5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours caramel, small frothish off-white head, semi-sticky lacing, with virtually no carbonation. Sweet malts/grains, light perfume, and butterscotch on the nose. Forwardly estery, with a slight alcohol tinge. Slight pitted/dark fruit emerges as it warms. Very warming from the middle on through to the finish. The alcohol may detract too much from this one. Otherwise it is fairly decent. Decent body and mouthfeel, but lacks any real complexity and has too much emphasis on the alcohol. Would still consider having another, one with a bit more age. Thanks goes out to austinpowers for the trade!
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy murky deep orange amber color, very little head. Aroma of thick malts, toffee, raisins, and port. Full mouth with strong alcohol. Flavors of toffee, molasses, port and raisins to start, mimicking the aroma. As it warms, a chocolate note emerges, and in the end a pure caramel flavor comes through. The use of candy sugars is evident (I think), and the alcohol is just a touch too obtrusive, but it is a good beer overall.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Spicy nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet bread. Pours a very murky amber color with a thick foamy tan head. I can definately taste the alcohol but the other flavors are too strong to be over-taken by it. I taste the same spices I smelled with some carmel malts and apple flavors. Pretty smmoth brew, a little dry in the finish.
egajdzis (5939) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Poured a reddish brown color with a small off white head and no real lace to speak of. Sweet and spicy aroma, certainly caramel, clove, cardamom, and yeast. Alcohol burn up front dances all over your tongue. That is followed by the same spices noted in the aroma and some caramel and maple as well. The alcohol in this one was not covered at all, it really let you know it was there. I’d prefer quads from Trappists, but its possible this is still too young. This was bottled 2/04. I wish I had another that I could age.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky deep amber with small but lasting head and some lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee, clove and cardamom, grapefruit and grassy hops, earthy yeast esters, lightly vinous. The taste starts malty and sweet, some belgian candi character here. The midsection displays a citrusy and twangy bite. The finish is mildly bitter and yeasty. This beer hides the alcohol very well, smooth mouthfeel for a quad. Nice but not world-class, still it good enough for a bottle or two.
YogiBeera (2567) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice sweet dough nose with cinnamon, nutmeg and apples. Light red orange color and a little head. Alcohol taste, honey, raisons, dates. to much alcohol for my taste - medium bitter aftertaste scratches in the throat.
pivo (2657) - GERMANY - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very handsome brew with a luscious copper color and a tight bubbled head. Huge spicy nose with an apple cider background. Slow start to getting into the real flavors of this beer - sweet syrup and apples with a tight peppery finish in the sides of the mouth. Very nice transitions and with a powerful alcohol punch. Big beer and well done.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jcalabre for sharing this. Nice brownish-amber appearance, malty alcohol nose. No question you are entering the high abv zone before you sip, there is some sweet malt and hops involved but the rocket fuel is not well hidden. I found it to be otherwise enjoyable and my guess is that it would probably be much better if not sampled on a hot summer day, which was the case.
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first thing I thought of when smelling this was "Westvleteren". Beautiful deep dark ruby color with a faint trace of a head around the edge of the glass. Wonderful complex raisiny, figy, and all those other wonferful full flavors musceling around in there. I didn’t think the alcohol flavor was as pronounced as the others did. maybe they’re all wussies or something. Great stuff!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel colored brew with a strong alcohol and toffee nose. Medium/thin body with no attempt made to hide the abv.