SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours hazy orange/amber with off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit, malt, pepper and candy corn come to mind. Flavor has the same notes with a malty sweetness and balanced bitter in the finish as well as a obvious alcohol presence. Heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation after decanting half the bottle. Overall, a very pleasant brew and a nice change from all the barley wines they have been making in the DR series (besides the pumpkinator, love that brew). bleeng (1706) - Houston not near Beersel., Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 12 oz bottle. Pours reddish/gold with a fast dissipating carbonation and slightly hazy. Huge malty, sweet slightly spicy nose with a hint of lemon and shoe leather. Taste is fairly toned down, with a solid malt backbone, bitter hoppiness, some sugary sweetness and a nice slap in the face with the alcohol on the end. Good beer but hope it tones down a bit as it ages. A bit hot right now. This is a low score for an expensive beer that’s a bit of a pain to obtain. I can go to specs and get 20 beers that are cheaper and better than this without standing in the twitter line at HEB for two hours. Hope SA enjoys the $$ they make from this very average beer. mar (5503) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Gold/amber with a cream head. Nose is toffee, caramel, dates, light bread, and sweet. Chewy palate, caramel, alcohol, bread, bitter finish, and sweet. SudsMcDuff (8566) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2012 Tried a couple of bottles over the past few days .. . Pours a deep copper .. . light foam, light lacing .. . deep molasses, plum, raisin skin, and brandy .. . very subtle and mellow for a 10.4 abv, drinking very nice right now .. . . quite different than other DR’s in the fact that most others have been huge and needed time- i see this getting better, mellow but better. .. . With my mind on my minick and my minick on my mind.