JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Loved it. Beautiful mahogany color w/ a unique taste that I can’t quite place. Thanks to ARMed for the trade. I wish I could get this locally. ReRate 9/28: Served it in a stemmed, tulip shaped glass rather than a pint glass. Wow, it improved the nose tremendously (OK, I don’t have a great sense of smell). Got definite whiffs of baking chocolate w/ a hint of cinnamon. The upfront taste was slightly sweet w/ a smooth finish.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love this beer and went to great lengths preserving them on the trek out to oregon: raisins throughout, silky alcohol, it used to be every Rogue I tried made me think that was what beer should be, now DFH does the same thing
Burnzes99 (6) - USA - SEP 18, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer has a great flavor unmatchable by most american beers. The smell alone is outstanding as well as the color. I wish it was available in more locations
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, smallish head, probably due to higher alcohol content.....malty aroma. Nice mix of flavors....the raisins barely noticable.....just adds a bit of fruityness.....not too sweet...and a nice alcohol bite....very good.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep Brown color, small head. “ A deep mahogany ale, brewed with Belgian beet sugars, green raisins and a sense of purpose..” Full-bodied Belgian style ale. Deep, intense malt flavors. Mot too hoppy. Belgian sugars are very evident. Complex flavor. Mellowing taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty. Some alcohol bite. Interesting beer. Well deserved of its notoriety.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good beer. It took me by surprise very tastey. Nice balance between fruit and hops with the belgian yeast notes coming through. Recommened
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper colored pour with no head.Malty nose with just a hint of hops.Palate is not as full as I would have expected. Fine flavor.Sweetness cut nicely by the hops with an almost perfect balance playing out. Thanks to jayme_9874 for this one!
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Annother good beer from Dogfish. This one is worthy of trying like all of the other dogfish beers. This brewery definatly knows whats going on. Not much raison taste to this, but it is a good lager with a fruity notes.
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wonderful odd-ball beer. very hard to describe - sort of like a cross between a belgian triple and a tawny port. flavors of spice, green raisons (duh), and belgian candy sugar. light bitterness and relatively little malt presence. truely unique and definitely worth checking out.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite of the DFG ’specialities’. Lots of flavor, spice, raisin... flavor, warming. Normally drink as ’last of the night’ in a ’brandy’ glass.