APPEARANCE: A dark, murky chestnut color with pretty red highlights.
HEAD: Lush, off-white head with a golden tint. It lasted appropriately for a beer this strong.
LACING: Thin, but complete rings are left every half-inch or so on the glass.
NOTES: Whew…so many aromas that it addled my nose. I’ll just list a bunch of things that were probably in there: toffee, caramel, dates, raisins, cloves, candi sugar, pears, and plums. In all honesty, I probably made up half of those things. Every whiff brought something new to the party and my nose is easily confused. Let’s just leave it at this…it smells wonderful.
TASTE: Four hops, four malts, four sugars, four yeast strains, and fermented four times. Sounds gimmicky, right? That’s what I thought until I tasted it. Holy crap, it’s delicious. Molasses and butterscotch, dates and plums, cinnamon, cloves, and a touch of lemon peel. I love a good Quad. And this is a damn good Quad.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy, and very well-carbonated. A beautiful beer to roll around your tongue.
DRINKABILITY: About as high as it gets for a Quad. Despite it’s big ABV and complex flavors, this beauty is subtle, cleverly-crafted, and very well-executed. Wifey McHops and our assorted company at Leon’s all loved this brew.
RATING: What can I say? I’m a sucker for Allagash. The best brewery in the Northeast has never let me down. 4 Hops for the Four, of course.