olio (4815) - 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 (9113) - 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 (4680) - 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 (657) - 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 (1239) - 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.
burg326 (2729) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown, aromas of dark fruits, alcohol, light leather, and some malt. Flavors are the same, decent beer overall, little too boozy for me.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled on: 03/15/07.
Appearance: Pours out a modestly hazed, deep amber-hued body with a very, very thin, near white head.
Smell: This one smells of liberally spiced, fruity-scented raisin puree, bready malts, dark brown sugar, and some nostril-stinging, eye-watering alcohol.
Taste: Distinctly sweet, sugary upfront with an expected follow-through of the fruity raisiny taste, brown sugar, and bready malts yielding some toastiness. But, very soon, that altogether piercing alcohol creeps in, searing the tongue and throat and warming your innards on the way down. Trivial oxidative notes in the background. Sweet breadiness, raisins, and straight-up moonshine on the flat, hot finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Lightly carbonated.
Overall: Thereís not much going on beyond sugar, raisins, and plenty of alcohol heat. Iím totally fine with this one being put out to pasture.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a very cloudy brown-orange color with a thin layer of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very quickly leaving behind very little lace.
S - Aroma is full of lots of sweet raisin and dark fruit, with some strong cinnamon and Belgian yeast spices, residual sugar, caramel, a bit of vanilla, and a decent amount of booze.
T - Starts off with lots of sweet rich raisins and other dark fruits with some cinnamon and other Belgian yeast spices and some caramel. Through the middle, more brown sugar sweetness comes through with some vanilla and some booze. The finish is a mix of full of sweet raisin, some Belgian yeast spices, vanilla, and a good amount of booze.
M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and thick with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Pretty drinkable. Really big beer with lots of sweet flavors and some strong booze. Given its strength, it is still well balanced and fairly drinkable.
jcartamdg (1441) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a one finger head that disappears almost instantly. Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol, yeah itís still there after four years. Taste follows the nose, fruits and malts are complex with an alcohol burn in the back, aftertaste of grapes( wow thatís cool). Mouthfeel is thick yet smooth and silky, really nice, thatís where this beer shines! Nice beer, glad to have tried it but not in love with it.