Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>750 ml bottle</i>
Another turn of the leaves brings the latest experimental Dogfish Head release. I am usually wary given the price tag but decided to bite the bullet one last time. As it turns out they’ll have to crank out an exceptional beer at $14.99 to get me to come back. There are too many other options at that price point that don’t fall short. Mediocrity at $6.99 is fine; being average and trying to charge more than $13 is not.
<b>Aroma / Appearance</b> - The very lively carbonation decorated the sides of a reddish oak body. Graced by a bubbly white head it smelled of honey, spice, pepper, cherry extract, and cocoa powder. The total experience wasn’t bad but I kept thinking it could have had more of an impact than it did.
<b>Flavor / Palate</b> - The bubbly mouthfeel presented what was thin for a 9% ABV beer. Honey, nutella, and green pepper yielded to a spicy aftertaste and finally a dry finish. If it were solid as a six pack for $9.99 this wouldn’t be such a letdown and I might give it higher marks. However at more than $13 I can’t justify the disappointment.
dalekliz (908) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at WeeHeavySD’s Halloween tasting, with thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours a clear, deep amber, with a white ring. Big sweet aroma, of malt, spices, citrus, peach, and honey. Taste is sharp and sweet, of malt, honey, spices, banana, citrus, and peach, the cocoa and chilies come through nicely. Hides the alcohol well. Manages to have both nice carbonation and be dry. Lingering sweet spiciness. Very strange and very drinkable.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a local. Poured a clear, bright orange-yellow color with a thin off-white head that faded to a ring. Aroma of chocolate, chili powder, and honey. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with a light fruitiness and some honey that transitions into a moderate cocoa presence and a light hint of chile. Finishes lightly dry. Low carbonation, smooth on the palate. Different and interesting at the very least. I applaud DFH for going outside the box and trying new stuff.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma has just a hint of chocolate, honey, and spicy yeast. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. I was expecting something more bold but it was still a good beer.
keepersj12 (3058) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really enjoyed this. I’m not sure why. It had a very bitter chocolate taste that came out in the aftertaste. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Fruit, caramel, honey. It has a very earthy quality to it.
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle; Nose is caramel, apple, whaet bread, and a light alcohol note; clear copper with a medium, glass-lacing beige head; flavor is fruity with some cocoa and a little warmth from the chilis; finish is a little alcohol and some cocoa nib notes! Unusual and quite drinkable although I wished for more of the chilis and chocolate showing up; it actualyy is fairly mild yet potent with the 9% ABV.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared with ealdent (and a non-ratebeer-ian). It pours a deep, clear gold with a thin white head. The aroma is like a big, malty, strong lager - some crisp and sweet malts, subtle apple. The flavor starts malty and tasty with toasty, bready, and sweet-malt notes - perhaps some caramel. Once the palate acclimates to the beer, nuances emerge - like the strong cocoa taste at mid-palate. There is also a very subtle heat that complements the cocoa - as if a small drop of Lindt’s Chili chocolate were added to the beer. The finish is full and malty with some chocolate notes. Actual chili flavor is pretty much non-existent - just super-subtle heat. The mouthfeel is rich and full with a medium level of carbonation. Overall, a very tasty golden ale. The cocoa and chili flavors were much weaker than I was expecting (hoping) considering this supposedly started life as an attempt to recreate Aztec chocolate drinks (which, I believe, was more like thick, unsweetened hot cocoa).
desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Map Room in Chicago. As usual, DFH puts out a beer that, even if it’s not great, sure turns heads and pushes boundaries. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, and the flavor is similar to chocolate-covered chilies, although this characteristic is subdued. Interesting for sure.
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
jad at Coles with swoopjones, everything he said i agree with, intresting light kinda amber color, was expecting a much darker beer, some cocoa but not alot, will age a bottle and see how it does. really not what i thought it would be.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Coles in Buffalo NY. Pours a light amber. Not was i was expecting. Light cocoa sweet aroma. Taste initially was rather light cocoa & little else. the chilies became more evident as it warmed. Cool beer to try but not really one to return to