RATINGS: 1119   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a slightly muddy dark copper colour with a fading tan head. Sweet aroma, with cinnamon, brown sugar, herbs and dark fruit predominant. Flavour was pretty yeasty and contained more dark fruit and sweet malt aplenty with a hint of spice. Alcohol quite in your face, but pleasantly warming. A fair amount happening here but it doesnt quite all add up to being a show stopper. Very good effort nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drumdude73 (19) - Ames, Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Wow, wow, wow! If you havent tried this one, and you are a fan of flavorful beers, buy it today! A little on the expensive side, but is well worth it for 750mL (only way to get it). At 10.5% ABV, you wont need much more than one bottle! ;-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Had this beer many times as it is great! I like to call it a poor mans St B 12. Has a very similar flavor profile, but not quite the sweetness. Lots of flavor, combined with a great body, and just the right amount of sweetness. I cant think of a bad experience with this beer, as it produces time and time again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1850) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
750 mL bottle shared at Logans pre-GABF party. Dark brown, to black, pour. Aromas of mostly coffee, smoke, and burnt chocolate. Great dark fruit and chocolatety flavor. Some alcohol is detected. Until I looked this beer up I had no idea this was a Quad; certainly unlike any other I have tried. This was quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009

Orange-brown pour, nice head. Fruity, phenolic aroma; pleasantensemble of dried fruits in the flavor, with a nice closing dryness. But the beer is really hot, and it could be more complex -- and thus while solid as an American quad, it falls sort of posing a threat to the better Belgian examples of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (6141) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Rating #1100. 750ml bottle. Thick cherry red-brown color. Steady, thick beige head. Oh my, this one is nice. Lots of lively fruity esters, from grape to plum to prune. The body is smoother and creamier than your typical Quad, never thick and lingering. Sweet sugary malt is thick and the whole thing coats the palate in its essence. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (4011) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2009
This beverage fills the glass 4/5ths of the way with burn caramel foam atop an amber body. Breathy smells of peppery clove and pink peppercorn, zestful yeast, and a salted smokey caramel essence round out the alluring bouquet, whic opens into flavors breadingess and yeastiness with peripherals of peach and phenols that are more muted. Airy clove cigarette smoke is well integrated throughout. Punchy finish. A huge brew that is fairly well harnessed. Fruity and estery yeast.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 malty/alcohol aroma on the nose. golden brown pour and an off white head that just barely manages to hang on. delightful sweetness on the palate, and not too strong of an alcohol taste on the palate. great smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (1097) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pours like a quad...lots of fizzy foam and diminishes in a few minutes; cloudy brown with red tones. Strong aroma of sweet malt, caramel, some banana and alcohol. Taste is burnt sugar, caramel, toffee and alcohol. Tastes like a poor mans Gulden Draak; not as well rounded and a little sharper than the Draak. Alcohol isnt hidden very well, this may be better w/ some aging. Ok quad, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1594) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Pours dark amber with a billowing tan head. Very molasses like aroma. Sweet caramelly and tasted malt flavor, boozy, finishes dry, well hopped.

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