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Dogfish Head BA Select

Dogfish Head BA Select
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A collaboration beer brewed by Sam Calagione, Bryan Selders, and the Alström Bros at the original Rehoboth Beach Dogfish Head brewpub. Brewed with maple syrup, chestnuts, green peppercorns, Korean Corn tea (Oksusu-cha), Fawcett’s Maris Otter base malt, MFP kiln coffee malt, Liberty and Vangaurd hops, and DFH’s Raison D’Etra yeast strain. 8.0% Officially name: "Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right BA Select" as voted by BeerAdvocate members. The name is an ode to The Konami Code (cheat code) on the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80s; submitted by BA thequeue, the winner of the collaboration naming competition.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2011
From notes at EBF 09. I was told this one was a brown ale with the usual maple syrup addition by DFH, I’m always a fan. Pours out a nice dark brown hue, lacing is good, nice white head. Getting alot of sweeter notes, sugary and malty, maybe some light raisins. Palate is decent, smooth, with some burnt sugar, maple, and nutty. Very decent, but nothing that needs to be made again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Sample @ EBF 09 (from notes). Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate with toasty bread and roasted malt detectable as well. The taste was roasted nuts, toffee, chocolate, caramel, maple, and likely a few other things thrown in for good measure. It was almost like a crazy mixture of Raison D’Etre and Palo Santo Marron, 2 fantastic beers in and of themselves. I loved it, and I miss it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kapusta (92) - Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA - JUL 11, 2009
dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma reminded me of nutty coffee, malt and some roasted grains. taste was sililar, some malt sweetness with coffee and a yeasty bite. Brewpub select beer, so this will not make it to the bottling line. It will soon be a memory just like CONTRA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Draft at RB brewpub. Very dark brown ale with bits in it and a gray head. Smell is very strong and pungent and toasty with a chocolate aroma. The taste is nothing of what you think it will be its very light and no after taste. Look are very deceiving thanks for playing with my palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopeye (39) - Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Tried a pint at Rehoboth brewpub. This brew makes me think there should be a new adjective added to the lexicon of beer--Dogfishy. Definition: A beer that tastes altogether different from any other beer you’ve tried, with indescribable flavors, and a blend of ingredients that only a mad scientist would combine. This is extreme brewing, indeed. The name took me back to my Nintendo Contra days, which I appreciated, especially after a couple of 90 Minutes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Draft at RB brewpub. Enjoyed with axilla and egajdzis and lucky enough to get the last of it. Poured murky brownish amber with a small tan head. Aroma was pretty roasty, notes of chocolate, toffee, caramel, and light nuts. Tastes of roasted nuts, lightly sweet chocolate, toffee, wood and maple. Reminded me of a more drinkable Palo Santo. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 [Draft at the brewpub] Poured a lightly hazy mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, nuts, vanilla, caramel, and wood. Taste of brown sugar, roast, chocolate, vanilla, maple, and a semi-sweet finish... And since it was voted on, I’d like to note that the official name is pretty retarded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
In short: An interesting very nutty and woody roasted ale of some kind. Very good
How: Tap at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009
The look: Clear light mahogany body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose has a lot of chestnuts and campfire wood. Pleasant full body with medium carbonation that feels like sparse big bubbles. Roastiness level is medium. Taste of roasted almonds, a little smoked campfire wood or smoked almost, very earthy, maple wood, a little milk chocolate and some roasted coffee beans. No alcohol presence. I slightly preferred the “Aged on Walnut Wood Chips” version served at Night of the Barrels (3.9 vs 3.8). It was slightly more nutty/woody than the regular version served at session 1 and 2 of the festivals but I’m not entering a separate rating for it. Named after a Nintendo cheat code, bringing the “geek” in “beer-geek” to an entire new level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Draft, at EBF 2/21/09. I also tried the walnut chip version at NOTB. Pours deep mahogany, capped with a small tan head. Dominant aromas are peppercorn and coffee, but after looking at the ingredient list I could pick out some maple as well. Flavor exhibits a nice malt base, with coffee, peppercorns, maple, and earth add to the complexity. Finishes with cocoa and coffee lingering on the palate. Somehow all these ingredients meld together harmoniously and make for an enjoyable beer. The walnut chip aged version was interesting as well, with some nutty character adding to the aroma moreso than to the flavor. Very nice experiment!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2009
On tap @ Rehoboth Brewpub-dark brown pour w/a moderate quickly diminishing head. Carbonated malt aroma. This beer has a lot going on, flavors of roasted malt, molasses, nuts, maple syrup, peat, & peppercorns. Has a woody overtone to it, reminds you of the Raison D’Etra but not as sweet. Maybe more of the Palo, but not as overpowering, or of a mild Smoked-Think Magic Hat Jinx or Rogue Smoke Ale-Not Alaskan or Aecht. Has a lot of carbonation to it as well. Alcohol was well hidden, pretty smooth for this style. Definite before/after dinner sipper, not one to try & knock back. Enjoyable, change of pace brew.

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