CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 1 oz sample at the EBF: Pours a clear, viscous still copper color. Sweet butterscotch bourbon aroma with lots of dark fruit complexity. Starts rich and syrupy sweet with mild caramel, toffee, and a strong burning alcoholic finish. Nice for a one ounce sample, but I donít think Iíd want anymore than that and I certainly would never buy a bottle especially for what they charge. As far as Iím concerned, this is liquor, not beer.
2007 vintage shared by ATLbeerdog on 6/3/08 (bottle # 08474): Still transparent copper orange pour with a nice viscosity and sticky legs. Aroma of sweet maple syrup and raisins with some big alcohol notes and a touch of sweet butterscotch. Body starts very full, thick and sweet with some nice complex toffee and brown sugar flavor, but has more alcohol heat than the "mellow" HotD Dave it was sampled next to. Should age well.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pure alcohol aroma is liqueur-like with strong notes of licorice, nuts and chocolate. Clear copper coloured and still. As expected, there is no head whatsoever. Strong alcohol burn. Very sweet and liquorous. This doesnít really work for me as a beer or as a liquor. There are brewers making super-high ABVís that still taste like beer and there are many distillers that are making products that Iíd prefer if in the mood for the hard stuff. Glad of the opportunity for the sample. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft, EBF: Clear orange, no head. Huge alcohol nose in the midst of crushed fruits, mostly orange and overwhelming cognac. Medicinal vanilla almost soy sauce reminiscent sea water melts within the cognac to create a tongue burning sensation. Meaty, fat and gross. A fine scotch burns less with twice that alcohol and provides more enjoyment. Still liquor body, not as thick as expected, fortunately I assume.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2014 The Lure:
Alcohol bombardment attempts to blind the nostrils but some deeply caramelized cereals can be perceived during the onslaught. You have to blink to protect yourself though.
This isnít beer, itís hard liquor and pancake syrup. Alcohol is everywhere, lingers and coats the palate. Perchance, earthy caramel and fruitiness can be found, redolent of some of their Triple Bock attempts, but that burning splash of ethanol I endure every sip of it is not very pleasurable. I respect the craft, but DFH has proved to me that high abvs can be thoroughly hidden in beer. This is well made, but it is not for me.
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
1.5 oz sample at the Extreme Beer Fest, January 2005. Vibrant color in the glass; deep auburn hues mix with rusty orange tints and light mahogany browns. Thick looking, with no head, but plenty of haziness. A touch of white lace on the edges of the glass. Aroma, not surprisingly, was filled with a mix of intoxicating spirits. Brandy, cognac, dark rum, bourbon (of course) and add oak to all of this. Difficult to identify as beer, by the aroma, but perhaps some traces of sweet caramel. Flavor is immediately full of coconut, unrefined cane sugar, molasses, oak and a hint of yeast. Highly burning sensation from the alcohol begins midway through and climaxes on the finish. Some sticky caramel malt notes, and enough body from the malt to identify this as beer, but itís borderline. Syrupy sweetness present to some degree, as the alcohol runs rampant. . . . . On the plus side, the hops arenít overdone and the consistency was pretty agreeable.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this at the Extreme Beer Festival in Boston, 1/29/05. I had low expectations after having tried their Triple Bock, but this one was nothing short of phenomenal. The color and aroma are very Scotch/Cognac like, basically a very oaky liquor, but this had a hint of malt sweetness in it. The flavor was that of a very smooth blended scotch, again with just a touch of sweetness in the finish, with notes of butterscotch and toffee. The 1oz sample I had was probably the perfect quantity, though I wish Iíd had it in a snifter. Worth $100? Maybe between a group of friends.
macdeffe (52) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard to guess this is a beer in blind tasting. It is like a good whisky with low alcohol content but still filled up all other components giving the whisky itís taste. Being first and foremost a whiskydrinker I find this very interesting. It shows you how important the wood is for whisky and itís likes
larsniclas (6189) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber, no head.
Extremely malty; whiskey, cognac...
Very sweet and fruity. Vinous, apricots. Very present alcohol.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
GABF Sampling: liquor and scotch aroma, vanilla tasting, very light color, milder taste, cloying, carmel, scotch
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At FOBAB í04. Wow this is not what I would call beer, with no head and high alcohol. This "beer" was very clear and orange colored. The nose has an alcoholic and slight maple syrup scent. When tasting, there is big alcoholic burn that makes you think you are drinking hard liquor but there is some sweetness coming through after the first sip.