coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a super dark brown. Two-finger head of light tan foam. Retention is very good and lacing is full and slightly slippery.
Woodiness and coffee, mostly. Some chocolate notes and some maltiness. Nose is quite dry, overall.
Roasted malts and some semi-sweet chocolate notes come out first. Followed up by a nice presence of coffee with lots of cream mixed into it. Light hint of smokiness.
The flavor is quite a bit more subdued and mellow than I expected, actually.
The body is very light, almost thin. Only a mild level of creaminess.
On the plus side, this is super easy to drink. Nothing in this beer to offend the palette, at all.
Sadly, I expected more from this one. Especially being from Dogfish Head, one of my favorite breweries.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"i definitely like licorice in my dark beer. it mellows the beer while adding another layer. i also love cascade hops. the chicory is weird, but i really liked it. this is a complex little beer, that’s for sure. haven’t seen it in a while, but i’ll buy it again if i do. 3/09 - great on tap as well. bigger body and complexity than a 5.2% beer suggests."
jbrana (458) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really my favorite offering from dogfish. Has a weird stale sort of flavor that I think is actually the chicory. Otherwise roasty and fairly dry.
closey22 (923) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black little rimming beige head; aroma is slightly earthy and smoky/peaty; Flava is roasty malt hint of Chocate and smoke; feels light for a stout and fizzy; finishes tangy malty grainy
Mark_Eck (711) - - JUL 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black. Aroma and taste are coffee and licorice. Enjoyable aftertaste.
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its body has a very dark, nearly opaque deep brown color with a dark tan head on top. The pour gave me a tall head with great retention. It is also good at making lots of slippery lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of deep roasted malty goodness with light notes of wood and smoke. A very slight earthy hop presence is also noted. Its medium to full body has lots of malt depth and complexity. The base has deep roasted maltiness with a slightly smoky/woody coffee like character. As it warms on the tongue the middle brings out sweeter notes of brown sugar, caramel and molasses in the malt. Underneath all this is a light herbal/dried leafy hop presence that adds a hint of bitterness and touch of dryness to the finish. The finish is still leaning more on the sweeter roasted malty side however.
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 (874) - 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 (51) - 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 (89) - 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