IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great taste that consists of a nutty, maple, raison flavor. This is a great Dogfish experience that is comparable, if not better, than their other high quality brews such as the Immort Ale. Abv is hidden, as the flavor is so appealing.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An incredible beer. Pours out to a darker than expected amber with a slight head. Smell is that of fruit. The taste is fantastic. Fruit and licorice seem prevelant and the alcohol is hidden quite well. As it warms up, it gets better.
VA Homebrewer...thanks bro for the sample!
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
love this beer if I want something a bit sweet. But it finishes clean so the up front sweetness isn’t cloying
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet caramel aroma, taste of burnt brown sugar.
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The scent of maple and vanilla, I expected a stronger taste with the 8% but the beer was great
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Loved it from the first sip. what a unique beer. It’s like drinking two beers in one sip. First, a nice, even roasted barley malt taste, which then gives way to a lighter belgian beer. Not too sweet, but the sweetness takes away any bite and does not overpower the belgian yeast in this brew. Definitely something i will be buying more of.
Rerate. After a few years of drinking this beer on tap, in the bottle and everywhere else, I wonder what the hell I was talking about in my previous rating. Roasted barley?? Hmm . . . anyways, at least I got the rating right, this stuff is phenomenal; sweet, yes. But it’s got a wonderful even, lush mouthfeel, interesting vegetable notes and a hint of bitter hops right after it hits your tongue. A bit of earthiness on the finish, no hint of wateriness, full body and just plain flavorful.
Well this stuff has just been horrible lately. Too sweet, filtered and none of the old elegance.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful glowing ruby color,velvet beige head,
aroma of brown sugar, apples, plums, chocolate, caramel - and these are only the distinct aromas- lots more subtle stuff goes on underneath the big sweet aroma.
taste is tremendous , sweet but always with a hidden subtlety that makes it interesting. the dominant flavour seem to change with every sip.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2010 Leafy hops balanced out by delicate caramel malts…Fig-like sweet fruitiness in a round but accessible mouthfeel...Like most Dogfish Head brews, this is very well executed and the description on the label portends a much more eclectic brew than what the end product actually tastes like...
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2003 This beer still rocks. The nose is of alcohol, vanilla and maple syrup. The deep, dark mahogany color is beautiful. Such a great beer.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep ruby color with a nice tan head and decent lace. The nose was very sweet and had strong hints of the alcohol content in it. This is a malt based beer with tons of fruity, dark malt flavors. The alcohol brings out an almost plum brandy sensation. A very strong, complex beer that is worth trying and I find that I crave one every once in a while.