lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Thanks!
Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Smell is roasty, almost fresh woodiness, and perhaps chocolately. Taste is roasty, very fresh woody bark like and some chocolate and earthiness. Light alcohol flavor. Creamy, slick mouthfeel and light to medium carbonation. Good and unique, but not too weird to inhibit drinkability much. One of the better DFH beers for sure.
guzzler67 (1473) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown appearance with a large, dense, tan head and good lacing. Aroma is a mix of molassas, chocolate and vanilla extract over the wood. Sweet, roasted malt flavors along with some dark fruit. Hops take their time to clock in and you may have to wait a bit for them to register. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Lingering, sweet, slightly cloying finish. Alcohol was warming but seemed under the range of 12%.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a small dense tan head. The aroma is milky with vanilla, wood, clean toasty malt, milk chocolate and dark caramel - rich and delicious. Medium / full body with an aggressive feel and some subdued carbonation. The flavor starts with heavily toasted malt that bordered on roasted, heavy wood, warming abv, dark caramel, figs, dates and some sweetness that is offset by the wood. The finish has full richness with some hops and coffee-like bitterness. Molasses starts coming out a lot as the beer warms. A very fine offering from DFH.
tgncc (2612) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2012 Rerate on 09/22/2012. Aroma is very sweet, roasty, very hoppy, and the gorgeous smell of wood. Also, plums, raisins, chocolate. It’s reminiscent of the Indian Brown Ale. Appearance is more like an Imp. Stout. It is more black than brown, and has a thin tan head. Very attractive. The flavor is fruity and sweet, piney hops, chocolate, with the flavor of the wood coming through. Licorice, molasses as well. As it heads to the finish, I notice real piney hop bittering, some candy sweetness and alcohol. The alcohol provides a warming and pleasant finish. Beuatiful beer all the way around. Great effort by Dogfish Head to create something truly unique. Also, at $15.99 for 4 beers, this was an expensive beer adventure. Definitely worth it though. I wish I could buy this in bulk.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with afire- Dark brown pour, nice foamy brown head. Big grape-banana, rich smoke aroma. Wood aged roast texture and a very grape, rich berry wine flavor with a hint of bananas. A nice one to sip and enjoy.
Imaena (1689) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/17/08 Bottle. Really thick and syrupy texture. Darker than I expected for a brown ale. Deep and complex wood and malt flavours. Warm finish with soft alcohol notes in the throat. Well crafted and unusual.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the beer is nice and strong, its got rich malts with strong caramel flavor. its got some nice fruit. this has some flaws but it works overall.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
The one is alright but not good tasting. The aroma is like oak, chocolate, coffee, malt, earth, and fruit. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is think. I like the texture!
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared with The_Captain. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a big foamy brown head. Smells of berries, red grape, banana, and smoke. Tastes much like an oak aged imperial stout, roasted, anise, bitter, with earthy notes and a big warming boozy finish. A very nice slow sipper.
heemer77 (5076) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with a light brown head. The aroma is strong and oaky with some sweet vinous notes. There is also some stone fruit and figs. The taste has some chocolate with some toast and prune. There is also a woody dry note. A pretty strong alcohol burn in the finish.