Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dec. 19, 2002 bottling. Massively malty and powerful aroma, with fiery alcohol, raisin, fig, maple, dark honey and a background earthiness. Deep garnet in color, with an initially foamy head that diminishes completely. Surface has an oily sheen. Flavor profile is impressive and balanced, beginning with a dollop of syrupy sweetness and developing a blend of raisin and grape fruitiness, very apparent vaporous, peppery, drying alcohol. Finishes very long. A very heady brew. Quite nicely done.
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very complex malty, syrupy, fruity beer. Plums, honey and raisons. High alcohol without the taste. Very good as with all Dogfish Head brews
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I really do not think that I have tasted a beer that is so bad as this one. In fact I have not found a good Dogfish Head Brew....
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
coppery red colour, thin head that bubbled out quickly. deep fruity aroma with plums, raisins,maple, honey.
overwhelming malt dominates the taste with a rich fruit palate. for a 20% beer this is remarkably gentle.
sweet syrupy palate that clings to the mouth leaving a soft lingering taste.
a great after dinner drink or nightcap.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish copper, intense sweet caramely aroma, alcohol and blackcurrant. Big malty body, tongue coating, a bit spicy, peppery, woody finish. Huge beer. A unique beer for a unique evening. Thank you to Martin T for sharing this beer.
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Darkover for picking one of these up for me. I could feel it after only half a glass. This stuff is the real deal! Pours a dark amber color with a very thin light beige head. No real lacing to speak of. Flavor is huge and promising up front, but something seems to be missing in the end. It's like reading a really good book only to find out the last couple of pages have been torn out. Flavors of malt, raisins, alcohol (rum) and caramel peter out as the alcohol overshadows the flavor by the end of the glass. Finish seems to be lacking the hops necessary to reign in all the brash flavors that are roaming around. A good dessert beer, but I don't see how it is related to Raison D'Etre.
Radek Kliber (6373) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 31, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another giant of the night. Only that this one was lucking the class of the others. Big, but it appeared to me that was made with haste. I begin to wonder if is possible to make 20 % brew that could be balanced, refined and classy.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Immediately dying smallish head on this deep red sparkly gem; sweet alcoholic nose; very liqueur-like, reminds me of rum-raisin ice-cream and a nutty-syrupy aperetif. I wouldn't drink this very often, and 4oz was the perfect amount, but this must be tried.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2005 Hugging port wine arms give you immunity to the outside world as reclining sweet fieldberries soothe and alacrity vanishes...Stuffed with fluffy caramel and incessant alcohol warmth, a leathery cassis skin envelops, restraining you to whispers...Even a few peaches appear from under the burning cushions...Just try to get up from this sleepy sofa...
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark. Not a whole lot of head. Aroma: Alcohol, wood, peaches. Flavor: pretty sweet, malty, drinkable for its high abv. Not overly complex but not bad.