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RATINGS: 1544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Vast in character, luscious & complex. Brewed with peat-smoked barley, this strong ale is brewed with organic juniper berries, vanilla & maple syrup. It’s aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.


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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrnkMcDermott (2790) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 I first rated this from a year-old bottle at my local homebrew club meeting in November. Unfortunately, the beer had somehow gotten contaminated (bacteria?). I rated it very low, but with the caveat that it had clearly gone bad outside of the brewer’s control. Within minutes of posting the review, DFH’s brewmaster messaged me, expressing his concern about the bad bottle. The fact that these guys are checking outside consumer feedback like this and want to learn the circumstances of a bad rating, even if it’s one out of 250 raves, speaks volumes about Dogfish Head. He notified me when the next batch had shipped so I could get a fresh bottle to re-rate. Here it is:

Bottled Dec 2003.This is definitely the kind of beer one would expect from DfH! The hop aroma of grapefruit and pineapple assaulted me as I opened the bottle. It poured a light brown, just slightly hazy, with a fizzy, short-lived head like any barley wine. The taste is, how to say it... just like a heavy Belgian except that it’s not a Belgian: "Thick," even "chewy" comes to mind. The maple is very apparent, with vanilla as kind of a backup. Only then did I notice the big toasted malt leaving its sticky mark on my lips. The fruity hop aroma doesn’t translate in tasting, instead it just shows as a tingle on the tongue. The alcohol gives it a brandy character, and starts to make me lightheaded in the first few sips (Have to remember that this is not the strongest beer in DfH’s arsenal, either). Exceptionally smooth. Then a slight taste of bubble gum toward the end.
And this is still a "raw" bottle. I got a second bottle, but may have to share it with the club so they can all get a better idea. Guess that means I should seek out more to cellar for myself.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (903) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours a reddish brown with tan head. Aroma and taste of caramel, dark fruits, and hints of booze.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (620) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours a lovely reddish-brown, with a foamy white head that stays. Copious lacing. Nose is caramel and malt with a hint of spice and yeast. Taste is sweet. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Long boozy finish. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
acaffar2 (29) - - JUL 19, 2014
Maple and oak really come through. Strongly flavored like many of dog fish heads other brews but not unpleasant. Bronze colored. No head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2035) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2014
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

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
danderson813 (2) - ELLENTON, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014 does not count
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2695) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2014
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 it’s quite warming. Actually hides the 11% pretty well as there’s not really any sharpness. Pretty thin body, but it doesn’t really detract. Wasn’t expecting much, but this came through.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2890) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Pours deep copper with a decent head and syrupy mouthfeel. Lots of dark fruit, plum, molasses, honey, and some oak vanilla aftertaste.


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