Thanks go out to Crawford for generously giving me a bottle* of this (plus bottles of The Answer and Cloud 9) in February of this year. Shared this (along with The Answer), at The Brick Store with Dave & Bob amongst others.
*Obviously this is still a draught version, but Crawford bottled some of this beer in corked & caged 750s.
Pour is a dark brown almost black body with very little sustainable head. I thought it was rather porter like it its appearance.
Very nice nose with plenty of dark fruit and perhaps even a touch of smoke. This beer has Belgian Quad character, but to me it was MUCH more edgy and less smooth. Some American Barleywine character thrown in with the Belgian sugar and yeast notes, to create some serious alcohol and hoppy overtones.
Mouthfeel was still – very, very little carbonation to speak of.
Interesting brew that for me needs some age. I thought it was a tad raw at this stage, and I would love to see this in 12 months time.