carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. pours dark with a small tan head. aroma is vanilla and some nut and woody notes. mouthful is crisp with nice full brown ale flavors that finnish crisp and delicious! There is no hint of the big abv, even after some warming. i think this is the best dogfish has brought to the bottle, perhaps my favorite from any brewer. even at the big price i will buy as much as I can get my hands on.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Midlothian on 08/29/2008. Dark black body with a small tan head. Big smokey chocolate and molassas aroma. Big smoke character, molassas, anise, caramel flavors. Full body with medium low carbonation. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0
05/12/2008: Dark brown body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy brown head. Sweet caramel, roast and rum soaked fruit aroma. Very smooth caramel flavor with rum soaked fruit and molassas and some light wood. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9
sebletitje (9197) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On bottle at OTH.
Really great flavor, bottle indicates hints of vanilla on Paraguayan Santo wood. I could smell more hints of banana with little touch of the vanilla.
Hard to believe the beer clocks 12% abv. another great addition to the Dogfish Head family.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours imperial black with a dark brown head. Charred wood in the aroma alongside roasted malt. Flavor is mostly forest fire, with some cocoa, toffee, and dark fruit (all burned). Tons of booze and a good bit of plastic smokiness. Overdone and unappetizing. I say a rosary to subtlety every night, but apparently there is no god.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty take on a brown ale, not my usual favorite style. Think and dark in appearance, it had a definitive aroma I cannot place, perhaps it was the vanilla. Nice velvety mouthfeel, flavors of coffee, chocolate, banana, vanilla. Thin tan head. Alcohol well-hidden. Good product from DFH but very expensive.
BeerFanDan17 (1080) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at OTH. Incredible strong ale almost like a porter. Smokey and possibly hints of banana. Well balanced and sweet.
daninferior (4) - USA - MAY 10, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
pours in gobs w/mild tan head, really sweet and smokey, goes down like a really nice imperial stout, with aggressive hop atributies, one of my favorites to date
EithCubes (5615) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Huge, room-filling aroma, syrupy sticky molasses and campfire smoke with a huge, huge cash of wood (not oak or cedar or anything recognizable, but very pungent and attractive). A little cream, vanilla, and chocolate. Some firm Scotch ale accents and a ton of alcohol. Currants and dark cherries. Dark brown pour is essentially pitch with a dark brown, creamy head tinged with red. Very dry, lightly bitter taste that gains a bit of sweetness in the mid-body; not at all cloying (like most of the big DFH releases)! Molasses and brown sugar, chocolate with touches of vanilla and alcohol fumes (though I wouldn’t have guessed 12%). Creamy full body and a dry, woody aftertaste, very malty with faint whisps of peat and smoke. Touch of earth, touch of grape, and even more plum. Also has some Dubbel character.
Pros: Complex and rewarding with subtle spiciness. A dark, alluring pleasure! Decadent!
Cons: Plastic, fusils, booze. Why not just distill?
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with thin tan head. Lokks like a imp stout. Aroma of burnt wood, coffee, chocolate, and mild notes of dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts and raisins. Medium body. Was planning on being underwhlemed due to it being DFH, but I really enjoyed it. Looks like THIS experiment worked.
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Black fluid with a weakish dark tan head. Looks like a Russian Imperial Stout! The aroma is of coffee, black cherries, plum, a little bit of burnt wood, and brown sugar. It may look like an Imperial Stout but the taste wouldn’t match up. The mouthfeel is thinner than a stout would be. The flavor is big and hearty with a malty impact. Some traces of black licorice and dried fruit are present. The carbonation is generally low while the alcohol content is present in the finish. Another great addition to the Dogfish Head lineup!