ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color with decent (not spectacular) clarity. The head is about three fingers high, cream shaded. Its retention is really fantastic, and the texture isnít half bad either. It leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass, too.
S: PHE. NO. LIC. One can definitely tell that this is a peaty brew. Let it warm up a bit, though, and its sweet malt backbone develops nicely. In particular, it brings caramel, brown sugar, and maple sugar notes. Vanilla is slight but definitely evident. Iím having trouble picking up the oaky tones, though; that or its blending itself with the peat to create a ham-like smokiness. Nonetheless, this nose is telling me a lot - but thereís one thing it isnít telling me. Alcohol. This is a shockingly un-boozy nose.
T: Like expected, phenolic peat notes hit the palate immediately. This sensation tends to melt away around the mid-taste, being replaced by flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Thereís some slight vanilla in the finish; just like in the aroma, itís pretty subtle. Some faint tobacco qualities are peppered throughout. Once this warms up, its boozy qualities pretty much evaporate. My only real problem is this: take away the peaty notes, and this one is...kind of mundane. It only really develops complexity after many, many sips - and by that time, thereís practically none left in the glass.
M: Itís not exactly chewy, but it does have a decent body. While the sweetness has a negative effect on the general balance of the flavors, it does a great job of hiding the alcohol. There is absolutely nothing here to suggest itís 11%.
O: Okay, Iím really impressed with its lack of booze - and how the supposed peat isnít really that bothersome to my palate. This has some elements of a nice scotch whisky. Having said that, itís not quite as deep as I like my big, boozy monsters to be. Still, this has great aging potential, even with its currently well hidden alcohol.
Jojojam (61) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage. Pours a brown like cider color. Below average 1 finger head. Dozens of slow moving bubbles. Tons of oak on the nose. Maple is also present. Very smooth mouthfeel. Lots of flavors going on- oak for sure- also pick up smokiness, sweetness, and the vanilla. This is quite enjoyable.
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acaffar2 (20) - - JUL 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maple and oak really come through. Strongly flavored like many of dog fish heads other brews but not unpleasant. Bronze colored. No head.
Doghair (256) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel malt aroma, sweet. Sweet caramel and malt up front. Some orange peel. Bitter finish is a surprise. Good but not my favorite DFH offering.
merc7186 (1997) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Sweet Bread, Vanilla, Mild Plum
Appearance: Brownish Hue, Passes Some Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing
Taste: Vanilla, Sweet Bread, Mildly Boozy
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet
danderson813 (1) - ELLENTON, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014 does not count
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Great aroma of vanilla and maple. I get a strong oak/smoked flavor up front with vanilla hints and a maple finish. A quality brew.
madvike (2682) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Ruby brown clear pour with a ring of light tan head. Nose is lightly smoky, with toasted oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and dry, slightly astringent maltiness. Taste is kind of like HotD Adam--lots of deep, dark, bready malt, smoke, tobacco, vanilla, boozy warmth, and a touch of nuttiness. Much better taste than smell, and itís quite warming. Actually hides the 11% pretty well as thereís not really any sharpness. Pretty thin body, but it doesnít really detract. Wasnít expecting much, but this came through.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, some smoked character, vanilla, dark fruit, raisins, figs, juniper notes, earthy, wood, and some booze. There is quite a bit going on, but this has never been one of my favorites.
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep copper with a decent head and syrupy mouthfeel. Lots of dark fruit, plum, molasses, honey, and some oak vanilla aftertaste.
TXBadger (1261) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber color with white head. The juniper berries are very evident on the nose, also some vanilla, and very earthy tones and sweetness; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice sweetness.
Darkmagus82 (558) - - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-25-12 -
Served in a chalice type glass
Appearance Ė A light golden-reddish color with a nice off white head. The brew itself is a bit hazy with big bubbles of carbonation visible clinging to the side of the glass. The head fades to give some moderate lacing.
Smell ĖUpfront there is a bready backbone and with some smokiness. Some sweeter darker fruits and a bit of maple sugar taste come in more toward the middle of the aroma. These are rounded out by some more floral aromas and a bit of earthiness.
Taste Ė The taste is largely bready and somewhat yeasty and smoky up front. There are some nice sweeter fruit flavors that come in toward the middle of the taste, which mix with some sweet brown sugar and maple taste. Toward the these sweet flavors mix with some malty earthy flavors.
Mouthfeel Ė A bit on the creamier side with a fairly good level of carbonation. Big bubbles of CO2 can be felt on the tongue giving a moderate exiting feel. This coupled with a nice body makes it quite a nice feel.
Overall Ė It has a rather interesting taste and smell. Not the most complementary transitions in many of its characteristics, but a beer that is well worth a try.