igneous1 (1514) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"DEC 19 2002" is the date on the bottle. color is amberish, head is light beige, pretty thin and mostly not lasting. aroma is heavy on toffee and butter, raisins, surprisingly, the alcohol is fairly well hidden in the aroma (it’s there, just not dominant). flavor does have strawberry notes, and is moderately sweet...there is an earthy and woodiness in the middle. mouthfeel is sticky as can be and coats the walls of your mouth. as others have stated, this bears no resemblance to raison d’etre. fairly mouthnumbing, and i’m really surprised at how well hidden the alcohol is. flavor is almost like a really sweet juice. there are also very slight chocolate notes in the flavor.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Doughy raison nose. Raison, musk, dough and sugar in the mouth. Soft mouthfeel that gives no hint of 20% abv. Finished dry and raisony.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful amber color with a small off-white head. Very rich dried fruit, grape, malt and champagne-like aroma. Very sweet raisin, plum, malt, and champagne flavors. A slight alcohol burn in the finish, but not as strong as I expected. Soft feel with a wet finish. Very good! Thanks footbalm!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with a small, quickly diminishing, off-white head. The aroma was full of dried fruit tones...raisins, prunes, and dates, with a noticeable alcohol character. The flavor was very sweet...waaaaaay sweet with the dried fruit tones, tons of brown sugar, some alcohol burn, but not nearly what you would expect for such a strong beer. The feel was thick and very soft...wet coating finish. Very nice interesting brew. Thanks footbalm!
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sticky sweet and dry. Strong as hell and requires multiple people to drink. Delicious in small sips with is raisin flavor, but it is not in anyway a session beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/28/04. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, sampled at Dr. Bill and Steiny’s 8th Annual 12-Hour Beer Festival in Orange, CA 8/28/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a resin-colored orange amber. Little tiny dust fleck-sized particles floating throughout the pour, giving a litle haze. Very full body, viciously viscous. Sweet, robust nose with caramel and sugar. Tastes of dried fruit, some very rich raisin and figs with big alcohol. Some maple syrup and a decadent, rich sweetness that you just know is going to hurt you in the morning, but that just feels and tastes too good in the moment to resist. Very full body with sticky, somewhat dry finish. Very velvety and sugary. Very delicious. Deliriously smooth and intoxicating. Yeah, you can feel the alcohol a bit, but at 20.5% this thing is practically a work of art!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is strong, malty, slightly sweet, with lots of caramel. Flavor is really strong and sweet, slightly cloying, with lots of caramel, some figs, dates, and a decent amount of alcohol.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Get out the smelling salts - no, nevermind, grab the DFH Raison D’Extra"! Are we sure this isn’t Cruzan spiced rum? Dense and syrupy while being sweet and tart - somewhat unique combination. A nice warmer that allows the alcohol and sweetness to overcome the sharpness of the other spiced ingrdients. Definitely one to share at 20.5% ABV.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany with little head and spots of lacing. No subtleties here. Alcohol slaps you in the face. Oak follows with a nice dose of malts. Caramel and roast taht is. Bitter hops along with citrus and other fruits. Spicy. Flavor is malty. Hides the alcohol very well. Figs and slight vinous qualities. Reminds me of brandy. Very velvety and smooth. Thick and chewy finish of caramel.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear crimson; moderate carbonation, decent fizzy efforts of head. The aroma is strong with sweet malt body & a light alcohol & chlorine nose. The flavor is assaulting with some dry vinager. Also lots of burning acidic mouthfeel. Finishes sweet, roughly balanced.