pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a nice dark mahogany brown, decent frothy head. Smells of dark fruits and spices. Pretty standard, but a good beer. Doesn’t taste boozy, surprisingly given the ABV. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
Draft. Dark reddish brown pour, with a biege head. Plum, raisin, sweet bread, notes of brandy, yeast, oak, and some caramel. Ok. illidurit (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Leathery brown with a ruby heart and a paltry glazing of khaki bubblature. Molten candy corn aroma, like walking into a caramel factory made of caramel, plus creme brulee and a touch of brandy heat. Flavor carries a similar profile as the aroma with some caramel, smores, candi sugar, dark fruit. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
Draft at Capone’s. Poured hazy burnt sienna with minimal head. Nose was figgy fruit, raisin, oaky, vanilla, brandy. Tastes on the hot side of the -OH spectrum (not unexpected), with notes of oaky bourbon, pruney fruit, vanilla, brandy, and toffee. Came off on the dry side in the finish. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours a warm, dark brown. The head is small, beige and a bit rocky. The beer is transparent, and it can be seen through pretty easily. No apparent haze or cloudiness from lees (don’t see any lees in the bottle, either). The aroma is sweet and rich. There’s lots of doughy, fruity malt flavors mixing with well-integrated barrel notes and a Belgian yeast that brings earth, spice and more fruit. The notes that I’m getting from the aroma are raisins, molten brown sugar, dates, maple syrup, vanilla, peaches, molasses, caramel, port, brandy, light wood, grapes, and Belgian spice. That was a long list. I had a similar thought about the Ovila Quad with Plums, but it really smells like a fancy bread pudding. This is less fruity and more brandy, but that’s the general flavor that I get. There’s lots of doughy malt, rich sugars and refined barrel flavors. The taste kicks off with a good dose of malt sweetness. Warm brandy and dark stone fruit notes follow, and the beer dries out a bit as the spice and wood comes through. The finish is wood with some warming, integrated booze and a nice earthy flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and just a touch sticky. The beer provides some gentle heat, as well. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first round of normal Ovila offerings, but the recent release of barrel-aged quad, dubbel and quad with plums have been quite impressive. While I’m a fan of this beer, the barrel-aged dubbel is still my favorite. That said, I’m not normally a big fan of barrel-aged quads, and this one definitely won me over. So, kudos to Sierra Nevada. Always great to see them flex their muscles a bit and put out some fanciness.
blipp (9284) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
Draft. Pours deep brown with a thin head. Dark fruity sweetness, weird rubbery and buttery notes, light vanilla, and hints of booze. Off. Really not that good. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
A - pours clear leather mahogany with very low tan head. A - brandy, red wine reduction, sour oak, toasted malt.rubbing alcohol, dark malts, dark dried fruits and hints of sake. M - watery low carb, very sweet malty brew. Not sticky. T - raisin bread, brown sugar, caramel, dry bready malts, light brandy. Dried fruits and simple syrup. O - simple sweet dried fruity beer. Alcohol warmed. 3.3
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On draft at Kickbacks for RBWG Welcome Dinner. Pours a hazy red-copper with an off-white head. Nose is big candy sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, cherry, and plum. Flavor is similar with huge hits of candy sugar followed by plums, cherries, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. It’s not overdone at all; actually quite balanced for a big beer. Medium in body and lingering vanilla and candy sugar on the finish. anders37 (26648) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Draft @ Jupiter Sour Sunday, Jupiter, Berkeley, CA. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy woody weak brandy and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty spicy weak yeasty woody brandy flavor with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty woody brandy and dark fruity finish. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
On tap at Capone's. Poured a deep amber with an off white head. Aromas of wood, some dark fruits, toffee, and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, vanilla, wood, and a hint of spiciness. A little thin with the alcohol content hidden.