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 (4956) - 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.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head was medium, wonderful dark color. Great coffee flavor with a bit too much carbination. Finish was a little watery. Good beer, would buy it again.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
smoth with a great hint of coffee. This stout is worth a try and one of my top 10
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off white head, dissipates quickly. Aromas of coffee/roasted grain. Dark ruby blackish hue. Somewhat thinner than expected. Nice malts nice sweetness, enjoyable coffe finish, slight bitterness. Not spectacular, but definately drinkable. When this warms up it kind of develops some more complex characteristics.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice roasted aroma and dark body. It has a realtively thick light brownish head that laces the glass as it goes down. Itís very similar to an oatmeal stout with the addition of coffee. Iím not even sure what chicory tastes like, but there is some roasted character apart from the coffee beans which must be the chicory. I very good brew from Dogfish Head.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
GABF 2002: Booo, weak. Barely dark brown in colour. Pretty bland. Slightly roasted flavour, but not really.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black, tan head. Big coffee aroma, a bit of grapes, smells a bit like a coffee/chocolate candy. Chocolate flavor, the chicory shows up mostly in the finish. It gets rounder as it warms up. Donít drink it too cold but do drink it. Itís worth it.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a decent beer. I was amazed at how smooth it tasted given its intimidating color and complexity. I guess I just prefer something hoppier.