Ernest (7362) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 2005 12oz bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of vanilla, raisin, isopropyl alcohol, brown sugar, sherry, hint of sweat socks. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Well, I got my wish to try a fresher sample and put it under the microscope in a controlled setting, and I can honestly say Avery Samael is far superior (and no, not just because Avery is local). Their aromas are somewhat similar on the surface, but Averyís is much richer and more succulent, and certainly cleaner (this one has some dirty feet and rubbing alcohol)...DFHís is simpler, watery, and more alcohol-heavy. Not impressed, and not worth its price. Not awful, but still couldnít drink it.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Fruity aroma (with a whiff of medicinal alcohol), with a browny kind of color. It was impossible to drink this 20.5% íbeerí without a shudder. But it was a warm, memorable shudder. If I wasnít such a sissy-pants, I probably would have rated this beer higher.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vinous and liquor-like in aroma and flavor. Intense alcohol presence, making me shudder at each sip. This beer is way big. I could definitely see myself enjoying this in a brandy snifter and smoking a fine cigar, but which one would I be able to finish first? League of Strange Beer Drinkers approved!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 12/19/2002 Bottle. This poured out slowly and thickly, a brownish-amber color with a temporary whisp of a head. The aroma was darkly sweet, malty, alcoholic, with a very slight trace of the green raisins. Itís a burning, sweet drink, the 20.5% abv making itself known on every sip. Itís got a sticky sweet, alcohol finish and warms one up quickly. I managed to latch onto two of these. Itíll be interesting to see how the second is in a year or two.
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jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.19.2002 bottle. huge aroma of white wine and green grapes, and not much else. the flavor belies the aroma though; brown sugar, molasses, some alcohol tinges, but still fairly sweet. 20.5%? holy crap.
kane (111) - USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/19/02 Bottle. I was surprized to find a bottle of this as I thought they stopped making it, esp in the big bottles.
A clear med ruby color that pours with a very small non-lasting off-white head. A strong alcohol taste and aroma. Caramel sweet, med dark molasses, raisins come out but this is dominated by the alcohol. Slightly slick mouthfeel with a sweet caramel aftertaste. A powerful beer that is a very nice experiment and one that I hope they continue to make, along with their others.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dec 2002 bottle. Pours a dark, brownish amber color with very little head. Aroma is of fruits (figs, raisins, stuff like that) and lotsa malts. Malts are very sweet....boy this ale is incredibly smooth. This has many qualities of a fine liquor...maybe a nice port too. Nice smooth mouthfeel with oranges, touches of wood, raisins and figs in the flavor. Yes you can sense the massive alcohol presence, but itís not quite so "in the face" like Averyís The Beast. Finish is clean and smooth. Nice bitterness in the finish. Thanks John for sending this one. Iíll need to get more of this!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty w/ dark fermented fruit and an alcohol sweetness on the nose... the same in the mouth... the mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, well rounded, and full bodied. it poured a brown color w/ orange hues, slight head and thin lacing.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A huge and sincere thanks to Eyedrinkale for breaking this beer out last night. It has been eluding me for quite some time so Mr. Eyedrinkale, I really appreciate your generosity. Brown. Hints of raisins, deep malts, fruits and maple in the nose. Well.....This is another incredible and extreme Dogfish Head beer. I love the 120, WWS and this, but this beer is particularly well crafted. Malt accented with hints of caramel and dried fruits. Pretty damn good.
badgerben (4888) - 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.