Bulk_Carrier (2595) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Continuing on my reviews of DFH, I’ve found myself at one of my all-time favorite beers.
From pint glasses to snifters to even chalices, I’m trying to think what glassware I haven’t had this in.
The appearance was always a ruddy orange to brown color with a decent one finger white foamy head that dies within about a minute and left some nice foamy sticky lacing. The way it clings and how it seemed like an eternity before it actually started to even want to start to slide was beyond me - if anything I love the stubbornness of the lacing to stay where it is.
The aroma - wow what didn’t thing have in it. There was a nice okay licorice showcasing a nice roasty coffee - like smell that seemed to be increasing in strength as it warms.
The taste took all that I previously mentioned and smoothed things out eloquently with a nice touch of vanilla.
On the palate, this one sits about a medium to heavy on the body when it’s fresh. I’ve noticed with some age with this, it does end up thinning out a bit.
Overall, what an absolutely awesome American Stout, wish I could get this every Autumn it’s released.
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good stout. Very rich.Lots of coffee and licorice notes. Good and different, but not something I would drink everyday though.
Darkmagus82 (1958) - - MAY 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-26-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – A nice deep brown color with a moderate tan head upon serving. The head faded and left a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – Sweet chocolate and roasted aromas first meet the nose. The sweet chocolate aromas fade over time giving more bitter roasty aromas of chocolate and coffee as well as a bit of smoke toward the end.
Taste – The taste matches the smell quite nicely. It begins with a bit of sweeter dark malt flavors with coffee and chocolate flavors mixed in. As the taste experience progresses these flavors begin to bitter, eventually finishing out with a nice bitter spiced cocoa flavor.
Mouthfeel - Surprisingly it had a rather light body. It was a bit watery and not the most pleasing on the pallet for the beer style. With the lighter body however, it was matched quite well with a bit higher carbonation level.
Overall – The stout had some fairly nice flavor, smell, and appearance, but its quite light body took what could have been a really nice moderate abv leveled stout to something of a bit lesser quality. Not bad, but not great.
homebrewfreak (1) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A strong but not overpowering coffee tasts with just a hint of licorice. The head is thick and the aroma memorable. This is a great beer to pare with a hearty stew.
rubbishystuff (1982) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
At tap House in Des Plaines. Pretty good stuff very smooth, coffee and licorice flavors come through but thankfully the licorice is somewhat mild. Not sure what taste I’m looking for with St John’s wort. Serving: Tap
Tstamba (411) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle into a shaker. Pours dark with thin creamy tan head. Strong coffee notes balanced with mellow caramel sweetness. Similar flavor profile with a nutty chicory finish ... A very good coffee stout.
YanIpa (144) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Couleur noir acajou avec une petite mousse brunâtre. Mousse a rétention limitée, mais laisse une dentelle durable. Arôme et saveur agréable de café, malt noir, sucré avec un petit houblonnage mi amer !! Exellente
bigguns22 (722) - Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice coffee stout. Black in color with a medium tan head. Aroma is pleasant coffee and malts. Not overly strong or overly bitter but still has good coffee notes. Nice nutty notes also.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pen & Paper Log (Oct 2012)
Aroma - full coffee, chocolate, and roast aromas
Appearance - body is very dark brown almost black, it’s opaque, the head a tan brown that turns into a halo in quick order
Taste - the taste is coffee flavor with a firm astringent bitterness from the smoky nature. There is also some licorice present
Palate - body is full, the texture slick and thick, the carbonation appropriate for the style, and the finish smooth with a nice roast astringency.
thorongil2 (1552) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) clear dark brown colour with a small brown head; aromas of coffee, roast; balanced flavour with long light bitter flavour