, light roast, coconut, cookie, vanilla, fruity yeast. Medium/full body, soft but well carbonated. Too easy to drink. As a quad- needs more body. As dark Belgian strong- very nice.
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Pours a ruby amber color. Aroma is lots of raisns, dried fruits, boozy richness, caramel & toffee. Taste is heavy on the raisins, rich booziness, Belgian yeastiness in the fiinsh. What were the chocolate covered raisns as a kid? Some of that too. Nice fuller mouthfeel. Perhaps too raisiny for me but, pretty good
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Deep clear ruby-copper pour with a smallish creamy beige head. Sweet deep roast caramel aroma, anise, raisin and some dry herbal bitterness. Tasted as it smelled - sweet licorice, spicy, some chocolate toffee, a little boozier than 8.5% would lead you to expect. Average-to-light body, slick and somewhat alcoholic dry mouthfeel, with a long sweet and spicy finish, perhaps a touch cloying by the end. Fairly solid, if a bit simple; a touch too sweet.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rather thin head of medium sized bubbles. Dimished slowly. Very good carbonation though. Somewhat thin aroma for a quad with some dark fruit, candy sugar, sweet malts and light roasted grains. Color is a very impressive deep port red. Super smooth on the palate, velvety! More sweet malts, brown sugar, peat and a touch of smokey malts. I agree with mcox90. This is more of a scotch ale. A pretty decent one at that. A bit on the sweet side though. This apparently is very young and has not rested in the bottle for very long at all. I am guessing a nice lay down will do this beer good. Alcohol is hidden very well. Finshes vinuous and smokey. A decent brew.