beastiefan2k (2201) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 2001 bottle. One can smell the alcohol, almost like a mixed drink but after sipping the beer (the only way this one should be consumed) the alcohol is hidden very well. A definite taste of chocolate in this beer and a sweet aftertaste. I have never had anything like it.
2005 bottle drinking right now, start of Dec 9, 2006, 12:00am Eastern Time. A few days past Samichlaus day and just as Lennon’s anniversary passes. This must have been in the fridge a couple of months now. I let it warm for about 45 minutes in the bottle at room temperature. Poured it into a Celebrator glass, I figure two of my favorite doppelbocks should be joined in a way. This is a fav beer of mine however I have rarely enjoyed it this young. Its amazing how clear this is. Usually, i find a clear beer to be empty in the beauty department. But this is completely lucid, color is dark copper, just a few bubbles seen in the glass and a tiny lacing. Beautiful in its simplicity yet obviously not a simple thing to do. It reminds me of a quote referring to Raoul Dufy, something about a master can make something look extremely easy (eh, who needs exact quotes anyway). Now, either I have grown accustom to alcohol or it seems this isn’t as strong as I once thought (as noted above in an early rating). I mean the alcohol is still there but just seems more manageable. Well, outside the alcohol the nose is filled with dates, raisons, plums, dark fruits that were probably soaked in alcohol for a few weeks. Still damn nice. An extremely light body for such a strong brew. Just light on the cheeks, the lagering is great, no residual sugars left over. Taste has some chocolate coming out along with all those elements in the nose. Its this chocolate that becomes very pronounced with age as my experience with the Hürlimann version has showed me. Its promising for this version to go the same route (I sincerely hope). Leaves an alchy aftertaste, some resinous flavors as well. I can taste the plums for minutes after each sip, and feel the alcohol in my throat as well. This will become great with time. I am only about a quarter through the bottle and I am already talking about Dufy in my rating, another upside to this beer.
2001, Keg at HDG 2nd Anniversary party. Oh man, have I wanted to try this beer on tap for a long time. Finally got to try it on June 30th, 07. So my hunch was right, this beer really has barely aged in the keg. Tastes almost fresh, probably as the 1 year old bottle above. the beer did feel a bit thicker and was dark and a bit murkier than the bottle. Again, in keg I bet this could sit around forever.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 2000 bottle version.red in color and had a fruity smell.the high alcohl content was present but did not take away from the goodness of the beer.I had a 96 version and the 2000 was much better.You felt the alcohol go down but was smooth overall with a little aftertaste. Just finished off a 750ml of this and was great.It was sweet but should mellow with time.
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 vintage, tasted as part of an impromptu sampling of several "big" beers for a friend's birthday. Reddish-brown colour a small, quickly disappearing head. Body is very still with just a minimal amount of carbonation. Strong, alcohol aroma with malt and dark fruit notes, reminding me a bit of port or sherry. Flavour is big and warm, with notes of malt, dark cherry, plum, and caramel, and an obvious kick of alcohol in the finish. I think that another couple of years of aging would've mellowed the boozy edges of this one, but it was still a nice way to finish the evening.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 Edition: This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, caramel and alcohol. A flavor of malt, caramel, alcohol and touch of raisins and other dark fruits. This beer has a strong powerful finish and is definately meant as a sipping after dinner type of beer. Too bad I still can't get it in my state even with the new laws.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 (Vintage 2003) Thin foamy head which lasts a while. Strong, pungent aroma of alcohol, raisins and caramel. Clear body unlike the 2000 vintage. Dark orange in color. Thick mouthfeel. Strong alcohol presence which burns on the way down. NICE. Caramel and malty sweet. Alcohol kills alot of the flavor. Finish is warming and smooth with a big alcohol kick. A beer for sipping, at best. Rating remains the same.
(Vintage 2000) Almost no head and very little carbonation. Wow, powerful, complex aroma dominated by prunes and caramel. Color is a murky dark mahagony. Flavor is very powerful. Sweet with maple syrup, and some other dark fruits (raisin) in the flavor along with a big alchol punch. Guess you would expect it with a 14% abv. Finish is creamy smooth and leaves a lingering aftertaste with hint of smoke. Plus a big alcohol warming to boot. I recommend not drinking this one on an empty stomach. A very good, strong, complex brew that needs to be enjoyed slowly.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled in 2002. Dark brown colour, with white soft head. Rich ripe fruit aroma but surprisingly and pleasingly the alcohol didn’t dominate this beer. Head dies down quickly leaving sweet strong ale. Flavour was full and big. I recommend that you drink it slowly to make the most of its long full palate.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle of the 2001 vintage sampled in June 2003. A dark reddish-brown color with a thin laced tan head. Strong maple syrup, sweet, alcohol, brandy, and dark fruits in the aroma. Whatever lies ahead promises to be big. Initially sweet but quickly overtaken by a complex oily thick dark fruit flavor that releases enough alcohol to make you feel light headed. Other than the nice aroma I had trouble finishing this one. It was not refined enough.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 bottle. Very interesting. Dark reddish-brown color, very little head to speak of. Very sweet and was blasted out of the water by the alcohol. Warm feeling going down. Malty aroma, syrupy and sweet. Take your time to enjoy this one, especially because different flavors emerge as it warms.
argo0 (11128) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2000 bottle, sampled 5/29/03): Clear, brown-red body with quickly dissipating small beige head. Aroma is a cross between whiskey, molasses, and soy sauce. Taste is syrupy sweet, vanilla, and port/whiskey, finishing smokey whiskey and a solid alcohol burn. Minimal carbonation, but a very satisfying full-bodied palate.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love big beers and this is one of the finest I've had in years. Although strong, its clean and warming but without the harsh higher alcohols. The aroma and flavor are extremely complex and include notes of malt, smoke, anise, chocolate and probably a few I can't remember. Complexity is why I rated this beer as high as I did.