WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle at Woodshop Quad. Pours brown with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and bourbony. Taste is bourbony rich, sweet and nice. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
thanks to whomever brought this to the woodshop quad tasting
dark brown pour, nice plummy, raisin flavors, fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa powder, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate, coffee, candi sugar, faint apple and pear, maybe some dark fruits, but mostly candi sugar as far as the non-malty notes go. Flavor a wonderful concoction of all the chocolaty notes and with a coffee twist on a bed of doughy, earthy Belgian yeast and very rich malty notes, especially with all the competing candi sugar. Finishes with a great combination of earthiness, light fruits, and above all gorgeous roasted chocolate. Simply a joy to drink, that’s all I need to know about the rich palate. Masterfully crafted, great beer, so much chocolate and roast that it makes many of the so-called Belgian Stouts and Belgian Chocolate Stouts look silly. Best of all worlds right here. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle from the Wilmington brewpub. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet candi sugar, soda, dark fruits. Flavor of roasted malts, toffee, soda, lots of malt, and yeast. Thick mouthfeel. Decent quad, but I think I would have liked this fresher.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5) fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by toncatcher. Dark fruit and caramel off this brown pour with a decent head. Flavors were similar with sweet molasses and more dark fruits. Pretty good stuff.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Major gusher, but not sour. Very dark brown with a lasting foam. Nose is very nice, with brandy soaked dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Flavor is very dynamic, full, layered from start to finish, complex and it finishes well. Notes of plum, banana, caramel, brown sugar and burnt toffee. Well balanced, with a tremendous yeast character. Nice mouth feel. A delicious treat. JAXSON (605) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 750ml bottle, brewed at Iron Hill North Wales. This is probably the most under-rated beer on this site from my experience. Pours a deep brown with some reddish edges, and a creamy beige head. Very rich, pleasant aroma of rum-soaked cake, dates, toffee, overripe bananas, and other very nice things. Hugely expressive flavor, just amazingly good. Rum sugars, figs, dates, vanilla, overripe bananas, wisps of dark berries, orange tea cake. This blows away so many of the best Belgian strong dark or quadruples. The only beer of this style which is really comparable to this is Westy 12, in its amazing craftsmanship and elegance. It’s thick an rich on the palate, not too boozy, just an incredible effort from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries. ***************EDIT Recent bottles of this have been a bit flat and have lost their majestic glow. I’m lowering the score slightly, but this still deserves a place among the best due to the number of wonderful bottles I’ve had. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Poured a clear ruddy brown color with an off white head. Molasses and toffee dominated the nose, but there was also a whiff of clove. Cloyingly sweet and a bit sticky with a splash of alcohol. I tasted toffee, date, molasses and hay. So so. Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2011 Bottle enjoyed at the Wilmington location. Dark brown pour, nice beige head. Huge aroma of fruit and alcohol. The flavor...this could have passed for an authentic Belgian....very reminiscent of Chimay Blue, which isn’t a bad thing. Lots of dark fruit, mild spice. Rich and sweet, but not cloying in the least. Nice beer. RERATE 03/2011 - On tap at West Chester location. This has developed a rather noticeable smokey aspect along with rich brown sugar notes. Warming and enjoyable. No change to numerics. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
750ml bottle, thanks to Swolf3. Poured very dark, murky brown, very little head. Smells fantastic. Almost like a barleywine, very rich and flavorful. Very good beer. Thanks Steven.