Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown body, thin/medium tan head. Nose of cocoa puffs, dry chocolate, and toast, with vinous characteristics and prickly alcohol heat. Rich, vinous body with characteristics of red grape, toast, licorice, bitter chocolate, and toffee, with just the right alcohol presence to make this a slow, enjoyable sipper. Any flavors associated with the wood this beer aged on were subtle. Crisp, firm mouthfeel carries the complex body perfectly. Well done!
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from draft at GOBF ’08 (rating notes)...Deep, opaque, cola color w/ a frothy, tan head that left a considerable amount of lacing. The nose was golden! A terrific mix of vanilla, coffee, and toffee and some vinous fruits. The flavor was a ridiculous mix of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, oak, and maybe some earthiness. The palate is thick, creamy, a little sweet, but not overpowering and leaved a mild, lingering bitter-sweet finish. This beer is complex, strong, and and excellent sipper!
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Bottle. Fruity sweet aroma. Didn’t immediately get the strong smell of the Palo Santo. Black in color. Held it up to a fairly bright light and no color lit up. As the head settles, it now looks like a cappucino. Full flavor that changes about 4 times in the mouth. Starts full and round, goes clear in the middle, and then a powerful end/aftertaste. Bitter left overs. Not the beer where you go Mmmm when it’s gone. Leftover head paints the side of the class. Feels the same in the back of my mouth.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out deep dark reddish opaque brown, the head is nice and thick tan, although it disappears in a hot second. The aroma is obvious a mile away, and has hints of leather, sweet vanilla, and a crisp alcohol. The taste starts with a sharp sweetness on the tongue, and the the daork toasted malt with a bitter chocolate and maybe cherries come out. I tfinishes with a mild burn on the middle of the tongue/ Delicious. The alchohol is obvious and warming, but doesn’t at all taste like 12%.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma of vanilla, molasses,... soy maybe. Flavor of sweet malt, maple syrup, oak...unpleasant medicine-like finish. Medium body - seems to be closest to an imperial porter. Not one of my favorites from Dogfish.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from Bob. A tough and strong ale. good roasted malt flavor with a nice hop balance to finish out. i like the way it tastes.
kriggins (6) - , Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This confusing brew is more like a cross between an imperial porter and imperial stout. Smells of a vanilla toffee milkshake, and appears blacker and more opaque than any stout. The head is hearty and dark with a hot chocolate cream appearance that leaves beautiful lacing which changes with every sip. Some alcohol is apparent as the beer warms but is not overwhelming or unpleasant. Other flavors include coffee, chocolate, walnut, and burnt oak. The palate is creamy, reminiscent of a milk stout as is Dogfish’s Immort Ale. While this beer confuses me, it also makes me happy! I don’t know if I am drinking an American Strong Ale, an Imperial Porter, or an Imperial Stout, but I know it tastes fantastic!
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
this beer is strong, almost to strong. the abv is over the top. Alcohol is evident is every phase of this beer.
American strong ale is a catch all for beers that don’t fit a certain mold. This beer is truely a one of a kind. But its real hard to drink. It goes down real slow and tough.
I love Dogfish Head, but not this beer. It gets extra points for the ABV
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a friend in SF. Pours a rich dark color and a fine dark head. Smells mildly of the wood in which it was aged. Any beer that has 12% ABV is going to declare it upon first inhale. However, this was quite restrained. The 12% is nicely hidden behind rich dark malt aromas. I too was anticipating more on the flavor side. More complexity from the wood and malts. Perhaps I expect too much, a beer like this is no easy task. I’m glad to have had it, next time I will wait until it gets colder outside and I can take in some smoky aroma from my fireplace to give that complexity that I missed.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A rich dark color with a tan head. Aroma is that of an alcoholic chocolate milkshake (malted) Plenty of alcohol in the aroma but still interesting enough. Flavor is a bit lifeless, with a heavy alcoholic flavor. I don’t get a lot of wood character, but I’m not sure what I’m looking for. My main impression is that of an unroasty imperial stout. Same sort of thickness, body wise as well as alcoholic perception.