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Qualified - Coffee-Vanilla | Taxman Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Taxman Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
taxmanbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,651
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
26
pDev:
6.6%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vande
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 2/14/19 (25 days ago) poured into a snifter at fridge temp 9.5% ABV 28 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright medium brown in color with light brown head. The head recedes to a thin island of bubbles and a ring around the glass. No lacing. The aroma conforms the presence of both coffee and vanilla and it masks any traditional quad aromas, if they are there at all. The taste is coffee first with vanilla and caramel coming through mid-palate. The taste actually starts to drift to dark fruit, candi sugar and malt just before the mostly dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation and a prickly, gassy touch on the tongue. Nothing really unpleasant, but not in the same class as a gentle, bottle conditioned ale. Overall, very good, not so much as a Quad, but as a beer. The touch and balance of the coffee and vanilla at play with the base is very nice, but it hardly "qualifies" as a Quad in this case.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a snulip style glass, this beer resembles cola in color. It forms a pinky worth of peanut tinted crown that noisily dissipates to a thin outer ring within minutes. No lacing. 3.75

The nose offers a creamy, slightly roasty, cold brew coffee tangling through layers of vanilla, brown sugar and a little bit of Belgian yeast influence on the back. 4

The taste follows the nose up well. It brings the coffee back, this time with a nice chocolate presence as well. It melds into some dark fruit and Belgian yeast before showing way to the brown/burnt sugar notes and finishing with vanilla. 4.25

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The coffee has a little astringency, but not much. The floral/ester Belgian yeast character leaves the mouth feeling dry. ABV is present in there with some slight warming sharpness to remind you that it’s close to 10%. 4

Overall, it’s an enjoyable brew that could use some slight tweaking to just round out some edges to make it great. But at $8.99 for a 4 pack, you’re definitely not gonna hear me complain. I respect what Taxman is doing with the complete Belgian influenced brewery, not chasing hype trains, especially while being in a small town in Indiana. 4

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Photo of snaotheus
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2018-11-06
12oz can served in a snifter. If there's a date, I don't see it. No recollection of where I found this beer.

Pours a dark caramel color with a medium head and moderate carbonation. Smell is rich banana, cinnamon, clove, dates.

Taste is all that with a nice blast of coffee. Vanilla comes out more. Unconventional, a little strange, but quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, maybe a bit oily. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in NBS BIF #7 from @Beer-Economicus – Thanks Darwin!
Bottom of 12oz can dated “01/15/18”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. When held to the light, transmitted light has a reddish tint to it.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density, average retention time, diminishing to an irregular four to seven mm ring and a complete layer with rocks.
Lacing – Poor. Some broken pieces of what could have been a wide ring consisting of tiny to small bubbles.
First pour – Medium brown, hazy.
Aroma – 3.5 – Primarily coffee with underlying fruit.
Flavor – 3 - Begins with coffee flavor and ends with coffee bitterness. The middle gives a bit of barely noticeable dark fruitiness – swallow fast and you’ll miss it. Allowing it to warm in my mouth mutes the coffee but fails to bring any dark fruit or yeast forward. The dark fruitiness only appears in a belch. The vanilla appears only on the label. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethysulfide.
Palate – 3 - Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3 – This doesn’t do it for me – coffee works well with some styles, particularly stouts, but fails in quads. While this certainly looks tempting and the aroma makes me think the dark fruits are present, the flavor fails to deliver. What the base beer delivers as a quad is destroyed by the addition of coffee.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of awkwardcarl
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong coffee smell. Dark copper appearance. Tan head. Tastes like iced coffee with light vanilla and caramel flavors. Very delicious beer.

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the mighty woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cola color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of black coffee. Taste is coffee, dark fruits, alcohol, some sugars. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer and a unique take on the style.

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Photo of rarigney
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Today is New Beer Sunday (Week 681) & I am focusing on CANs. I know, shocking, right? The impetus is that I am finishing the CANtents of my Tavour Box #1 since Tavour Box #2 is on its way even as I type. Eeek! I stopped in at The FGBS & bought my stashed backlog & then visited H-n-T, all resulting in a massive amount of CANned beer to be CANsumed as part of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Belgian-style quadrupel ale with coffee & vanilla"; "Our rich and caramel-forward Qualified quadrupel, with its characteristic hints of burnt sugar and dark fruit notes, is perfectly complemented by cold brew coffee beans roasted by Tinker Coffee Co. in collaboration with Uel Zing Coffee Lab. This rich and robust ale finishes with the smooth kiss of Madagascar vanilla beans."

Ooh, my initial Crack! of the vent revealed a brimful craft CAN with a little bit of spritzing across my fingertips! 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. 8=O Nose smelled like café con leche! 8=O I am more of a fan of unadulterated coffee, but coffee always charges me up since my time in the US Navy (retired after 15.25 years). Yum. Mouthfeel was medium, but smooth, exceptionally smooth. OMFG, is this really 9.5% ABV?!? I was sucking it down like it was coffee! The taste was definitely of coffee, but the bitterness was smoothed over. I did not perceive it as vanilla, per se, but more of a generalized sweetness. Not milky or lactose, either. Just a general, but moderate, sweetness. Jeez-O man, I may need to take my foot off of the gas. Wow! This, from a CAN?!? And people scoffed back inna day. Finish was semi-sweet, but balanced by the bitterness of the coffee. Holy ... ! This, alone, was worth the price of admission. In a CAN?!? Wow.

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Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gspeer711
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Furlinator
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The well constructed, Belgian styled, stronger, darker ale of Taxman slathers on layers upon layers of creamy vanilla and copious coffee additions for a vinous, spicy and fruity taste that has taken a walk through the coffeehouse.

Coffee-Vanilla Qualified pours with a frothy, medium mahogany hue. Its firm ecru cap swirls with a radiant and robust perfume of coffee & cream, dark fruit, stone fruit and red wine. A spicy tingle of the nose preludes the sweet and nutty taste of brown sugar, spice cake and sorghum.

As the sweetness simmers on the middle palate, the complex favors begin to fold into the matrix of taste. Red grape, date, fig and prune stews with a light and earthen tar character while the balance of peppercorn, clove and red wine counter both the sweetness and fruitiness. All the while, the roasted taste of coffee adds a broad woodsiness and soil-like bitterness and a softer creaminess of vanilla to charm the finish.

Full bodied and creamy, the beer's deeply embedded carbonation gives the beer a full and marshmallowy effect while also giving the rich ale a bounce off of the tongue and highlights the beer's spice and dry alcohol spice. Trending softly brandy-like the beer extends with a deep winey, spicy afterglow.

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Photo of osuskin
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkarimi
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of darktronica
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like a light brown ale, with fair carbonation that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing behind. The coffee and vanilla are both in evidence on the nose, along with Belgian esters and yeasty notes that together create the impression of baked goods, maybe a banana bread with chocolate chips. A bit of alcoholic sharpness on the nose is less present in the flavor profile, which is biscuity and in which the coffee and vanilla subdue the more typical dark stonefruits or candi sugar sweetness of a standard quad. Quite enjoyable, but also a bit thin and light on the mouthfeel compared to what I would expect (even relative to Taxman's base version of Qualified).

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Photo of Nctide
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Qualified - Coffee-Vanilla from Taxman Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 26 ratings