jredmond (7403) - 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 (5614) - 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.
trevor211 (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as night. No matter how bright a light I held it up to, I couldnít see through it at all. The head is thin but dense, and mocha brown - Iím really surprised by how dark this one is. Aroma has notes of roasted coffee, cacao, smokey wood, vanilla, a bit of maple and molasses-dark malts. Coffee really comes through in the flavor, as well as the wood. Thereís a sweetness that reminds me of burned marshmallows. Not toasted - burned. Torched. Thereís a definite bitter presence, too, and just enough carbonation to keep it clean. At times I really feel like I have a block of wood in my mouth. This is far more like an imperial stout than a brown ale like they claim, but very interesting stuff, for sure.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a surprisingly dark black with a wonderful head. Having read very little about this beer I was expecting it to be a boring amber colored beer with mild malt, mild hops, mild wood, another loser from DFH. Not so! This is an awesome, truly "dark" beer, rich with old hops and thick syrupy malt, and a truly unique wood flavor I have not seen in anything else. Deep complexity in the flavor highlights plums and maple and charred pine. Boozy, red wine, molasses. A very well crafted beer and a great surprise.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice complex ale. Malt taste with definate wood tones. Reminds me of oily tropical hardwood being cut in the woodshop. Slight smoke aftertaste. Would but again.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours an opaque dark brown/black body with a quickly dissipating thin head of tan head. Smells chocolaty with woody notes. Tastes like chocolate and coffee, with strong woody notes. Full bodied, bordering on viscous, with ample carbonation to clean the palate. Drier than I expected, though still sweet, and the wood adds an interesting quality to the beer, complimenting the dryness... Having said that, itís a solid tasty strong American brown. Not entirely sure yet whether it was worth the 14$ per four-pack though...
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked this up at the store having no idea what it was. Itís made by Dogfish so I figured it was probably good. Viscous black fluid drains from the bottle, almost no carbonation. Aroma is malty sweet. Flavor starts sweet but finishes dry. Lots of roasted flavors. No bitterness or hops are detected at all, this beer is really just all about the malt. Pretty good.
rds (230) - USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 Ultra-dark with a thin tan head, notes of toasted malt mix with sweet chocolate and vanilla, even a faint touch of coffee. Very smooth finish, the alcohol flavor is highly subordinated to the complexity of flavors. What an accomplished creation!
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Thanks!
Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Smell is roasty, almost fresh woodiness, and perhaps chocolately. Taste is roasty, very fresh woody bark like and some chocolate and earthiness. Light alcohol flavor. Creamy, slick mouthfeel and light to medium carbonation. Good and unique, but not too weird to inhibit drinkability much. One of the better DFH beers for sure.