Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was such a cool concept for a beer! Leave it to DFH to keep pushing the envelope. Unfortunately, the actual beverage really didn’t overly wow me. Sure, it poured a very pretty clear brown with chestnut highlights and fair tan head. And the sweet aromatics and flavors of roast, chocolate, toffee, hazelnut and light plum were very drinkable and blended into a decent dubbel. Overall, it was just really sweet and easy to drink. But there just wasn’t any ’wow’ factor in the actual way it drank. As i find with many of the DFH brews the ’wow’ factor comes more from the ’concept’ of the beer, rather than the actual beer itself.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep cherry brown with garnet highlights. A two finger light brown head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.
A ton going on here! Dark chocolate, roasted malts, toasted brown sugar, caramel , cherry and earthy notes are there as well. The smell is fantastic!
Taste follows the nose fairly closely. Moderate fruity esters. Starts with plenty of tart cherry and roasted chocolate, with notes of coffee, dates, bananas, and hints of bourbon. The roasted malt is quite pleasant, giving this a toasty, creamy flavor. A pleasant sweetness from either honey or malts. Finishes with the slightest bit of tang. Very complex. I’m not familiar with many of the exotic ingredients so it is difficult to comment on their roles in the flavor profile. All I know is the result ends up being balanced and delicious.
Full bodied, medium carbonation, lush. Alcohol is well hidden behind sweetness. Very drinkable considering the style.
Wow! I am a big fan of Belgians and I’m pretty unforgiving of bad interpretations of the style. URKontinent is pushing the envelope with the use of its exotic ingredients but ends up with a bull’s-eye for the style.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Large beige head, black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, candi sugar, light orange, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some raisin, spice. Medium body, soft/low carbonation.
trevor211 (1597) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Urban Family. I feared this one would be all novelty, but this is a complex, yet quite drinkable brew -- one of the more interesting ones I’ve had from DFH in a while. The first thing that comes to mind is a Latin American dessert -- cinnamon and chocolate, with some other baking spices in there as well. Cherry wasn’t more than a background flavor -- this was mostly roasted malts, toffee, chocolate and coffee. Fairly thin -- this certainly isn’t a palate bomb, and remains quite drinkable through a glass. Nice!
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown with mahogany small tan head. When cap was popped got a nice chocolate covered cherries coming out of the bottle, in the glass coffee, malts and honey, the chocolate cover cherries diminished, has it warmed some floral and sour notes. flavor chocolate, nutty, malt, alcohol, honey. lift a nice honey flavor on the old taste buds.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has some nice cherry scents with an earthy character as well. Pours a dark brownish red color. Taste has an earthy/nutty flavor with cherries and a very subtle sourness in the after taste.
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SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours a clear brown with ruby highlights under a thin, filmy, beige head. i get a lot of fudge in the nose with some licorice-like spice note and lesser notes of chocolate covered dark fruits. flavor is nutty with chocolate and fudge. i suppose it’s the toasted amaranth that imparts that awesome nutty flavor that i’m really digging. this is great!
MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I was surprised on how good this was. A nice blend of chocolate, nut, floral and bread. A solid spicy /sweet finish with some hint of fruit.
tgncc (3086) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is chocolate, nuts, toasted malt, honey. The appearance is deep red/brown, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is chocolate, nuts, toasted malt, molasses. The finish is nutty, spicy, pine hops. Medium in body. Interesting and enjoyable.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New DFH 750mL bottle. Vintage 2012. Dark brown color. Khaki, light tan foam. Sweet herbal aroma, nose of heather, spice, alcohol filled chocolates, chocolate covered cherries. Soft roasty flavors, some cola, coffee roast character, hints of chocolate essence , floral herb layer as it warms. Very complex, lots of layers (not in an ogre kinda way (well a good ogre)). By far, the best of the "off-centered" ingredient DFH brews so far!! Well done. Overall, herbal hodge-podge blended with an Abbey Dubbel.