BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Dull clouded reddish amber hue, negligible head formation. Sweet rich dark fruits, honey and burnt alcohol in the aroma. Slightly thickish syrpuy palate, blackurrant jam and cherry flavor, burnt raisin/fruitcake dries the finish a little. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering or to the extent that I thought it was going to be. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 2002: Poured nice reddish brown with no head...smell is very warm and dark with raisins, alcohol, perfume...taste was rich with a crescendo of sweetness like a great port...not nearly as full as I expected...didn’t taste like 20% though...
sloth (2957) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2005
2005: Pour is clear reddish brown with again, no head...smell is moderately sweet with...RAISINS!...the aroma is not nearly as intense as the original release...taste is just sweet as hell...taste is much more raisin than the original...the alcohol is not nearly as obvious either...this version really does just taste like "an amped up version of Raison D’Etre"...when I had the 02 release, I thought they were off, but not this time!
02 vintage: Acquired in a trade with mjames awhile back. Poured a clear amber color with a lasting small tan head, minimal lace. Sweet malt nose with hints of honeysuckle, raisins, plum, dark berrys and a touch of alcohol. Pleasently fruity. Med/full body, coating mouthfeel. Dark fruit flavors, sweet malts on the palate with notes of vanilla and that sweet alcohol warmth that makes for a lovely backdrop. A very interesting and flavorful brew. Finish is medium dry, warming, nice. A real pleasure to sip on. Thanks Mike! sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2005
Didn’t know a thing about this beer. Just have to give this beer props for going where know beer has gone before..Didn’t know this beer was 20.5 until it was put to my lips! BAM like a sledgehammer to the face, very deceptive on the nose,but in your mouth rich carmel,toffee,HUGE alcohol in your mouth. If it would been a little more balanced it would have put this beer right on top. It says to bury this bottle for a year and this was a 2002, I"m on a search for another to bury for a few more years!! Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 750 ml bottle dated Dec 19, 2002: Opens with a pleasing pop. Deep ruby amber hue, and I try to force some head on the pour, but it dissipates rather quickly. Nose is all sweet...Maple syrup, figs, brandy, vanilla, sherry, strawberry, raison, orange. Starts with chewy caramel, butterscotch, more fruit, and lots of it...Raison, cherry, fig, candied orange, brandy, wood, leather. Oily, syrupy body. This is 41 proof god damn it. Its hard to tackle this big bottle for breakfast. But hey, thats what we are here for damn it. Finishes with a surge of peppery alcohol. This is just incredible. For the weight, the alcohol is not that detectable....hehe. I cant get enough of these guys, and Sammy and the gang are just a bunch of real badasses. I want more D ’Extra!
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2005
It’s been a while since I had the raison d’etre, so I’ll need to give that one a go again for a frame of reference. The alcohol definitely gave a bite on the back of the throat. Figs and clove were apparent. Medium brown color. Not much haziness. Pretty good, would go well with pork. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Nice medium brown pour with bubbles as a head. Very very sweet and syrupy. Great flavors all over this brew, raisin, sugar, lots of alcohol, dark fruits. Very nice, and again...thanks to footbalm for this one. Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 2005 12oz bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of vanilla, raisin, isopropyl alcohol, brown sugar, sherry, hint of sweat socks. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Well, I got my wish to try a fresher sample and put it under the microscope in a controlled setting, and I can honestly say Avery Samael is far superior (and no, not just because Avery is local). Their aromas are somewhat similar on the surface, but Avery’s is much richer and more succulent, and certainly cleaner (this one has some dirty feet and rubbing alcohol)...DFH’s is simpler, watery, and more alcohol-heavy. Not impressed, and not worth its price. Not awful, but still couldn’t drink it. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Fruity aroma (with a whiff of medicinal alcohol), with a browny kind of color. It was impossible to drink this 20.5% ’beer’ without a shudder. But it was a warm, memorable shudder. If I wasn’t such a sissy-pants, I probably would have rated this beer higher. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Vinous and liquor-like in aroma and flavor. Intense alcohol presence, making me shudder at each sip. This beer is way big. I could definitely see myself enjoying this in a brandy snifter and smoking a fine cigar, but which one would I be able to finish first? League of Strange Beer Drinkers approved!