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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2011 marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. Working again with our friends at Sony Legacy (yup, the same folks we did our Miles Davis-inspired Bitches Brew with), Dogfish Head pays tribute to this blues legend by gettin the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely-crafted ale. Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse, 10.0 ABV, 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we at Dogfish are stoked for this mighty musical centennial? To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a shout out to Robert Johnsons mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Thanks to djrn for sending me a few of these bottles. The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange and lemon hop notes with some bread and biscuit malt mixed in. A very fruity smelling aroma. The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of orange notes from the hops, as well as a lot of sugary candy sweetness. The toffee and biscuit malt are also present and there is a strong lemon flavor right as you are swallowing the beer. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2011
750ml uncorked bottle. Opened with a nice hiss. Unfiltered orange-brown-tan. massive, steady off-white head. Lemony hop aroma, somehow really smooths it out, quite clean. I,m not sure why I sat on this one for the better part of a year, I’m sure the hops would have shined more fresher. Rich and malty, not so bitter for the IBUs. Somewhat watery, the woody, approaching orange-vanilla flavors are nice, and the hops are big and ever-present...maybe a little one dimensional, it lacks something in the mouthfeel. Certainly very DFHeady, not far removed from the 90 or the Barleywine. The lemon is subdued, but present, and adds a nice touch. A really solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy, fiery medium orange body, thick dissipating off-white head. Barleywine-like nose with sugared citrus rind, pine, toast, and brown sugar, heavy and prickly with sharp wispy citrus notes. Sharp body, hoppy and prickly with citrusy hops and pungent lemon. Dense and powerful with prickly alcohol notes in the finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pour is burnt orange with some slight yellow tints throughout. Finger-wide bubbly white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with notes of citrus, resin, and sweet flowers. Flavor is of sweet caramel with a mostly citrus finish. Nice balance of sweet and sour lemon flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
(750ml bottle thanks to Mora2000) clear rich amber with a film of fine tan bubbles. Nose of lemon, bright citrus, a bit dank, a bit of cream and funk, smells quite fresh. Taste of lemon rind, earth, bitter citrus oils, doesn’t taste as good as it smells. Well carbonated with a bitter linger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Picked up a bottle at Servall Liquor in San Diego, CA. Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium-sized, off-white head. The aroma is delicious, full of spicy citrus notes. Flavors are delicious and beautifully balanced; the bold lemon zest flavor pairs so well with the fresh bitterness of hops—which is really pronounced and lingering, with a long, resinous finish. I typically would not like a beer this bitter, but the interplay between the hop and lemon flavors is so well-done and interesting that the bitterness becomes pleasant. I’d drink this any time. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (689) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2011
pours cloudy golden, real light, fluffy white head. sticky lacing. cloudy sedimentation, good carbonation. awesome looking. grapefruit, spicy hops on the nose. more peppery hops, lemon notes with a long bitter finish. Definitely something Robert Johnson would appreciate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHopster (784) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On draft at the Cloverleaf, Caldwell, NJ during the Dogfish takeover. An interesting and fun beer to try. Despite the hype on this, I found it on the boozy size with alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5339) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml capped bottle. Pours a dark murky orange with a puffy, sticky white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is fresh and resiny with some piney accents, and a brief wisp of bourbon. Flavor is bold with some pronounced honey sweetness, some bitter citrus notes, hints of doughy, yeasty, goodness. 10% ABV is hidden well. Thickish, rich mouthfeel. Very good,but a bit overpriced at $13.99.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
In short: A boozy, citric and sugary blond IPA. Ok.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed relatively fresh approximately 3 months after the beer release
The look: Almost clear dark blonde body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Unexciting nose of higher alcohols, citric hops and phenolic notes. Taste has a little too much booze upfront, dank and citric hops, grapefruity notes, too much white sugar, wooden biiterness, some bitter grapefruits. Supposed to be all Centenial hops but except for the high alpha-acids I just didn’t my usual centennial hops signature at all. Body is a bit thin for a 10% brew and also the mouthfeel is not particularly lively and the texture is quite oily. This is a good beer but I’ll take a Dogfish 90 Minutes any day over this Hellhound (same style, similar abv). Anyway I’m not sure why so many people gave this beer a good rating, but just so you know, I always check the list of people who gave a good rating on a beer I didn’t score well and then I picture you with a mullet. All of you.

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