2006 vintage bottle.
Deep cola brown pour with red highlights. Bone white bubbly head that falls quickly. Deep maltiness with raisins, dark fruits, caramel and toffee. Earthy, spicy yeast is lively and bright. Brown sugar and candi sugar accents. Great depth, incredibly enticing.
First sip brings smooth rich malts with warm caramel, brown sugar, raisins and a myriad of dark fruits. Bright Belgian yeast brings spiciness and earthy esters into the mix. Flows down incredibly rich, flavorful and malty. Never becomes over sweet, just a tasty brew.
Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation and goes down easy. A real tasty American Quad and a bit sad I don't have any more bottles of this as I think it would last a few more years in the cellar without issue. Another winner from Southampton.
I agree with bakes review below me.....AGE THIS BREW!
Served In: Pint Glass
AGE THIS BEER!!!
Pours a deep slightly cloudy red/brown with a thin head that hangs around a bit. Aroma of marzipan, caramel, toffee, fruitiness and some slight spiciness (nutmeg?)
Deep, toffee and Belgian fruitiness abound in the flavor. Dark cherries, figs, marzipan, and toffee, velvety smooth. Faint spiciness and alcoholic warmth tickle the back of the throat, but no burn. Carbonation very fine, never gets in the way. Finishes with a very nice, fruit and toffeish flavor. Creamy mouthfeel.
Had one of these fresh - like TT's review, there was a lot of coarse carbonation. Aging transforms this beer. I'd say let it go for one or two years minimum and you'll be rewarded for your patience.
Served In: Snifter
A - Pours a medium brown body with a surprising amount of bubbles racing around in it. Head is beige and very fizzy, made up of bubbles of all sizes. Quickly reduces from two inches to a sturdy film covering the surface.
S - Caramel and toffee. Lots of fruity notes with cherries, dates, and figs mostly. Belgian yeastiness brings on a spiciness and a funky odor.
T - Tastes very much like the smell. Some sweetness from both caramel and toffee with a slightly burnt edge to it. Lots of fruity sweetness. Cherries, dates, grapes, figs. Seems to have a bit of spice cake in there. Slight earthy hoppiness comes in briefly. Yeastiness is here throughout, but light and in the background. More toffee at the end. Slight warming alcohol.
M - Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is way too fizzy and a touch biting.
Overall - Good brew that would be much better if the carbonation wasn't so distracting. Maybe could use some age.
Served In: Pint Glass
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