kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick sludge; no head.
Aromas of vanilla, roasted barley, bitter chocolate, and some smoke.
Very sweet, but surprisingly not cloying at the front, very thick body, some coffee and a bit of dark fruit, bitter roasted finish, and a classic dry DFH theme lingers for a while.
Better cold than warm; enough flavors are there without too much thickness.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a rich back color with a small khaki head that laced a ring nicely.The nose was of wood and darkfruits, not really sweet though. Flavor was woodsy,dark fruits and slight vanilla.he alcohol was balanced well and wared going down.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Had a small sample of this at a Michael Jackson’s tutored beer tasting during Philadelphia’s beer week, but there wasn’t enough to rate. I’ve been looking for it ever since, so I’m glad I finally found it. Hid alcohol incredibly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly opaque black in the glass with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate, chocolate and strong coffee malt, candy and fruit. It was also woody as it warmed. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter with and average to long duration. There was chocolate malt, maybe some vanilla, some dark fruit, slight wood and some coffee. The full body was syrupy with tingly carbonation and a light alcoholic finish.
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma has asligt bublegum scent on top of vanilla and wood.taste is full and heavy. a little more of the bitter than malty. great wood-sweet aftertaste. this is a special beer
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Black, Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, caramel, dark fruit, wood, molasses, little alcohol, dry finish.
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hugely impressive beer. To be perfectly honest, my expectations were not terribly high given DFH’s recent penchant for odd yet not terribly drinkable beers. This is an anomaly and one that should probably get added to DFH’s regular lineup. Stronger and more interesting than their Immort and definitely comparable to almost any imperial stout, this beer has nice wood overtones yet good balance hop scaffolding. Great barelywine alternative to those looking for a nightcap when it’s over 70 degrees.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A very woody and roasted sipper with a personality of its own.
How: Bottle. Sample at Mondial de la Bičre 2008
The look: Black body topped by small tan ring of foam
In long: Strong nose of alcohol, raisin pie and wood. Taste is wood/barrel upfront. Thankfully this is not yet another bourbon barrel character, this one has a pleasant old wooden chest feeling (if that makes any sense to you). Opening the drawers of my old wooden chest I found flavours of highly roasted nuts, fudge, raisins, grapes and molasses. Sweet but not overly so, the medium-high roastiness level helps to hide the sweetness and create a dryness sensation. I was surprisingly surprised by this one. 12% is as well hidden as a my good education after I have a six-pack of these.
theisti (3321) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of bvc. Bottled on date of 04/16/08. Pour is black with some faint ruby highlights, with a three inch tan head which settles nicely. A bunc of big carbonation bubbles lead to a very fluffy head that leaves behind gorgeous lacing. Aroma is roasty maltiness, wood, and slightly sweet almost vanilla cherry element to it. Interesting nose, all nicely blended together. Taste reveals quite a bit more of the woodiness from the nose. The vanilla and roastiness are present as well, though the wood is really the dominant flavor. As the beer warms, the vanilla sweetness again shows some cherry. Alcohol is present with its warmth, though it very much tastes a part of the overall flavor, rather than apart from the overall flavor. For a 12% beer, the alcohol is actually remarkably subdued, particularly for how young this bottle is. Some licorice is evident in the after taste. Palate is medium to full. Decently mouth coating. Very drying finish. Overall, a very interesting, well constructed beer. Thanks for sending this one my way, Brandon.
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you get the chance to try this beer you need to jump on it. full flavored brown ale with the perfect amount of woody flavor. definitly get the hint of vanilla to make it a little sweet. Good Beer. Thank you Dogfish Head again.
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the few beers from Dogfish Head that I was truly impressed with. This is an incredibly drinkable beer for something of its size. 12 percent shouldn’t be hidden this well. I wouldn’t have pegged it at over 7 had I not known ahead of time. there’s this great maple syrup in the aroma and flavor that melds nicely with the wood, which comes off as a cross between cedar and oak. Vanilla is definitely there, but there’s a bit more spiciness than straight oak aged beers take on from the wood. Now I wish I had bought the four pack instead of just the single.