bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit on the strong side for me. Pours a dark amber with a thin head. Great complexity, but the alcohol comes on a bit too strong for me to really enjoy it.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the bottle that (I believe) npdempse brought to the Summer Gathering. Syrupy caramel and fluffy marshmellow. Hops attempts to breakthrough but is swarmed by big alcohol. Not as harsh due to the alcohol's bourbon barrel smoky character. I imagine the one in my closet will be better by next years gathering!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RateBeer Summer 2003: Cloudy orange color. Sweet and citrus aroma with some bourbon qualities. Oily mouthfeel, ends very sweet. A huge beer to say the least.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose of caramel with oranges. Ruddy copper with a small white head. Ultra sweet, with caramel and toffee. Big flowery hop dose. Seriously warming. Hints of orange and cotton candy. Nice.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Great lace; alcohol captures your nose, your taste, your heart and maybe even your memory if topped off with wings and a Sam Adams until the wee hours. Taste more like a tripple than a brown ale.
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of red in this beer with a quickly disappating beige head with a long lasting ring of bubbles in the glass. Dark, sweet nose with lots of alcohol. Very sweet. Sticky, syrupy sweet. Plum, rum raisin, burnt caramel, butterscotch and brandy flavors all swimming around in lots of alcohol. I don't know why the label calls this a brown ale because it is so much more. At 20%, now I know why I feel this way.
Indra (2625) - 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.