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 (2516) - 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 (2610) - 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 (2259) - 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!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very big brew that pours a deep reddish/brown with little head. Aromas of sugar and raisins and a little vanilla. The flavor attacks your whole mouth... a little thick, very sweet from the raisins and a little chocolate flavor in there too. I only wish this came in small bottles.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep mahogany color with hardly any head. Had a strong alcohol aroma as one could expect from 20% ABV. The flavor was fiery like a scotch on the rocks. Hints of raisins and caramel add a nice finish to this beer. Enjoy this one warmed up a bit.
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 19, 2002 bottling. Amazing amount of carbonation for a 20% abv. The alcohol is too much when it is too cold, giving a nail polish/paint aroma. there is a huge flavor--nose-clearing, stinging on the palate, fiery, with raisins, grape, sweetness, and a je ne sais quoi. As it warms it becomes much better and I found myself enjoying this deeply.
TChrome (1429) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours burgandy in color with a rapidly dissipating head. Head can't be sustained in the face of 20% ABV I imagine. Aroma is quite alcoholic with some dried fruit. Flavor is BIG and the alcohol somewhat hidden given the huge ABV number. Quite tasty. One to be very careful with.