mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. copper-amberish coloured body. aroma is very sweet and malty. Just at the first whiff you can detect a whole lot of alcohol and then you taste it and itís just over the top. There is some other stuff going on in there but I felt that the alcohol was just too prominent and I couldnít really get into it. Some sweet fruity flavour and a burning alcoholic finish. meh.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 2002 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Medium fizzy tan head quickly diminishes. Reddish amber brown in the glass, transluscent and glowing. Brown sugar, golden raisin, a bit of banana and cookie in the smell, along with alcohol notes that smell "spicy," whatever that means; it just came to mind. Medium to full bodied. Warming alcohol is obviously present but not dominant, which was good. Deep plum flavor with a texture that seemed "powdery" like a malted milk ball (Iím guessing thatís due to the carbonation and that fact that it has a vague notion of malted milk taste), kind of like Ovaltine without the chocolate. Golden raisin flavors as well, with coffee roast grounds in the beginning of the finish. A bit acrid and over-ripe at the end of the finish, which brought the score down. Overall, it was nicely complex and smooth for the size, although you are always aware of that size.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 750mL. Orangey copper. No head. Sambucca and various herbs hit the nose with an oily alcohol punch. Soaked grapes, sherry and figs, plus an earthy vegetal oil bring on coniferous flavours and a rather complex perfumey profile. Plenty of residual sugar still, makes you wonder how much cane sugar, corn syrup, molasses etc they had to throw into every bottle. Long aggressive palate. It really does remind me or vegetal oil alcohol soaked. Interesting green olives complexities, apples, grapes, apricot lingering sweetness. Overwhelming ethanol finish. Long long aftertaste, hoppy and somehow yeasty. Softly carbonated, rather thin-bodied.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dull clouded reddish amber hue, negligible head formation. Sweet rich dark fruits, honey and burnt alcohol in the aroma. Slightly thickish syrpuy palate, blackurrant jam and cherry flavor, burnt raisin/fruitcake dries the finish a little. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering or to the extent that I thought it was going to be.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 2002: Poured nice reddish brown with no head...smell is very warm and dark with raisins, alcohol, perfume...taste was rich with a crescendo of sweetness like a great port...not nearly as full as I expected...didnít taste like 20% though...
2005: Pour is clear reddish brown with again, no head...smell is moderately sweet with...RAISINS!...the aroma is not nearly as intense as the original release...taste is just sweet as hell...taste is much more raisin than the original...the alcohol is not nearly as obvious either...this version really does just taste like "an amped up version of Raison DíEtre"...when I had the 02 release, I thought they were off, but not this time!
sloth (2755) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
02 vintage: Acquired in a trade with mjames awhile back. Poured a clear amber color with a lasting small tan head, minimal lace. Sweet malt nose with hints of honeysuckle, raisins, plum, dark berrys and a touch of alcohol. Pleasently fruity. Med/full body, coating mouthfeel. Dark fruit flavors, sweet malts on the palate with notes of vanilla and that sweet alcohol warmth that makes for a lovely backdrop. A very interesting and flavorful brew. Finish is medium dry, warming, nice. A real pleasure to sip on. Thanks Mike!
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Didnít know a thing about this beer. Just have to give this beer props for going where know beer has gone before..Didnít know this beer was 20.5 until it was put to my lips! BAM like a sledgehammer to the face, very deceptive on the nose,but in your mouth rich carmel,toffee,HUGE alcohol in your mouth. If it would been a little more balanced it would have put this beer right on top. It says to bury this bottle for a year and this was a 2002, I"m on a search for another to bury for a few more years!!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 750 ml bottle dated Dec 19, 2002: Opens with a pleasing pop. Deep ruby amber hue, and I try to force some head on the pour, but it dissipates rather quickly. Nose is all sweet...Maple syrup, figs, brandy, vanilla, sherry, strawberry, raison, orange. Starts with chewy caramel, butterscotch, more fruit, and lots of it...Raison, cherry, fig, candied orange, brandy, wood, leather. Oily, syrupy body. This is 41 proof god damn it. Its hard to tackle this big bottle for breakfast. But hey, thats what we are here for damn it. Finishes with a surge of peppery alcohol. This is just incredible. For the weight, the alcohol is not that detectable....hehe. I cant get enough of these guys, and Sammy and the gang are just a bunch of real badasses. I want more D íExtra!
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís been a while since I had the raison díetre, so Iíll need to give that one a go again for a frame of reference. The alcohol definitely gave a bite on the back of the throat. Figs and clove were apparent. Medium brown color. Not much haziness. Pretty good, would go well with pork.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice medium brown pour with bubbles as a head. Very very sweet and syrupy. Great flavors all over this brew, raisin, sugar, lots of alcohol, dark fruits. Very nice, and again...thanks to footbalm for this one.