BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle served in Duvel snifter: Pours a reddish brown with a surprisingly short lived head and minimal lacing. The aroma has notes of grape juice, honey, brown sugar, crystal and toasted malts, and some antiseptic vapour. The taste has some fruitiness but seemed flat and almost stale. Versus most HeBrew big beers this one is rather mundane and utterly boring, not even the malt pop on this. Washed out flavor profile and chalky medicinal finish. Heck, this is not even boozy and hot like some of its stablemates and that would have even been welcomed to excite this flabby blahness. The tepid mouth feel just adds to the ... wait I dosed off there for a second, oh yeah this is a disappointing offering to say the least. Epic fail!
sinfull (1523) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, chestnut color. Thin head . Aroma of malt , caramel and grape. Malty , sweet taste with dry , alcohol ending. The bottle was kind of vintage, so it probably changed a lot.
decaturstevo (5956) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with off white head. Aroma is raisins and malt. Flavor is sweet malt and dried fruit. A light hinto cherry as well. Medium body with ok carbonation. Ok beer but glad I don’t have 10 bottles to drink.
beerbill (3615) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Bellport Cold Beer & Soda. I was pleasantly surprised to find this vintage beer sitting on the shelves in Dave’s store. Pours a murky brown with a moderate amber-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Happily, there were no chunks floating about as happens from time to time with older beers. The aroma is strongly toffee with notable sweetness. A bit of overripe orange in the nose as well. The flavor is even sweeter than the aroma suggests with super sweet toffee and some supporting overripe orange. There was no sign of the concord grape in either the nose or the taste. Cloying on the palate. I would have liked to have had this one much fresher. Alas, it did not age well.
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Bottle from Bootleggers. Dark amber with a slight purple haze and minimal head. Aroma of grapes and wood. Taste is very weird: grape, hazelnut, hints of coffee. Not a usual combination.
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes from 2011 -- Pours a dark amber with almost no head, had a reddish hue to it. Candi Sugar dominates initial whiff which fades to malt and grape sweetness. Initial dull malt flavor that gives way to complex malt, grape, citrus sweetness. Has a slight by distinct flavor throughout. Enjoyable to drink. Wouldn’t bode well in large quantities as the sweetness that makes it a good beer would overwhelm.
zgaier (1922) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a muddy brown with a beige head and sweet, fruity aroma of grape juice and caramel. Taste is sweet and very fruity with a lot of grape flavor coming through along with lighter caramel and malt notes. Unique brew, too much grape and fruit for me
jjgmd (2055) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber. Pours a surprisingly muddy brown pour with no appreciable head. Nose is sweet, and fruity with a predominance of overripe grapes. Taste is malty, sweet and very fruity. Finish is very sweet and borders on nauseating. Nice try, but not for me. Quaff Score 4 / 10
madmitch76 (23396) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12th January 2013
Murky brown - purple beer, small cream coloured head. Smooth palate with mild carbonation. Fairly malty with a trace of marmite. Mild tangy grape juice. Fairly neutral finish. Quite drinkable but pretty simplistic. Overall a bit malty.
shigadeyo (3648) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/28/2011: He’Brew Rejewvenator (Harvest to Harvest Ale; Half Doppelbock, Half Belgian Style Dubbel; Ale brewed with All Natural Concord Grape Juice)... Aroma: Concord grape juice (moreso as the beer warms) with a bit of rye/caraway cracker. Appearance: Amber color, golden hue; thin beige veil that creates interesting shapes. Flavor: Luckily, the flavor doesn’t pass on the Concord grape juice character, but it’s a bit flat... Mostly caramel malt with a suggestion of floral hop along with some DRY Concord grape juice through the finish (more and more grape juice as the beer warms paired with a caramel syrup sweetness; the concord grape seems to dominate a bit a room temp); a bit overly sweet throughout. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth, sticky on the lips. Overall: Good, but a bit of a let-down; fig and date were so much better and more complex...
22 fl. oz. bottle (8.2% Alc. by Vol.). Rating #144 for this beer.
sjohnny (556) - - JAN 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pure Welch's grape juice aroma. Dark caramel with off white head. Grape, yeast, slightly bitter finish. Light bodied.