drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at wlv. pours amber with an off white head. nose caramel cardboard. flavors are sweet candy sugar plums caramel, grass, not much here. perhaps some of these struise kegs are traveling well because the pannepot keg i had last was terrible as well.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(11.2oz bottle courtesy of bobertkuekn. 2011 vintage). Pours a murky reddish-brown color with thin tan head. Aroma has dark fruit (dates and figs), caramel and some wood. Taste is semi-sweet with some light bitterness. Caramel, dark fruits and some vanilla come through. Medium bodied with an oily texture. A little rough around the edges, but a good quad.
Kavu (3011) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours muddy brown with a medium head. Light aroma is alcohol and sour malts. Flavor is very soft, mostly sweet malts with some alcohol. Not quite your average barley wine. I like it.
Ibrew2or3 (7515) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage 33cl bottle, picked up for 6 euros, pours murky brackish amber brown with dark tan head. The aroma emits raisins, dates, chocolate covered cherries and some yeasty spices. A bigger pull brings up the expected booziness. The flavor is rich as it should be for the style and I’m really enjoying it. I begins with brown sugar covered raisins and prunes and then it moves toward cherries and earthy dates. By midway an amazing chocolate note rises to the surface and takes this into wonderful places just as you noticed the formidable ABV. Around the edges, joining the bit of booziness are thin rings of yeasty spiciness that liven up the more rich sweet notes. This is bold and rich in all the right places.
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the QC tasting, pours a clear dark red amber with a very thin head, the aroma has a good amount of brown sugar and a hint of caramel, the flavor was very sweet with a good amount of brown sugar and malt, seemed kind of flat overall though, wished I felt more from this one.
pushkinwow (2273) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Capones for Black Friday. Mahogany with no head at all, quite translucent. Fruit (grapes), yeast, alcohol, sweet and partially roasted malts, grain, sugar, figs and prune. Sweet, average carbonation, good body, alcohol and price (pepper was a little too much) on the finish which does not last long.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA
Pours a hazy dark chocolate brown color with a one fingerbbeige head that slowly settles into lasting ring. Spotty streaks of lace.
Sweet dark fruit aroma with subtle roasted malt notes. Subtle peppery spice with hints of grape, plum and fig.
Medium bodied with a strong dpice presence up front with pepper and clove followed by some anise/licorice, sweet malt and dark fruit. Lots of vinous grape along with fig, raisin, caramel and toffee. Mediocre, a bit thin and too heavy on the spice. I love Struise and was really excited to try this but it was a huge disappointment. Hopefully the bottles are better.
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capones. Clear, deep, honey brown with brief froth. Nose is toffee, nutmeg and soft raisin. Medium light with a tingle. Taste is raisin, yeast and caramel with a dry, whiskey finish. Nose such a super sweet quad as many i’ve tried. Hides its alcohol well.
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by BA Alcstradamas! Dark amber pour, medium carbonation and a nice aroma of brown sugar and raisins. Flavor was nice sweet figs, plums, a little more brown sugar/malt and a little bit of slight oxidation on the aftertaste. Decent, I wonder how this would have been fresh.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s with James and Andrew. Pours a nice amber red with no head. Flavor is of musty dried fruit. Very highly carbonated. Finishes a little hot but overall not bad for a quad.