A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad. A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending. Turbinado brown sugar from Mexico and Belgian candi sugar add wonderful molasses flavors. It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over this beer: toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.
Final Rating: 4.36/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Firestone Walker barrel room snifter. Purchased in Cumberland, RI. Allowed to warm over an hour.
Pours a muddy brown body with a 2 finger light mocha colored head that reduces fairly quickly, leaving no retention. Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, candi sugar, raisins, some booze on the nose. The taste gets more and more pronounced as it warms up, mirroring the nose with strong sweet notes of candi sugar, molasses, caramel, bourbon, raisins, dates, dark fruits, and a very nice roasty, toasty finish. Medium body with some booziness and low carbonation.
Overall, very complex and a great American representation of a Belgian Quad. On the sweet side, a little more than the usual quad. Very nice nonetheless.