porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Creamy tannish head on a medium brown body. Lacing good. Chocolate and coffee nose. Taste: definite sweetness at first, then some mild chocolate/coffee, then bitterness in finish. Mouthfeel kind of creamy and watery at same time. Very good, but sweetness/bitterness tug-of-war a bit much.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This is a delightful dark, brown alle with apuffy, fluffy, light-brown head. The aromas are yummy, perfectly roasted peanuts and caramel. The initial taste is bitter followed by a sweet finish reminicient of raisins. The higher alcohol % is noticeable in the flavor as well as an almost metallic aftertaset. The carbonation is minimal and the feel is generally thin, but as you drink more it seems to get thicker. Overall, a rich and full aftertaste which glides through the nasal cavities smoothly. Enjoyable!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is not at all what I was expecting. I sympathize with the free spirits at Dogfish. What should you do when there isn’t a catagory for what you want to brew? I guess make one up. In this case the name was pretty lousy at giving me accurate expectations, but a really nice beer non-the-less. Much darker than the usual brown. Deep ruby, almost black. Thing head of tan foam that settles out fairly quickly. Very dry burnt toast and perked coffee aromas. No hop presence to speak of, and just the smalles hint of fruitiness. Very interesting flavor: I get a nice dry roastiness up front, followed by a toffee sweetness, and finishing with kind of a fortified Belgian character. A little bit buttery, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Smooth and full on the palate. To my tastes, this somewhere between a porter and Corsendonk Pater.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured brown (who woulda thought?) with a soft pillowy head. Sweet with brown sugar, caramel and molasses, yet still well-balanced and without an alcoholic finish despite being above 7%. Sorry Brooklyn, this is my new favorite brown.
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good example of gonzo brewing from DFH. I generally prefer my American IPA to have a good malt balance to offset the hops, so this is welcome. Actually, 60 and 90, and even 120 are good this way, too. DFH is one of my favorite breweries, and while this isn’t my favorite from them, it’s one of the finest examples of why I love them: they are different.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolaty/nutty nose. Some rich fruitiness. Taste is rich chocolate/nut. Some caramel. Sweetish caramel/dark fruit finish. A very solid beer.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 Smells sweet, roasted caramel malt. Pours brown to amber. Tastes sweet and roasty. Has some oaky/whiskey flavors hidden in there too. Excellent brown.
Braudog (6299) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby red/brown and nicely active behind the dark cloak of liquid and a nice big rocky head. Big wood-chocolate aroma. Beauty of a caramel-oak flavor, wood and smooth tart citric finish. Gorgeous.
rederic (3253) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown ruby color, with tan-colored head, with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sweet mocha, roasted coffee beans aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with roasted malt, chocolatey note, coffee exprasso, brown sugar, molasses, dark malt, sweet caramel malt, in a soft roastiness and bitter finish.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
you know, I think I would like this even more than I did, but have come to look upon DFH so highly - they’re the ones that raised the bar and this made me feel like the pro athlete was out smoking behind the building before he came out for showtime. I mean, sure I’m being harsh and griping when there’s really no big gripe. It was good. It was quite good with a fine aroma and all, but for now the 60 & 90 minute are calling me far more than this is.