willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
05.08.06 On tap at Rehoboth brewpub. I was already pleased to be visiting the DFH brewpub for the first time, and already happily anticipating some very tasty brews, and then was greeted by this very pleasant surprise -- a brand new DFH beer that I’m sure I’d never have tried if I wasn’t there today. Well, you just can’t beat the cherry on that sundae, unless, of course, the beery surprise is excellent. It was.
Cola brown with a frothy but quickly fading tan head. Aromas chocolately, rich, and definitely full of sweet coffee. Nothing comes across in the nose too dry or roasty, rather, it’s almost rummy and quite warm. Body is initially thin but the beer was served too cold. With temp the stuff really fills out; it’s sticky and gets creamier as it warms. The flavor continues the precedent of sweetness and rich, coating, and yet never gets too sweet or cloying. It’s full of more mocha and has a nice coffee bitterness near the end, plus a somewhat resinous something or other. Definitely ’bocky’ but with a sure DFH hop signature at the end that comes through in spades with chocolatey, hoppy burps. Delicious.
Jayb0 (1093) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense aroma of strong coffee. Dark red brown. Surprisingly light, medium bodied, very smooth and somewhat creamy. Not as strongly malty, roasted or burnt as the typical coffee approach of a porter or stout but those elements are all there in moderation. Very pleasant, with mild hop character coming through. Dangerous at 7.5.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml unlabled bottle from brewer. Poured caramel brown color. Mellow nutty espresso aroma with a scent of vanilla and sweet malt. Definate espresso flavor along with cocoa and some earthy tones. Malty lingering sweetneess with a bitter bite. Good bodyand very drinkable.
Biggs88 (17) - Philadelphia, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
The aroma of the brew is very VERY nice. It left me urging to taste.
The taste is very VERY disapointing. The first thing you taste is an ok bock, with HEAVY expresso flavor. Ok. I can deal with that. But the SWEETNESS comes in like the red headed step child and RUINS the allready lacking beer. I am ALLWAYS left wanting from Dog Fish Head brews. This beer was no different.