adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hhow can this be classified as a brown ale? This is a barleywine all the way! Strong aroma - mostly sweetness, alcohol, lots of whiskey characteristics.
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown appearance, nose of brown-ale type malts: caramel and maple. No head on this one. First sip stings the tongue and continues to burn through the drink. Burning throughout... has the flavors of almonds, other nuts, peaches, apricots. Very resiny and thick.
temporrari (388) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Big ass beer. Pour with a decent head that diminished fast. Deep amber like color. Slight woody characteristics. Hides the ABV in the aroma and mouthfeel, but is sure warms your chest up on the way down. Flavor gets much better as it warms up. I drank a whole bottle alone in about 2 hours. Once I got to the last of 3 glasses, mind you I was quite buzzed by then, it almost tasted like Indian Brown Ale with a lot more ooomph. Iíll re-rate a more mature bottle in about 2 years.
2005 Bottle: Woody, port like aroma and flavor. Still retains an overall beeriness. Raisins, sweet. Strong tasting but ABV is hidden well. Itís not even as abrasive as the 20% tawny port I have in my fridge. Sipping beer. Would go well with a nice dinner, chicken or duck or something like that.
5 year old 2002 Bottle Re-Rate coming SOON
ClarkVV (4065) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 12/19/2002 bottle sampled 03/12/2004. Good pour, fairly muddy, with some drab browns, yellows and oranges. Good light caramel colored head. Aroma of vegetables, beet sugar?, dry pulpy hops and ripe brown fruits (pears, bananas, mangos). Starts out immensely sweet, huge candied sugar taste dominates the palate. Mouthfeel is extra-super-double full and slightly syrupy, definitely chewy. Raisins, prunes, figs, dates, more sugar AND alcohol. Yes, definitely an intense alcohol flavor. Alcohol adds bitterness and attempts to dry this out, but canít, this is so sweet. Finishes sharp and acidic due to the alcohol, with some sweet caramel flavors and more raisins. I thought raison díetre was sweet enough without having to up it to this level. I guess if they added more hops apparency, it wouldnt be the same beer, but it needs something, this stuff is just plain brutal. Interesting celery flavor though, yes, that definitely reminds me of celery. 8/4/6/2/11
Vintage 2004 draught Itís nice to have tried both vintages of this stuff, but my feelings arenít changed. Too much alcohol, way too sweet. Even the little mouthfull I had was painfully burning, alcoholic and just too much. Seems like this yearís is spicier than the 2002. Perhaps to hide all that alcohol? It dosenít do it though. 7/2/6/2/12
Vintage 2005 draught 16oz pint. Iím likin this yearís version. Complexity is not very high, and itís still rather boozey, but I like the basic flavors, cherry, dates, toffee and a slight raisiny-like sweetness in the back. Nice and honey-thick, almost syrupy. Less sharp, alcoholic and overbearing than the 2004 and much less thick, syrupy and cloying than the 2002. Probably my favorite yet. Might even have to get a bottle. 8/2/7/3/12
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was kindly given to me as a sample at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival by the ever gracious jcalabre! This delectable trogladite effervesced a brandy-like alcoholic aroma that begged for consumption. Sweet nectar was dying to be flowing through my veins!! The aroma continued with heavy alcohol, some cherry and vanilla malts and sweetness...perhaps raisins. Appearance-wise we're looking at an ambery ale..headless and intimidating. The taste provides that warm belly feeling that we've all grown to love. Brandy beer at its finest. Heavy alcohol and twigs, with a nice strong, tangy raisiny finish. Dry finish, no carbonation to speak of..and dangerous at 20.5%! I definitely want more!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bad boy has been in my basement for about a year know and I could not wait any longer. Also I was out of other beer. I pours a deep ruby / mahogany red. Little to no head. Aroma has a definate raisen and date aroma. Whoa baby. The flavor is like getting hit in the face with a shovel! More like a port wine or a brandy than a beer. Bit I do like it indeed. It does not have the grape like flavor tha some DF big beers have. I guess they do not use the champagne yeast in this one. It lacks the complex flavo of DF WWS but this is still a BIG beer to tell the grandchildren about. I think I will be heading to bed after a 750ml bottle of this.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great after dinner beer. Wow. REally good. Malty. Dark color. Taste of raisins all throughout it. Very drinkable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent after dinner drink. Big raisin vanilla alcohol aroma. Reminds me of scotch or whisky. Malty raisin flavor with a nice alcohol sweetness. Very drinkable, especially in front of a hot fire on a cold winters day, or while watching a Superbowl.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely rich and fiery beer. If that makes sense right off the bat. Very hazy ruby colored ale. Extremely malty, sweet, rich and buttery. Many notes of dark fruits, caramel and toffee, and lesser notes of brown sugar and tawny port. The fiery aspect of cognac blended with belgium candy sugar is a treat, and certainly makes for one hell of a warming on the way down. Full bodied and a bit syrupy. I love it and want more. Special thanks again go out to John at DFH. Are you sure you're not going to make this again?? :-)
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 Original rating, 750ml bottle 1/11/2004. Alocohol / dark fruit/berry nose with some brandy in it. Small fizzy head is gone immediately. Body is a nice amber/red color. Tastes sweet with fruit, and canít really find any hops. I just donít like the alcohol. Perhaps the sweetness and the alcohol balance nicely, but still not too keen on the ABV. 7 / 2 / 7 / 3 / 12
Rating 9/20/2005, fresh 12oz bottle.
Clear copper color, nice soapy head.
Nice full sweet aroma of raisins, lots of odd malts, orange hops, vanilla, grass, but little alcohol.
Sweet alcohol, fruit. Sweet raisin fruit balances the alcohol nicely.
Very nice overall. Blended complexity in the aroma, and a nice flavor. Though, the flavor doesnít seem quite as complex. Its great, but not as complex.
9 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 15