RATINGS: 1113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"Do you know what dwells in a glass?" asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersens The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5271) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2010
Beautiful big bottle that pours a rich, deep amber with huge off white head that quickly goes swiss and dissipates to a light lacing. Nose is boozy caramel and brown sugar, a bit sweet without much malting or spicing. First sip is quite boozy and shocking, this is big and bold. As it warms things do smooth out to a very complex, smooth and sweet abt style. A bit brighter than other big US Abt attempts, but not quite as interesting as the real thing. Too much alc coming through with sticky finish. Overall, very good and not far off. Definitely would have another bottle sometime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13904) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2010
Bottle. Poured a hazy reddish orange color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lefossoyeur (606) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
Pours a beautiful amber with a thick beige head. Aromas of butter, fresh cream, maple syrup and caramel. Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, very smooth, spicy, butter caramel, some dark fruits in the mid-palate, like brandy soaked dried raisins, finishes on a crme brule note with a slight warming alcohol presence. Absolutely gorgeous ABT. Misses just a little bit of depth to be amongst kings. Probably the best non-belgian ABT IMHO... Batch # 69121

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Batch 69365. A transparent reddish-brown beer with a massive 4 finger head. The aroma is very yeasty, fruity, and alcohol. The taste is berries, metallic, very hot with alcohol, and the yeast attacks your tongue. The massive yeast profile prickles the tongue along with the alcohol. An unpleasant beer in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
750 ml bottle held for awhile now and likely from mreusch. Thanks, Matt! I continue my journey among the Smokestacks, finally having the full set in my cellar or consumed already. My easiest Smokestack cork yet, by FAR. Pours a murky dark amber, thick and swampy with a huge darker khaki head that cakes and laces pretty well, dies down to a moderate level. Aromas are potent, a blast of brown sugar/candi sugar mixing with fruity apple and pear esters, some decent Belgian yeasty spice. Vanilla, cool and mellow sweet with faint honey, a touch of cinnamon, clove. Initial is a bit more even keeled, medium bodied with a light warming alcohol glow to it, a decent bitterness tempers up front, moving into decent sweet malts, brown and candy sugar mixing with good fruity esters of apple, pear, a touch of cinnamon giving it a light pie quality. The Belgian yeasty spice tickles towards the back of the palate, bitterness comes back in along with alcohol. A bit thinner than expected, the nose hits you strong but the sweetness is less so, or at least more balanced than I would have expected. Its a solid beer, I dont know what really makes it a quad though. Finish leaves lingering sweetness, fruit, spice, vanilla, and light bitterness. EDIT: this left a little more of an impression on the palate as it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Pours a dark mahogany orange color with a huge, bright tan head. Sweet raisin aroma with a background of alcohol. Seems like there is some banana type smell. Spicy, sour raisin flavor with a strong alcohol after taste. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation and a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Another rating from awhile back. Bottle from Liquor World, Fayetteville. Russet with tons of persistent light tan bubbles. Toasty banana cream pie nose. Firm late-season apple and honey flavor, subtle spice. Dry clove finish with just a bit of alcohol warmth. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Tasted way back in the day, upon the first release of the Smokestack Line. Typical quad look, muddy, lumpy mahogany with a quickly-thinning off-white head. Burnt sugar, dark raisins, and strong yeast presence in the nose and on the tongue. Sharp alcohol, but what else would you expect from a quad?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loveamberbock (19) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2010
poured dark red, high tan head, taste of roast and toffee, high abv can be tasted quickly, leaves sweet aftertaste on palate, mostly sweet taste ignores the high abv, drinkable and enjoyable bottle aged brew. nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (1056) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Pours a dark reddish-amber with a large head that retreaded quickly. Some cloudiness eventuallly came out tward the end of the bottle, but no esters. The aroma has toffee, figs, Belgian yeast, and leather. The flavor was better, with everything you would expect from a quad. A little on the sweet side, this was very much on target, with some hot alcohol on the finish. Very good overall.

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