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.
rgf001 (314) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is nice but too low for a Belgian strong ale. Foam is too short lasting. Flavor is malty but not complex. Medium finish, should be dry.
DrNosha (1524) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vom Fass. Mahagoni Farben. Süßliches Aroma mit rotwein, Rosinen und Weinbrandnoten. Dickflüssiges Mundgefühl. Sehr komplex. Dörrobst, getrocknete Pflaumen, Rosinen. Alkohol nicht so gut eingebunden.
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Amber garnet tan head. Yeasty caramel candi nose. Some phenols prune raisins and some alcohol. Pretty good stuff
mrol (231) - - JUN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgian Strong???Pours is brown .Quite sweet, roasty malt flavor. Has a good fruitiness and a intense floral hop profile.
rdixon77 (2246) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating. Approachable Belgian strong. Dark mahogany. Raisins, prunes, brown sugar, dark malts. Solid not mind blowing.
Jabah (357) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first I didn’t care for this beer too much, but had hardly tried many Belgian Ales, which grew on me over the next few months...as well as this beer. The next couple times I tried it, I was able to appreciate it as it is, which is a very good ale. The flavors are both sweet and bitter at the same time, hard to describe. Definitely raisins, sugars, other spices, hops. A darker copper/amber color, medium carbonation. Has a good kick too. One of many great DFH beers.
willisread (2209) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Brown pour with a beige head. Yeast, currants and roasted malts on the nose. As it warms up more fruit comes out: muscat, prune, fig as well as some allspice. Slightly sweet and bitter on the palate. A bit boozy as well. Long bitter finish.
ElCapitan22 (327) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice mahogany color, but had no lacing at all or head retention. Smells like a Belgian beer with raisin and butterscotch. A solid beer here, but nothing to write home over.
Stuu666 (9986) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is blackcurrant, raisin, taste is similar, rich, fruity.
chinchill (4110) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
undated 12oz bottle served in a pint glass. [from notes]
The DH gets off to a good start, with a lovely reddish amber color and a lasting, creamy looking light tan head. The liquid is clear and the head is multi-density.
The aroma is pleasant but rather mild and lacks depth and complexity being mainly the aroma of various ripe and dark fruits with some alcohol esters, grape bubblegum and a just hint of hops. The alcohol aromas become more pronounced with warming, leading me to lower my rating of this aspect.
This is an exceptionally fruity beer, with a flavor profile dominated by prunes, plums, raisins and generic sour fruits. The tartness nicely contrasts with the sweetness of the aroma. The ABV is not only apparent, it actually seems higher than 8%, as if someone sprinkles some light rum in my beer (no, I’m home alone at the moment).
M - medium body; smooth, but with a tad too little carbonation.
O - This one departs from the admittedly highly variable flavor profile of this beer style. Where’s the malt? It is still a moderately enjoyable if disappointing offering from DH. I’ll buy another bottle but try aging it first.