rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sam is king of high alcohol beers. All three high ABV beers that become available down here I;íve tried and liked. Ive had this out of the bottle and tap and love it.
rdixon77 (358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Big boozy raisin taste...almost close to a sweet barley line. Light hazy brown pour with almost no head. Aroma was booze (a punch of it), plums, candied sugar, raisins. The taste followed. Super rich and super sweet. Somewhat astringent. Definitely a sipper.
StayWhatUR (4) - - OCT 27, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 vintage shared by a very generous friend. Almost no carbonation but tones of smooth, raisin, oaky flavor. Really enjoyed this one!
NeoHippie2 (641) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. Dark brown pour with almost no head to speak of. Aromas of raisins, brown sugar, malt, and yeast notes. Itís retained some of its carbonation. Flavor is sweet raisin up front with toffee/caramel notes coming through as well as molasses. The finish is a little warm from the abv but not as intense as you might think. A great slow sipper by a fire without a doubt. This aged beautifully. Great beer.
Tstamba (143) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting fresh draught vs 07 vs 05 at the brewery... Dark brown, no head, like a raisin liquor, mellows nicely with age... The 05 is very smooth ... Amazing.
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TheHOFF43 (1432) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on my own. What the fuck, didnít know it was over 18%. Anyway, looks and tastes like a barley wine, with some nice dark fruits (perhaps raisins?), booze all over this, caramel and malts. I like it a lot, better to share with others though.
maxcoinage (25) - Wauconda, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Vintage acquired in a trade, had a nice carbonated sound when cracking it open. As I was pouring it then aroma was prevelant. Poured into a softer a dark brown color with a couple cm white head which dissipated quickly.
Aroma is fantastic - brown sugar, figs, dates, oak
Mouthfeel - fairly heavy and still a bit of carb, not as oxided as I would have expected.
Taste is just outstanding - similar to aroma- brown sugar, raisins, port, boozy
Finish is strong and hot. Enjoying this very much!
czar (3268) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle share at BW - pre-hill farmstead 3rd anniversary. 2002 vintage - thanks a lot! hazy light brown without a head. dry and complex caramel and caramelized nuts, raisins, plums, buttered nuts, light toasted coconut, oak and moderate old port characteristics. soft to flat carbonation, medium body - heavy stickiness, oily, cloying caramel finish. complex.. but did not wowed me.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 vintage. Pours a cloudy dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, figs, brown sugar, raisins, caramel. Taste is full of caramel, figs, raisins, brown sugar, dried berries, alcohol is barely present for a 20% abv beer. like and old port. Full body and low carb. Wow. Really impressed how this one held up well. Very good!
tom10101 (1835) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750 ml). 2002 vintage, so about 11 years old. Thanks a lot to the guy who shared this at Hill Farmstead pre 3rd Anniversary bottle share. Amber with no head and no lacing. Aroma is intense and amazingly complex with grapes, port, plum, candi sugar, malt, caramel, dark fruits and light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet with port notes, grapes, plum, dark fruits, candi sugar, honey, alcohol caramel, malt and light wood. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Winey/port like mouthfeel. Alcohol has mellowed and itís hard to believe that this beer is 20,5% abv. Amazingly complex. Iím not sure I would like a fresh version of this, but I was really impressed by this one. Itís like a fine Port. Definitely worth keeping this bottle for 10+ years.
adamjackson (1752) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark plum red. No head, almost flat. Smells very sweet like raisins and plums and burnt candied sugar. Taste is very insanely sweet. Loaded with dark fruits. The amount of complexity and layered flavors make this one of the best dogfish head beers I've ever had. Really incredible