rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Had on tap.
Pours a hazy dark red with a thick white head. Great head retention as well as lacing that hangs around for a very long time.
The aroma is full of cherry and other dark fruit along with a bit of spice and herbs.
Tons of cherry up front in the aroma along with dates. It almost reminds me of cherry kool-aid at first that’s how strong the cherry is. This transitions into a more herbal and tobacco taste as the flavor progresses. Banana and clove are faintly present in the background along with alcohol becoming more apparent in the finish.
Overall, there is just way too much going on here. It is a little bit messy with nothing seeming to meld just right. A nice attempt at a unique quad but I feel it is just too overdone.
bhensonb (15251) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods in Davis, CA. Pours nearly opaque amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit with some Belgian spice/fruit ester. Or so it seems. Full bodied. There’s noticeable heat. Flavor is dark fruit, light pitted fruit, caramel/treacle. It’s not sticky, but certainly not dry. Extremely warming. I am finally getting something cherry in the finish. And an astringent tea aspect. There is a lot going on here, and the flavor is fairly pleasant. This may be an example of complexity taken too far. Tasty tho. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Just about every flavor you can imagine seems to be in this beer from dark fruits, to chocolate, to coffee, to caramel. Better than you’d expect considering the confusion. drsordr (2662) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle pour amber color. Nose Belgian candy, sweet fruit, banana, esters. Taste sweet Belgian candy, malt, then bitter finish. Interesting mix in mouthfeel, slight syrupy, but fizzy at same time. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Murky amber with big, creamy, tan head, good legs / Somewhat peculiar, hot nose of paint thinner (alcohol), candied fruit bread, oak?, toffee / Medium to full body, moderately sweet & syrupy, some chewiness, good hop balance and bitterness on the finish / Complex flavors of nut, caramel, fig, date, black cherry, orange peel, chocolate / A quad, a barleywine . . . ., it’s good.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Appearance: Pours a cloudy tea brown with an offwhite cap.hayduke (5218) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Aroma: Bubble gum and banana creme.
Taste: More bubble gum. Light clove, sweet ripe fruit. The alcohol level is in line with the style.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied lively carbonation.
Overall: This is another case of New Belgium putting all of these words on their product that invoke strong emotions and things to entice the senses, and then the beer itself not meeting those exceptions. By no means is the beer bad, or not tasty, it’s just they are being too conservative or over promising and under delivering.
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Sampled at an ESBLS tasting at Strykzone’s house in Wood River, IL. In my tasting glass this was a hazy dark amber with a robust white head. Nose of ripe fruit, mostly cherry. Medium plus in body and somewhat alcoholic mouthfeel. Flavor is tart and shows fruit. Finishes tart. Almost as sour beer and right in my wheelhouse. Very nice and now I need a whole bottle of this so I can see if I can find all those aromas in the bottle advertising. A tasting glass is not enough for that. zoucrew102 (1880) - - MAY 3, 2013
Tap at brewers republic. Aroma is fruity with hints of tobacco and cherry. Pours very dark amber and very cloudy with a thin white head. Taste is tart from the cherry with hints of tobacco. Finishes smooth with a hint of coffee.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone akoeninger (755) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Pours burnt orange, hazy and cloudy. Heavy aroma of dark fruit, rum and smoke. Taste is complex, sweet and rum like. Maybe some coffee, but it is hard to tell very boozy. Light body. I feel like thus could have been really interesting but the booze gets in the way or at least the date and coffee cherries are amplifing it more than balancing. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dark Guardian. Clear amber pour with an off white head. Caramel malt and subtle cherry aromas. All kinds of malt, dark fruits, coffee, and whispers of cherries. A somewhat dry finish with a decent mouthfeel.