jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. How is this beer not rated any higher? As good as any American made quad that Iíve tried and the oak aging adds so much complexity. I really liked this beer. Oak adds a tobacco flavor to this caramel dominated, slightly smokey brew.
mensch (226) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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]
brentk56 (1) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2009 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[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.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bleeng (1461) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
douglas88 (5140) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool bottle, is this really brewed by Left Hand or just at their facilities? Corked and caged, very heavy glass. Pours a calm dark reddish brown with a slight tan head with modest carbonation. Sweet plummy notes, woody, raisins. Taste is very much brown sugar with notes of plums, yeast and very smooth. Maybe not the most complex quad but a great drinker. Sticky and syrupy with a heavy malty body. Small alc finish and sort of barley wine when warmed.