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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
94 94 94 1 2 1

 
Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 18 5 9 0
To the 'Beast - I thank 'ya!

On the pour this Quad is of a dark, rich brown color. Glowing amber highlights gleam from the thinner points as it sits within my goblet. Two fingers of fluffy, clumpy head rise to position - with incredible staying power. The color reminds me of a smoked cheddar in ways - the appearance is that of a root beer float. Lacing is quite nice... a solid sheet down the backside of the glass.
Picture perfect.

As is the aroma. Damn. Rich with star anise and dark, dried fruits - raisin, prune and fig come to mind very quickly. Thick with heavy-handed malts, as it should be. Has a subtle - but noticeable - tannic twang from the Cabernet Sauvignon barrel aging... perfectly melded for this sense.
Balanced and mouthwatering.

WOW. Malt malt malt... just what I was hoping for - and expected. Follows the nose quite well - very well indeed. Dark fruits again step forward and aggressively take the lead - Raisin and fig. Next comes a certain spicy sweetness - brown sugar with a touch of molasses. The French oak is next to cut in here... and is a true pleasure to spin about the floor with. As for the star anise... this is very prevalent towards and including the finish... just lingers on the tongue with it's impressive dry and cloying nature (in a good way). As for the finish, this is where I find the Cabernet Sauvignon to make it's self most noticeable - that pleasant peppery pyrazine taste just adds another dimension to this, and in such a well balanced manner at that. To top it off, this has a alcohol warmth that is just perfectly lending to the overall experience.
Complex and balanced, all in all - impressive.
*Edit*
This is an anise BOMB - shows up big-time in glass #2.

Full in body. Smooth, lush creamy mouthfeel. Dry-ish in the finish. Carbonation is near perfect - light and subtle, with just the right amount of tongue prickling zest. Big and boozy - quite warm - balancing to the taste.

The perfect sipper. This Quad is HUGE. Complex, yet completely balanced. Good call with the star anise... and the Cabernet barrel aging took this thing to another level all together. This is not for the weak of palate... the flavors here are just monstrous - fit's my tastes to a T!!! Don't let that scare you however - this is a brewing masterpiece, and one that should be experienced. Be careful though... the ABV will slap you around.
A prime canidate for the cellar - as it is a bit hot right now.
Frank, I am truly jealous. I need another 50 lb box of JUST this (and maybe a few AD's).
Midnight Sun just moved into my top 3 breweries with this one... they continue to amaze me.
Well done, MS!!
A Must Try!!

Served In: Snifter

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