slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"another brandy beer and another winner. the base beer is a decent one, and the brandy makes it a treat. sweet fruit and lots of dark malts, with a dry yeasty finish." kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Name: Quad, Brandy Barrel
Date: March 12, 2011
Appearance: opaque dark amber, fine beige head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet candy caramel aroma, lots of fruityness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, fruity jelly character, light balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
draft... this is a sweet hot mess, the brandy dominates but I have a feeling the base was too sweet as well... pass Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Growler pours amber with copper hues supporting an off white head. The aroma is big sweet and slick with prunes, raisins and a little bit of spicy oak and then picking up a mild level of bourbon toward the end of the draw. The taste on the other hand is prunes and raisins and then firm levels of bourbon notes. Into the finish spicy yeast notes and booziness well up from the depths and help to create a mild drying sensation into the after taste. Overall pretty smooth and fairly balanced. Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2011
On tap at Bridge in St. Louis. Ruby brown color with thin white head and nice lacing. Aroma dark fruits, brandy, spice. Taste dark fruits, spices, vanilla, oak, brandy and yeasts. Not as much brandy flavor as you might expect but very well integrated. Palate light without being thin. Finish of brandy with little alcohol burn. Really enjoyed this one.
phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Draft at The Bridge. Really surprised to see this here and not just regular Coming Home. Pours a deep but clear brown-amber color with pretty much no head whatsoever. Aroma has a nice brandy character, with notes of vanilla, dark and dried fruits, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and wood. Flavor of brandy, vanilla, oak, raisins, Belgian yeast, plums, figs, and earth. Medium-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and sticky finish. Low carbonation. Really nice, pleasant sipper. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Draft. Ruby beer with a tan head. Dried fruit and malt aroma. Fruity (red and dried) aroma with malt and brandy. Medium bodied. Dried/red fruit lingers with caramel, brandy, and light malt. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Brown pour, light tannis head. aroma is sweet brandy, light vanilla, stone fruit, dates, figs. Flavor is a bit hot, lots of brandy, light oak, vanilla, dried fruit. Big beer. TrueTrue (6) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2011 does not count
Disclaimer: First stab at a review
From growler at CBX
Aroma: Sweet malty aroma with a hint of fruitiness.
Appearance: Deep coppper, cloudy, minimal head.
Taste: A carmel malt with undertones of sweetness with a slight bite at the back end and a sublte brandy finish.
Palate: Medium, medium thickness feel to it. Flat on carbonation.
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer; it was a interesting amalgamation which sat extremely well with this beer drinker. Would love to complement it with a cigar.
marcus (10142) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
On tap at Monk’s Kettle. Pours dark copper with a thin off-white head and a sweet malt aroma. There is a very nice fruity caramel malt flavor, and a warm alcohol trail that leaves brandy on the palate. A very nice brew.