badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Bottled December 17, 2002; Tasted December 20, 2004: Murky brown color with no head. Slight cherry aroma with a very good hint of the impending alcohol sledgehammer. Did I say sledgehammer? I ment wrecking ball. The alcohol is about as subtle as an atomic bomb. When not choking on that, itís possible to find some barley. Hmmm... I liked it, but Iím going to have to knock it some points for being nothing but raging alcohol.
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 29, 2011. Vintage 2002, Batch #1 Courtesy of MilkmanDan. Caramel color with no head. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar with a light touch of hops. Tastes very much like a sherry and port blend. About the same mouthfeel as a thick port. Alcohol is still hot. Same score.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 17, 2002. Plum Brown Coloring With Off White Ring. Barley...With Alot of Warming.. Imagine That With a 20.5% Alcohol Rating...My Sinusí Werenít Making Rating an Easy Thing This Night,....and Then you Throw in That Warming,. I was Unable to Detect Other Flavors...Excepting that it Was a Complex Brew. Worth Trying Some More...
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Snifter, 750 mL. Molasses, caramel, chocolate, toffee malt (H); flower and citrus hops (M); doughy yeast (L); clove, red grape, raisin, plum, red apple, honey aromas. Small, rocky/creamy, white head sits on a hazy, light ruby body. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Full body, oily/sticky texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: Think dessert wine and youíll be pretty close.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked 750ml Dec 19, 2002 Only slightly hazed,a glowing reddish amber when held before light. No head at all not even a layer of film. Caramel and fruit in the aroma. Raisins, figs and vanilla. Some alcohol there as well. Body is full and syrup like. Carbonation is mild. Flavors lean towards the malt. Lots of sugar sweet caramel, figs, raisins, honey and vanilla. This one has done well in two years. Alcohol warming finish. Nice brew for an unusually cool Florida evening!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
04: Pours light amber. Aroma of alcohol and raisins and sweet malt. Flavor is sharp hot alcohol, raisins, and caramel malt. Alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
jasonp (1566) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Pours a coppery orange. Alcohol very present in the nose. Has notes of dark fruits, caramel, hops, molasses and roasty malts plus more alcohol. Pretty full and round mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one but could not drink too much at once.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ the VA/DC/MD gathering: Hazy bright orange in color with a tiny disappearing head. It has raisins, dates, alcohol, figs, caramel, malt, brown sugar, some pepper and spices. Lots of alcohol. I canít rate this one high for beer, but I liked it. Be very nice to have a bottle of this around for those cold winter nights by the fire.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have always been amazed of how well these high alcohol beers from Dogfish hides the alcohol content. Therefore I was really looking foward to trying this last one missing in my "collection" of extreme beers from the brewery! Pours a hazy orange body with a thin disappearing head. The aroma reveals quite a strong note of alcohol and definately too much for my liking. Lots of sour fruit and honey in there also. Flavor is also penetrated by a very strong alcohol tone and burns all the way down the throat. Sweet fruity and honeyish and more like a dessert wine than a beer. Definately not as interesting nor as good as the other extreme beers from Dogfish, the alcohol is simply too overwhelming. Iím still very pleased to have tried it though...!!
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer gets my "Star Wars Episode I" award. I was really looking forward to it, but in the end, it was disappointing. It was coppery-orange with a quickly disappearing head. It has a good aroma, sweet and spicy. First tast ... WOW! This isnít beer, itís Southern Comfort with a head. The alcohol was overpowering, but that should be expected with the 20.5%. Itís probably a good winter beer, maybe even warmed slightly, as it reminded me more of Cognac than beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Well, this was a highly anticipated beer of mine. Unfortunately, it let me down. Sweet brown sugar aroma with hints of pepper and spices with a moderate amount of ethanol in the nose as well. Transparent orange/copper color with a frothy off-white head. Sweet to start, dry peppery flavors follow with lots of noticeable alcohol burning. Burns going down. Booze not well hidden.-------& I just had the 2005 version out of a bottle, and I must admit that the alcohol was hidden very well. Lots of brown sugar maltiness and lots of sweetness in this with hints of bananas. This is done better, but it is still somewhat one-dimensional. My original rating was a 3.1, but the rating has been revised.