micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours thick and very dark with a nice tan head. Fades to a small dense churning at center. Although dark to the eyes I believe there is enough eviendence to suggest a rather robust attenuation.
When I smell this beer with my nose I can sense rich malt aromas, Roasted malts and coffee too.
Upon drinking this beer I taste a rich roasted maltiness with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Hints of bitter earthiness too, at finish.
A medium to thick mouthfeel with a dry finish. The aftertaste has a bitterness to it that lingers.
A nice well rounded brew in my opinion, worthy of many more.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Black pour. Licorice, oak, coffee, raisin and spice. Spicy coffee in a medium body. Nice
runaway (80) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black coffee dark with a thin cream head and almost no lacing. Smells of coffee, chicory, dark roast malts, and dark fruit. Taste is of coffee and bitter with a hint of sweet fruit at the end. Finish is mostly clean, slightly sticky. Pretty unimpressive compared to the Elysian coffee milk stout I had most recently.
CraftBrewJudge (7) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is truly a great stout. Really complex, well balanced. Great smoky /coffee/ and light licorice notes. This beer has a full rich body, packs a lot of flavor, and worth every penny. As usual Dogfish does a great job, and hit this one out of the park
lownote (494) - Austin, Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014 Pours black with a few fingers thick brown head from bottle. Clear taste of chicory and flavorful spices. A bit of bite for a stout which is a nice change of pace. Light mouth feel
Bulk_Carrier (3557) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, 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 (2235) - - 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 (2259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2015 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