Black Beauty

Popped in for a lunchtime brew today and decided to give the Black Beauty a run. Described on the beer menu as a Dubbel this looks, tastes and drinks much more like a Quad, and even has a few RIS notes. I spoke to Crawford and he agreed about the Quad descriptor, but was less sure of my RIS comparison. He LOVES to brew these "style-defying" Belgian beers and this is another example of the fine art he is in the process of perfecting. Pretty much jet black on the pour as far as I could tell with...

Whisky Barrel Aged Quinte55ence

Better known as "The Answer", this is the Barrel Aged version of Quinte55ence. Crawford was kind enough to give me a bottle of this (along with the Quinte55ence original and a couple of Cloud 9's). I shared these with the boys at the Brick Store. Pour is identical to the Quinte55ence - no surprise there, and equally unsurprising is the aroma which gives the smoky notes from the barrel. I need to put a disclaimer right up front here, I am just not that interested in Barrel aged beers. They...

Quinte55ence

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 750's. 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...