mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2017 ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 Disclosure: This is my recipe, I’m not sure if that makes me overly critical or biased, a few more pints and I’ll know :)
Updated rating based on taking a growler home and putting it in the right kind of glass.
Aroma: rummy, dark plum and fig, cocoa and a hint of banana and belgian esters.
Appearance: Fairly dark brown with bright ruby red hues when held up to the light, brilliantly clear with a tan head.
Flavor: Sweet rummy malt character, dark chocolate covered banana, plum, sugar cookie and burnt sugar.
Mouthfeel: Moderate-light body, lightly sweet finish, good carbonation and very smooth and creamy. Goes down easy.
Overall: Rich and flavorful but easy going down. Lots of flavor but accessible and very smooth. Enjoyment was improved considerably with the right kind of glass as opposed to the skinny, tall tiny glasses used at the pub.
On tap at Thunder Canyon, pours a deep dark mahogany with a tiny beige head. Aroma brings out lots of dark fruits, followed by booze, caramel and vanilla. Flavour is very medicinal, with dark fruits, booze and syrupy cloying sweetness. Like drinking nasty cough syrup. Terrible. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours an amber color, light head. Aroma is sweet, candy sugar, caramel, spice. Flavor is sweet, malty, honey notes, not bad at all. quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Arizona strong beer festival. Great name, good flavor with spices when I started drinking it, but after a while it got too sweet. I wouldn’t stick my head on a spike for it. FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Sampled on tap at Thunder Canyon; July 2010thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a dark, concentrated, amber color that shows only a touch of haze when held up to the light. It is topped by an amber tinged tan head that seems appropriate when poured from the growler. The nose smells fairly clean for a Quad, with toasted grain, caramel malt notes a fair amount of dark fruitiness and distinct Candi Syrup rum / butterscotch / molasses (though not really any of these things) notes.
The carbonation in this helps to balance the big up front sweetness a bit. Candi Syrup and caramel flavors play a dominant role in the flavor, but there is quite a bit of dark fruit and an underlying toasted malt / bread character here too. The spiciness, from the yeast, is quite a bit more muted than I was expecting. I know they actually used a Belgian yeast for this beer (a first for them, a Belgian beer brewed with Belgian Yeast, who ever heard of such a thing); some spiciness and character from the yeast really would have gone a long way towards making this great.
As with all the Thunder Canyon beers, the yeast character seems a bit clean, in most cases this is ok, but in a Quad you certainly want a fair amount of yeast influence. Also, as with most Quads, this beer really needs some age to cut the sweetness and bring out the inherent complexity; too bad that this is only a draft product as there is no chance to age this. At the end of the day I vastly prefer Aaron’s home attempts at this beer to the one made at TC, though this is certainly not bad by any stretch of the imagination.
(Draught at GABF) clear rich amber-brown with a thick copper head. Nose of raisin, cream, Belgian yeast. Taste of raisin, sweet caramel, chocolate and cream. Perfect carbonation, creamy body and linger of brandy. Sweet beer. Absolutely delicious quad.
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Sampled at the AZ Strong Beer Fest. Burnt tangerine pour with a little chestnut at it’s heart. Aroma and flavors show brown sugar, candied dark fruit (fig, plum, raisin), banana, and honey. Quite sweet and not as complex as one would like...a bit thin as well. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours a clear amber with a thin beige head. The nose is banana, dark fruits, fruity esters and caramel. The taste is more dark fruits, spice, rock candy and esters. Medium mouthfeel. A touch sweet but a nice beer. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Growler courtesy of cbkschubert. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of dark fruit, some molasses, earthy. Tastes of dark fruit, some touches of chocolate, some peppery splashes, brown sugar with a spicy finish. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
GABF 2010 Pro-Am booth. Pours a deep copper almost amber with a thinning head. Aroma is big Belgian fruity esters, banana, raisin, pear, apricot, figs and dates, maple, caramel, thick sweet malts- crystal, special b sharpness, plums, and them more flowery character, rose water, hibiscus and candy sugar. Flavor is honey sweetness, big fruity character, fig, prune, raisin, plums, slight solvent, medium alcohol, ok Belgian phenolic spicy bite in the end, very sweet and very fruity with a few off notes. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2010
On tap @ TC - Pours a clear deep copper color with a faint head and lacing. Aroma is esters and light yeast. Flavor is esters, lightly sweetened malt, and Belgium candy. Alcohol is noticeable. Full to medium body. A nice beer.