RedSox2004 (1866) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Clear amber/brown with minimal head and lace. Rich aromas of cherries, caramel, fig, and rum. Caramel came forward in the flavor profile, but the rum-soaked cherries were still strong. Burnt candy sugar and yeastiness give it a sense of authenticity I really wasn’t expecting. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily mouthfeel, and a dark fruit sweetness in the finish. I was ready to smack this down for calling itself a quad, but as I worked through it, I came to really appreciate it. A rather pleasant surprise. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bomber from Plaza Wine and Spirits in Mira Mesa: Chill haze dark caramel amber color with a medium, fading beige head. Aroma is toffee, raisin and prune. Flavor starts rich caramel and dark fruit with hints of dark rum followed a little cinnamon and a hint of clove with a light bitter finish balancing the rich start. Medium-full body is smooth and oily with moderate carbonation. Sdaniel90 (1080) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle, 65cl. Deep reddish with a frothy to minimal head. Aromas of caramel, dried fruits, aged wood, leather, alcohol. Full bodied, moderate to fizzy carbonation. Thick and oily. Medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter. Rich fruity and malty character into a stinging, complex finish. Very well brewed and delicious. DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bomber. Shared bottle on Christmas. Pours a dark brown, caramel color. Smells of toffee and dark fruits. A malt lovers dream, smooth on the palate will just a hint of the alcohol flavor lingering. If you like holiday barleywines then this the the beer for you. monk191 (1959) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Very interesting Belgian style. Smells of cherries, and pours a deep red. Quite sweet taste of cherries and vanilla. But not too overwhelming. Sipping beer.
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ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
On tap at Downey brewing it has a dark amber color. Not a strong aroma but what there is its toasted fruits. The taste has caramel and some honey to it, kind of like a candied sugar. In the end there there is more dark fruits. Texture is very rich with a smoothh finish. JorisPPattyn (9927) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2012
Good dense yellow head; red-brown beer with lively carbonation. Wood, caramel, shoecream, and again this "Crème Anglaise", this time in the nose. Sweet and fruity character, caramel and red grapes, ashes. Well carbonated, medium to well-bodied; Very good and rich Belgian strong dark ale. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bomber purchased a year ago at BevMo in Carmel Mountain ($8.99). Pours into tulip a murky reddish amber color with one finger of beige foam that very soon reduces into nothingness. Aroma of sticky figs and prunes, buttered caramel, coconut, and brown sugar. Flavor of rich toffee, dark sticky fruit, nutty bready malts, dark honey, molasses, vanilla, and some spice. Finishes moderately sweet and with a slightly boozy finish (though the high ABV is generally well concealed). Pretty good quad. Will be interested to see how the other bottle I have ages. (34, 752) thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear rich copper, fine tan bubbles. Nose of rich raisin, caramel, brown sugar. Taste of raisin, toasty, alcohol, medium thick body and an alcoholic linger. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Red-amber with a tan head. Aroma is cherries, dark fruit, toffee and alcohol. Flavor is raisins, cherries, toffee, alcohol, bread and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.