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Dogfish Head Hardtack

Dogfish Head Hardtack
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Long before the English were making Barley Wines the Tibetans were making their version high in the Himalayan mountains. Our brew-pub exclusive version was brewed to 20 Plato with Maris Otter malt, Tibetan purple highland prairie barley, and agave nectar. Hardtack was flavored with Rhodiola Rosea (a bitter citrusy tree root also from Tibet) and dried sour cherries in the kettle and hopped with Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand. Following fermentation a third of the beer was transferred to an oak barrel which was seasoned with Port. To that barrel we added 40 pounds of sour Morello cherries and aged it for two months. Following the aging period, we blended the wood aged beer with the other two thirds. Hardtack is complex, crisp, and strong with flavors of sour cherry and a floral aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On tap at the brewpub on 03/26/2011. Cloudy red body with a medium frothy white head. Sweet fruit aroma with cherries and spice. Sweet spicy flavor with rosemary and light cherries. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Pours a clear pink with a ring of offwhite head. Passionfruit and grapefruit flavors with a cherry juice dry fruit finish. Reminded me of a rose wine or something. The bitter cherry juice finish was just a bit much for me, but I did find this to be a very interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2011
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a deep caramel color with a medium sized white head. Aroma of barley, rose notes, fresh pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus nectar and Morello cherries. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Serving: Draft at the Rehoboth brewpub. It pours an opaque ruddy color with a soft, white head. The nose has a slight cherry note, but not much else. The flavor reminds me of some sort of weird cherry cough syrup. The alcohol is way too obvious in this brew and it finishes with wood and port notes. Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a dry, woody finish. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2011
On tap at the Rehoboth Brewpub. Pours a murky reddish color, with a pink head. Aroma of dark fruit and tart. Sweet wine-like taste with notes of oak. Some nice cherry notes on the finish. Hint of tart mixed in. Kind of barleywine or wheat wine esque. Unique and damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2011
On tap at brewpub. Pours an interesting hazy pinkish color, like a murky rose wine with a pink head. Aroma is tangy and fruity. Flavor starts with a hint of oak tannin, followed by a definite sour cherry note. There is a definite tang on this beer, which is a bit odd with something that actually has a pretty high gravity. Usually I associate that kind of sourness with a beasty that has eaten out all the sugars. Although this was surprisingly light bodied and hid its alcohol well, there was still a definite residual sweetness there. Interesting stuff. Never had anything quite like it, which is what I have come to expect from DFH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Draft at rehoboth... Poured into a small snifer, not much head... Wierd murkey red color... almost a watered down tomato soup? Lots of floaties and other stuff in the beer. Smells good. Malty, flowers with a slight cherry. Taste is really good. Initially a malty, with some agave notes... then in the after taste a smooth sour/tart cherry flavor... But not a cheap sugary cherry, a nice tart cherry flavor with an touch of sweetness. Medium body and carbonation level. Overall: I enjoyed sipping on this. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2461) - USA - MAR 26, 2011
First rating of this! I am delighted to get in a first rating of a DFH brew - this one was available at the Rehoboth brewpub, and it appears to be based on an old Tibetan brew, made with Tibetan barley and other odd ingredients - wow. The color is a very attractive rosy rust. I tasted grain, hops, a bit of wine, a good amount of cherry and citrus. The 10% abv is well-masked. This brew raises questions as the level in the glass sinks. Why is it called hardtack? Did/do Tibetans really drink something like this? Is this going to be on TV? This is classic Dogfish Head - hats off to them for this fine release and their other creations.

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