I have no interest in getting into a pissing match about James Watt’s antics – I mean that I literally don’t care about Brewdog or their attitudes at all – BUT what I will say is simply this. About 15 years ago when Brewdog started, I had some brief dealings with him, and he was a dick. That’s it, no more, no less, but that’s the truth. Now back to this beer.
This review is based upon a 33 cl bottle that was imported from Belgium. A couple of weeks later I saw 750s of it here in Fort Wayne, IN. Ho hum …
The dark brown, reddish body, the short lived head but thin film of head and decent lace are all as one would expect. The nose gives the classic, alcohol soaked raisins and more subtlety on warming. Again, all as one would expect.
Yes, I understand fully that Quads are going to be sweet, but this seems extreme. It layers on a lot of brown sugar, and the alcohol even gets reduced as a result. I suppose this MUST be the honey?
There’s not a lot of subtle, nuanced elements here. To be honest, a lot of Quads can suffer from that, but this one seems especially vulnerable. Oddly, despite the sweetness the beer ends with a pretty aggressive dry note. Weird.
In the mouth it’s a bit prickly to be honest. Seems a touch over-carbonated.
I just don’t think that this is a very good example of the style, and why we need honey I have no idea. It’s not horrible, but off the top of my head I can’t think of a mainstream, standard quad I wouldn’t put ahead of this. That’s about all that needs to be said here. Pass, and I suggest that you do too.