jkwalking05 (4114) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted in 2009. Copper in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of booze, brown sugar and malt. Taste is of bread dough, malt, caramel, toffee and brown sugar.
djd07 (5022) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a cloudy amber with small off white head. The aroma is a fruity malt and oak. Medium mouthfeel with a vanilla oak flavor and sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A good American strong ale from DuClaw.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Brownish red pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, very sweet, and maybe some dark fruit. Taste is sweet, more alcohol, a little caramel, brown sugar, and some spice.
Bricks (681) - Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost sickeningly sweet, but the taste is awesome. Syrupy goodness -- my imagination compares this to a potion you would consume in a game like Diablo. Great.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
wowza. 2009 vintage 22oz. this definitely drinks almost like a mead, very sweet and rich and thick. nice carb though. good stuff, drinks well for a while but its just an uphill battle against cloying after a while. some oak to dry this out and add some of the sweeter sweet flavors like vanilla and caramel would be really nice. right now its sweet but really dark pitted fruit, some prune, etc. but with some nice things underneath that could be brought out.
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured 750ml into a chimay glass. Has a scotch color with no defined head. Notes of baked figs with strong notes of alcohol. The aroma translates to the taste. It goes downs surprising well given the high alcohol. This beer exhibits more complex and enjoyable favors has it gets closer to room temp.
seekingup2 (80) - - DEC 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ bel air location, and 22oz bottle. Definitely had a "liquor" aroma, as well as heavy spices. Very high alcohol content and to me it definitely tasted like it. Great for what it is, just not my style.
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brownish red with small off white head little lacing. Aromas of apples, cinnamon, and booze. Taste is sweet, notes of apple, kind of like a cider. Little carbonation, warms as it goes down. Overall, this has nice flavor but too big for me. The ABV is high and fairly well hidden, but still too sweet and too much booze.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. I believe this was the second release because it came in a 22 ounce bottle.
The beer pours a reddish-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is very sweet with a lot of dark fruit, light tartness, caramel and brandy notes.
The flavor is similar. There is a ton of sweetness in this beer. There are also some dark cherries and brown sugar in the flavor, as well as a lot of alcohol. Even though the alcohol is extremely noticeable, I still think it is somewhat well hidden for a beer of this strength.
Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.
obguthr (4356) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overripe banana, grain, and apple aroma. Hazy ochre, thin head. Syrupy sweet banana, apricot, and triple sec flavor with triple sec strength. Apploe skins also detected. Extremely without balance, no hops. The alcohol is strong but palatable. Actually more drinkable than DFH 120, but with far less hops. Not awful, but I’d rather have more balance.