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 (1573) - 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 (3620) - 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.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Belgian Beer Fest. Thanks to DYCSoccer for letting me use his special pass to get a taste... whew! what a beer! smells like rubbing alcohol boiled with ripe fruits...i can taste the % (this is a no pussies allowed brew) this baby will warm ya right up...
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Heavyweight Open House
10/31/04. Bottled 2002. Chestnut color
with basically no head whatsoever.
Amazing sweet malty aroma with lots of dark fruits, brown sugar and a hint of the alcohol bite that is to come. Very sweet malt flavor with raisins, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla. It seems like every sip yields a new flavor. Beautiful
thick, rich palate. Nice warming finish.
Everyone should have a bottle of this on hand for those cold winter nights by the fire.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10.31.04 Sampled at Heavyweight from 750ml bottle (2002 bottling), thanks to my new friend Steve, wherever you are. Beautiful beer is dark brown sugar and minimal head. Aromas absolutely reek of mouth watering sweet maltiness, raisin, brandy -- fuck Pavlovís dog, I am Pavlov, I ring the bell and pour a second sample. Steve, you rock! This beer makes my knees buckle. The huge ABV, no doubt subdued from its original 20%, plays naughtily in and out of the thick malt palate, itís a scrumptous dessert of heavy cakes soaked in winey goodness. Iím back in the olde country. A rogue wanderer at your door begging, just another taste of old bread and wine, sir? Please? Everything good about DíEtre is amplified in this effort, everything less pleasant, like the carbonation, is out with the bathwater. Maybe my favorite DFH beer to date. At the very least, the most memorable.