In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.
Guest reviewer name/occupation: Glenn Criddle, Live Entertainments Technician/Cult Film Reviewer
Random (answer at least three below)
Currently listening to: LSD
Currently reading: “Batman: Arkham Asylum"
Currently Reviewing: Andy Milligan's “Carnage"
Least favorite film director: Michael Bay
Preferred Blue Collar Brews: Bank's Original Mild
Preferred White Collar Brews: Most of the “Kentish" Ales
Name of beer reviewing: Buxton Brewery Quadrupel (IV)
Type of beer: Barrel Aged Belgian Quadrupel
Packaged in a small 330-milliliter, stylishly labeled bottle it looks classy as all hell. Yeah, it's only 330 ml, the same as a normal can of Coke, and all for the wallet-pounding cost of around £9.00 ($11.64). It's a little intimidating at the strength of a brain-melting 12 percent but is sold as 'an event in its own right' by the awesome barman I got this from. It serves with a surprising carbonation at first, no head to speak of and a rich dark chocolate color and then comes a smell of red fruits.
The initial hit is like Christmas: rich, spicy and fruity. It's an odd combination of very full flavor that delivers a surge of warm red fruit and a bitterness that lingers for a while then eventually disappears. It doesn't outstay its welcome. It's like a very boozy fruitcake, rather heavy going given its richness but as it's made for consuming in small amounts, that's fine.
You'll like this beer if: You want a very unusual beer. This is the kind of beer to sip slowly and appreciate, like a good wine. If you want to stretch your beer experience then you can do far worse than this.
You'll dislike this beer if: You like a more simple beer. IV is rather fussy and complex and certainly not a session beer or one for the more casual beer drinker. This is not for everyone, probably not for many and it's not really my kind of beer due to it's high strength and the kind of flavor qualities that high ABV beers have. It's bloody expensive, too.