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. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Pours dark amber, caramel, dark fruits, malty, molasses, little yeasty, dry finish. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Poured a cloudy redish brown. very small head. Arom was of caramel malts cherries, fruits. Flavor was much the same, some plums in there as well. Little roast as well. Overall was a little hot but solid beer. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Bottle courtesy of moejuck. I have always been impressed w/ IH
s brews. Kinda the East coast version of Pizza Port- quality brews from top to bottom. This is another quality IH brew- chocolate, caramel, smoke, with a crisp, dry finish. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Had a huge mug of this stuff in Newark last night. Pour was dark red/brown with a small tan head. Very complex aroma. Lots of dark cherries, carmel, chocolate, sweet smoke, and mild alcohol. The flavor is extremely well balanced with a lot of nice flavors and a well hidden alcohol hint. I believe this is, by far, my favorite I.H. Belgian style beer.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Hazy brown pour with a yellowed tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar and yeast. Flavors of caramel, yeast, spices and some dark fruits. Medium body, malty/spicy. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Thanks to egajdzis for splitting this growler with me...
Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a small light tan head. Spotty lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of candi sugar, toffee, grapes, brandy, light rauch, cocoa, caramel...very complex with a touch of smoked meat.
Taste is of the same aromas with a raisiny, rum cake, cocoa, liquid smoked flavor swirling about.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly boozy, sweet, again with a meaty, sugary complexity that keeps you thinking about the hidden enigmas buried in this brew. hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Wow, this didnít seem anything like a quad to me. There are some notes of fruit in the aroma, some in the flavor but a bit more sugary sweet malts come through. Strange and strong. Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2009
750 ml bottle. Tried several times, but I drank last night at a Iron Hill Chocolate and beer tasting. Poured murky brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, caramel, dark roast malts and toffee. Tastes is very complex with toffee, roasted chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits, figs and so much more. Light alcohol warming in the finish, but overall really quite nice. JAXSON (604) - 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. Itís 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. Iím lowering the score slightly, but this still deserves a place among the best due to the number of wonderful bottles Iíve had.