axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bel Air. Pours a cloudy orange/brown color with a small rocky white head. Aroma is dark fruits and alcohol. Flavors are raisins, prunes, cherries, apples, and alcohol. Alcohol isn’t too bad for 14% but it’s there. Pretty good actually. Cobra (1100) - - JAN 2, 2006
Totally Belgian. On tap at Bowie, Md. Served in a small snifter. Hazy, orangish color, with a minimal off white head. Aromas are of rum soaked dried fruit, Belgian funk, and alcohol galore. Massive amounts of caramel, and minimal hops make for a head pounding experience.
Good thing I only had one of these rascals. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
On tap: Aromas of fruit, raisin, apple, and big alcohol. Pours a transparent amber, almost orange, with and off-white head. Very sweet. Lots of apple, raisin, honey, and residual sugar. Gets a tad sweeter in the finish and amazingly there’s no alcohol detectable. Very tastey, but due to the high sweetness, I could not drink more than one glass of this in one sitting without it wearing on me. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
Doughy, cakelike, mild aroma with plenty of berry-like fruitiness, some doughlike character and occasional suggestions of alcohol. Opaque ruby brown body with a low off white head that recedes to ring. Marzipan, sherry flavours, plenty of vinous dark fruits and doughlike pastry sweetness that hovers on the verge of cloying but never crosses the line as alcohol becomes more and more apparent on the tongue. Strong alcohol warming to the medium full body with somewhat low carbonation. Comparisons to the DFH product line are apt. Sampled on the PA trip 2005.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2005
One of my favorites from DuClaw. pours a deep amber. Aroma is very fruity. I detect mostly dark fruits. Flavor is quite complex. there is sweetness from caramel and fruits. it hides the 14.6% very well. If you get a chance try this one!
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
12/2/05: On Tap, Bowie.ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Malty, sticky sweet aroma. Flat and tranquil looking with a red-brown body. Colossal amount of malty fruit flavor. Brandy, apple, cherry, dates and alcohol. Fruity, medium dry finish. Alcohol is definitely there, but also well hidden for being 14.6%. Wowzers.
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Draft at DuClaw. Deep amber with ruby tint, smallish head. Aroma is sweet and brandy like, some fruity esters and some alcohol. The flavor is very sweet, caramel, prunes and raisins. Alcohol is evident, but suprised that this was 14.6%. The texture is thick and sticky. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
Pours a clear brown color with a ring of offwhite lace. Aroma of alcohol and soy. Flavor of strong alcohol and soy with a mild bitter finish. The body is light with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. I don’t like the alcohol burn in this one. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
The Lure:Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Suave strawberries and cherished cherries masterfully integrate the brandyish malty sweetness. Alcohol is expertly positioned in that it tactfully shows its presence without bothering any of the present aromas.
Low carbonation and thick maltiness mimick the higher alcohol sippers very well. Fruity caramel expands beautifully into a brown rum strength and sweetness, lingering pleasantly for the sweet tooth, without ever getting cloying. A simple and potent digestif, not unlike Dogfish Head’s own classy experiments.
The king is getting up from his throne.
Partying candi sugar create all kinds of molasses and fat chocolate aromas, highly candyish and insanely sweet, but leaning toward the fine liquor or port wine more than the aggressive high alcohol cheap beverages. It passes through a rainbow of fruits before hitting you with its alcohol content all at once, the sweetness becoming hard to tolerate for me. It doesn’t just feel like an unjustified beast, but I’m not the biggest fan of port either, due to a limited tolerance to extreme sugariness. It remains complex and uncommon rather than a caricature, a bit like the upscale Dogfish Head products, so you know what to expect, thick syrupy malts showing you their muscles. Full bodied, light carbonation, long finish.