Me So Ornery Combative Quad
Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Me So Ornery Combative QuadMe So Ornery Combative Quad
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #155
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #24,722
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
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Griffin Claw Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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TheBrewo from New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

We cut the gold wax off this fresh bomber, pouring into our St. Bernardus goblets as a pixelated supreme leader stares at us from the bottle. It appears a shimmering series of rubies, and holds a one finger head of loose and light eggnog colored foam. The latter lasts only moments before sinking into dripping wet globs of lacing around our glasses. No haze is noted, but definite clouds of sediment are found throughout. Carbonation appears to be active amidst this activity. The aroma is dense, fruity, and hot, and includes notes of honey Graham cracker butteriness, huge grainy sweetness of caramel, amber, pils, and pale malts, massive banana bread esters, white and caramelized brown sugars, sweaty and savory sweet Belgian yeastiness, tinny metallics, walnut and acorn meat, toasted marshmallow sweetness, mild basement mustiness, hot booze, fusel plastic and medicinal phenols, and fruitiness of red apples and slick rhubarb. The flavoring is nice, but intensely sweet. It is composed of washy, watered graininess of pale, caramel, and amber varietals, with accompaniment by insanely cloying Graham cracker, overpowering banana bread esters, plum sugars, candy corn, raw cane and brown sugar, dried nectarine skins, tannic breakfast tea, nutmeg and cinnamon-sugar spiciness, toffee, sea salt and seaweed, cider vinegar, rose petals, Triscuit crackers, vanilla pound cake, yeasty metallics, and distilled water. The body is thinly medium, at best, and the carbonation is light, but picks up if you swish the beer around your mouth. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth are all thinned. The mouth is left sauced, salivating, and mildly coated, but this gives way to powdery dryness. The abv is appropriate, and surprisingly well hidden, while drinkability remains decent.

Overall, this is actually our first bottle ever sampled off their relatively new bottling line. Sure, they’ve had their can game up and running for some time now, but bottles?! That’s a whole other level. No, but in all seriousness, what we find here is a nicely aromatic, decently tasty, and wildly thin beer. That really sums up the beer, quite simply. That mouthfeel really kills it for us. To support such big beers, at least for us, you really need to bolster it at that basal level. If we had to pick a negative about the taste, it would be that it is somewhat one-dimensional, in that the banana esters add cloying, overwhelming sugariness. As a fun side note, we enjoyed this tasting while watching “The Interview”, feeling it to be the most appropriate way to consume it. So while this wasn’t their best beer, by any means, it was a fun experience nonetheless.

Feb 22, 2015
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Sammy from Canada

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown with some head, fresh within 24 hours. But acidic, and not so drinkable. Poor for the style. Not greatly drinkable.

Aug 07, 2015
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 16, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Griffin Claw's Me So Ornery Combative Quad a couple weeks ago for $12 at Griffin Claw Brewing Company. It looks like this will be my 1200th Review and I always try and get something special or unique for these milestones and since this is a Brewery only release I thought this would be a nice beer to try for this milestone, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz gold wax and stamped bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's very eye catching, I also really like the custom stamp on the wax, I've never seen that before. It poured a orange/amber color that took on more of a ruby amber color when held to the light with a finger and a half of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice patching lacing behind. This is a really nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a little bit of candied sugar like aroma to it and it's followed a big fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice dark fruit aroma that are pretty bright and a little juicy with some nice fig aromas seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart some nice caramel, sweet malt and light brown bread aromas with some Belgian yeast aromas showing up in the background. This beer had a very nice aroma, it's just what I expect from the style and I thought the fruity aspect was well done.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show up and this time they impart more of an even mixture of juicy dark fruit aspects with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes just a slight alcohol flavor that is hidden very well and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and this time they show up just a little more. On the finish comes some Belgian yeast flavors with no bitterness and some sweetness taking it's place with a nice fruity aftertaste. This is a good tasting quad, it had some nice balance to it.

M- Very smooth, well hidden alcohol, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel, but I was expecting it to be a little thicker and chewier.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, specially for an American made version of the style, it may have not had everything that I look for in the style, but in the end it didn't affect the taste much, it worked against the mouthfeel, but it did make this a lot more drinkable than most quads. This beer had good drinkability, it was very smooth, well hidden alcohol, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I would have no problem drinking a full bottle, but I think that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was really nice and i thought the fruity aromas were well done. What I like the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but it was just light for the style. I would buy this beer again, but because I don't think it will age well it won't be something that I'll be stocking up on. I would recommend trying this beer, especially if your a big fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't the most impressive quad I've had, but for an American made quad it exceeded my expectations, and while it's not the best quad I've had it's for sure the most drinkable one I've had. This isn't a favorite Griffin Claw beer, but it is one of the better American quads that I've had. Good job guys, this was a tasty quad, keep it up.

Feb 21, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a small dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Quadrupel style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 18, 2015
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scottlerok from Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 08, 2015
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 13, 2017
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Kerrie from Michigan

2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Apr 14, 2015
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leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 13, 2016
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HardyA from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 04, 2015
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 23, 2016
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DanGeo from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 06, 2015
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rden4654 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 26, 2015
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Jonross07

4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 08, 2015
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Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 13, 2017
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MI_beerdrinker from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 13, 2016
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midlifec from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 27, 2019
Me So Ornery Combative Quad from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 17 ratings