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RATINGS: 594   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Aromas of citrus fruit, with a good deal of lemon zest, caramel, bread, and subtle booze. Clear orange-gold, with quickly fading, off-white head foam. Strong and bitter, with a touch of sweetness, and a faint salty-savory sensation. Medium body, low carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1234) - - SEP 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-17-13- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a lightly hazed golden-orange colored brew with a one finger white head. The head persists fairly well fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is very citrusy with lots of grapefruit and orange peel. Along with these more bitter citrus smells are notes of some light caramel sweetness as well as hints of bready malts, some candied like sugar aromas, as well as a little bit of an herbal hop smell. Taste – The taste begins slightly sweeter with caramel and a sugared orange peel taste. While it starts sweeter there is certainly a presence of some nice grapefruit and herbal hop flavors upfront. As the taste advances the sugar dries some while some malt flavors of biscuit and a bit of a bready taste come to the tongue. All the while the bitter hoppiness of the brew gets stronger with an alcohol taste working its way onto the tongue. More grapefruit and lemon hop with a nice dose of an herbal hop taste mix with the malt and caramel to in the end leave a moderately citrus, bitter, but somewhat smoother taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was on the medium to slightly lower side in terms of thickness for a brew of 10 % abv with a carbonation level that was just above normal. The two characteristics of the brew gave it a more crisp feel and helped make very drinkable. Overall – A smoother and rather easy drinking hopped brew with nice transitions between a sweetness upfront to a nice citrus hop base mixed with a little bit of boozy flavors and a decent malt backbone in the end. Quite tasty and rather easy drinking even at 10 % abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1029) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Really good, nice in the glass, aromas of orange and spice, some cinnamon-spiciness up front, followed by citrus and lots of well-balanced hopping. Big and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (506) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours clear brown-amber with a medium beige head, good retention, very fine lacing. Honey, lemon, tart cherry, and dark fruity aromas with toast, and some light floral notes. Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit alcohol hotness. Medium sweet, a little citrus tartness, lingering medium bitter finish. Complex, big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (376) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
The aroma is hops, citrus a little spruce and some maltiness in the background. Pours a clear copper/orange/brown, with off white head, mostly diminishing, good lacing. The taste is a medium bitter. The body is light to medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottled. Cinnabar red-orange with a large, frothy white head. Big orange juice aroma - predominantly fruity with a definite bitter citric & pine undertone - with some spice (akin to a mix of black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon), rounded out with a bit of alcohol. Big bitterness - a mix of grapefruit and leather catcher’s mitt - with dried hibiscus flowers, light honey, vanilla malts. Sticky mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Alcohol and spice seem to increase in pungency as it warms. Interesting and loud.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (867) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle. Hazy yellow orange pour with a big white head. Lemon cake, biscuit, pound cake, candy, citrus. Big sweet body with citrus tangy feel and good carbonation. A bit sweet, oily and chewy for me but well balanced. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (135) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle (22oz): Very hazy amber color. Solid head that sticks around. Not light, but not heavy either. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice, but not my favorite DFH. Bottle dated 9/30/13, dring 6/27/14.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Cloudy pale tan, light bubbly head. Aroma, touch of lemon and slightly gluey pale malts, hint of biscuits. Fairly thick and chewy, touch of peach and lemon. Clunky but sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
essjay (10) - Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Chilled bottle. Pours amber, low carbonation. Taste is mahogany and cognac. Lemon is very late; this tastes almost English barley wine. Thoroughly enjoyed and wish I could have dragged out for hours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14549) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle from Jamestown S’Klallam Longhouse Market & Deli, Sequim
Hazy copper color with small head. Very nice aroma, peppery and lemony, and nice grainy malts; very light vanilla. Lean mouthfeel, soft, with some alcohol perceived immediately; grainy malt flavor, light colored caramel and hints of toffee; quite strong bitterness, soft hop resins, a light fruity touch from the hops and some citrus fruit peel. Balanced and powerful, not too heavy to drink.
Very nice beer.

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