growler6 (123) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alcohol, vanilla and wood aromas on the nose, good but nothing special. The taste and body turn this up to 11. Nutty, semi sweet, moderate bitterness and a trace of sour (not a fan of sour but it works). Superb mouth feel; medium viscosity and not too sticky. Slightly salty, abrupt finish. The best brown ale Iíve had and new DFH favorite.. Sam knows.
ffbot (342) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pour is an exceedingly dark and condense black brown with a tiny creamy tan head that retains and leaves lacing. Smell is just ripe berries, cold winter snow, sweet malt, and a little bit of wood. Taste is wood forwards, balanced lingering sweetness, and a interesting bouquet of flowers and berries. Long sweetened aftertaste
arbormist (2) - - MAR 27, 2016 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Barf not my fave. Iíd rather have tea. Or coffee without sugar. Itís bitter.
Turboninja (478) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@home, from Heinenís, Cleveland, USA. Strong smooth taste with overaged berries, alcohol and some oak. Pitch black color with small/minimal beige head. Strong, smooth taste with roasted, slightly berries and malts, a hint of vanilla and alcohol. In addition, some wood flavors mix in perfectly. Averagely balanced with ultra-wide taste spectrum and long aftertaste with berries and alcohol. Strong body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, a superb product with great woody twist. A bit more balancing and this would be perfect.
jnance34 (4) - Raleigh, USA - MAR 19, 2016 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick black appearance, strong oak flavor with hints of vanilla and caramel. Smells and tastes fantastic.
HuskerTan (1669) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 10, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Tobacco, leather, anise, smoke, jerky.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Leather, tobacco, alcohol, smoke, umani, beef jerky, roasty.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish.
O- Hot damn this is delicious. With so many ratings it tells me this must be fairly easy to obtain on the East Coast. Another reason living in Nebraska sucks. No access to DFH. This beer is full of complex notes. And to believe the bottle considers it a brown ale.
tnkw01 (1710) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very deep brown, almost black. Huge, bubbly , brown head. Aroma and taste is like a very fine imperial porter. Nice beer.
UXO (1459) - CANADA - FEB 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: inky unrelieved black with a short fine light beige head that diminishes rapidly to a thin ring, no lacing. (4/5) Aroma: boozy dried fruit, dark malt, woody perfume. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, lingering sticky and warm (verging on hot) finish. (4/5)
I have no idea what the cryptic date code on the bottle (ď2395 B2 0616Ē) means. Obviously it isnít a brew date in June of 2016, and hot as it is I canít see that being a BB, so your guess is as good as mine. Flavourful and hot, a slow sipper that opens as it warms. Calling it an ďAmerican Strong AleĒ here, but itís got a lot in common with Quads/Abts. About as subtle as Ďarf a brick in the teeth, but boozy good fun. (16/20)
wombat23 (623) - Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a very small tan head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, heavy roasted malt, wood, and alcohol. Tastes of roasted malt, caramel, booze, chocolate, and has coffee and vanilla notes. Alcohol is noticeable, but less pronounced than might be expected for 12% ABV. Wood flavors become more apparent as it warms. Low carbonation. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Quite good. A nice winter beer that packs a punch.
darbeer75 (440) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: malty, slightly chocolatey; some alcohol notes; Appearance: dark brown with minimal head that dissipates quickly; Taste: also boozy and malty; fairly harsh; improves as you drink more, but thatís probably due to the alcohol content; Palate: heavy body with soft carbonation; medium, boozy finish; Overall: pretty good but too harsh for me; might buy again.