Swinging Harry Tropical Quad - Mikkeller ApS
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4.23/5 rDev +1.9%
750ml bottle. The label is very reminiscent of early Pitfall video games, with Harry given the Mikkeller image treatment.
This beer pours a murky, dark ruddy amber hue, with three generous fingers of tight, finely foamy beige head, which leaves a solid array of patchy, Pangaea-esqe lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of strong, break yo' kneecaps caramel malt, sweet, musky tropical fruit, boozy orange liqueur, further candy sugar notes, a subtle oakey woodiness, a sharp citrusy hoppiness, and some lurking metallic booziness. The taste is heavy caramel and toffee malt, some molasses and demarara syrup, rather boozy, varied fruity notes - orange citrus, some grapefruit and lime hop essences - surprisingly pungent anise, some soft raisin character, and still perceptible leafy citrus hops. The wild Brett is unfortunately too mild for any real showing.
The bubbles are quite mild, the body a sturdy medium heavy weight, and quite smooth in the morass. It finishes on the sweet side, with the edgy caramel malt, steady multi-pronged citrus, persistent tropical fruitiness, and understated alcohol sweetness really ruling the roost here.
Wow - the fruit character of this beer makes for an out there version of the style, even thought the base markers are all there - a slightly musty, big-ass maltiness, some musty hops, which are pretty well sublimated by the guest West Coast USA hop bitterness, and a decently blended booze quotient. An interesting venture, that's for sure - tasty, fruity, and subdued in its alcoholic nature - take that and swing with it, and get those hop cone tokens!
08-18-2012 04:34:48 | More by biboergosum
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
Shared a bottle of this with JLindros at his last whale tasting. Picked up at Hunger Mountain Co-op in VT. Reviewed from notes.
A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly hazy deep brownish chestnut hue with a one finger mocha head that just doesnt really go away. Leaves absurdly thick side lacing. Never before have I seen lacing like this. The glass is awash with it. Absolutely incredible.
S - Lots of cognac, sweet malts, light belgian notes, faint papaya, no mango though.
T - Hot cognac, barrel wood, sweet malts, molasses. Those are all strong and potent, after though citra hops try to come through along with dried fruits (papaya and mango) which linger heavily. No brett though....yet! Overpowered by alcohol heat.
M - Mouthfeel is not too hot surprisingly. 11%+ is pretty crazy. Drinks awesome for an 11.4% ABV beer, mild cognac heat, good carbonation.
O - Overall this was an absolutely delicious beer. Wanted to try this one since I first saw the label. Glad I have two more bottles.
02-28-2013 01:19:48 | More by rudzud
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB snifter.
A: A rich brown in color, almost mahogany. A thin tan head forms, with a good amount of bubbles slowly rising to the top. Very hazy, though not quite opaque.
S: Candied fruit, molasses, brown sugar. Sweet and boozy.
T: Follows the nose – sweet maltiness, boozy, and tropical fruit, mango. But this is a weird fruitiness - while it's there it's not a bright fruity flavor. There's some apple as well, and a little yeasty esters. Finish is sweet & dry at the same time – the dryness lingers as an almost bitter sensation on the tongue.
M: Medium body, a slick mouthfeel. Boozy but not overly hot.
O: Pretty darn tasty, and it grows on me more as it warms. I'm not sure it would be worth the price, but I would drink another if it were offered.
11-04-2012 17:47:15 | More by macrosmatic
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
750ml bottle poured into tulip 4/12/12
A dark brown with red highlights when held to the light, nice large tan head starts off three fingers high and slowly falls to an island leaving lots of soapy lace, pretty sexy looking brew
S lots going on in this department, the tropical fruits work well, more papaya then mango and a little some caramel apple and faint citrus, loads of caramel, brown sugar and not the funk I was expecting after reading Brett on the bottle but there's some faint funky fruity notes. There's some woody notes from the barrel that mingle with all the other aspects, my only complaint is the booze needs too mellow
T more fruit and the caramel comes out heavy, a little more barrel and the booze that comes with it, fairly sweet and the booze is holding this one back
M thick and syrupy with good carbonation and its pretty sticky on the lips, the booze goes right to my chest, shes a little hot
O perhaps a little high here but I really liked this beer its really only the booze holding this one back, its an original concept and the fruit and barrel just compliment each other so well this was a good idea
I'm pretty pissed at myself for opening this one young, I could really see this becoming something absolutely amazing down the road. Oh well I enjoyed it today but I had my chance to stock up but at 30$ a bottle I only had the balls to buy one blind, oh well.
12-05-2012 04:15:40 | More by wordemupg
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
A: poured a dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and a finger of brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: very tropical fruity aroma upfront with citrus orange notes, not really too much bretty funk to speak of but did have the grand marnier liquer barrel character, the booze was really coming through with brown sugar, toffee, and molasses sweetness.
T: sweetness consisting of brown sugar, molasses, toffee with a touch of vanilla was more apparent on the palate alongside papaya mango fruit accents, good grand marmier barrel character which added some good cognac dimension but was quite boozy and slight pear notes. The bretty funk was really muted in the flavor as well.
M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, booozy, tropical fruity, marnier barrel, citrusy and silky finish.
O: very good beer all around except it was a little too boozy for my liking. maybe a little time might do some justice to it.
12-24-2012 20:17:08 | More by Gobzilla
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks to Chris (spycow) for supplying this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.
A - Off-white foam settles to a solid cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Opaque dark ruby body.
S - Interesting - there's a hefty dose of orange and tropical fruits, but it's from Grand Marnier barrels and brett claussenii in addition to the listed hops . There's some alcohol mixed in the cognac flavors, but it's not excessive for 11.4%, and the tropical funk character has a slightly medicinal note mixed in. Some spicy Belgian yeast and sharp toffee and red fruits from the quad. Perhaps a touch of oak as well.
T - The taste is significantly mellower, with more of the base quad showing up. Caramel and red fruit malts, with only light cognac sweetness and tropical brett. Even though there's a wide variety of fruity flavors, there is sufficient toasty and bready malt to keep things from getting cloying.
M - Medium body that seems a touch light for the ABV. Zesty carbonation, and a dry and mildly oaky and grainy texture. There's some alcohol warmth but nothing excessive.
D - Surprisingly good. I like the concept of throwing together every way to generate tropical fruit flavors in a beer (Simcoe and Citra hops, Grand Marnier barrels, and Brett C.). I'd actually consider buying this, although I'm not sure how gracefully it will age.
10-15-2012 01:38:47 | More by MasterSki
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Served from the bottle into Duvel tulip
A - Deep brown with loads of carbonation and a heavy creamy lacing.
S - Smells of mangoes, raisins, warming alcohol, sweet dark stone fruits. Very enticing smell.
T - The alcohol comes through very strongly. Loads of flavor. Sweet fruit, thick molasses, plums.
M - Smooth with a dry fruity finish. The carbonation really helps to bring out all of the fruit flavors on this one.
O - A very nice collaboration between Mikkeller and Cigar City. One of the coolest labels I have seen as well. Reminds me of Atari's pitfall. The only thing throwing off the balance is that it's a bit high on the alcohol flavor which really drys the mouth out but, overall really nice.
07-31-2012 04:12:23 | More by Jsenay
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his birthday tasting.
Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's quite boozy and strong.
02-26-2013 02:42:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Bottle from wordemupg, thanks Chris! 750ml into a tulip, best before April 18, 2015.
Dark brown, deep red.mahogany highlights. Voluminous tan head, great lace and retention. Nose of baked apple pie innards, chocolate, sweet syrupy quad character. Tropical qualities are quite mild I thought. Taste of tropical fruits, syrup, dark candi sugar interrupted by alcohol. Oak then appears with more tropical and cognac spirit barrel character into the finish. Full sticky feel, lower carbonation. Sweetness is a bit much for me. An interesting beer in all regards, not spectacular but a crazy offshoot of a style that I appreciate. A big sipper though...
10-31-2012 03:41:38 | More by liamt07
Swinging Harry Tropical Quad from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.