jgb9348 (4891) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 19-December-2002 (The only time it was ever bottled perhaps?):
Clear brown colour with a fast-dying tan head. Very winey in the aroma-some pit fruits, some metal and a lot of malt and alcohol. Medium to Heavy-bodied; Super sweet brown sugar taste with superb fruityness and malts. Aftertaste left sweet and malty, but perfect. Seriously just as good as the 75 cL 120 Minute, but shows more malt. I was very gracious to sample this beer purchased by Haddon90 at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. If you can find this beer, definately try it or buy a bottle, it is a very nice choice! I sampled this on 25-November-2003.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a copper/brown color. Aroma is alcohol, lots of malt, fruits and some raisins. Flavor is much more complex with similarities to the aroma. Hides the alcohol surprisely well and was shockingly tasty. Excellent mouthfeel. Syrupy but not in a bad way. Many thanks to egajzis for sharing the wealth.
haddon90 (1503) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a deep copper color with a quick dimishing head full of fruity aroma. Complex taste, yet very satisfying. The alcohol soothes at it went down my throat. Full of fruit, spice, and malt. One of the best beers from Dogfish! Shared one of my 2 bottles with Jeremy (jgb9348)! What a class act man.
egajdzis (5432) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Poured a plum copper color with no head. Sweet nose, also included some raisin, malt, and grape, clove, and alcohol in the aroma. Taste of raisin, malt, and sweet caramel. Alcohol was barely noticed about 5 seconds after I swallowed the beer. The alcohol was nicely, and dangerously hidden in this one! After 2 years, a keg version of this is fantastic.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper color with a fizzy tan head that evaporates before the bottle is is set down. Brandy laced fruitcake aroma. Sweet almond and butterscotch flavors. Hints of spice (cinnemon & clove) late in the finish. Thin but silky in feel. Warming and burning alcohol. A true novel and snifter nip.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Dark red color with purple touches. Clear. Smells like brandy with raisins. Sweet/bubblegum plum flavor with a hefty alcohol kick, reminds me of plum wine. The alcohol prevented me from examining the flavors very deeply. I felt that the sweet flavors were too simplistic and strong, present just to mask the alcohol.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an interesting cloudy deep brown, reddish color. Small head with decent lacing. Aroma is first alcohol with other dark fruit notes. Flavor is alcohol and sweetness. Reminds me slightly of prune juice (in a good way!) with a nice alcoholic tingle after the swallow. Deep and complex sweetness. Nice full body.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on 12/19/2002 - Clear dark orange with a small white head. Very interesting bubble action in the beer itself. No lacing but instead the beer sticks to the glass in fingers like wine. Very small particles that rise to the top VERY s-l-o-w-l-y. The aroma is nice, raisins and cherries. Sweet mainly but alcohol is also detectable on the nose. The flavor is huge chewy raisins with a wallop of alcohol at the end. The body is extremely huge and chewy. Very syrupy. Sweet flavors linger and a slight bitterness develops. Alcohol warms the throat and numbs the gums like a liquer. This beer and the 120 minute IPA, also from Dogfish Head, are proof that high alcohol beer does not have to taste like a cloying sweet liquer, a-la Sam Adams Triple Bock, Utopias, etc...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy S**t, this beer kicked my ass. I knew it was strong but, man, a 750 of this stuff put me on my ass. The deep amber brown body of this beer is topped by a thin to medium thick, fizzy, quickly disappearing head with little lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet, bready and fruity (plums, grapes) with strong notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet (almost cloying), bready and fruity (again plums and grapes) with notes of toffee and a pronounced alcohol presence. The finish is vinious and laced with alcohol. This is a full bodied beer with a warmth from alcohol and a tingle from the carbonation.
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark horsey beer, clear. No head, beer is "crying" like fortified wine or brandy in the glass - amazing! Rich alcohol-ridden nose, vinous, sherry-like, raisins on brandy, beautiful. Taste is sherry, raisins, liqueur, other ripe fruit as plums, figs, and unfortunately (-1 point), liquorice. Enormous alcoholburn, the overdose does betray itself here; terribly heavy warming feel, OTOH, syrupy thickness is not too much. This is another exceptional brew by DFH. Where the individual notes lost some points, the overall rate deservedly gets better - even 't Anker haven't pushed this far. I wish they did.