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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Our fine Colorado Ale #21 is fermented with a rare Belgian yeast strain that adds robust layers of complexity to a beer that is both colossal and unforgettable. Aged with French oak chips.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mensch (256) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Very dark copper colored, thin white head - almost flat. Sweet-sour and fruity-sherry aroma. Not too thick and not at all cloying like other beers of this weight. Big fruity sweet middle, much like a barley wine, a little pleasing sour character and very dry finish. The oak melds well. I donít think this beer belongs in the quad category, maybe a separate barrel-aged category wood (pun intended) be better. [Indian Peaks Brewing Co is the original name of Left Hand]


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Corked and caged bottle.. quite old. Poured deeper brown with not a whole lot sticking around for head. The aroma picked up rich, aged vinous notes, molasses, and a kiss of anise with moderate oxidation evident.. warm and syrupy with little alcohol evident. The flavor found muddled dark fruit, vinous notes, and licorice at the core, with dry, prickly alcohol and oxidation around.. more Belgian-y yeast and licorice on the finish. Heavy-bodied with very little carbonation.. some solid character in there, but this was just past its prime.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentk56 (1) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2009 does not count
Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a one finger head that fritters away leaving an occasional dot of lace Smell: Oaky caramel, with vanilla and figs Taste: Opens with a spice cake flavor that adds a dark fruit dimension by mid-palate, along with a rich oaky caramel flavor that acts as icing on the cake; after the swallow, the rum-soaked fig and raisin flavors are joined by vinous elements to add complexity to the finish Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; a little thin for the style Drinkability: All in all, a decent quad; what it lacks in heft and depth it counterbalances by avoiding the overly sweet boozy mess that I sometimes encounter in the style

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2784) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2009
[Feb 19, 2009]
Bottle. pours dark mahogany with no head. This has a very strong aroma with sweet, oaken hints and a sour vinous character. . .maybe plums too. The palate is coating which works well with the mild sourness. Itís pretty complex, and definitely not a predictable quad. I get flavors of berries, vanilla, cigars, malt vinegar, brown sugar, and a juicy, winey finish. I thought it to be a good, sophisticated beer, but not worth the price tag.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Body-dark brown w/ a quickly fading head of loose bubbles. Looks almost like strong tea. Nose-wet cardboard, oxidation, bran flakes, raisin (like raisin bran), the raisin bran smell really dominates. Taste-oxidation, rust, bran flakes, light rotten fruit juice, big vinegar note, dirty finish, a lot of unsweet dark fruits, rotten fruits, cooking sherry, light alcohol burn, honey. All in all, slightly sweet, very oxidized.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1533) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle. Black with a small brown head. Nose is spicy and musty. A bit musty tasting, a bit woody with a nice malt profile. Some chocolate in here too. Smooth for such a high ABV beer. May be past itís prime.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6800) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2009
courtesy of Vasdef42 for this excellent beer. Bottle is not showing it brewed by LeftHand but by Indian Peaks Brewing in CO. Pours hazy amber with tan head, and light golden lacing. Aroma has very sweet notes of oak wood and is loaded with dark fruits. Taste of light oak chips and vanilla, overall oak presence became more noticeable as the beer warmed up. There are also some nice addition of molasses, toffee and caramel malts as well as sugary notes. The beer is dominated by strong dark fruits - cherries / plums - with the oak in the background. One amazing brew, two thumbs up.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
375ml corked and caged. pours a dark brown with purple hues, small dissipating white head. Aromas of Dark fruits, raisins, plums, dates, brown sugar, vanilla, some sweet malt, and some caramel. Flavors are sweet malt, Dark fruity notes, with a touch of heat from the alcohol. Medium to full bodied, light on the carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2008
375ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of aplusbreaks. Pours a cloudy iced tea color with a minimal beige head. Nose is sweet fruits and vanilla. Taste is more sweet fruits, caramelized brown sugar, oaky vanilla and a touch of spice in the finish. Medium mouth feel. Interesting brew, like a cross between a Belgian and a barleywine. Thanks Austin!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Bottle shared, and thanks to footbalm. Pours a murky brown/ reddish color with a very small, almost nonexistent head. A nice nose of wood, yeast, some sweet and sour grapes, caramel and light fruits. The taste was very nice; sweet french oak really stands out, some very nice fruit aspects, light caramel and chocolates, some yeast also. As it warmed this beer became more flavorful and tasty. The body was pretty thin, otherwise a real winner.


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