maxcoinage (26) - Wauconda, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Vintage acquired in a trade, had a nice carbonated sound when cracking it open. As I was pouring it then aroma was prevelant. Poured into a softer a dark brown color with a couple cm white head which dissipated quickly.
Aroma is fantastic - brown sugar, figs, dates, oak
Mouthfeel - fairly heavy and still a bit of carb, not as oxided as I would have expected.
Taste is just outstanding - similar to aroma- brown sugar, raisins, port, boozy
Finish is strong and hot. Enjoying this very much!
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle share at BW - pre-hill farmstead 3rd anniversary. 2002 vintage - thanks a lot! hazy light brown without a head. dry and complex caramel and caramelized nuts, raisins, plums, buttered nuts, light toasted coconut, oak and moderate old port characteristics. soft to flat carbonation, medium body - heavy stickiness, oily, cloying caramel finish. complex.. but did not wowed me.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 vintage. Pours a cloudy dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, figs, brown sugar, raisins, caramel. Taste is full of caramel, figs, raisins, brown sugar, dried berries, alcohol is barely present for a 20% abv beer. like and old port. Full body and low carb. Wow. Really impressed how this one held up well. Very good!
tom10101 (3012) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750 ml). 2002 vintage, so about 11 years old. Thanks a lot to the guy who shared this at Hill Farmstead pre 3rd Anniversary bottle share. Amber with no head and no lacing. Aroma is intense and amazingly complex with grapes, port, plum, candi sugar, malt, caramel, dark fruits and light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet with port notes, grapes, plum, dark fruits, candi sugar, honey, alcohol caramel, malt and light wood. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Winey/port like mouthfeel. Alcohol has mellowed and it’s hard to believe that this beer is 20,5% abv. Amazingly complex. I’m not sure I would like a fresh version of this, but I was really impressed by this one. It’s like a fine Port. Definitely worth keeping this bottle for 10+ years.
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark plum red. No head, almost flat. Smells very sweet like raisins and plums and burnt candied sugar. Taste is very insanely sweet. Loaded with dark fruits. The amount of complexity and layered flavors make this one of the best dogfish head beers I've ever had. Really incredible
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006. Raison concentrate! Booze works with the flavor components, caramelized malt, pulverized grain. Hides its strength well. I enjoyed this one.
jbrana (471) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Bottle. This may not be the best bottle I’ve had of Raison D’Extra, however it still tastes rather nice. Tastes very strong, but smooth, with flavors of raisins, cherries, dates, plums, sweet vermouth, with a hint of caramel / burnt sugar. Overall quite tasty.
OmegaX (1276) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hunahpu 2013. I doubt this will be read by the folks that shared this with me, but if you opened this up at Hunahpu 2013 with a guy that shared some Hill Farmstead with you while waiting in line for beer...well I’m that guy. A huge thanks for opening this up on the spot. Hit me up bro!! 2002 vintage. Crazy. Nose is big raisin, grape, and dark fruit. Sugary sweetness in the aroma, with a slight touch of alcohol. Pour was dark brown, no real head. Flavor is big time raisin and chocolate and caramel malt behind a dark fruit presence. A malt bomb, it’s very sweet but extremely satisfying and the massive ABV is barely noticeable. Wow, this was insanely good. Thanks a ton!!
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle, thanks to the mysterious OmegaX. This beer was so smooth and malty, with compliments of yeast it almost tasted yeast-like. It tasted like oak and raisins with hints of alcohol with a touch of cherries. Pretty straight-forward and delicious!
Theydon_Bois (9725) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, purchased from the Rehoboth beach bar, 24/02/13. 2007 vintage 330ml bottle.
Pours a clear deep mahogony brown with a thin beige head that soon collapses to the edge in the form of bubbles.
Nose is dark fruits, raisens, dates, figs, woody tones, brown sugars, toffee, booze - but not overpowering for an 18% beer.
Taste comprises dark toffee, caramelised sugars, booze - but again kept in check considering the strength, raisens, dark fruits, light woody notes, dates.
Full bodied, fine carbonation - pitched just right so it isn’t overly still and cloying, sweet boozey warming alcohol finish.
A well balanced beer, the alcohol is well integrated for such a high ABV, good stuff!