Waffle Star
Four Quarters Brewing Co.

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Four Quarters Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.43 | pDev: 5.42%
Aug 25, 2023
Jan 08, 2019
Morning Star imperial stout with lactose, maple syrup, and coffee, conditioned on toasted waffles and bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup.
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16 oz can acclimated to 55°F and poured into a snifter.

Pours black with very slight brown highlights and flecks of sediment. Produces a 2.5 finger foamy British khaki color head, dissipating slowly and leaving leaving a film of lacing that falls and leaves a ring.

Initial aroma is heavy coffee, with a highlight of sweetness, the alcohol is noticeable. Mineral notes like you'd find in molasses, burnt/charred notes, and a tiny hint of black licorice. Very rich. After agitating I'm met with amplified alcohol fumes and what feels like a cool breeze smell, in addition to everything previous.

Initial taste before swallowing is heavy sweetness, coffee, and a lot of minerals. After swallowing I first noticed a sourness/tang, coffee, maple notes, and char notes/roasty bitterness, culminating in an alcohol burn between mild and moderate, feeling red or red orange in color. The coffee, char, and roasty taste contribute to a good deal of bitterness, not a negative by any means, but noteworthy. There's somewhat of a cooling taste, again like a cool breeze. Also noteworthy is that I cannot at all tell that I'm this is a 9 ABV, it's hidden VERY well.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, not quite syrupy. A little Thinner than I would expect of the style. It slides down the throat quite easily, seems very much a strong example of this texture. I wouldn't say it's unpleasant but I'm not over the moon about it. The carbonation is tingly, returning when agitating.

Overall my takeaway of it is that it feels a little more like a sweetened stout with intense bitter flavors and not many specific flavors. It's very good, but it's overwhelming. Don't get me wrong, I love all of these flavors, including the butter roasty char, but it's a lot going on. As I sometimes find, it can be hard to taste things if you're not specifically looking for them. I'll say that I enjoy it more for the charred and coffee flavors than I do the advertised flavors, barring coffee. I'll also say that while I did taste the advertised flavors, (with the exception of waffle, which, whatever, waffles don't exactly have much taste) that I wish I had tasted more, could be the case that they just fight for attention because there's s lot going on, I don't know, still some great taste going on overall.

May buy again, would be a great one to see if I can identify/differentiate tastes a second time around.
Aug 25, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Dec 03, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by smb71481 from Vermont

Dec 07, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a 13 oz Teku glass not sure when it was canned. Pours a very slick near pitch black, with a three finger sticky brown head that leaves a ton of thick lace behind with nice retention. 4.5

Smell maple, vanilla beans, cocoa, toffee, and coffee. 4.25

Taste follows maple immediately, vanilla, cocoa, toffee, hazelnut, and coffee. 4.25

Mouthfeel is a big medium, maybe a little dry, gentle carbonation near perfect for the style, and 9% ABV goes down very easy. 4.5

Overall this is some very tasty stuff, really recommend this one. 4.25
Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by clake from Vermont

Jan 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Can to snifter.
The appearance poured like motor oil yielding to a beautiful looking eggshell white foamy head, I'd say about two fingers worth. Dissipated gently to leave a wonderful filmy lace spider webbing all around my glass.
The aroma, well, holy shitsticks and a half! It's all Brian Eckert says is there! Fully and magically blended through spicy and sweet and woody and waffle-like contours. Coffee roast and sweetness wrapping in and out of maple syrup, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
The flavor, do I have to say anything else that I haven't said in the aroma? Once again, all there, such an absolutely stellar blend. The sweet to the roast to the refined coffee bitterness. Semi-sticky cocoa powdery aftertaste with some toast, waffles and maple syrup.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a superb sipping quality about it. Nothing cloying with an acceptable stickiness. Good carbonation and such a well rounded finish of maple syrup, sweet coffee, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast and a touch of vanilla.
Overall, alright, I can die now knowing we have magical Imperial stouts brewed here in Vermont! Hells to the yeahs!
Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Brad007 from Vermont

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
First review in a while and first new beer from Four Quarters. Pours an oily, pitch black hue with a huge frothy brown head into my glass. Sweet and roasty in the nose, with a slight whiff of maple. Velvety rich with creamy roasted cocoa that coats the mouth and lingers. Slightly buttery edge evokes the waffle aspect. Extremely rich and makes an excellent dessert beer. Well worth your money.
Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by cp45 from New Jersey

Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
pours out dark with a slowly rising (almost nitro-esque) tan head, great retention and lacing. nose is a very sticky maple sweetness, super pungent! some hints of cinnamon, and mellow roast in the background. palate follows, with an immense sweetness being the predominant flavor. again there is loads of sticky maple, hints of vanilla and caramel, toffee, cream, and a roasty bitterness on the finish. mouthfeel brings adequate texture and is velvety smooth. overall this one is wild and the maple is TURNED WAY UP!! a perfect breakfasty-desert beer ... WOW!
Jan 18, 2019
Waffle Star from Four Quarters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 11 ratings