juiceisloose (1552) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. Tried this right after the regular version. Pours a very dark brown color with a small cream head that settles to a thin film. The aroma is really nice on this one with the dark fruits and candied sugar blending with sweet caramel and oaky vanilla. Plums, raisins, and figs push through and add depth to the sweet vanilla cream and oak laden flavors. The vanilla seems to soothe over the alcohol with only a hint of it on the back end. Full bodied and thick on the mouthfeel, but very smooth and creamy. This one went down smooth with a sweet vanilla finish. This one made good use of the oak and had a really nice flavor to it. Really a well done quad. hopscotch (11246) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Bottle... Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8... Murky, dark, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The earthy, tangy nose offers only a rumor of the relatively high level of ethanol within. Full-bodied and silky with modest carbonation. Sweet and deeply roasted with dark fruits and restrained alcohol. Candy-sweet, lightly tangy finish. Thanks to Beerlando for popping the top on this one! ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
Deep amber, reddish colour with an off white head. Malty, caramel and dark fruit sweet aroma with vanilla and alcohol notes. Dried dark fruit sweet flavor with notes of vanilla. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. Less sweetness on the aroma than the regular Quad, very light tannins and oak as it warms. The tannins work very well on the taste, plus dark fruits, plums, vanilla. Smooth finish. Very nice. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Corked bottle send to me by fellow Hoosier StFun, I finally am getting around to this treat, served in my St. Bernardus chalice.
smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2008
As soon as I poured this I knew I was in for a long night of drinking... rich mahogany hue with a slight frothy head but more important is the oily film it leaves upon the glass. Massive nose of prune and fig, peat, Belgian candi, vanilla and oak, pipe tobacco, and an slight meaty vapour, I am very interested in what the flavor profile may hold...
First impression of the taste is big sweet malt and over ripened fruits. Very liquor/ vinous approch upfront. Upon further inspection I find mild spicy qualities and a charred oak/peaty undertone. Some yeasty notes and very balanced alcohol upon the finish, The mouth feel is rich an velvety, coats the palate till the alcohol show up. A big beer indeed and one that appears could age for 4 to 7 years with no problem. (I need another bottle for the cellar) This is a world-class Quad IMO.
Bottle courtesy of beerlando. Pours medium brown with small off white head. Sweet, fruity aroma with hints of oak and vanilla. Flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Full body with low carbonaition and a creamy mouthfeel. Very good. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Sampled immediately after the regular Quad. Pours a clear, dark chestnut brown color with a minimal, creamy head. Random spots and lines of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is significantly more smooth than the regular version, creamy, oaky vanilla lending a calming influence to the massively sweet candied sugar and dark fruity malts. Flavors are sweet and malty, fig and raison again showing through prominently, but the vanilla component really draws everything together and seemingly negates the alcoholic burn present in the non-oaked version. It really works well with the earthy spice notes as well. Thick and sugary in the mouth, but not stepping too far over the line into cloying territory. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Definitely a top notch Quad. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. POurs a dark caramel brown, with a medium off white head. Smells similar to the regular quad except for the noticeale oak character involved here. The flavor is really oaky, lots of thick vanilla cream as well as its usual dark fruit and malt presence as well. Big flavor on this one, very creamy and smooth going down. I believe I enjoyed this a little more than the regular. mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
bottle shared by beerlando: pours a beautiful brown colour slight tan head. aroma is excellent slight sourness some of the barrel comes through nicely some malt but not much. flavours is different sour and sweet, vanilla nad plenty of it, the barrel is there also, pretty sweet but very good. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. Dark multi brown, small tan cap. Smokey char, earth, tobacco, rich burnt toffee malt, cookie malt, and some bready yeast depth. Full body, smooth, rich. Awesome brew.