alexsdad06 (10402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014 dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep mahogany to dark brown with overly carbonated head. It didn’t explode out of the bottle upon popping the cap, but the first pour was 95% foam. Every pour after was 75% foam. Judging by other ratings, this isn’t very common, so maybe an infected bottle. Aroma was great of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits especially raisins, and slight vanilla. Taste is masked a bit by the lively carbonation. It took 3 hours to drink this and it really ruined the experience.
22 oz bottle tasted in 2008 from notes. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, a splash of banana, mild spices, sweet, smooth, full bodied. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
9th January 2010badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Cloudy red - brown beer. Sourish and slightly vinegar nose. Semi crisp and dry palate. Moderate carbonation. Mildly sour coca cola in the malt - a bit Duchesse like - but moderated by ’Wee Heavy’ aged malt. Pinch of chocolate. A surprise on first taste but the Scottish and Belgian styles blend together okay. Finishes mildly sour, dry and with some fruit coming through.
clear, ruby-red pour from bottle with small head. aroma of raisin, some spice, resin, and overly sweet. flavor is similar with added clove, banana bread and nuts. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Translucent red-brown body, thin cream head. Soapy nose, tart and acidic, with caramel, cloves, grape, brown sugar, and hints of alcohol. Creamy body, plummy and bready with dry cereals, light herbal hops, and sugars. Soft, rather hollow body, finishing bitter with hints of alcohol. Muted and unimpressive despite the presence of a few promising elements. Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy burgundy color ale with an average size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of candi sugar with dry fruits such as figs and plums with notes of light fruity ester and warming alcohol ester. Taste is a generally good mix between some candi sugar withy dry fruits notes and some light warming notes of alcohol. Malt backbone is well balanced but maybe a tad too sweet for the style. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and alcohol is a bit too present for my own taste. Well done considering it is not en easy style to brew and with some marquee names – a bit less sweetness and more hidden alcohol would have proven beneficial.
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Pours a clear brown body with a very small fizzy off-white head that ran to a thin ring quickly. The nose is quite sweet and full of dark fruits with some moderate alcohol. Lots of heavy caramel maltiness and candi sugar. The flavor is too sweet with loads of caramel and not enough dark fruits or yeast influence to measure up to the classic Quads. Almost crosses into the area of a sweeter Old Ale more than a Quad. Fairly well restrained alcohol for 10.5%. Finishes with a slight twang, candi and brown sugar sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is a little too thinned out and the lack of a heavy yeast presence makes the texture seem a little watery. Soft slightly fizzy carbonation. Not a bad beer, but considering the beers it’s trying to emulate, it falls quite short. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2010
100th Rating of this brew, thanks Brigadier!! - Pours a dk and hazy amber with a medium beige head that lingers....aroma is sticky fruit, figgy, bubble gum and yeast, banana bread...flavour is dry malt, toffee, metal and burnt sugar...nose was promising and rich, but the taste is pretty bad, tart on the end, old cocoa and metal... CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle thanks to Brigadier, sampled on 1/10/10: Pours a transparent dark copper orange with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a semi-sweet caramel and lightly tart fruity nose with a hint of bready yeast. Starts with some semi-sweet caramel and lots of tart cherry fruitiness with a touch of biscuity yeast before a drier tart warming finish. Needs more sweetness and less tartness. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Raisins, figs, brown sugars, bread, caramel, dark fruits. Nice nose. Dark amber pour, not much head or foam. Tons of raisins, lots of carmelized sugars, dark fruit flavors. Dusty basement notes a bit as well. Tons of lingering raisins and caramel. Nice carbonation. Like the sweet lingering mouthfeel and how this one drinks.