ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with thick tan head and a small amount of lacing. Vanilla and wood on the nose. Complex flavors consisting of wood, white chocolate, malts, roast, and hops. slightly dry finish.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 [ Batch #1 feb 08] Pours black with a large foamy mocha head. Aroma is strong nailpolish, woody. Mild flavor for so much in the beer. The malt is really hard to taste, just very sugary, woody, and the burn of alcohol. I can smell some spices but those are also hard to taste. Something very different, but is really just a tease for an imperial stout. 188.8.131.52.15 . . . . . . . . . . . . .I suppose I was fairly harsh on this beer the first time around, rookie. Not sure age has treated it that well, again this reaffirms my assumption that dark beers are best after 6-9 months and no more. The aroma is intoxication, huge licorice, lovely dry wood, slick sweet molasses, seems delicious. Flavor is marred by soy and light hop oxidation, the wood is pretty good in the first sip, tons of licorice, the 12% was made for this flavor, molasses/syrup, the soy is a detractor. Medium/full bodied, bit sticky syrupy but not bad at all. 184.108.40.206.15
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 Bottle at Jerry’s. Black with good, creamy brown head / Winey, woody nose of vanilla, wood, and chocolate / Full, body with big, sweet malts but with good hop balance and finish. A little hot but big alcohol mostly masked. / Flavors of figs, prunes, milk chocolate, vanilla, and presumably palo santo wood. / A very good, crazy barleywine.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2/11/2008 (11 days ago): Deep brown to black in color this poured a thin brown head that dissipated rather quickly leaving little lacing. The nose showed sweet wood fig, maple syrup and a touch of vanilla crème. In the mouth it was a full-bodied beer with great palate weight and richness. The flavors showed off the wood, chocolate and fig with some hops showing in the slightly dry, bitter finish. The alcohol is well integrated overall with just a touch showing through on the finish.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a dark color with a light tan head. Smells like alcohol with a hint of malt. Laces well as you drink it. Light mouthfeel with very little aftertaste. Has a medium alcohol taste with some notes of roasted malt character. Very little hop presence. Not as much wood flavor as I like in wood beers. And doesn’t taste that good either. Overall a very disappointing beer.
LinusStick (2738) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woooow. I admit I was skeptical. "Great. Another big over the top overdone Dogfish Head beer". Wow was I wrong. This beer is 12%? This is the first big beer I’ve had from this brewer that I can say hides the alcohol beautifully. Aroma of maple syrup and sweet malt. Pour was a deep dark near black with a one finger tan head. Taste was near perfect. Strong caramel and chocolate flavor with a big woodiness. This beer tasted like someone spilled caramel and Hersheys syrup on a piece of wood and you licked it up. I’m going to pick up as much of this as I can while I can.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very roasty malts... much like an exaggerated Dogfish Indian Brown. Relatively small head. Charred wood smell and nice chocolate, roast, and wood on the palate. Slight chocolate covered cherries as well. Not as vanilla/caramel as many wood-aged beers, but in a really nice way. Surprisingly tasty. I feel like I like this more than the numerical rating I gave it...
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz from a 4-pack (with a DVD!). Bottled on 2/11/08. Pours very dark brown with a dark foamy brown head. Looks pitch black in the glass. A nice aroma on this one. Can pick out traces of brown ales (a less hoppyDFH Indian Brown comes to mind) as well as some stout like qualities. Brown sugar, chocolate covered bananas, caramel. Alcohol nowhere in sight within the aroma. Taste is smooth, rich, chocolatey, a bit watery even with the alcohol hidden extremely well. Not too sweet or cloying like some other high alcohol DFH beers. This beer hides its abv better than almost any other beer I can think of. I must admit I was not terribly familiar with Paraguayan Palo Santo wood before this beer and I am having trouble picking out any characteristics it imparts. Regardless this is pretty good.
natejgood (387) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a dark beer for a brown ale. It head a light brown head, but it dissipated quickly. It smells a little bitter with sweet and sour hints around the edges. The taste is a bit sweet with a bit of a roasty finish. There seems to be a bit of fruit in there as well. The beer is very smooth in the mouth and you can’t really taste the alcohol at all. It’s not a bad beer, but it seems to be missing some balance. A slight bitter taste might help.
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Bottle shard by mmtmatrix. Poured a deep brown color with a half-inch thick tan head. Aroma of the Palo Santo wood, caramel, and some vanilla. Sweet caramel an toffee malt entry leads into a roasty, woody finish. I really enjoyed the Palo flavor on the finish, it added a nice earthy character and dried the palate nicely. Doesn’t really drink like a 12% beer, it is pretty smooth. This seems to have good aging potential.