Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 Apperance is a dark brown with ruby reflects. Generous beige head that sticks to the glass like glue, every bubble is ultra-small and identical to its neighbor. Complex aroma reminiscent of port wine, grapes,licorice, plums, alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium to full body. Very complex. There’s just a little bit of everything in that beer it seems. Plenty of malty fruitiness with figs, plums, raspberries without neglecting brown sugar, smokey chocolate, nuts, spices. I hate to say it, but Et Cetera... That’s very big and deep stuff, but anyone would like it I believe. A lot of fresh hops character contributes to the intensity. The aftertaste is great, delicate, hoppy, but almost not bitter, superbly warming and pleasant. Out of this world balance considering the enormous quantities of malt and hops. MartinT had warned me this was religious stuff-> RIGHT ON! Probably the best beer to ever cross my glass. I bet this ages well too. At 4.12, this is almost under-rated. If I have the chance to taste something better than this, I don’t mind going to hell. I owe you one Jazz88! adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This beer has shown very variable over the last few samples, but when it’s on and pours with a huge head, you’ll know it was worth the 2 or 3 bottles you bought that were *only* worthy high 3s or low 4s.
Bought 5 cases of this from a distributor about 6 months ago (it wasnt available anywhere in my area for quantities of more than 4 -5 bottles at a time). Each month it has gotten better. All my friends & their relatives have been trying to take mine. I am almost
This beer is very rich, with loads of roasted flavors. Smokey, spicy, mild sweet are a few ways to characterize this beer. It has so many levels. So different from the fred, yet any true beerian will enjoy this brew. xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Pours black with a big head. Smells like cinnamons and raisins, awesome... lots of spices, plums and licorice, finishes with some smoke flavors. Close to flawless, and it's not by accident. Hair of the Dog knows what they're doing... BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Batch 56: Murky dark brown hue with a large initial tan head which never goes completely away and produced good lace. The aroma hints of tropical fruit as well as apricot and cherry. Additional aromas detected on the nose were caramel, pine, twangy yeast and a touch of wood. A large sweet and spicy taste took center stage with a twangy fruit and moderate bitter character playing supporting roles. The alcohol presence is noticeable but not overpowering, does a good job a cleaning the palate. Dry woody and nutty finish. The mouthfeel is lively yet also lush. Nicely complex brew with the ability to gracefully age another year or more. Recommended. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Batch 57.
An earthy dark brown color with a large caramel colored creamy head. The carbonation is hypnotizing as many evenly sized bubbles keep going up the side of my tulip shaped glass, leaving a one inch wide band of these bubbles that look like droplets of oil, exquisite. Quality vinous aroma with alcohol, bitter chocolate, and a sticky sweetness. Taste of alcohol, licorice, and sweet bourbon. A silky mouth feel with a sweet aftertaste. Almost makes me want to believe the whole Creationism theory, nah, that would be stupid.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Pours a dark brown with ruby edges, small tannish head the flees quickly. Malty sweetness in the nose. Slight bitter coffee flavor, high roasted malts. Finishes a bit cloying. Not too bad. PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 5, 2003
This is a wonderful ale, it's very strong, and malty. The taste is acctually a bit too sweet for me. I really need to have some with me to give it a fair rating Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Batch 54. This beer has serious head.GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 25, 2003
OK...although that would be a cool review. This beer does have serious carbonation, leaving a thick, slowly dissipating tan head over the murky (cloudy) brown-red body. Very potent aroma of caramel and toffee swirled with prune syrup. I keep wafting this vaporized bread pudding towards my nose. Impressive spicy-earthy hops profile complements the toffee and prune flavors. Picture barleywine flavor but the tightly carbonated body of a belgian strong ale. This could be a function of age too. A single shot of this beer would yield a near-perfect rating. As it stands, the alcohol could be toned down slightly for my tastes. But, I imagine this beer is meant to be savored in small quantities anyway. Truly great stuff.
Nice dark brown color. The taste is very robust. Loved the malt flavor. The hops did their job by giving this beer excellent balance. LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Batch #48. Rich looking beer with excellent sustained head. Chocolate, fruity nutty aroma. Very sweet robust malt flavor - intense. I should have poured this in a snifter.