oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark blackish amber color. Aromas of dark fruits, and some other hints, maybe bourbon, maybe coffee. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and drinkable as hell.
thomashall (627) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in trade. Nice caramel brown pour. Aroma is booze and figs and raisins. Taste pretty much follows with some burnt caramel. Boozy but well balance. Very nice!
wxman (1727) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a ruby/brown with a fair off white head. Fruity aroma, raisins mostly. Sweet, tongue coating roasted malt, raisins and figs, merlot wine, smokey and boozy, yet smooth and well balanced. Another excellent sipper from Dogfish.
lightbias (442) - USA - FEB 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a small snifter, this huge beer in a little glass is already showing its brawn in the aroma. Boozy, sweet and heady with the combination, the monstrous notes of burnt caramel and dried fruits are a bit intimidating. The snifter is full of burnt sugar, the light from the room glancing through and streaming copper sunshine into the foot of the glass. The latte-hued, soapy foam present in the first moments is eagerly consumed by the heaviness of the body.
- My first taste is sweet...so sweet that Iím put off at first, but within just a few small sips the sweetness is comfortable, the heat of the booze is tempered and the brew becomes quite flavorful and delicious. Dark caramel, raisins and leather are apparent in the aroma as it warms, and a hint of vanilla through it all clinches my love for this beer. The carbonation is obvious and delivers well despite the creaminess laid out on my tongue. A sensual nibble on my lips demonstrates the high alcohol, but this is a beer with a booze accent, and not the other way around. How refreshing that is! I could blame my trek from too sweet to perfectly marvelous on the high ABV, but I have not gotten far enough into the beer to say anything of the sort. Iím still drinking this carefully, slowly and with respect. Itís a sipping brew and one that demands patience, and at the same time, your full attention.
- In all honesty, I am not a fan of this brewery. There are only two that I can think of that I truly enjoy. This, as new as it is to me, just so happens to be one of them. Try it. I dare you.
Ktwse (3834) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours semi clear reddish brown with basically flat off-white head. Aroma of raisins, figs, dates, more raisins, muscovado, alcohol, port wine, some more raisins... This is going to be sweet... Taste is very boozy up front, slightly tart with red grapes, followed by a funky sweet alcohol warming finish. Burns the lips... Body is surprisingly light, somewhat sticky, with a fair amount of carbonation.
Picked up in Chicago and drank on the spot - wished I had held on to this and let it age for about five years, think that would help it immensely.
maley1 (1074) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber pour with a small tan head quickly dissapating. Aroma of malts, ripe fruits, caramel, slightly doughy and toffee. Taste of malts, plums, raisins, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Full bodied, medium carbonation, boozy sweet raisin finish that lasts forever. Delicious excellent beer!
geologyguy (1270) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice dark fruit and raisin smell, sweet and malty...lots of raisin on front end with light alcohol burn on the back end...bold flavors and complex..but flavor itself just not my thing
coolfunnj (354) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
fruity caramel aroma..very dark with thin head that disappears no lacing..tastes kind of like world wide stout with way more sweetness,and alcohol burn.nowever not as complex..mostly malt and fruit flavors and a hint of scotch whiskey,it IS strong..hot on the palate and tingly carbonation..overall another great big beer from dfh,possibly the most extremely sweet of them all but somehow this isnít a bad thing..a must try
Heather_B (246) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black (almost like a dark purple) in color. No head. Sugar smell. Taste is tons of dark red fruits like currants, plums, cherries, and prunes. Pretty great though. The fruit really shines.
Sirmixsomewhat (190) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you can imagine a beer that tastes like beer, but also has a grapey/raisin taste while not shoving it in your face, you get this. Absolutely fantastic from a fantastic brewery.