Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Hazy dark amber color with a medium foamy light beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of spices, wood and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet malt, banana, cloves and yeast. The finish is sweet with a spice and fruit aftertaste. Decent overall. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Pours near opaque, big beige head, little retention
Smell smooth coco, red fruit
Taste more coco and red fruit
Sweet without being cloying, mid body
Nice jgb9348 (6482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2012 Vintage // Bottle 1126 of 3240:
Rich brown coloured body with a nice copper tint and a very thin tan head, all on top of a beautiful ruby and violet tint when held up to a light. Aroma of alcohol, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, cognac, whiskey and the strongest bit - figs. Medium-bodied; Relatively thin (for the style) with a big caramelised sugar flavour of pit fruits, toffee and just plain brown sugar. Aftertaste shows a good balance of malt, oak, dryness and the sugars with no bitterness at all, just a hint of alcohol bite, but not like most in this style. Overall, a nice beer that tastes more of a dubbel than a quadruple - but good, not excellent. Missing a bit of the carbonation and deep complexity, but this was nice. I’m glad I drank this after only a single year of aging, i’m thinking that in another year’s time, there will be no flavours at all - just mellowness. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased exactly one year earlier at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington [state] on 10-February-2013 for US$14.99 sampled at home in the real Washington on 10-February-2014.
Note that my bottle says 10% alcohol and is not the same as pictured - a different label and a caged top, not a swing top. BelgianBeerGal (4159) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Traded 2008 bottle, #283 of 1800. This was a fairly typical quad in aroma dark malt and a hint of spice. The flavor is interesting because I swear it starts out just like Pepsi, just for a split second. Then it mellows into some dark fruit. The finish falls a little flat with some odd bitterness. Fine. jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2013
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours ruby/brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, dark fruits, some caramel malts with hints of toffee, and a light bitterness. Flavor a nice blend of everything. Average to smooth texture. A decent American interpretation of this style.
unclemike (3163) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours murky orange with a creamy off-white head. Mild milky and slight spiced aroma. Flavour is smooth and slight milky. Mild spiced and light hoppy. Mild spiced and yeasty finish. Light liqourice and spiced yet also smooth caramel malty. Stevesie (336) - - MAY 1, 2013
2012 bottle. Dark, primer red without much head. Sweet, malty nose with lots of caramel. Taste is similar; thick and syrupy. Kind of flat. Nothing special. anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with an off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty dark fruit finish. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2013
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of frothy brown colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated semi-transparent cola brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was spicy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering spicy aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of old ale sweet and spices. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again. novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
I was really into this. Had a great gravity level with well hidden alcohol, brown sugar, clove, banana and earthy, woody notes on taste. Has a great mouth feel, very viscous and balanced. Loved it.