All I See Is Carrion (Ghost 628)
Adroit Theory Brewing Company

All I See Is Carrion (Ghost 628)All I See Is Carrion (Ghost 628)
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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #109
Ranked #13,172
4 | pDev: 11%
Adroit Theory Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Very Good
All I See Is Carrion (Ghost 628)All I See Is Carrion (Ghost 628)
Notes: Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Quad
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2020/12/29
Pours a med foamy tan almost 1 finger head with med retention, fair sticky lacing, and long legs, very dark molasses to chestnut brown color

Nose is nice, lots of dark fruits, dried pome fruit, fig, raisin, with some mild peppery phenol spice notes and a nice perfumey alcohol, dark sweet malts, molasses, dark candi sugar, a little nutty toffee and biscuity notes, a little raisin bread Kvass like

Taste brings more sweet malts up front, toasted brown malts with biscuity toffee and some caramel, plenty of molasses and dark candi sugar, but not too syrupy, the more esters, candied apple, candied dates, some dried fig, raisin, light peppery phenol notes coming with the perfumey alcohol again which is smooth, a bit more biscuity nutty coffee, and caramelized bread crust, again that raisin bread Kvass on the back end, a hint of bitterness to round it, with a drier mild sticky finish, a flash or warming alcohol, bit more bitterness, lots of molasses, candi sugar, and dried fruits lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a bit on the rich side, higher frothy carb that borders effervescent (a bit too high for a quad, more like a tripel level of carb)

Overall solid quad, nice base malts, good sweet flavors like candi sugar and molasses, great yeast additions with perfumey alcohol, fruity esters, and phenol notes, quite enjoyable for a winter beer

Jan 28, 2021
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours a dark ruby with a light khaki head. 2 fingers with a rocky top. After some fading and then agitation it evens out with a creamy looking formation.

Nose is definitely a Belgian. Extremely noticeable. Brown sugar/candied sugar, cinnamon, malt, dark fruit. The nose is rich but a little weak. A little disappointing because this is an enjoyable profile.

Taste is typical quad maltiness. Has that unique spice. Brown sugar comes in followed by a weird clashing flavor profile that happens for a brief moment. It's like a mix of dark, tart fruit, an almond presence?, and the fragrant spicy malt. Its kinda like a cherry cola but with a higher level of bitterness. I'm trying to wrap my head around it, but it's hard to figure out.

Mouthfeel is medium to fullbodied, with mild medium carbonation. A nice smooth mouthfeel that contributes to the drinkability.

Overall this was an interesting take on a quad. There's something going on with this brew that I can't manage to figure out, but provides a quirk of interest. Enjoyable. Different. Respectable.

Mar 24, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Tavour. Bottle number 2476 out of 3000. Poured into Westmalle chalice, dark, ruddy brown, with an initial one finger beige creamy head. Aroma and taste are spot on, brown sugar and molasses , prunes, raisins and figs, and then dome dark chocolate. Creamy feel, does not seem boozy. On the money.

Mar 19, 2020
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Hair Of The DoG Bottle Shop (Williamsburg, VA). 10.99. Bottled 1/31/18. Served in an oversized Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 9/22/18.

Pours a muddy russet brown with a full crown of fluffy,deep manilla head. Attractive retention on display between the surface clouds, full edging and specks left on the glass.

Welcoming aromas of boozey sweet whiskey, candied dark fruit, caramel and yeasty grape jelly.

Rye whiskey, vanilla-tinged wet oak, dark fruity Belgian yeast, caramel, a little cereal and some alcohol.

Velvety smooth medium full feel with soft carbonation. Finishes like rye whiskey doused raisin bread pudding.

Outstanding work by Adroit Theory. This quad hits all the right notes for me, with the added benefit of complementary barrel aging. Rather wish I’d bought more than one.

Feb 21, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 17.77 (Including shipping)/22 oz capped bomber ($ 0.808/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
“Bottled 10/31/17” on the label, No. 2258/3000, “cellared”, then stored at 42 degrees prior to consumption and served at 55 degrees (per label instructions) in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, slight effervescence. When held to the light, it is still opaque.
Head – Small (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), yellow-tan, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to no ring, no lacing, and no lacing.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.75 - Upon popping the cap, a sweet aroma of dates and plums bursts forth. The poured volume also generates this scent but to a markedly lessor degree. Some malt is present.
Flavor – 3.5 – The dark fruits are present but are overshadowed by the malt. Each swallow begins with just a hint of sweetness and it ends slightly bitter. The following gastric warming is no more than I get from eating dates. No alcohol (12% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Almost medium, watery, nearly flat.
Impression and summation – 3.5 – Well, what to say? This is almost a good quad but fails to hit the mark in every category. It is thin, watery, and nearly flat. The fizziness that destroyed any hope of head or lacing somehow fails to be present on the flat palate. The typical “dark fruit” flavor of the typical quad is overshadowed by the malt flavor, although the malt flavor does lessen as the temperature rises. While the hidden alcohol is desirable in many styles of beer, a marked alcohol presence is characteristic of a quad. Again, as the temperature rises above the range suggested on the label, alcohol does begin to appear. The typical quad is full-bodied and creamy; this is thin and watery, characteristics that do not change as the temperature rises. Overall, considering the price point, this was probably a bad purchase. But then, factoring in the shipping costs from VA to WA then back to PA, I guess I’ll chalk this one up to a learning experience.

May 25, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a chalice glass.

A: nice fluffy quickly dying head. Body is a nice brown with not so much a murkiness just a blackness.

S: lots of candied figs and dates and burnt sugar.

T: nice soft figs and dates a little boozy and not very complex.

M: pretty good carbonation thin feel.

O: it’s a decent beer, but it lacks a depth and charchater the Belgium quads crush. Otherwise the most stunning bottle art I’ve seen from a brewery.

May 19, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to bl00 for this one from NBS BIF #007. Bottle # 2890/3000. Bottled on 10/31/17. 22oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a near solid black, only a slight touch of semi-transluscent red when held up to the brightest light in the house, with just a thin cap of tan head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

An alcohol scent was the first up in the olfactory aspect. Underneath that were solid malts, and slight stone fruits.

That alcohol hotness dominated the palate, especially the finish. Maybe I should have set this one aside for a year? Aside from that, this brew didn't really feature any of the aspects I expect from the style.

The body was lighter than I look for in the style, had a semi-sweet finish, and the alcohol lingered a fair while.

Drinkability was decent, aside from the hotness. Overall, not bad, but not a ton of personality either. maybe the variants I saw listed here are more interesting? Still, likely worth a shot if you see it.

Apr 15, 2018
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pizzabutt from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a very large goblet. bottle is #078/900 and says "ghost 628" (i've seen the ghost value on many adroit theory beers but still have no idea what it means). i have the rye whiskey barrel aged variant.

appearance: dark garnet. thin tan head, dissipates into a very thin bubbly film quickly, but still retains a ring around the outside edge of the beer. a little bit of lacing that quickly slides down into the beer.

smell: dark fruits; fig and cherry mostly. has a pretty strong scent of bourbon (probably due to the barrel aging). a hint of smokiness and oak.

taste: taste follows the nose. first taste is dark fruit, like cherry or possibly fig, with some spice. aftertaste is oak-y and fruity and fairly sweet. alcohol is noticeable but it's almost like a side note.

feel: very smooth; pretty low carbonation and slick. goes down like a charm. very little alcohol burn, but it is mildly warm. definitely full bodied.

overall: this is a really good beer. a nice blend of fruit and spices that hide a high abv makes for a great after work drink.

Apr 07, 2018
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L) Pours a lovely roasted brown, similar to a porter. Swirls like oil and has a lovely caramel colored head.

S) The nose is heavy with notes of molasses, Belgian candi, a bit of currant, and a floral booziness. It's nice.

T) Everything in the nose is on the tongue, with the addition of some coffee notes. It is very rye whisky forward, its gonna be the first and last thing that hits you on this sucker.

F) Has a nice creamy mouthfeel and a medium carbonation.

O) Another hit from Adroit Theory, quickly becoming my favorite VA brewery.

Mar 19, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Lures Bar & Grille. There are definitely flavors of cherry, chocolate, and vanilla but unfortunately the alcohol is harsh with fusel overtones. Adroit Theory beers are usually hit or miss for me and this was a miss.

Jan 23, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a big snifter. Apparently bottle 2700 of 3000. Bottled on 10/31/17. Served a bit warmer than my normal fridge temp.

Pours very dark brown/ruby with a smallish head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is an assault of dark fruits. Figs and dates, with a little yeast.

Taste is a bit stronger on the fig side -- still dominated by dark fruits, but not overpoweringly so (at least not in the first sip). Booze is barely noticeable (if at all). Maybe more noticeable in an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is sticky, moderately thick. Overall, good beer.

Jan 21, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark ruby brown in color with a small head.

S: Dark malt, berries, and clove with definite Belgian yeast character.

T: Roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit dominate the flavor, with Belgian yeast spice in the finish.

M: Medium thick, but moderate carbonation makes it less syrupy than it would be otherwise.

O: Just a fantastic brew.

Nov 23, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish-red color and a hazy consistency. There was an off white, foamy, quarter inch head that lasted an average amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A fair aroma of cherries, Belgian-style yeast, dark fruit, and some light spices.

T: Tasted of a lot of different dark fruit (raisins, figs, etc.), a fair amount of cherries (not as much as expected), Belgian-style yeast, booze, and a little malt as well. Definitely an uneven flavor, with the cherries taking center stage. the other ingredients don't have a chance to shine as much as they could.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Another uneven beer that doesn't quite add up. Could have been better.

Sep 21, 2017
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ChrisHanna from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a nice dark brown and very little head. Very nice overall flavor. The cherry seemed understated or maybe it was overwhelmed by the high alcohol, which I liked. If you really like strong fruit flavor to come through, this is probably not for you, however if you only like a hint a fruitiness offset by strong alcohol, this is an excellent beer.

Jun 16, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep reddish brown with no head. The pour leaves a ring but very little lacing.

The smell is very heavy on the cherry with a strong background of dark fruits, including dates and raisins.

The taste is forward on the dark fruits with tart cherries complimenting the flavor. The 12% abv comes through also leaving a lingering tart/alcohol flavor, which slightly detracts from the beer.

The mouthfeel is low carbonation and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer. The flavors aren't deep enough to make it an outstanding quad, and the alcohol overpowers a bit, but I really enjoyed it and would recommend people try it.

May 14, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown color with minimal tan head. Dark fruits and black cherries dominate the aroma and I don't get anything else, really. The beer is real smooth and the cherries offer a balance between tart and sweet and there is a touch of malty and dark fruit sweetness although this beer is basically about the cherries. The booze is hidden and it's enjoyable although the cherry finish reminded me a bit of a cherry soda.

Apr 26, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is an okay ripe plum that has a slight red hue to it. The texture seems off and looks a bit thin, which takes some points off.

The smell is decent. It has a nice sugary cherry smell to it and a bunch of various malt notes that consist of a very light caramel and various dark fruits such as fig and raisin. The Belgian notes are fairly light but the sugar still manages to make an appearance.

The taste is the best part of this beer. It has a nice strong dark fruit note (figs) from the malt notes and it works very well with the cherry sweet tartness. There is a slight boozy note to it and adds rather than detract from the experience.

The feel is decent. It's a heavy bodied beer with very light carbonation note that gives it a bit more texture. The beer is smooth but also feels a tad thin but not too thin.

Overall, it's a good beer that's probably best paired with food or as a dessert. It doesn't quite stand on its own because of how strong the notes are in the taste.

Apr 06, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the label: "No 1253 / 3000"
I don't see any bottle date listed.

Appearance: The beer pours dark brown into a black body. There is a bit of a light tan foam that pops up while pouring and dies instantly in the glass. No head across the black glass surface. No lacing. When held to light it is completely opaque. It's not much to look at other than a featureless onyx cylinder in the glass.

Aroma: There is a bit of a sweet smelling cola aroma and a moderate scent of licorice. It doesn't have the complex aromas normally found in a Belgian style Quad.

Taste: There is a strong alcohol flavor up front and then the sweet flavor of dextrin and a bit of cherry. It is sickly sweet and it really lacks the complex yeast flavors found in a Quad. Really it just tastes like it might not have fermented out completely. On the positive side it has some nice notes of tobacco leaf and licorice but it just does not feel completed. While drinking the beer the cherry flavor seems to fade in and out behind that earthy flavor of tobacco leaf. As the beer warms up in the glass I started to note flavors of dark chocolate and coconut. It seems like this could be a very good beer if the "whole" of the beer was just made better.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation compared to the lovely rocky headed Quads I am used to. It feels a bit slick on the palate.

Overall: It just feels like an unfinished beer that delivers a high alcohol content and some nice flavors but doesn't pull them all together into a cohesive beer. It is still a tasty beer and if you don't mind the glaring lack of carbonation and its accompanying texture the beer is still enjoyable. To those who seek complex flavor and don't mind a lack in mouthfeel I would still recommend trying the beer, maybe with a few other people.

Mar 13, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery:
Very dark ruby, looks near black in the glass. Barely off white head, regular rim with some lacing.

Dark fruit base to the smell. Cherry accent, with maybe a little leather or cherry pipe smoke.

Feel does expose the booze a little, as anticipated, but is full-flavored although dangerously light.

The taste is big on dark fruit, as the smell indicated, but there's a plum-like nature to it. Date and raisin (from the nose), but with an extra tartness note from plum or prune, even.

A nice take, a tad lighter in feel (dangerous, perhaps), and with a lean towards a fresher, lightly tart through the sweet flavors of darker fruits. Nicely done, all in all.

Feb 25, 2017
All I See Is Carrion (Ghost 628) from Adroit Theory Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 49 ratings