DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Looks like a nice glass of English bitter, with its small head and reddish-brown "clear as a bell" color. The nose however, encounters the perfumy combination of a Belgian triple. Alcohol, fruit, honey - (is it the raisins?), yeast, a subtle hoppiness, and the most important part - funkiness - like it was buried in the ground for awhile. Very sweet, rich yet delicate flavor, excellent mouthfeel. Finish may be a bit sweet, but this has to be my favorite DH brew. delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2003
clear ruby brown color, fluffy head. the aroma had me going "uh oh, smells like alcohol". the first sip confirmed this fear. whoever used the southern comfort/whiskey description was deadon. unfortunately, i once had a horrendous run in with southern comfort and can’t stand the smell/taste of it. honestly, with all of the longing i’ve had to try this beer and all of the hoopla surrounding dogfish head, i’m a wee bit disappointed. but thanks so much to ecrvich for the trade! Panzuriel (2256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Very nice semi-acrid semi sweet aroma. Good carmelly brown color. Thin white head. Good sweet wine-like taste with a nice alcohol twinge at the back of the mouth. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
an amber of whiskey and rust with scattered fragments of hunter orange fill the glass; the head kind-of emulates the "comb-over" of desparate baldness: being lush on the sides but threadbare wispy across the middle. cotton-candy aroma has whiskey on it’s breath. success of this beer rises or falls depending upon one’s feelings about concentrated brandied raisins. there are sub-titles announcing the sweet, dark malts-- and so it goes with the flavor: lots of sweet raisin bran and southern comfort. functional carbonation, good mouthfull of entertainment, quite tasty. JorisPPattyn (10003) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2002
Colour is mahogany all right. Nose of burnt sugar, molasses, candi syrup, dried raisins. Taste is sweet, slightly madeira-ish, after a while raisins again and finish with some cigar tones. Complex indeed, but body lighter than 8%ABV would give. Question: do they think at DFH Belgian brewers use beet sugar for quality?
It still is a very good imitation of the Gouden Carolus of yesteryear.
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
I thought I’d hate a raisin beer, but it turned out to be one of my absolute favorites. Wonderful complex flavor, with just a bit of raisin, and a soft sweet aftertaste. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2002
Dark golden color. Body is juicy, very fruity and candyish. Notes of banana and yeast in the nose as well. Body is alcoholic, yeasty and fruity with hints of raisin. Soft mouthfeel and almost too sweet. Very nice, complex and juicy. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Has a nice amber color and an alcohol smell. Taste reminds me of some of the barley wines that I hhave had and it finishes with a alcohol flavor. Overall it iis not my favorite because of the alcohol flavor, but it is not that strong and is a rather smooth brew. Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2002
This has an almost mahogany dark amber hue, a richly complex, malty, phenolic (bubbelgum), yeasty (banana), somewhat brandyish nose.
The palate is unique to say the least. I’m picking up a lot of peppery, brandyish flavours, leafy hops...a very
firm, lean body...very complex. mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
amber colour. fruity, banana-ish, raisiny, slightly yeasty aroma. spritzy mouthfeel. fruity, spicy, slightly alcoholic flavours. fruity caramel finish lingers. very nice.