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 (2207) - 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 (1189) - 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 (2305) - 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.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
By the name, I anticipated a little more hops than I found here. Definitely different. Lots more carbonation and roasted tones than found in most brown ales. The hops merely counterbalance the maltiness. This is a very queching beer, and well worth a try.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a unique and, IMHO, most excellent brew. It is, indeed, different. I've never had anything quite like it and that may put some off...but I find it delicious and quite drinkable. Very good.
GearHead (32) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an interesting taste, but not surprising coming from dogfish head. There is a chocolate taste and a little java hint. The sweet bitter taste was very welcome. It was a good topper to the evening of good eats and better beer.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, thick head, and a sweet caramel aroma. Sweet roasted malts and bitter hops flavor make this beer unique.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cocoa, caramel, faint roastiness and darkly sweet malt in the aroma. Dark red-brown in color, filtered. Roasty, toasty malt, breadiness, slightly burnt brown sugar, earthy coffee grounds and a healthy dosage of hop bitterness and spice all enter the picture at once. Finish is bittersweet and body is medium-full, surprisingly light and carbonated on the palate. Different and tasty.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stunning clarity in this copper body. Aroma is spicy hops. The malt is rich and complex: lots of Scottish peat, smoke, hop spice and a little fruit. This is excellent beer. The problem is that it should be compared to Scottish Ale rather than Brown Ale--it's so damned rich, other browns wouldn't have a chance. Wow. Funny, but this reminds me of a really good Doppelbock.