Sammy (7717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great idea. Finally a good use for brown beer. Malty and so I can use this to turn people on to craft beer. The wood worked superb wonders without being overbearing, and balanced not too sweet. Dark brown and rich-looking, above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable for 12%. Roastiness also there and well constrained.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 On tap at the Toronado. Great Stuff. Pours black with a constant dark brown ring. Aroma of wood, sherry, oxidation, soy, cinnamon, crab apples, molasas, and tobbaco. Taste is chocolate, wood, banana, cinnamon, and lots of beautiful alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Reminds me of an oak Old Vis.
From a bottle it is very nutty and earthy, with a decent amount of chocolate and old growth forest notes. Tons of tobacco as well backed with frankensense.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Deep brown/black body with a dark brown colored head that looks a lot like an Imperial Stout. Intense dark malty aroma with a unique wood smell that’s also pretty sweet. Tingly mouthfeel and intense beer though alcohol isn’t necessarily that obvious. Big brown malty flavor with a very unique wood flavor. There’s also a bit of chocolate and coffee in there. Very full bodied, very unique, and a very interesting beer.
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Drinking a bottle that I forgot about in a cooler for a couple of months. The cap is super rusty, the label is mostly worn off, and there’s rust-colored goop underneath the cap. It pours deep brown/black with a dark brown head. Nose is full of dusty dry cocoa powder, similar bakers chocolate, but with a fairly high level of alcohol noticed. There are also some notes of charred plum and chocolate covered nuts, but never comes off as sweet. Flavor is rich cocoa covered plums with a bready note that resembles fresh baked brownies. The alcohol is well hidden, very minimal amounts detected.. soft and silky over the middle, drying and turning to bitter cocoa powder in the finish. Very good stuff. Get a brain marrons.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, GBBF 08. Black with a small head. Aromas are sweet molasses with floral notes and berries. Sherry-like. Flavours are sweet and viscous malts with berries. Smoky with tobacco. Strong warming alcohol. Like some of the better English strong ales.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
The sweetness of licorice, hazelnuts and earthy figs is intelligently offset by amiable roastiness in this most creative and elegant sipper of a strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A film of foam floats atop the blackened dark brown.
-The prickly carbonation enlivens the heavy, nourishing body.
-Alcohol is not too present in the flavor profile, as is customary with DFH high gravity ales.
-A wooden dryness is felt in the finish.
-A link with the Imperial Stout family is hard to miss; I find this to be a compelling twist on this highly popular style.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours deep brownish black with 2-fingers of gorgeous dark tan bimodal head...great look on this one. The aroma is very complex; a meshing of dark malt, oaky notes, chocoff, nuts, dark fruit. The palate is complex, silky, rich, with very well hidden alcohol. Flavors of creamy malt, brown sugar, raisins, nuts, and chocolate are apparent, with the raisiny notes increasing as it warms. The last dregs bring with them a very unique woody flavor that I have not encountered before. This is a wonderful new offering from DFH, and I give them continued credit for pushing the envelope of beer crafting.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008-10-02. Very very dark brown body with a modest tan head. Lovely aroma, modest woody notes, touches of sour cherries/fruit, a hint of spice emerges from nowhere and does not stay long, light alcohol starts to emerge as it warms. Sweet malt base, muted spice and wood, mild fruit, light bitterness balances it out nicely. Alcohol is barely there. Smooth medium bodied palate is perfect for the beer. Bottle Shared by GregClow
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mostly opaque black with mahogany edges and a frothy, wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of dry toasty earthy malts with some vanilla, wood, and black cherries and plums. The nose becomes more woody and complex as it warms. Body starts fairly full with a nice dark caramely sweetness, some mild woodsy smoke and ash and good balance of dark fruity complexity throughout. Finishes slightly drier, bittersweet and mildly warming. An enjoyable and complex brew that should age pretty well.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours a thick dark brown with almost no head. What head is there does stick around a while. Aroma of banana, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla. Taste is woody and bitter. Alcoholic, tannic and malty. It works well. A little too heavy a beer, texture wise, and finishing even a 12 oz becomes a bit of a chore.