sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Reddish-brown body with a tan/light brown head. Complex aroma with fruits, malt, and yeast. Taste of spices, malt and alcohol, with a slight fruit taste blended underneath. Fizzy carbonation gave a wonderful mouthfeel. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2005
The appearance starts off as a cloudy brown then blossoms into a beautiful glowing ruby red with a fluffy beige head. Aroma of clove/spice, cherry, floral hops and yeast. Flavor has the same characteristics as the aroma plus a strong caramel malt base, banana, alcohol, berries, brown sugar, plum, raisin and a hint of chocolate. Pleasantly sweet. Some hop bitterness comes in at the end. No sour notes detected. The body is medium, a little thinner than I expected with lively, fine bead carbonation. Overall, really nice stuff. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle. Aged from 2004. My god does this stuff smell good. Very alcoholic and a hint of fruitness mixed in with the malt aroma. It tastes a lot more bitter than I expected. Good but not great. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2005
This had a strong alcohol component, mixed with dark fruits and spices. other than the alcohol burn giving me heartburn, lol, this was an excellent brew. thanks to capn cougar for bringin this over for the housewarming :) PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2005
This is a hot Quad thanks to the abundance of alcohol burning your nostrils and palate with every sampling. Following my tour there I tried some more at a local Cooperstown pub and thought it tasted better there. You could taste the fruit coming out more on the palate with not as much of a burn that was preesent with a fresher bottle. I bought 4 bottles and will b cellaring them for the next couple of years to see how the beer hangs.
Ron (3999) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Who wants their ’dream beer’ to have the heavy smell of alcohol? Yea, the body was rich, full and complex, but the alcohol smell and taste overpowered the good aspects of the beer. I would like to thank JB for letting me sample some of his bottle. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2005
copper with some reddish highlights, thick creamy off white head, moderate aroma of cherries, nothing like new glarus belgian red, but cherry nonetheless. flavor is like a thiner quad, not very rich, not very malty, again with the cherries in as an subdued element of the flavor. very dry finish, a little tinny, with a noticable taste of the abv, and a little warming on the way down. i liked it, but when i’m in cooperstown, i’ll stick to hennepin. jb (3270) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2017 Orange hazy beer. Off white head. Not much of one because of the 9.7 alcohol. Fruity aroma. Smelled the alcohol and tasted it a bit. Also yeast in the body. Dry finish. My first of this style. Will be looking for more.
I have had this many times since 2005 including last night 8/12/17. It is a masterpiece. Rich nose of dark fruits, a touch of caramel and chocolate. Brilliant palate and mouthfeel, lush, but not too thick. Booze is disguised or I think differently on booze bombs now. Full ester package, good balance. mjg74 (3116) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2004 bottle. Cork realeses with a loud pop. Color is a dark ruddy sort. Aroma is slighty sweet and fruity. Some alcohol seems to be present. Smells kind of spicy to me. Flavor right of the bat is dark and roasty, almost a nutty quality about it. The richness and the complexity of the fruit and spices keep the sips coming. Rich and full bodied. Slight alcohol sensation upon swallowing, but it doesn’t affect the taste. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Pours an auburn red/brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, spicy and yeasty. Flavor is sweet malt, cherry, plum and a heavy alcohol flavor that lingers. I would definitely call this a smooth drink, but not bad either. I suspect that a year or two cellaring would do this beer a lot of good. I know the bottle I drank was brand new on the store’s shelf and the harshness of it showed. Overall, worth a try, but not my favorite.