Served chilled from a 750 mL bottle and poured into a...what kind of glass would you call this? Let's just call it a modified tumbler...
Anyways, served chilled from a 750 mL bottle and poured into a modified tumbler. Pours a reddish brown color with a one finger, creamy foam head. Head is somewhat pink and brown. Smell is heavily of raspberry, with hints of vanilla and other dark fruits. Carbonation is moderate (thought it would be much lower) with a medium to full body. Taste is sweet and tart, with raspberry being the main flavor here. There are other subtle notes from the bready malt, which clearly has developed well with 3+ years in the bottle. The 18% ABV is masked extremely well, and better than the other DFH high ABV beers. With 120 minute, World Wide Stout and Raison D'Extra, the high alcohol content was a huge part of the beer, but here it is just complementary. I honestly had no idea the alcohol percentage until I sat down to write this review-personally I would have guessed 7-8%.
Overall this was a solid beer, and one I am glad I had the opportunity to try. As many of my readers know, I have been cellaring beers for a few years now and have a few beers going back to 2012. Given a bit more time and I will be able to do some exciting vertical beer tastings (Bourbon County Regular, Coffee and Barleywine, Bigfoot Barleywine, Allagash Curieux, Pumking, Warlock, Hopslam, Backwoods Bastard, Brown Shugga, Lagunitas Sucks, Creme Brûlée, Choklat, Trader Joes Vintage-surprisingly good beer that I need to review and some of the Trappist Ales).
Will be trying to go back to about 3 posts per week. Trying to be healthy to start the New Year so I've tried a bit less lately but have plenty in the pipeline going back to about Thanksgiving that I can write about.
Beer is retired-no longer available
89/100 Beer Advocate