Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black, no head. Oily pour. Leaves fizzy cola-like head then instantly vanishes and looks flat thereafter. Nose and body both contain lots of black and red grapes, grape skin and stems included. Also stewed prunes, maple reduction, some tamari, licorice, cola nut and grape jelly as in the Asian soft drinks. Interesting.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is brown, pretty much black with a thin tan head...smell is fairly roasty and does have cherries, wood, and vanilla...taste is lightly roasty with an acetic dryness to it...I feel like just copying Markís rating because any original thought that I had about this beer is going to sound like I am copying his rating...oh well...well done DFH...
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 12 oz bottle from a 4-pack I bought today. Poured into a DFH snifter. Poured very dark brown with a brown half-finger head after an aggressive pour. Heavenly aroma of wood, roasted malt, cherries (no cherries in this beer), and some chocolate. The aroma led me to believe this would be a sweet beer but no. It is quite dry. Light chocolate and roasted malt. The wood stands out after the swallow. Very tasty beer and like others have said, the 12% is astonishingly hidden.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dammit, I just picked this up because it looked interesting and I needed to buy something to get change for the parking meter, but now Iíve already opened it and thus trapped myself into quaffing a 12%er right when Iím at the highest muscle/fat ratio in my life. Utterly beautiful pour, opaque dark mahogany, dark tan head which quickly goes away. Nice burnt nutty type of flavor with a vanilla finish. Some chocolate thrown about here and there. As others have pointed out, there is nowhere near 12% worth of alcohol perceptible in the experience of drinking this stuff. A bit yeasty but not enough to add to it. Pretty good.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a thin tan head.
The flavor is malty, dry and has vanilla and carmel notes. Whatís scary is that the 12% is no where to be seen... Tasty
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from archerliquors. Damn, I love Dogfish Head!!! Another awesome brew. Dark brown almost black with a small fizzy tan head. Sweet malty, woody aroma with some nutty notes. Bright lively palate. Initially crisp citrus and mild chocolate taste, followed by caramel and vanilla flavors, finishing with a semi-dry, sticky sugar, roasty citrus taste. Excellent.
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark with little to no head. Aromas of alcohol, wood, and bannans. Flavor is thin and alcoholic with notes of wood malt and and Belgian type yeast. Tastes like its brewed with a ton of corn sugar. May be good in 5 years or so. Another novelty beer from DF.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Rich brown beer with a light tan head. Cinnamon, spice, light chooclate aroma. Chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, woody flavor. Medium-plus body. Cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, light spice, and wood linger.
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a rich, ripe, chocolate covered banana against a backdrop of roast and coffee/chickory with slight wisps of vanilla, bubble gum and taffy . Flavor is creamy chocolate, some mellow wood, hot alcohol, some hop bitterness is present but stays in its place. Alcohol vapors waft through the nostrils, finish is dry and bitter with spiritous alcohol lingering. Will put some of this down to age for a while, I think it needs a little bit more time. Very nice nightcap, especially when it warms up- should not be drunk any colder than 55-60 degrees F. Nice effort from an adventurous brewery.
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Toronado. Black color, tan head. Aroma is very roasted and rich with coffee, lesser chocolate and caramel notes. Somewhat woody, but didnít come off all that unique to me. Interesting having this beer and knowing nothing about it and trying to guess what weird process it underwent.