elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a trappist glass. Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a thin tan head that dissipates relatively quickly. Copious amounts of lacing remain behind, however. Aroma is dense, but alcohol absolutely dominates. Letís be clear, however, the alcohol is not indiscriminate; rather, it is strongly characteristic of brandy or cognac. Beyond that, some toasted caramel malts are barely discernible. Flavor is, again, driven by alcohol. But as the beer warms, other flavors become more apparent, including some sweetness associated with burnt sugar and vanilla. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but not overly viscous, with a mild hint of carbonation.
In all, this is one of Dogfish Headís finest ales. Itís absolutely strong, but imminently drinkable. The alcohol is definitely front and center, and yet, other aromas and flavors (esp. caramel, sugar, vanilla, and even a slight smoked wood) are able to come forth, ensuring that a balance remains. Strongly recommended.
climberbob (266) - Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into fancy stout glass. Thick tan head on a hard pour. Black. Aroma of molasses, raisins and wood. Slick full mouthfeel that hides alcohol. Taste similar to aroma, hints of vanilla, some sweetness but also finishes dry w mild hop bitterness. Solid beer.
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sinfull (1055) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color; small , beige head. Aroma of malt , caramel , vanilla and wood. Sweet malty taste with notes of roasted caramel , vanilla , dark fruits and hint of alcohol. Good , dessert beer .
echudy (57) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sweet scent, extremely dark and thick color. This was aged for two years by my friend, so it's probably much smoother than a fresh one, but excellent flavor
geologyguy (941) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
very good slight (vanilla?) sweet smell that smells high in alcohol, taste is high alcohol with bit of licorice...slightly bitter finish...very bold and "hot"...hurtís it though :(
jinroh (669) - ESTONIA - MAY 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark with a bit of foam. Aroma is woody, something interesting going on, library bookshelf? Tastes really rich, full of chocolate, bitter one with not too much cocoa. Booze bites a bit and leaves beautiful long lasting aftertaste.
cargo150 (1000) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur noire aux reflets bruns avec un mince col qui se dissipe lentement. Aromes de torrefactions, cafe, chocolat noir, fruits rouge, bois, alcool, tres licoreux. A boire tranquilement.
snoworsummer (3131) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Dogfish Head Fairfax. Pours dry dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Tastes like booze, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and woody malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like dark chocolate, booze, caramel, woody malt, and light earth.
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very unique. Bottle pours Very dark brown with one finger persistent tan head. Aroma Palo Santo and malts. Taste matches with wood, vanilla, roast malts and other spices I canít identify which I guess are coming from the Palo Santo. Almost a cinnamon/nutmeg sensation. Creamy palate with woody finish.
Humlehode (278) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with brown head. Roasted, oaked, chocolate, toffee. Full bodoed, some residual sweetness. Nice balance. Finishes with coffee after taste.
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borre_m (630) - NORWAY - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black dark tan head. Aroma is malty, fruiy. Some alcohol. Taste has prunes, roastiness and warming alcohol.