BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice color, complex aroma with many overtones. Taste is sweet, somewhat like a cross between a Belgian Trapist and an American ale. It's a delicious and complex ale.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The first word I would use to describe this brew is "perfumy" ... I really don't know how else to describe it. A beautiful copper color. Wiffs of Chanel No. 5 in the aroma mixed with licoric and cloves. Very nice full bodied mouth feel with hints of the raisins contained within. Malts seem to sit on the tongue. An unusual brew, and one I would like to become better acquainted with.
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Nice amber/gold color, small, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of grape and alcohol. The flavor is complex, somewhat alcoholic with a myriad of fruit notes. Finish is dry and warm from lingering alcohol. Quality stuff.
TheBeerCollector (631) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 I have been very anxious to try a Dogfish Head beer because of all the great things I have read about this brewery. Maybe this was not the beer to try first. It was ok but not really up to my expectations. American beer of the year...I don’t think so. However, after reading all of these great reviews I suspect that I may have aquired a bad bottle.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complicated dark brown. Slight raisin taste with other sweet/fruit flavors.
JFGrind (1777) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex offering from DFH, malty mouthfeel with a strong Belgian (yeast) aftertaste. This beer is what DFH is all about, complex beers that stradle more than one beer style. Worth seeking out any time of the year especially on draft.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy bodied brown with a foamy small head. Smells like sour grapes. Light and crisp, not as strong as it looks.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has a lovely color to it, a deep amber tinted with purple. Amazingly sweet aroma, of grapes and raisins. Banana is the first flavor I can identify, but even with the first sip I can tell that this beer has a lot going on. It becomes a bit vinous, tasting a bit more like brandy. Slightly disappointing, as this quality overtook the beer, somewhat covering the complexity I noticed earlier. Still, a fantastic beer.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Godd solid beer. Nice malty beer with a hint of the raison flavor.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/brown in color. Very sweet nose. Noticeable carbonation. Flavors of brown sugar, some raisin, with a rather grassy finish. Slightly astringent and sour. Overall interesting, but lacking a fullness I can't quite put my finger on.