bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Aged straight from an Iron Hill bottled reserve, served in a Trappist glass. The plum pour is topped with a nice 3-finger light tan head that reduces to a nice cap, leaving spotty lace. Banana, raisins, currants, Candi sugar, slight Bazooka gum and sweet malts to the nose. Lots of Candi sugar and banana come through the palate first, followed by caramel malts, brown sugar with muddy chocolate hints, and dark, aged, pitted fruits. The yeast plays wonderfully in the finish, bringing on green banana notes, with a return to aerated Candi sugar. The ABV is perfectly integrated, with minimal peppering of the side- and back-palates, and some overall warmth after the finish. Carbo levels are semi-soft and contrast the light syrup mouthfeel to make for a smooth, soft palate. A very nice brew, and complexities are held in check wonderfully. 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, Miver (615) - 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. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2010
750mL bottle, I believe from 2007. Poured deeper iced tea brown with a creamy cap of dirty beige head.. looked good in the glass. The aroma picked up chocolate, toffee, and raisins with accents of vanilla and candi sugar.. light clove and other spicy accents.. warm and well presented. The flavor found molasses, raisins, sweeter chocolate, and boozy sugars (think a blend of rum and bourbon) at the core.. banana showed up as it warmed.. spicy yeast, alcohol warmth, and mature, complementary oxidation laced throughout.. memorable, warm, spicy finish. Heavier bodied with thick carbonation on the palate.. transitions were only OK between the rolling middle and sharper edges.. very good brew overall. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of my friend J that he purchased at the Lancaster, PA location. Pours a muddy brown with a reddish tint and a thin-moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. Very pleasant aroma of prunes, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, mild spice and some alcohol vapors. The flavor is similar to the aroma and equally enjoyable. Medium-full bodied. Nice!
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan haze. Nose is raisin, oak, fig and toffee; slightly musty. Medium body with sharp and foamy carb. Taste is fig, brown sugar, raisin and clove with hints of dark berries. Finishes with bitter spices. Surprisingly smooth but too bubbly. My first appearance as a Top Rater of Abt/Quads. 60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Dark oil black pour and minimal head. Medium bodied, medium lasting. Roasted malt, dark fruits, cocoa, coffee, licorice, earth, tons going. Alcohol is not overpowering, but it is noticeable. I could probably go for this one again. Unique. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Courtesy of Secret Santa July ’07nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle: The aroma consists of grape, yeast, raisin, faint chocolate, and moderate alcohol that increases as it warms. It pours a hazy reddish-brown with minimal transparency and a moderate tan head that lasts a minute or so. The flavor starts with grape and yeast with some faint chocolate. There is strong candi sugar presence in the middle. There is some faint caramel in the background. It finishes with noticeable alcohol, light spice, and faint floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is full with some lively prickly carbonation that takes some time and swirling to mellow out.
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. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle. Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of raisins, oak, chocolate, some bitter hints. Taste balances bitter with sweet nicely. Lots of chocolate and coffe hints present as are fruit and sweet malty characteristics. While this does not taste like an abt or quad, it is a very good beer.