unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an interesting cloudy deep brown, reddish color. Small head with decent lacing. Aroma is first alcohol with other dark fruit notes. Flavor is alcohol and sweetness. Reminds me slightly of prune juice (in a good way!) with a nice alcoholic tingle after the swallow. Deep and complex sweetness. Nice full body.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on 12/19/2002 - Clear dark orange with a small white head. Very interesting bubble action in the beer itself. No lacing but instead the beer sticks to the glass in fingers like wine. Very small particles that rise to the top VERY s-l-o-w-l-y. The aroma is nice, raisins and cherries. Sweet mainly but alcohol is also detectable on the nose. The flavor is huge chewy raisins with a wallop of alcohol at the end. The body is extremely huge and chewy. Very syrupy. Sweet flavors linger and a slight bitterness develops. Alcohol warms the throat and numbs the gums like a liquer. This beer and the 120 minute IPA, also from Dogfish Head, are proof that high alcohol beer does not have to taste like a cloying sweet liquer, a-la Sam Adams Triple Bock, Utopias, etc...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy S**t, this beer kicked my ass. I knew it was strong but, man, a 750 of this stuff put me on my ass. The deep amber brown body of this beer is topped by a thin to medium thick, fizzy, quickly disappearing head with little lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet, bready and fruity (plums, grapes) with strong notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet (almost cloying), bready and fruity (again plums and grapes) with notes of toffee and a pronounced alcohol presence. The finish is vinious and laced with alcohol. This is a full bodied beer with a warmth from alcohol and a tingle from the carbonation.
JorisPPattyn (8099) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark horsey beer, clear. No head, beer is "crying" like fortified wine or brandy in the glass - amazing! Rich alcohol-ridden nose, vinous, sherry-like, raisins on brandy, beautiful. Taste is sherry, raisins, liqueur, other ripe fruit as plums, figs, and unfortunately (-1 point), liquorice. Enormous alcoholburn, the overdose does betray itself here; terribly heavy warming feel, OTOH, syrupy thickness is not too much. This is another exceptional brew by DFH. Where the individual notes lost some points, the overall rate deservedly gets better - even 't Anker haven't pushed this far. I wish they did.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage,very young and damn i had no idea it was 20.5 ABV.This will definately be an adventure.Nice dark amber color,small uneventful head that faded fast.The aroma was Wine like and mildly malty with a nice dried fruit hint and maybe some other fruit that i just can't identify,sofar so good the alcohol does show up in the aroma but it is sofar mild.Very sweet taste with a heavy alcohol accent,fruity and syrupy kind of heavy on the palate,and hard to down with the alcohol getting in the way,i've always had a hard time with these high ABV brews.The brew is quite phenominal and tasty but the alcohol has a definate hinderince to it.Possibly with more time it would blossom into something less harsh but at this age it's an ass kicker.Thanks to Pabobcat for this brew.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"7" bottling date? code?. Very beautiful ale with a mahogany hue. However, not much going for it. I had an undocumented sample about a year ago that had a pronounced Belgium "funk" to its palette. However, this was just a bit boozy. Either young, a year old, or nothing to recommend it.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown red color with little head. Aroma is a sweet spicy but is masked by the alcohol. There is a definate depth to this that makes it fun to drink....well that and the alcohol.... The sweetness with the complexity is a definate plus side to the flow of this beer, offsetting the strong alcohol presence.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like bourbon. Sour vinous aroma with a ton of sticky stuff (maple, brown sugar) going on. Alcohol burns the nose. Sweeeet that turns to caramel to grape then finishes roasty. Low carbonation, but you don't need much carb with this much alcohol.
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big. I think that the unusual ingredients like the raisins really shine through in the Extra vs. the Etre. Head fades completely in about 15 seconds. Pretty, deep, almost pure burnished copper color. Aroma of raisins, port wine, and sherry. This is far more along the lines of a liquor than a beer. The taste is warmly integrated alcohol, figs, raisins, dates, and some chocolate. Complex. Far better when it has warmed to room temperature. Truly wish they would offer this in a smaller bottle, or just completely give up on having any carbonation so I can cork it like a port and consume it over several days. This would be fantastic with a rich desert.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit on the strong side for me. Pours a dark amber with a thin head. Great complexity, but the alcohol comes on a bit too strong for me to really enjoy it.