This elixir poured out a beautiful dark copper ice tea brown. The aroma is of dates,figs sugar cane. The mouthfeel is total happiness. The flavor is of deep rich sweet malt, whiskey,honey , bourbon and yeast. This is good enough to pour on pancakes.however the high a very kicks you in the face. It's not very well hidden by the flavors.
Bottle, pre-retirement(so... 2010ish?). Haven't tried the new stuff.
Baby Duvel tulip. Fuming, I can smell it before it even tips into the glass.
A honey & tea color. Opaque. Practically still aside from the occasional surface ripple.
Chocolate raisins, & toffee upfront. Sharp, pungent, bitter dark fruit & grass lash out right behind it. Over-steeped sweet tea.
Take a sip. Thick, rich, potent, oxidized. We persevere. Burnt raisins, brown bread, boozy lacquer. Stiff. Medicinal at times.
I don't remember the quad being quite this fruity so maybe a lot of that is from the barrels? Strong whiskey influence, tons of fruit and some Dry yeast. Very pleasant combo. It does taste like whiskey and not bourbon, though. Maybe it changes year to year...
My neighbor gave me the bottom of the bottle to sample. Had some sediment in it, but can get the basics of the flavor. Aroma is bourbon. Flavor is woody and bourbon. Heavy on the caramel malt, with some slight fruity flavors. Little too sweet for my preference, but good sharing beer. Don't think I would get this on my own though.
Pours a clear dark mahogany with a fairly thick light tan head. Fruity aroma has a good alcohol kick to it. Fruity flavor has pear and apple notes, an undertone of malt, and a note of bourbon-soaked wood. Firm-bodied texture has plenty of fizz. Blaspheme all you like!
A mahogany colored beer with a moderate sized off white foamy head. there's some hang time. It seetles fairly quickly into a medium sized ringlet. Whiskey, sugary in the nose. Same with an oak and candy like profile. Warming high alcohol bite in a thick, syrupy body.
750 cork and caged bottle poured into a chalice presents a dark ruby color with a white, sugary head that caps and sticks to the glass. Aroma is composed mainly of strong alcohol and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is sweetly carbonated and pleasant, a tad thin but nice. The taste is a blend of light oak and vanilla then morphs towards sweet Belgian candy sugar, plums, dates, and raisins. This is vet delicious. The slight barrel aging takes the edge off of a very sweet base beer. Nice price point, too.
Good to see Weyerbacher work some kinks out overall and especially with this somewhat forgotten brew. Out of retirement for 2011 and they brought their A game with this offering. Rich aroma of dark fruits/berries, candi sugar and strong Belgian yeast followed by a nice woody and vanilla accent. Hazy chestnut/mahogany color with a filmy galaxy looking head and spotty lacing. Mildly sweet, smooth and luscious mouth feel. Flavor has a pronounced Belgian fruitiness and estery taste that is quickly subdued by a mild bourbon, vanilla and wood quality. Finishes sweet and filling along with a succinct dry barrel chapter. Nothing wrong at all with the 2011, so glad to see this back on the shelves and in proper form.
oh god, right off the bat this beer scares me, smells like a left over whiskey on the rocks left to melt ... WTF! is this aged in 2 day old whiskey barrels, so overbearing and disgusting ... this is going to be hell ... i refuse to write the rest of my written review, i hated this beer, quad and barrel like oil and water = does not compute ... who does closed captioning by the way???
Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a rich, reddish-tinged, amber colored brew that shows a lightly hazy, red-tinged, honey color when held up to the light. The aroma starts out sweet and fruity, but quickly picks up vanillin oak aromas and touches of oak-derived butterscotch. These notes are followed by deeply caramelized malt aromas, spicy wood notes, some toasty grain and more concentrated fruit notes of prunes and raisins. Touches of spicy, lightly warming alcohol towards the finish add some complexity, but somehow this seems to be missing a depth and richness that one would expect from the nose of a Quad, much less an oak aged one.
Slightly soft and chewy up front, a nice, prickly carbonation adds a bit of zip to the middle of this brew and it even seems to dry out a bit in the finish. The beer is sweet overall, though not quite sticky, and this accents a middle that tasted distinctly of bananas; it is distinct enough that I don't know how I don't get any banana notes in the aroma. It is perhaps a bit over carbonated for the chewy, lightly viscous texture as the two seem to clash a bit, but a quick swirl of my glass takes care of that. The oak adds lots of character to the flavor without drowning out the base beer; the middle sees a mix of soft vanillin and light tannins kick in, while as we move to the finish the beer first picks up solid butterscotch, then spicy oak notes and a touch of tannic astringency that lingers on for quite some time. Other fruit notes of prunes, fresh (though concentrated) figs, light cherry flavors and a touch of apricot; this last combines with a light nuttiness and the lightly noticeable alcohol to produce a flavor combination reminiscent of Amaretto.
One of the better Weyerbacher beers that I have had. I get the sense that the base beer here (a Quad) would not be as complex or tasty as I would want from the style, but the addition of the oak adds an extra dimension that really helps to make this beer work.