Strykzone (4194) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on dld eve. Clear red brown. Oh my is this hot. Lots of malt and some fruit. But that ABV is noticed. I just had an eisbock and this is the same thing. Wow!
kermis (3645) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage shared from Deanso. Hazy brown pour with a tan head that disappears quick. Fruit, raisin and super sweet caramel aroma. Flavour is primarily super sweet caramel, noticeable raisins, malt, fruit. Low carbonation and full think sweet body. Fantastic!
deanso (4089) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl 07 vintage, aged in my cellar.
Almost no head. Sweet raisen aroma. Cloudy amber pour. clear alcohol but no surprise since itís 18%. Lovely beer. Pity I had only 1 bottle. Would be nice to have another one to age for a few more years
swoopjones (4890) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky orange brownish swamp water. Sweet raisny aroma. Dirk for flavor. Boozy but not 17%. Sweet syrupy. It drinkable and pretty good.
jnkor (312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitely one of my favorites. Poured a deep murky reddish black. Large head (due to pour) that died relatively fast. Aroma is strong alcohol, plus a rasin, brown sugar, with molasses notes. Palate is thin, but not oily. Despite alcohol smell and taste, very smooth.
Nightsky (174) - Lutz, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is strong. Color is dark brown. Bursting with flavor, hints of raisin and some Carmel undertones. Slightly lingering finish. Wonderful beer. Hard to find around here. Will have again.
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davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/30/2005 vintage. This was the first "extreme" beer I tried about two years ago and I loved it. Finally getting around to reviewing one of the last few bottles I own. Poured into a brandy snifter at cellar temperature.
A - A semi-aggressive pour yielded some small edging of off-white bubbles. The body is a clear light red/burnt orange color. The snifter Iím using has a laser etched base and oddly enough bubbles are rising from the bottom. Swirling produces some very small bubbles and a whole lot of alcohol legs. Sits in the glass like a hard liquor. A bit of sediment towards the end of the bottle.
S - The nose starts off with some very sweet candied plums and leads into burnt malt and a touch of brown sugar. The aroma is very sweet and pungent, almost brandy like making the raisins come off as a sweeter fruit. The alcohol hits hard and burns the nose. It smells like this is a concentrated plum syrup.
T - Its a simple flavor profile. This is the fourth bottle of díextra Iíve tried so maybe Iím just desensitized or something. Saying that an 18% abv raisin beer is "simple" seems a bit ridiculous. But its really just not that complex or intricate. Candied plum sweetness, a bit of earthier raisin flavor and toffee malt, and a touch of oxidation to round things out. That is about it. The alcohol doesnít even make an appearance until late in the game by warming up the throat slightly. The sweetness is really what prevents this from being drinkable, not the absurd abv. Iíve had beers with a third of the alcohol come off harsher.
M - Its has a pretty thin body with minimal carbonation. Pretty sticky and slick though. I wouldnít have it any other way. Its perfect for a beer of this nature.
O - Iím rating this beer so high for a few reasons. For one, its held up perfectly after nearly 7 years. There is the slightest touch of oxidation, but it compliments the flavor profile much like an aged barley wine. The second reason, is because its just a damn delicious beer. Its like drinking a sweet plum brandy with some malty undertones. Just wonderful stuff. I really hope that DFH brews this again as I would love to try one of these fresh.
ration (1839) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours flat cloudy amber. Aroma raisins, plumes. Low carbonation, strong palate.
mnoud (230) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in Dogfish Head snifter. Bottled in 2007. Aroma is obvious from 2 feet away as soon as bottle was uncapped. Pours mahogany, as noted by other reviewer. Little to no head, just a trace of a ring and lace around the glass. Aroma is fruity, obviously the raisins. Pretty subtle given the abv, probably due to the aging. Some alcohol bite on the front end, sweetness, then a tiny bit of alcohol in the throat. Way too much alcohol and sweetness to ever be a session beer, but given that we got a few inches of snow last night and that itís Saturday, itís just about right.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
í07 vintage. Pour is a deep shad of mahogany with nearly no head, and leaves no ring around the glass. Nose is strong as soon as the bottle is opened, scent is specific to some burnt brown sugar and raisins. Taste is very raisin ish, with quite a bit of other malt flavor and a bit of booze, which is attributable to the 18% abv and 5 years of aging. On the tongue it is a little prickly, though I canít quite place is from carbonation or the booze. Shame it was discontinued