jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Might have been a mistake to taste this next to the Bellís Kalamazoo Stout because it comes across a bit weaker or watered down comparitively; light tan head, full appearance. Couldnít quite taste any licorice but I think the flavor of this offering is pretty unique - kinda organic or herby or something. Just completely different from most of the sweet stouts out there, but still really good.
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet flavor. Lots of fruit - grapes and plums. Nice roasted malt flavors. A little thin.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown color with hints of smoke, toffee, coffee, and chocolate in the smell. A sweet smoky taste with a bit of coffee/toffee too, ends smooth with a smokey aftertase of hicory and nuts. A good brew by Dogfish.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet roasted coffee and chocolate flavors abound. Well, not quite coffee - maybe thatís the chicory. Long sweet finish. Body is too thin, but otherwise this is a nice light stout.
notalush (5637) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a lot of dark roasted coffee in the aroma and flavor, with a very smokey, lingering finish. There isnít a lot of body, in fact, itís downright watery, which is disappointing. This is my first dogfish head beer, and Iím not all that impressed. Iíve got some more to try; hopefully theyíre better. [RE-RATE] I had to raise this from a 3.2. I still think itís a bit watery, but the flavor and finish are really starting to grow on me. Much more impressive on second tasting.
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 Rating #1 - Bottle (7 4 6 3 15). Black color with a brown head. Hard to figure out what the chicory does in this beer. The sweet flavors come through well especially in the finish as does the coffee. A slight syrup feel. Rating #2 - Tap @ Toronado (7 3 8 3 16). Black color. A cherry and wood aroma, with a flavor that is defined by chocolate and malts. Somewhat tart.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like the finish of this beer, but it lacks fullness to the flavor. It doesnít smell like much either, but thereís something inviting about the smooth carbonation and hints of coffee.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 A roasted malt aroma that is slightly fruity (prune). Cold coffee, very light chocolate, a light tartness to the aroma as well. Lighly sweet with a fairly quick finish of sweet roasted malt that has a slight herbalness to it.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
complex bitter flavors... like burned herbs
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmmmm....I want this beer to be good, but it really didnít live up to my expectations. While itís a decent stout with lots or coffee and roasted character, itís really no better than many other stouts in the same vein. I found it a bit watery. I guess I expected more from a brewery with such a reputation and expensive prices.