ttoadee (1171) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viscous deep brown pour (there is a glimmer of light coming through), ring of coffee colored head. Nose is dark malt, hint of spice, wood, and alcohol. Sweet. Middle is wood shavings on the back of the throat, dark malt with molasses and hints of cardamon, coffee, and allspice. Finish is a blanket of sweet fruit and booze. Better than most ports. Have to have this one again.
illiniphil (146) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark oily brown with a 1 finger dark tan melted ice cream head Lots of toasty malt and alcohol but very balanced. Drinks very smooth. You’d never know its 12 abv. Will definitely cellar this one. Can’t wait till next year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Cam_Dynamite (116) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had this a few times and had mixed experiences. Pours dark. Aroma is fruity, vanilla, wood. Taste is coffee, cocoa, wood, booze, tobacco. I dig.
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is syrupy, dark fruits, roasted malts. Thick, chewy, boozy, dark fruits. Tasty.
knacosta07 (2) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - AUG 16, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong hint of cocoa on the nose. Nice lacing, fades to a thin, cream colored head. Appearance is a bit darker than expected for a brown ale - much closer resemblance to a porter. Long, smooth finish with dark fruit notes and hints of coffee and cocoa. As always, a great beer from Dogfish.
coachd (486) - Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wanted to age this one, but I just couldn’t wait. This one is only about 5 months old. Smells like dark fruit, raisin, coffee, cocoa, some booze and of course, wood. Dark brown with barely any head. What foam the beer does have is tan. Tastes a little sour, with black coffee, cocoa, wood and brown sugar. Hardly any booze in the taste for 12% ABV. Excellent thick and syrupy palate. Very well done from DFH. Unique, bold, high octane but good tasting brew. If aged properly by a more patient person, this beer would probably lose that sour quality and be perfect. As is, it’s still very good.
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer pours a deep, dark brown color with a small khaki-colored head that disappears quickly. The aroma contains caramel malts, wood, vanilla, toffee notes; the taste is quite umami, slightly sweet, slightly boozy, and a touch bitter, and the flavors were reminiscent of wood, tobacco, vanilla, and bourbon. Despite the high ABV, this beer was smooth, and it’s full body, oily and thick texture, and flat carbonation matched the flavors perfectly.
sir__v (1746) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: caramel and malt domination. Spicy notes, finish as vanilla. Taste: very high body, sweet and caramel. Woody notes and spicy. Small alcohol finish. Aftertaste: dry malt and caramel with alcohol notes.
emusche (150) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tulip glass; pours deep brown with a tan head. Lacing present on the glass throughout the drink. Aroma of vanilla bean, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and booze. Taste is loads of vanilla, woody malt and more booze. This beer is very good, but I feel like at somewhere between 8-10% instead it could’ve been great.
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nose -- you can really smell the wood, caramel, nuttiness and alcohol. Just a tiny hint of smokiness. Poured super dark and super thick. Didn’t think it would be like this. The alcohol is really upfront with the woodiness, caramel, sweet malt and a bit of bitter. Finish is alcohol. Really great and I will pick up more.