Dogbrick (13748) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle at Winking Lizard. Pours pitch black with some mahogany around the edges. Medium beige head that diminishes gradually, and partial rings of lacing. The aroma consists of dark fruit, malt and spice. Full-bodied with flavors of dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar and licorice. The finish is fruity with a lingering malt and plum aftertaste. Good beer all around. MaroonOrange (137) - - JAN 24, 2014
Deep brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of fruity esters, yeast, honey, and plums. Taste matches the aroma with the addition of roasted coffee notes. Rich palate with a mild tart finish and a good lingering flavor. madvike (3298) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle - Deep, dark pour with a thin tan head. Nose is metallic with dark fruit, dark bread and a mellow yeastiness. A bit bitter. Taste is sweet plum, dark bread, toffee, and the same gentle, mellow yeastiness. Smooth and sugary, with a long, sweet finish. A bit of bitter booziness in the long finish. Creamy and slick but thinner than I would have expected for a quad. Good but not great. tfratzke (98) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Aroma of dark fruit, banana. Color is dark ruby brown. Small tan head. Taste is sugared plums, more banana, tinge of spice. Some alcohol flavor, but really mellow. Very nice. scotchzombie (611) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2014
From a 12.7 oz corked bottle. Pours bubbly dark brown with prune-burgundy tones in the light. Medium tan head of fine fizzies that fades to a coating. Lacing drips back into the glass. Aroma is dark roast malts and sweet plums. Taste shows a bed of alcohol, but also spicy yeast, an almost juicy darkfruitiness, and a roasted malt backbone that mingles nicely with candied sweetness. For me, the booze notes hit early and not late. The aftertaste is burnt grains and prune juice. Mild carbonation and somewhat thin on the palate - but not in terms of taste. There is a good balance here and this is a distinctive Quad and a price performer for the style. One of the better American quads I'd say.
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BlowOffTube (515) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Nice! Dark purple black like Purple tanish head. Aroma of Plum/prune/grape like and Belgian yeast small hint of brown sugar. Medium body light to medium carbonation. Dry finish and small burn, almost like a wine finish. Very good. glennmastrange (2914) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of cookie, roasted and nutty, light cooked orange for the hops, moderate yeast notes of dough and broth, with prune, port wine, brown sugar and maple syrup. Head is tiny, frothy, light beige, with good lacing and good legs, and reduces to a small ring. Color is murky dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, a bit syrupy, with a soft carbonation and a lightly to moderately alcoholic finish. Not a bit of bitterness in this Quadrupel, but I really didn’t miss it for just the right amount of acidity to balance the sweetness. Changed (463) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
On tap, Max’s. Pour is virtually black, decent white head, nice retention on the lacing. Aroma is sweet, boozy. Flavor is dark, complex maltiness- the plum really delivers. I’ve never had the regular Ovila, but I really love this iteration. Fantastic. junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Okay this one is up and down. Aroma wise its bir tight but there is a definite plume/prune note. Mouth feel is just a tad under to give it a 4. Flavour wise its powerful but smooth. Good follow through. Easy drinker. With a few tweaks it’ll be great. jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle: Very dark auburn color with a finger of thick, creamy tan head. Sweet aroma of plum, malt, and yeast. Wonderfully smooth feel and transition of flavors. Minimal yeast, but its there. Plums, grape, Belgian candy sugar, malts and this toffee/pitted fruit vibe that has me thinking of molasses. A little too muchon the sweet side for my taste. The heavy, silky weight keeps it from being syrupy… overall I wanted to like this more, but it fails to live up to the original. Rating #2500! Fitting it’s a Sierra Nevada as SNPA was one of my ’gateway’ beers twelve years ago.