tightslice (1438) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 12, 2017 KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip. I think this is a 2011 bottle, but there is no date anywhere to be found.
Right away I am kind of annoyed at this beer. With an aggressive pour, no head forms, and I am only able to create a few large bubbles that should not be confused for carbonation.
The aroma is sweet and raisin forward. Dates, molasses, caramel malts, and booze are present as well.
There is something a little bit strange in the taste. There are sweet, booze soaked raisins and dates up front, but there is a slightly tart and metallic apple cider flavor that throws me off a little bit. It does not seem infected, but it is not that good. Notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, and rum come through as well, with the finish still being quite sweet.
How it feels on the palate is definitely a weak spot. There is no carbonation, and overall it has a syrupy texture and flavor to go along with the medium to full body. There is a slightly tannic finish.
There is not much I really like about this beer.
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2017 Bottle from BevMo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is raisins, spiced booze, dark fruits, some chocolate. Taste is boozy, spiked dark cherries and raisins, spiced and fermented breads. Really tasty and complex with some serious booziness. Quick3Beers (1422) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Pours a rich black coffee brown from a bottle, thick off-white head.Aroma is a rich maltiness, almost a hint of coffee, but with a faint whiff of raisin. Similar flavor, but nicely non-boozy despite the boost. Good beer. nihtila (3912) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown. Nose is dried fruits, raisin, chocolate, candied sugar. Tastes candied sugar, warm booze, raisings.. very good. I can see its aging potential. rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2017
Tap. Brown with small head. Moderately sweet. Dark fruit, especially raisin and plum. Light brown sugar. Crazy smooth. Excellent for the style. androman (2803) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2017
UT070917 backlog. On tap at Brewdog Shoreditch, London. Nose is Roasty. Molasses, licorice, roasted malt. Medium to heavy bittersweet. Medium lasting roasty medium bitter, medium alcohol warmth. Full, sticky, soft carb. 847414
KevinReddirt (220) - Midland, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2017
One of the rewards to myself in a visit to the Windy City. The cork comes out of the 750 ml bottle and the contents go into my Chimay glass, reserved for such tastings. The brew delivers a classic quadrupel body, very dark with a tinge of red around the outside. The head comes on strong, tan colored and finely bubbled, and hangs in there long term. The nose gives me currant, vanilla and some floral. The taste, top 50 deservedly, improves on the interesting scent. I find plum, fig, a bit of oakiness, something earthy, yeast, a toffee sweetness. A subdued strength in the flavors, sort of an American version of Rochefort 10, high praise intended. A slight bitterness ending, all well done. OminouSC2 (901) - Mora, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2017
Mahogany color, medium sized brown head. Aromas of toffee, dried fruits, vanilla, alcohol, raisins, light licorice and vinous hints. Sweet taste with raisins, alcohol, syrup, licorice, wood and spices. Finish feels a bit off, but solid overall. DonGregorio (551) - POLAND - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle shared at tasting. Unclear brown colour, large tan head. Aroma of raisins, dried fruits, caramel, biscuit. Taste is medium+ sweet and light to medium bitter, raisin, dried fruit, caramel, alcohol, notes of red fruits. Boozy and fruity finish. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Nice quad, but too boozy, slightly disappointing. 60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Very close to a black pour with tannish head. Fairly subdued aroma at a double digit alch. Dark fruits, licorice, clove, oak and spice. Flavor contains a lot of heat, clove and spice, raisins, plums, dark roasted and burnt notes and rum. It is dark. I enjoy the attempt at a super darker than black tasting quad with some fruity notes, though it doesn’t hit me as a super meshable cocktail. bjorn77 (716) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 8, 2017
Aromat: bardzo słodki, gęsty i zawiesisty, rodzynki, suszone śliwki, figi, karmel. Po chwili wchodzą jasne owoce, gruszki, banan, morele, brzoskwinie.
Wygląd: barwa ciemnej miedzi, śliczna, bardzo wysoka, kremowa piana średniopęcherzykowa.
Smak: słodkie, gęste, treściwe, pełne. Rodzynki, karmel, suszone śliwki, gruszki, jabłka i figi. Świeże jasne owoce, banan, morela, słodkie winogrona, oraz trochę gorzkiej czekolady w posmaku. Pełne ciała, dobrze ułożone, alkohol ukryty, dobry balans. Goryczka jest tu jak na styl bardzo duża, ziołowa, zalega także na finiszu. Widać że to amerykańska szkoła, ale w tym przypadku mi to nie przeszkadza, bo jakoś składa się na ten niezły balans. Dzięki owocowości jest pijalne, nie męczy, piwo bardzo złożone, bogate i wielowymiarowe. Smakowało mi, także na plus oryginalne podejście do stylu. Dobre piwo. 7/4/8/4/17