FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Original review date March 29, 2008...probably my favorite DFH offering...
Poured from bottle into Cabernet glass...
Big, rye or whole wheat bread-colored head. Oily thick, espresso-colored body. Lacing coats glass nicely
Copious malt and spice (can’t place - a little cinnamon - maybe mild clove or allspice?) with chocolate and caramel overtures with some well-placed yeast
Heavy alcohol and espresso in the forefront with grassy hops (chicory tones) and sweet toasted maly
Very pleasant with deep, sweet alcoholic mouthfeel and finish
Extremely drinkable for style. Amazing stuff that I hope to revisit soon.
wombat23 (135) - 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 (120) - 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 that’s 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.
Quick3Beers (631) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown from a bottle. Nose of chocolate, vegetal, flavor similar but with a woodsy character I can only assume is from the wood it’s aged on. Slightly spicy, not hot spicy, but aromatic spicy. Thick and boozy. Very good beer.
jeffreylee (13) - HHI, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you love the Dogfish 90 and barrel aging, this is a perfect beer. The color is a dark reddish brown with an exotic aroma that still has rich malt with a bit of pine. The flavor is full and rich, with a hint of bitterness over-powered by gently sweet citrus and hops. This is now my go to beer.
SteveOrz85 (177) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle I received as a Christmas gift. Chilled, Poured in tulip glass. Paper thin brown head. Very little lacing. Beer is extremely dark in color. Aroma is rich with notes of dried fruit, extremely heavy malts, light wood, little bit of spiced like rum. Taste is faintly sweet with a touch of bitterness. Some coffee like acidity. Bold. Heavy. Unique. Alcohol at 12% is definitely present but not over powering. Sorta thicker oily texture. Average to lighter carbonation. Full bodied. Over all a really good beer.
Niall73 (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home while in Jacksonville. Pours a dark reddy coke colour. Sweet rummy, raisin aroma. Boozy, sweet rum, dark fruit, coke, brown sugar... Big but well balanced, nice heat to it. Good.
rouhlas (1963) - GREECE - NOV 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Dark brown color with beige head. Malty aroma, roasted, caramel, chocolate, dark dried fruits, light spicy, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation.
Garrold (3333) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Trembling Madness, York. Very dark, chocolate brown. Thin, sticky, lasting, light brown head. Aroma of treacle. Cake fruits. Rum truffle. Spot of woody booze. Background notes of caramelised peach. Taste is vine fruit sweet. Woody, burnt bitter. Rich mouthfeel, albeit a bit fizzy. Finishes a bit dry and boozy. Ok. Silly price tag, mind you.
shrubber85 (9625) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Wood, chocolate malt, and astringent ash aroma. Dark black with large tan head. Sweet coffee/chocolate malt and moderately strong bitter/astringent lemon peel/pine flavor. Good body with nice balance. The 12% is very well hidden.
spacecube (1510) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours deep dark brown, tan head, oily, roasty rich malt, chocolate, complex and long woody notes, lovely warming alcohol. Full bodied with a long palate. Soft carbonation.