JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is strong, malty, slightly sweet, with lots of caramel. Flavor is really strong and sweet, slightly cloying, with lots of caramel, some figs, dates, and a decent amount of alcohol.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Get out the smelling salts - no, nevermind, grab the DFH Raison D’Extra"! Are we sure this isn’t Cruzan spiced rum? Dense and syrupy while being sweet and tart - somewhat unique combination. A nice warmer that allows the alcohol and sweetness to overcome the sharpness of the other spiced ingrdients. Definitely one to share at 20.5% ABV.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany with little head and spots of lacing. No subtleties here. Alcohol slaps you in the face. Oak follows with a nice dose of malts. Caramel and roast taht is. Bitter hops along with citrus and other fruits. Spicy. Flavor is malty. Hides the alcohol very well. Figs and slight vinous qualities. Reminds me of brandy. Very velvety and smooth. Thick and chewy finish of caramel.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear crimson; moderate carbonation, decent fizzy efforts of head. The aroma is strong with sweet malt body & a light alcohol & chlorine nose. The flavor is assaulting with some dry vinager. Also lots of burning acidic mouthfeel. Finishes sweet, roughly balanced.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drew-LaPalooza nightcap! Almost no head faded fast on this reddish brown brew. Very strong presence of rum, dark fruits, alcohol, spice. What a nightcap.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drew-LaPalooza brew #14: final beer of the night - after this it all got fuzzy. I had been holding on to this huge bottle for almost 2 years - 750ml of 20.5% abv - there was no way I was going to drink it on my own. Rediish-brown bodied, kind of clear, short head didn’t last, almost clear lacing. Strong aroma - dark fruits, sweet, alcohol. Body is super thick - yeah , this one can get a little cloying. A very special beer, and a great way to end the night - thanks to Thedm, Hotstuff, Rockinout, JasonG, MikeF and a bunch of my non-rater friends!!!
YogiBeera (2524) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ahhh - what a good idea to serve this special gift I got from Half Time, NY for a special occasion. So JoeT, JenT, Pivo, Arnoud and his wonderful wife Shelly popped that open just before our Rehearsal for the wedding. Nice Tequila nose - very strong. Nice dates and spicey tones in the nose too. Nice amber color - sticky and gluey on the glass. Malty sweet and thick but suprisingly as of the high alcohol taste very smooth. Great brew with great people on a nice day!
pivo (2612) - GERMANY - JUL 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pungent alcohol nose and a lucisous amber color - this is a beautiful beer already. Whisky tastes with some maple syrup emerge from a heavy malt body. Spicy end. Very complex but with an impeccable balance. The alcohol warms the throat after the swallow. Amazing brew.
joet (2290) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Raisins, prune and rich mission figs, strong alcohol, a rich maltiness that puts this way above just a big brother to raison d’etre. I’ve had the 23 and it was spectacular. The alcohols are smooth. A bit of hazelnut and almond. Wow! Love the ruddy color.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the many things I appreciate about the Dogfish Head Brewery is the air of mystery that sometimes surrounds their brews. For instance, who are those two odd, chimp-faced chaps mugging at us on the label? I like to think that they are manifestations of bottle imps trapped inside that are scheming to escape and bedevil whoever holds the vessel and dares to drink...in fact, after downing a full 750 of this "bulbous brown ale" all on my lonesome, I’m sure of it!
Appearance: dark tawny brown, garnet-tinged edges, head is brown and fluffy white while it lasts, but gone in a quickness.
Aroma: powerful and winey, full of deep, dark, devilish fruity flavors, wicked stuff! Each sniff unturns more sensations, raisins, dates, leather, grapes, cognac, dark rum..."complex" only starts to describe it!
Time to drink...THICK mouthfeel! An 800lb gorilla sitting on the palate! Washes all corners of the mouth with flavor, rich and sharp, yet syrupy, almost treacly, but definitely delicious.
Quickly intoxicating, this, and though the ABV is left off the label, it must assuredly be abominable. Only 1/3 of the way through the bottle now, and I feel totally whipped! Wish I had a secret cache of this to carry me through cold winter nights or to break out in celebration of some personal triumph, and I definitely need more of the latter than the former!
At this point, my notes from this sampling (done in early September) trail off into gibberish and surrealistic non-sequitors, (what else is new?) but I can tie that all off and merely conclude that this was one incredible brew, very much enjoyed!