GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shows through as a clear deep copper when held up to light. There is a small, short-lived bubbly beige head that recedes to a collar.
The aroma is very sweet with candi sugar, caramelized fruits and sweet malts. Maybe some light spiciness as well, but the nose was predominantly sweet.
The taste is a bit more complex though it still has the dominant sugar-coated fruit backbone. The spices come out a bit more, especially in the finish where the palate is left tingling with a combination of spices and alcohol.
The mouthfeel is very lively with lots of carbonation which keeps the dominant sweetness from getting out of hand.
This is an excellent beer and I’d put it up there with Sweetwater’s best. Plus, any beer that even subtly honors the Brick Store is good in my book. A very sweet but drinkable Belgian.
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber from Bruisin’. I kind of wish Sweetwater would quit it with these Belgian styled beers. They are so adept at brewing truly American ales. The aroma on this one gives me pause. It lets me know this is probably another strong Belgian styled ale which is too sweet and is a yeast bomb. Hints at figs, dates, cardamom and sticky candy are noted. Many Americans interpret the Belgian style with more "beat you over the head" flavor and less finesse and subtlety. The flavor is really sticky, heavily yeasty, and too sweet. Dried, candied fruits like apricots are all over the place with light vegetal hints and overpowering spiced notes. Just not a fan of this one.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown plum color with a small head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, plums and raisins with faint spice. Taste is sweet, malty and fruity. More spice on flavor than aroma. More raisins and fruit finish it off.
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Acquired via trade. The beer is a murky dark amber-brown color with a medium thin and foamy beige head that recedes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits and yeast. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, yeast and figs/dark fruits. The finish is sweet caramel and spices. Above average overall.
JaBier (6503) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Pours a clear light brown with a medium tan head. Nose of banana, metal, candi sugar and caramel. Boozy banana flavor with sugary sweetness, but not too sweet. Not my favorite style, but not a bad beer.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Deep mahogany pour, hazy and red, with a medium light tan head. Aroma is rich with toasted malt, soft fruit, and spice -- cloves, hints of banance, some chocolate. Flavor starts spicy with cloves and light touches of ethanol with growing presence of chocolate and caramel malts. Soft fruit with strong yeasty spiciness and chocolate in the dry finish. Mouthfeel starts with a little thinness and light alcohol astringency, but evolves into spritzy, highly-bubbled, and medium-full body. Overall, delicious and dangerously drinkable. Very rich - malty and spicy - like a weizenbock without the wheat... yum!
GMCC2181 (1582) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the TBS. I like sweetwaters little caveman character on their bottle but no points added to the score for that... LOL... Poured into a snifter. Looks good, smells good... Pours a murky dark red, small head that faded quickly. Very smooth...dangerously smooth. Taste is some brown sugar, small amount of dark fruits, malty, no hops noticable but balanced. Also spices and caramel. Great texture. I drank this at slightly below room temp 55 degrees. No alcohol noticable. Overall a little sweet but a very nice quad that I will enjoy sipping on, thanks matt!
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle courtesy of fata2683. Thanks! Pours a dark but translucent brown color. A medium sized head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee with bread, yeast and chocolate. Also some pear-like fruit notes. The taste is berries, toffee, brown sugar, bread, yeast, green apple and moderate booze. Medium-full bodied.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy copper/brown. Aroma is fruit, yeast, sugar, malt, and spices. Flavor is fruit, sugar, spices, malt, alcohol and yeast. Not as sweet as I expected.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. pours a deep ruby / light brown color with a small white head... quickly disappears and leaves a tiny bit of lacing... some slight notes of dark fruit and yeast on the nose... really sweet over the mouth with a lot of dark fruit (mainly raisin, dates and some red grapes)... along with Belgian yeast qualities and some sweet candy sugar... tons of sweet malts dominate the mouth... average carbonation... a bit of alcohol on the finish, but doesn’t really show itself until then... overall a very tasty Quad - love the dark fruit notes... a bit sweet but very enjoyable... would like more on the nose and some bottle conditioning...