jimhilt (2609) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Explodes out of bottle and takes 25 minutes to pour a five+ finger very light tan head that stays forever leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Strong carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet caramel/raisin nose. Flavor is a balanced sweet fruity/raisin and hops. Caramel finish. High ABV is hidden but it is warming. One of the rare beers that I don’t find anything wrong with it. Pricey (but worth it to try) at $13.00 for a 750ml corked bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, ME. Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Wow! Phil Markowski how do you do it??!!This is one of the best beers (any style ) that I have ever tasted!Great aroma,chocolate, butterscotch, plum in there. Beautiful deep mahogony color,flavors,pear,plums and dark brown bread! Style for style this is the best small craftbrewer on the East coast bar none!!"What is next Phil" ?? skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2005
The description reads:lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
"Compare to Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10".
Since you insist...I’ll compare it blind against Westy 12, Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12, Allagash Four, La Trappe Quad, Achel Extra, Bottleworks VI and Urthel Sammaranth.
This is the best Abt/Quad by a significant margin! The sum of our 9 tasters agree.
2003 bottle. The aroma is divine, with dark fruit and pineapple. I was wise to sniff this for a while and let it warm. While staring at the froth, the flavors were awaiting my tongue. As the different fruits bounced off my tongue, the caramel candy apple coating was settling on my tongue. Everything in balance here, the sweetness, the spiciness, the creaminess. The transition from start to finish is a long, enjoyable ride.
Those with a preference of dryness, smokiness and a super-complex roastedness will surely disagree, but for me...W-O-W!
thanks dra19, BillVanE, and jgd0608. Loved this one. Could have been the best of the quad blind testing for me, and yes, we did have a Westy 12. Full of fruit, sweet and tart. Small detectable alcohol bite. Great. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
This brew pours with a red brown/ mohagony body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet, fruity and malty with a slight spiciness and subtle notes of alcohol. The flavor is also sweet, fruity and malty with a touch of alcohol and a little spice. Full bodied, amazingly smooth and warming.
hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Bottle... Co-rated with Scraff. This beer rocks!... Sparkling clear, deep, dark, mahogany ale with a small, creamy, light-brown head. The nose is of chocolate, dark fruit, butter, rum and caramel. More caramel and dark fruit in the flavor. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, bitterweet finish with a blast of alcohol. Complex, world class brew! scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 Co-Rated with Hopscotch. Southampton does it time and time a again. Deep browns and reds, creamy tan head. Very rich buttery, dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and bit of toffee. Full bodied, complex and awesome. Difficult to get, but worth it if you can! aracauna (3589) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2005
This one was the shocker of skaughty’s abt/quad tasting. On a blind tasting, this beer just killed Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10. This one is spicy and has a good bit of fruit, but not as fruity as some of the beer we tasted. There’s a rich note of overripe fruit. FROTHINGSLOSH (7697) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a caramel-brass color with a huge light tan head. The aroma was a fabulous blend of sweet malts, caramel and ripe fruits. The flavor was a wonderful blend of sweet and tangy malts with noted caramel and elements of cherry and pear. The mouthfeel was a bit spritzy for such a heavy beer. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Thanks to Goldtwins for this bottle. Pours a rusty copper color with a tall white head. It has been a while since i’ve had a corked bottle with some good carbonation, there was a moment of panic searching for the glass, but it was just a false alarm, no gusher. Palate comes through sweet, brown sugar and plum, caramel and raisin... wait, I think a plum is a raisin, aw hell. I really enjoy the sweetness, it builds off the spiciness in the finish. If you were looking for a dry and airy palate this wasn’t it. Smooth and gripping on the palate, letting the layers of flavors do their thing without interruption. Not a brainstorming session of flavors, more the pin you down and listen to what I have to say, and I’ll say, it was rather convincing.