SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma alcoholic, deep roasted malts, dark fruits. Opaque dark brown color, dark tan head, small bubbles in creamy head, which fell slowly. Flavor has alcoholic, solventy burn, dark malt is intensely nutty... like walnut shell, some unique bitterness that I haven’t experienced before (the wood?), vanilla, lingering maltiness on the tongue... maybe needs some aging to smooth out.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black in color with thin brown head which does not last long. Aroma sweet, chocolate and caramel. Taste woody, chocolate and roasted malt with bitter finish.
Butters (3942) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Delicious. pours near black with fair tan lasting head. Aroma of vanilla, currants, plum, oak, and cherries. Flavor is roasted with some caramel, honey, and a bit of alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is medium full with medium carbonation. Chocolate in the finish. Nice warming sensation. For 12% abv, this is great. Pretty damn good even if it is a bit pricey.
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another great beer from Dogfish Head. Pours out a deep, dark brown, with a big malty aroma. Taste is all malts in the front (with a hint of burn coffee) and a big but well balanced hoppy finish. Definitely one to pick up.
gkao007 (28) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This dark brown ale is awesome! Huge dark chocolate start, mid vanilla and finishes with burnt caramel and brown sugar. Also finishes with heavy bitters.
I got a bit of Cream Cola as well.
Head - Very light head, thin dark brown head. Very little carbonation.
Body - Pitch black
Crit (3503) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black, thick lasting tan head.Sweet malt, mocha and alcohol in nose.Carmel start, then the distasteful alcohol bite overpowers all else.
Not a good offering
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 Truly exquisite aroma, similar to the Midas Touch in a lot of ways. Very strong espresso smell, not coffee per se, but the sweet foamy espresso with cream aroma. Also touches of vanilla, oak, banana (odd), wood, nuttiness, and chocolate. I wasn’t expecting the beer to pour this dark; it has the look and consistency of motor oil. The head is also not thick at all, and not very stable either, something unique for a beer this dark. Extremely alcoholic, acrid first sip, with a dominating sour woodiness. Roasty and meaty are probably accurate descriptives, but I think it’s a bit over the top. The Palo Santo wood barrels add a lot to the aroma, but the flavor is overkill and extremely astringent. Other flavors present in the brew are a mild pepperiness, likely from the wood aging;
banana; a hint of orange or sweet lemon; and abundant dark roast coffee. A little grapey and winey at the bottom, with an interesting sandalwood-like flavor profile. A valiant attempt at originality, Dogfish, but you went a little too far this time, IMHO.
jrob21 (2846) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark color. I wouldn’t call it black but it comes pretty close. Tan head, no lacing. Aroma features some wood, raisin, and roasted malt characters. Flavor is incredibly smooth with some raisin at first that fades into some roasted malt. There is that alcoholic bit mid palate. The finish is nice and long and where you get your oak aging character in the form of some vanilla and a bit of a chalky texture.
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, thick looking pour. Roasted, malty, oak aroma. Oak very strong in flavor(I’m guessing this is the santo wood), alcohol hidden well, but I can definitely feel the tingle on my tongue. Roasted malt is the strongest flavor here, but not too overpowering.
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As the description suggests, this one is very roasty and malty. Loads of vanilla/oak, figs, dark fruits. Alcohol is very strong and present throughout.