jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 My only "20" thus far. 2003 edition (from notes). Served at cool room temp in snifter, pulled straight from clarifier tank. Huge sweet-warm nose. Beautiful clear red with off white creamy head. Fresh bread with molasses and nuts. Hoppy notes with late resiny bitterness. Tawny port with notes of wood, honey, pepper, and spice. Complicated, jammy. Great overall. badgerben (5354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
2005 edition - another winner. Beautiful deep red-brown. Aroma of cherries and brandy. Deeply bitter. Deeply alcoholic. Excellent!!
2006 - just can’t find a fault! This year is yet another excellent beer. Rich, gummy, port-like. Beautiful garnet hue. Another "20"
2003 Vintage; sampled on draft November 11, 2004: It looks like semi-clear mud, if that makes any sense at all. Expected aroma of barley, but much sweeter than I would have expected; quite nice. Oh crikey, the taste... It is loaded down with malted and raw barley with a medium alcohol presence. What surprised me most was that it has a very herbal and root-ish quality to it like some Quads. Slightly bitter at the end and, unfortunately, there was an end. I could drink this daily (although my liver may disagree with me). Incredible. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2005
I was surprised this was on tap this late in the year. Had it once last year, and it was incredible. this year was no different. Probably my favorite beer by this brew pub. jkane (21) - USA - MAY 19, 2005
Great Dane is a fantastic place to get beer. This is always my first choice when I find them at beer tastings. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 2003 Vintage. This is good stuff. Mahogany body with an off-white head. Good sweet fruity aroma. Big cherry licorice flavor in the start (note, I’m not copying DavidP when I say "big"). Turns into a sticky, resiny hop flavor/feel. Bitter at the end (but not overly bitter). Good mouthfeel, thick. Alcohol isn’t too noicable anywhere. Very enjoyable, both in taste and to see Great Dane experimenting!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2004
2001 version, sampled on draft August 2004 in Madison: hazed red-brown, full head quickly runs to the edges…amazing fresh strawberry aroma, drizzled with sweet caramel and sugar crystals. Beautifully developed carbonation delivers luscious juices across the palate: juicy strawberries up front, followed by honey, caramelized alcohol, sweet grass, rose petals and bitter raisins…this one has done well the last three years – I think that I heard them say it was in some sort of bourbon barrel for part of the time, which I never would have guess from the flavours (no over-powering whiskey/alcohol bit), simply great. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 On tap at G.D. Madison. Poured a clear, deep reddish-brown with a thin beige ring for head. Dark berries, alcohol, caramel, and some earthy malts found the nose. Lots of sweet berry malts and lots of booze in the flavor... mild spicy maltage at the finish. The alcohol really took over as this warmed... very remnicent of rubbing alcohol at times. Syrupy sweet malts on the palate with a big, astringent dark berry and alcohol finish. This came across as very brash and rough. 7 3 6 3 12 DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Re-rate March ’08, 2005 Vintage.
A couple years on this beer made a whole world of difference! The color stayed the same, but picked up a nice shimmer. The aroma found deep, aged dark fruits and caramel paired with light herbal notes.. alcohol only served as an amplifier, and everything melded delightfully together! The flavor found deep, toasty dark fruits and toffee at the core with warm and spicy herbal accents.. warm, but very well-balanced.. warmth brought out some brown sugar and other delectible dark sugars. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. a couple years took this from brash to smooth as glass. Fantastic!
05 vintage, what a treat! Pours a dark ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong walnut and vanilla. Flavor is walnuts, vanilla, plus, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, and pear. Finishes mildly bittersweet. Little carbonation. Amazingly creamy. Reminds me of sherry. Very nice! howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Two years old. Still huge hop character after two years, but very nicely balanced. Hand-pulled, brilliant deep amber body with a soft creamy head. Big soft body full of oak, cherry, brandy, hop flavors. Lingering bitter aftertaste. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2004
This beer is a different recipe from the Old Scratch. 2003 Vintage. Big big cherry and chocolate start with oily, resinous citrus hop bitterness. Alcoholy, cherry liqeur aroma. Light alcohol in the finish.