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.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice stout. Great bitter coffee flavor balanced by a hint of chocolate. Dogfish does it again!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 8/12/02: a mixture of all colors but leaving soley the color of tan to occupy the top seat..
Scents of raisins shot upon by chocolate bullets and lost kalamata olives soaked in sea salt...
A cup of hot cocoa on a late October night..roasted grains permeating the existence..turning creamy..turning bitter..
Re-Rate 8/19/02: detected more of a creamy coffee mouthful and a superb smoothness that must contribute to an added point..by the time I finished it, I had raised it 3 points all together..Its good..its damn good
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive in most dimensions. Welcoming aroma, like chocolate-chip banana muffins with mocha coffee. Nice appearance on pour. I donít understand the labelís claim to a "bone white" head--perhaps I havenít seen enough bones, but I thought it a caramel color, which clung to the side of the glass, with a deep body beneath (only a hint of brown at the edges). The flavor is bold--coffee and bittersweet chocolate. I donít know what chicory is, so I canít tell if thatís here! The palate seems to be most peopleís beef: yes, it is a bit watery or thin, but the tingling carbonation and surprising astringency on my tongue gave it a certain perkiness. This beer drove me to understand better the boundaries between porter and stout, because I thought I understood it, but I seemingly found it easier to enjoy this beer if I just called it a porter and enjoyed it for what it was.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I hate to say it, but this was boring for a stout! I mean it is good – but after trying some outstanding Dogfish beers - my standards were raised! Typical coffee flavors - a good stout
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the very last, easily-available beers which I avoided getting because I didnít think Iíd like it. But it was good. Slightly sweet and roasted, this thick, well-crafted stout almost made me forget how I donít like DFH beers all that much. Not one of the thicker stouts.
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. I still have not had the WWS yet but this seemed like a good lead-in. Poured a dark brown color with little head and lacing. Roasted coffee flavor with a dry finish. Not as good as the other beers I have tried from Dogfish Head but not a bad Stout.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite what I was expecting from the legendary Dogfish Head Brewery. There is obviously coffee in the aroma, but I am also picking up the licorice. Very bitter, the acidity from the coffee is apparent right off the bat and there never really seems to be adequate "oofta" from the malt to convince me this is a stout to stand the test of time. This has St. Johnís Wort in it? Allright, that seems kind of out of left field...maybe to make the drinkers happy and therefore buy more...I dunno. Thatís lovely they have the supplements to balance out mood swings, now where is the malt to balance out the coffee and licorice? This may be the first beer you can buy at GNC.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 Re-rate: I had to bump this up just a bit. I still feel it's a pretty average sweet stout, but this time I picked up a fair amount of chocolate, to go with the light coffee and roasted flavors. Not on par with most of DFH, but a decent beer nonetheless. 10/28/2002: 3.0 Dark brown with a hint of red. The head is light chocolate brown, but virtually non-existant. The flavors of coffee and roasted malts are reminiscent of Bell's Java Stout and the Redhook Double Black, but are much more mild and relaxed. A nice beer, but not outstanding. Just too thin and too subtle in flavor.
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown with a smallish dark head. Coffee, and burnt wood aroma. Hoppy and bitter flavors, along with a lactic sourness. Flavors include coffss, bitter chocolate, with a touch of smoked peat. This one does not impress.