drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottled 2/18/08. pours very dark brown with creamy tan head. aroma has some port wine, toffee, coffee roast, and cherries. flavors are toffee, nutty, mild oak and cherry notes, chocolate and coffee towards the end while a sweet alcohol flavor finishes it out. body a touch thin. this just doesnít sit that well.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - Pours a dark brown/black color with almost non existant light tan head. Aroma is full of blackstrap molasses, toasted raisens, dates and figs, red grapes, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, definite woody vanilla, hint of cherry and burbon. Flavor is full of chewy malts, faint dark chocolate, notes of raisens and figs tossed in burbon, vanilla bean, fair amount of medium caramel, touch of cherry and oak, hint of alcohol, with a finish just on the sweet side of balanced. Overall a nice brew - strong, woody, complex. I canít say that it truly hides its alcohol, but it doesnít seem quite as strong as 12%.
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark almost black, with small tan head. Aroma is very complex, roasted malts, chocolate, wood and dried fruits. The flavor is outstanding, initial burst of the roasty, chocolaty malts, transitioning nicely to the woody vanilla and dark fruits. Overall sweet palate, but not too sweet, very smooth and has great balance. Wouldnít believe that it was 12% alcohol if it wasnít printed on the label. Iím usually not a huge fan of DFHís more creative brews but this one is a winner.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Wow. Another great beer from DFH. Almost black with very small dark tan head. Faint aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits. Flavor is complex - reminded me of a toned-down version of World Wide Stout - roast malts, coffee, dark fruits. You taste the wood, but it is very different from oak that many beers are now flavored in. Outstanding beer.
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with virtually no head. Aroma of raisins, chocolate and wood. Taste of bread, sweet sugar and apples with some alcohol present.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours an opaque almost black color (dark mahogany at the edges) with a frothy light brown head that leaves light lacing. aromas of chocolate, wood, malt, dark dried fruit, a light alcohol burn, toasted nuts and something vegetal akin to cactus paddles or prickly pears... lots of warming flavors... chocolate, vanilla cream, roasted nuttiness, coffee, caramel/tequila qualities, dark raisins and malt with a very light ash. luckily the palate isnít overly sweetened and the wood character is well integrated. thereís a long lingering fruitiness similar to raisins with coffee mixed in. full bodied with a creamy velvety texture like melted chocolate with a touch of cream added to it...
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. How the hell am I supposed to know what Palo Santo wood smells like? Looks and smells kinda like their Chicory Stout. This one has Dogfish written all over it. Iíll tell you what though, Iíve had 6% beers that burn more than this one going down. DFH calls this one a brown ale, RB says itís an ASA and it reminds me of a stout. Despite that, itís not as "unique" as I had hoped. This is a tasty beer, but I feel like I need to find a new favorite brewery.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle sampled at Market Cross Shippensburg: Beer poured like an imperial stout and looked very thick coming out of the bottle. poured brown with a small tan head. Aroma was great, lots of wood, vanilla, some roastiness. Flavor was even better, the roastiness of the grains and flavor of the wood really combind harmoniously in this beer. Notes of vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar as well. On the finish the wood really did shine. Brown sugar enter the aroma very prominitely towards the end of the glass. Good stuff.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black, nearly purple. Toasted brown, oily looking head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, peat moss and cedar. Oily taste, with coffee, chocolate, thin but oily, lots of alcohol. I wasnít wowed by this, and not sure what makes this an american strong ale, unless its the +10% alcohol. $10.25 for a 12oz snifter didnít sit too well with me either.
NachlamSie (2782) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours rather thick and a very deep brown. The head is small and dark tan with cascades rolling beneath it from a tilt or swirl. For some reason I was really expecting a lighter bodied brew. I guess I donít know DFH well enough. The aroma is very nice and malty. Suggestions of tobacco, earth, nuts, and a deep woodiness are present. I wouldnít know this actually included wood unless I read it on the label, but it definitely makes sense. The flavor is heavy and malty, kind of meaty even. A soft, caramelized sweetness hits the palate first. Then the brew transitions to complex wooden tones before culminating in a earthy, meaty, almost smoky finish. Drinking this beer makes me think it would pair excellently with a cigar. A few sips brings out faint hints at ripe fruits, but this is still all about the arbor character. 12 % abv is hidden exceptionally well. There are quite a few crazy brews DFH puts out that I just donít care for. This is one of the others that makes me keep trying them anyway.