craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2010 May 2009 bottle on 05/29/10... pours a deep brown / light black with a nice 1 finger tan head - which falls down to a thin lacing. lots of wood, some vanilla and dark fruit notes across the nose. big body filled with sweet molasses, sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. after a year this one is still very strong and exhibiting the alcohol notes from the mid to back end of the palate. weíll see how it shapes out in a few years. still awesome.
bottle. delicious. Dogfish delivers again with their newest beer... pours a deep brown with a tan head which quickly dissipates. sweet malty, coffee like aroma. even over the palate with a medium body... somewhat slick in the mouth. presence of molasses, brown sugar, coffee, alcohol and huge malts. the Palo Santo wood comes through a bit, but does not overpower the beer. excellent finish - strong alcohol and a bit of licorice. from the first sip to the last, Palo Santo delivers.... this is one of my new favorites from Dogfish.... Iíll definitely be buying this one again.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 12oz bottle-Pours thick with a soon to be gone, tan head. This "brown ale" sits in the glass looking like a porter or stout. Aroma brings sweet malty notes, coffee, and molasses. Flavors bring the same but better. Im not sure if your suppost to taste any wood, but I didnt. Finish is fairly long an alcoholic. I imagine this would cellar nicely.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Canalís in Lawrence Twp Pours a slightly hazy deep reddish mahogany with a dense light brown head. Very sweet malty aroma with dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Complex flavors with strong woody, earthy presence. Plenty of sweet malt, raisins, hint of smoke, caramel and white pepper. Long contemplative finish with a fairly aggressive alcohol note. Overall a nice and interesting brew but one probably better suited to a cool autumn evening than a hot early summer day.
poley (3) - Orono, Maine, USA - JUN 27, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful flavors, nice and smooth. Alcohol taste is a little too prominent. Definitely a sipping beer.
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE...funny, Iím looking at DTM who rated right before me and my notes have much of the same...pours deep brown, tan head pretty much gone by the time I got it...aroma of malts, chocolate toffee...taste of malts, molassas, mild coffee and chocolate, alcohol in the aftertaste...brought a 4-Pack home, Iíll keep it around for fall-winter and maybe re-rate. Super Unleaded!
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. I was very surprised when this beer poured an almost pitch black. Tan head that almost disappeared instantly. This beer is a malt lovers dream. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, molasses and even a little bit of licorice. This is something I will buy again.
TheBeerGod (6028) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very deep brown to near black opaque pour. Fading tan head. Sweet aroma made up of caramel, chocolate, sweet malts, candy and alcohol. Taste is strong alcohol, rich caramel, light toffee, candy, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts. Strong woody notes throughout. Body is medium to medium-full. Lots of alcohol warmth and a dense, smooth carbonation. Finishes with more alcohol, wood, coffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, and candy. Very different but very tasty!
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2010 12oz bottle. Pours pitch black body with small brown lacing. The aroma is sweet - chocolate, caramel, alcohol, wood. Taste is sweet vanilla oak, roasty and coffee-like malt. Somewhat boozy.
thedm (5794) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN poured a small sized head of dark brown colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The aroma contained notes of dark malt, brown malt and a mild chocolatey note. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish. The flavor was strongly vinous in the aftertaste yet not like alcohol but something smoother. There were also dark malt brown malt mild vinous mild chocolate notes in the flavor and a slight tingly hop note in the aftertaste.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick and pretty much black in color. Thin brown head with a little sticking around for lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, caramel, wood and some alcohol noticeable. The flavor is heavy roasted malts, somewhat burned, chocolate, oak with slight traces of coffee. Mild bitterness. Interesting that while some of the flavors are a little intense there is absolutely no alcohol noticed, which I got in the aroma. One of the easier drinking 12% brews Iíve ever had. Good beer but didnít necessarily excite me.