Ernest (6418) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, dark brown, fully diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black, unfiltered.
Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of alcohol/whisky, bubble gum, brown sugar, light notes of wood, vanilla, cardboard.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Very surprised at the high score. A punishingly sweet and syrupy brew that’s hard to drink (or even sip), and offers little to entice in the nose. Even after warming all the way to room temp the nose remained very simple and portentous of its sugar-bomb flavor balance. The opposite of elegant. Other big Dogfish beers have been following this syrupy-sweet-simple trend in the last few years and sadly this one is no different.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark fruit, sweet aroma. Slight vanilla and brown sugar in second whiff. Dark brown, medium head. Sweet up front, very light wood and moderate dry finish.
MrBunn (2516) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Didn’t know what to expect, but this goes far beyond simple "marron." A dark, dark pour with minimal head and heavy banana/clove aromas. Sweet brown sugar malt and a touch of prunes or something dark and fruity like that. Alright, so following the first sip, I’m thinking that this probably was aged in some sort of "holy tree." Dark and sweet flavors swirl and surround a wonderful alcoholic warmth. I wish that this came out in the dead of winter. I wish I had a couple of cases of this stuff. Or at least a second bottle.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capital Ale House (I zink). Moderate off-white head.
Big roasty/fruity aroma. Roast and caramel malts with raisin and plum flavors. Some alchohol up front with a bit of woodiness. Finish is sweet but drys out quickly. Definately finished my night.
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. Thanks, Skoi! Pours dark brown with a thick and creamy tan head. Smells sugary--mostly brown sugar. Some roast and caramel in there as well. Creamy medium body. Caramel, toast, and lots and lots of brown sugary tang on the mid-palate. This is not a particularly interesting beer at all, despite what the dvd that comes with it might lead you to believe.
Boutip (4917) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Jay23: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of vanilla and oak is pretty pleasant with some light roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt notes with a mix of vanilla and oak and some creamy lactose notes. Full creamy body is really enjoyable with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and probably one of the best new seasonal from Dogfish.
HonkeyBra (3557) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an almost opaque black with a cocoa colored head that stays around the rim of the glass. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla, some fruit, some wood. Flavor is roasted malt, roasted wood, some dark fruit, with warming alcohol. The Palo Santo wood is on display here, and it does not disappoint. This tastes like the cousin of a porter. Very interesting and delicious beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks gorgeous, dark brown (opaque) with a creamy dark tan head. The aroma is very sweet and yummy: chocolate, raisins, vanilla, and a vague woodiness. The flavor does not disappoint: loaded with roast and a good balancing of wood and sweetness. Full creamy palate. A winner.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. small fizzy light brown fully dissapating head into black body. good lacing. aromas of heavy sweet cocoa, light vanilla, wood, and alcohol. flavor is sweet and bitter (actually heavy in flavor and aromas). velvety mouthfeel and long finish duration. good but something different was there (probably the wood).
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark brown w/ a brown head. Shows garnet highlights when held in the light. Sweet malts & alcohol in the aroma & a bit of black licorice joins the show. Flavor has some roasted malt an almost vanilla-like sweetness & a little warming alcohol kick at the end. Finish is roasty dry.