Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up at a liquor store downtown. Bottled: 03/15/07 Poured into a Great Divide Cervoise.
A: With a vigorous pour it produces a less than one finger semi-oranged head that quickly dissipates into a barely noticeable film ring. Cherry wood in color with some dark orange rind hues showing where ever the light hits the glass. No lace at all.
S: As I would have figured the nose is completely dominated by the smell of raisins and other dried dark fruits. A slight citrus pop is there with a boozy back.
T: Raisins hit you right in the face and even after all these years thereís still some intense heat. It lingers for a brief second then subsides to subtle fruit sweetness. After the drinks warms slightly there is nice toffee malt on the backend that stays with you after the drink is long gone from your mouth.
M: Very creamy and surprisingly heavy. A slight stickiness covers the tongue. Very little carbonation, but is far from flat.
O: Iíve been wanting to try this beer for a little while now and Iím glad I stumbled upon it. Iím glad the tastes and abv held up after the last four years. This is definitely a beer to try once.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-17-2011
Jmorris45 (13) - - OCT 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle pours a dark brown color with little to no head. Raisins, plums, tobacco and earth on the nose. Layers of raisin, molasses, tobacco, cocoa and prunes in the flavor. Finishes rather quick with just a touch of a warming sensation. Great beer. I wish I could get more.
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superspak (2119) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/29/2006(almost 6 years old). Pours extremely hazy dark reddish brown color with a small foamy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a small patch of foam. Minimal wisps of lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, caramel, molasses, toffee, prune, tobacco, earth, toast, roast, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance. No booze to speak of as well. Taste of big raisin, prune, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, tobacco, roast, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toffee, caramel, tobacco, toast, roast, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor complexity and balance; with zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Also slightly dry surprisingly. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong ale! Huge complexity and balance of flavors; and surprisingly smooth to sip on slowly for an 18% beer. Highly enjoyable stuff.
Tide (1375) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at bar. Dark brown color, almost no head. Strong malty taste with raisins, plum, nuts, alcohol and oak. Malty finish with oak and raisins. Excellent speciality brew.
olio (5125) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Originally rated on 20090909.
Murky amber color with small head. Aroma has lots and lots of ripe fruits like plums, raisins, some dates even, sugar and caramel malts. Flavor of caramel malts, ripe fruits and some alcohol notes. A bit too sweet.<br
brokensail (9833) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber that looks to be flat. No head to speak of. Nose of brown sugar, raisins, plums, red grapes, and cherries. Some caramel malt in there and definitely a fair amount of alcohol. Hints of spice and just a really nice caramelization to it. The taste is certainly a bit cloying. Intense sugar and caramel flavors, overripe dark fruits, tons of raisin, grape, and plum. Moderate alcohol flavor and head. I loved the aroma of this, but itís just too much to drink.
BoBoChamp (5010) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
36cl, no mention of ABV, retired American brew, with raisins, thx to Secret Santa!, complex sweet brew, alcoholic and fruity, very heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!
AGAquino (658) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes at the 2008 Dogfish Head dinner in Toronto. Pours a orange brown colout with a slight foamy off-white head. Aroma is raisins and dark fruit, with some cinnamon and Belgian yeast. Flavours of dried fruit, sugars, caramel, and some vanilla. very well balanced with a nice warming aftertaste.
NikkTwist (1339) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 Bottle at Monks many times. Pours a dark ruby brown. No head just a playful foam. Deep, thick and wonderful. Liquid raisins. Molasses. Bourbon barrel flavors. Melts on the tongue and slides down the throat. Despite the rich thickness it finishes perfectly smooth. Perfection. Warm caramel apple. Vanilla bourbon. Smooth like a well aged whisky. My favorite brew out of Dogfish Head. Not scared to give it one of my highest ratings. Tremendous!
FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Predominant dried fruits - raisins, figs, plums. Strong crystal malt. No hops
Appearance: Murky chestnut brown. No head. Legs evident.
Flavor: Up front predominant sweet malty character of treacle and a large fruity component of raisins, figs. No hop flavor. Mild bitterness hiding behind hugely sweet malt. Light alcohol flavor, too.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. Low carbonation. mouth-coating creaminess. No astringency. very warming alcohol.
Overall: A very interesting beer, loaded with rich malty sweetness and raisiny fruitiness. Still a bit hot despite being a 2007 purchase.