DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok. Here we go. I've been waiting for this beer for 2 months. Washington just recently opened up its doors to beers over 10% abv. The high octane beers have been slowly trickling in for about 3 months now. Pours a very clear light yellowy orange with a tight off white head, with extreme lacing. The aromas are beyond any beer you've ever had. Very little hop and a whole lotta deep, rich malt. The port of beer. The dry hopping is definitly there but overpowered by the massive amount of 2-row Marris Otter. This is not beer. It's barley booze no doubt. It will hit hard so be prepared. I didn't think I would be able to finish it but I have been drinking American strong ale for a few days now so I'm seasoned and bolted down. Definitely not over priced. This is quality stuff. I can see this style becoming a class of its own in the near future. A verrry must try. Long live Dogfishhead.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color, I was getting butterscotch and caramel in the nose, hops not detected very well. Very smooth, with a buttery hop taste. Almost burns the pipes going down although the alcohol taste is not apparent. Finish is burnt hoppy. Very unique and really not what I had expected. My buddy had to go to Kentucky for these from NE Ohio. Thanks!
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma is sweet and of pine needles. pours a deep golden color with a small white head that disappears quickly. flavor is very sweet and of pine needles. its bitter but the bitterness is not over whealming. alcohol is very warming and burns the back of my throat a little. like the world wide stout this is an insane over the top beer. however i enjoyed the wws more probably because i like the style better.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 Is this beer? I don't know about that. But it is really good to share among many people. It tastes so sweet and astringent in the mouth, but I rather enjoyed it. Never felt that I could finish a whole bottle of this. As a sip tho, it was quite delicious and very strong tasting. Drinkable, but very sticky and sweet feeling with a warm feeling all the way down. Not very alcoholy tasting for 20 percent. Hides it well. Drinkable at least, something I heard is impossible with the WWS.
Hildigöltur (5103) - Kĝbenhavn, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I and MartinKubert shared a bottle with Chuck Norris and some other guy at the GBBF 2003. Very sweet and full bodied.I was very surprised by this one. It doesn't taste or smell hoppy at all, even though it's 120 IBU's! The sweetness from the alcohol is in total control here. Still very tasty and interesting, just not what I thought it would be.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Orange colored with a lathering whitish head...subtly spicy hop aromas..flavors of alcohol, sweet orange ribbon candy, spicy pine needles...This is a BIG spicy alcoholic beer that i had absolutely no clue of the abv when i drank..interesting..however, i think the sugary sweetness and alcohol masks the hop flavors a little too much...but now knowing that its 20%, im not sure its ok to complain anymore.
document (36) - USA - OCT 25, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wow. This is a very sweet beer. I'm actually quite disappointed: having not read here and thus not quite knowing what to expect, I thought I'd be getting more hop than the 90 minute and 60 minute IPAs from dogfish head. Instead, it's a bottle of hop-spiced karo syrup. Nearly zero hop bitterness remains after the sugary assault. What points this beer gets for overall impression, it gets for its great ability to hide 20% alcohol. I've had 8% brews that tasted more strongly of it.
haddon90 (1503) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After reading all of the posts, I poured about 1/4 of the bottle just so I could rate it. Nice clear copper color with a non-lacing head. Not as much of an aroma as I expected. The flavor is very complex! You can taste the alcohol but it's smooth. Fruit/floral in the flavor. Strong hops rolls off the tongue. A very enjoyable beer!
omhper (20174) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Pours thick with amber colour. Appley, cutric nose. Extremely sweet, layers of syrup and sugar covers the hop and malt flavours completely and with it all the finer details. Interesting on paper, but doesn't work in reality. At least not for me.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Let's see here...I don't have much to say about this one. It pours a light copper color. Aroma is lightly hoppy (like SNPA) with the alcohol coming through when it warms. Flavor is very sweet with a fresh hop presence. This isn't very big or over the top as I was expecting, very straight forward. The thing that gets me it the ABV. They hide this alcohol like jenna jamison hides the....oh, nevermind.