elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a trappist glass. Pours a dark amber, with an ever-so-slight haze. Practically no head to speak of, with some slight off-white lacing. Alcohol dominates the aroma, with hints of raisin, grape, and vanilla in the background. Taste is driven by alcohol, which is almost overpowering at first. As the beer warms a bit more and one gets more into the flavors, dried fruit (raisin and apricot) become more discernible. There is slight hoppiness and a mild biscuity flavor toward the end, with alcohol returning for a lingering aftertaste. Palate is rather lively, with a moderate amount of tingle from the carbonation. The beer has a rather thin, watery mouthfeel, and can go a bit too quickly if you’re not careful (bear in mind that at 8 percent, this ale is rather potent).
In sum, it’s a nice beer, but given the many great ales that DFH produces, I’d have to consider this one of the brewery’s lesser offerings. Alcohol seriously unbalances this beer and the complex flavors are obscured as a result. But the complexity is there, and one just has to be patient with this beer. If you like Midas Touch, definitely give this one a try--many of the same characteristics, albeit in the darker, Belgian strong ale style.
ChrisSc (130) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap into pint glass. Cambridge MD
Appearance: cloudy ruby/amber color. Zero head.
Aroma: complex wine like aromas. Raisins. A little wild. Very nice.
Taste: sweet with a wine like finish.
Palate: medium/thin. Thick texture. Nice finish.
Overall: I really like the aroma of this beer. The palate and appearance are lacking, but the aroma is very nice.
Danyel (315) - Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues and an off-white head. Smells nutty, slightly caramelly. Has a medium-body, sweet, good carbonation, raisons, figs, earthy. Good, nothing very special but good.
Habanero (1875) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours clear amber with a small of-white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel and dark fruit notes. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and slightly bitter. Medium bodied, watery to oily text. and soft carb. A nice brew inded.
vlan1 (52) - Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from fresh growler. Smell is of alcohol and raisins. Nice clear auburn color. Taste is malt heavy with sweet dark fruit and raisins. This stuff has an extremely strong alcohol taste for only.being 8%. Sweet sticky mouthfeel. A bit disappointing.
Jimmis (2) - - DEC 2, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beer. Great malty aroma. Pours with a solid off-white head. Deep fruity flavor, dark and rich.
kateathens (1) - - NOV 30, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don't like beer normally, but this was really great! Would definitely drink it again!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
catface5326 (58) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown poured from tap. Malty with hint of raison. Heavy but very good beer overall
Azand222 (147) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 Bottle pours a dark brown with a light white head. The aroma is quite malty. The taste is full bodied with a wet finish. I get all sorts of malt, and some Belgian wheat. Overall a rich beer.
luttonm (1757) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz in Boston. Rich, smooth alc, raisins and brown sugar. brown ale, some barley wine rich hops. very dark fruity grapes. prune, fig. tasty and a bit harsh. nice beer
WillRunForBeer (189) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany with a scant off white head. Aroma is green grapes, spice. Flavor is caramel malt, green raisin, finish is bitter. Not as good as I remember it.