johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown with very faint garnet when held to light and a smallish tan head that dissipates slowly. The grapes have filled my nostrils since I popped the cork on this guy. There is quite a vinous aroma along with lots of brown sugar and molasses with a hint of alcohol. There are dark fruity malt aromas, but that’s kind of blurred from the abundant grape onslaught. The flavor is a bit vinous with some more dark fruits coming through as well as lots of molasses and brown sugars. Sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol seems about right for a quad. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet vinous mouthfeel. I liked this one, I thought it was quite interesting and odd at the same time. This could use a hint more bubbles for the style. Maybe I’m just looking for a quad to be a certain way, but I think the addition of the grapes muddies the dark fruit like raisins and plums and prunes that I usually expect in a quad. The brown sugar works to amplify the dark and burnt sugar flavors from the malt. Kudos for the experimenting, I could drink this again. SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Definitely a smooth Quadrupel with some nice fruity and spicy notes which add depth and create a pleasant warmth as you savor this one.