microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown with a light tan frothy head. A nutty and malty aroma. A little metallic that is not at all enjoyable. A nuttiness with rich malts and little sour grape flavor.
beerbastard (600) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, not much of a head. Roasted malt with a little alcohol in the nose. Well hopped with a little bit of smoke and bitter chocolate. Good body. Dry coffee aftertaste.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with just a tinge of red, light tan head. Mostly coffee in the nose. Body is quite bitter with coffee notes. Nice hops at the finish. Long. Good beer, nice brown.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice, smooth brown ale that hides the alcohol very well. Be careful with this one! it creeps up on you.
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heavy malts in the front and end, and fairly representative of DFH. More balance and less malts would have smoothed this ale out.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Strong, rich, and yummy. It looked like a red ale to me, and was very nice to taste.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish brown, like an old brick. Nose is all malt, some raosted chocolate, some burnt woody caramel-like, and some sweet as mollasses. The smoky flavor was first to be noticed, quickly followed by chocolater and coffee bean. Even though this was very sweet, there was still a very harsh flavor that detracted from my enjoyment. Light dryness at the end.
kwoeltje (2151) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Different from what I expected (but then what should I expect from DFH) Very deep brown. Roasted malt flavors, hints of sweetness along with a definate hops kick.
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany to black body, miniscule tan head that quickly dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel and coffee. It initially tastes of malt and coffee, then the hops kick in at the finish. Enjoyable.
Frank (2222) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
As far as appearance goes, you could easily confuse this for a stout. Nearly black but a deep garnet red shows through when held to a light. Off-white, creamy head. Intricate lacing. Roasted coffee aroma and maybe a hint of citrusy sourness. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Delicate but vigorous carbonation. Brown-sugary malts up front with a rising hint of dark chocolate. Alcohol is ever-so-slightly apparent. The hops assert themselves quite well in the finish.