Crockett (1017) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep red/amber with a lasting medium sized brown butter head. Plenty of hop and brown sugar, toasted malt in the aroma. Well layered hops go from fresh green juice to burnt. Very dry but sticky resin at the same time. Not as balanced and wonderful as the original. Bigger isn’t always better. Oily fruit. Toffee. Some coffee lingers in the back ground. Very full bodied. Interesting.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The DB was a bit lighter in colour than I expected, more along reddish lines. Its nose is that of dried fruits, a nose that is borne out by the the taste. The advertised moniker of being a "lacerative muther of a beer" is quite apt when the first sip is taken and the strong alcohol makes its presence known, especially when it is a strangely dry, bitter, hoppy taste for such a high-alcohol beer. It has some hints of sweetness, but they are just that - hints. It is an excellent beer, I can’t wait to try their oaked version. I just have to cough up the $100+ Cdn first.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Red/Brown Coloring. Sweet and Surprisingly Light Aroma. The Palate Shows its True Colors. If one Was to Believe in Hell and in Hell, There Was Fury, I believe They Were Taking Notes On People’s Reactions to Stone Double Bastard. Extreme Hop and Coursing Alcohol Immediately Begin the Invasion of Your Body and Doesn’t Let Up. Still...Sweet Notes Linger to Suggest That Perhaps This Brew is On Your Side....Which in Turn Is Laugable When The Warming Hits You Fully. Wonderful Brew! ..and an Appropriate 1,100th Beer to end 2004 With. Thank-you Ratebeer!
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
extremely deep reddish amber color, crystal clear. head is thick beige-colored and lasting. aroma is LOADED with caramel malts, buttery as can be. lots of toffee, and woodiness. flavor is thick, very slightly alcoholic, full of caramel malts with an excellent hop presence throughout. malts are strong, but pale in comparison to the dryness created by the hops. thank you Cheri!
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good, but rapidly vanishing crème-amber head; very dark red-chestnut colour. Great hopskick at the same time a sweetish, grapey, even raisiny aroma, might be restsugars, but I bet it are both malts (toffee-ish) and hops. My co-taster complains of too much bitterness. I don’t - I LOVE this grapey-hoppy taste. Superb, and what balance! Oily, full-bodied, slick, nearly viscous. Maybe being weaned on trappist ales made me worthy? I don’t know, but to a natural hophead, this kind of Californian hopmonsters are great - in this case a great renewed acquaintance. Big thanks to FilipG.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap from Mugs in Brooklyn.
This is a nice beer. It is well-balanced and the alcohol is well hidden because the finish is dominated by spices and bitterness. Nice beer. Quite similar to the little brother, just stronger.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Mugs in Brooklyn. I was actually disappointed with this, not because it wasn’t very excellent, but because I didn’t get blown out of my shoes with an oral assault. Maybe I was misled.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Mugg’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sweet and glorious beer--do not chug, you will die. Nutty--like roastedness of nuts. Perhaps what fermented grass would taste like. Hope like iodine. Poisonous but purifying. You shan’t be the same man again after this one.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown sugar, toffee and caramel in the aroma, clear, dark ruby, pours a small toffee head. Flavour is a fine malt, with caramel, treacle, lovely woodiness, some hops but they’re subtle. Full bodied, very well balanced, bitter and warming. Superb!
Thanks so much joey_capps!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Release. Hazy dark brown w/ a purple hue. Pale tan foam. Sweet aroma of caramel & toffee w/ orangey, citrusy hops & mild notes of vanilla & mint. Smooth, rounded, full-bodied feel. Complex flavour of caramel, toffee, cookie dough w/ a big, citrusy hop character & notes of leafy tobacco, vanilla, & oak. Warm, lingering, alcohol laden finish.