DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of tan frothy/creamy head. Retention is a bit below average and no lacing is left.
4.5 S: This has a great nose. Through and through this is a solid dubbel first. Lots of caramel, dark fruits, and light peppery spiciness. Fruits include plum, date, raisin, currants, and tobacco. The honey is mild, but there. After that, thereís some stuff that I canít really indentify (since I donít know what half the ingredients taste like), but it all works seemlessly into the brew. I can identify the rooibos, which in more complementary than I ever would have expected.
4.0 T: In the taste, the adjuncts hold a much larger presence. While the result is very tasty, the dubbel gets pushed aside, which is sad since it smells quite nice. Anyway, lots of caramel again with all the fruits mentioned in the smell. Rooibos does great things again (Iím going to have to brew with this sometime) while the collective other ingredients give an herbal, somewhat nutty, earthiness. Mild pepper again from the yeast. Definitely unique, which DFH does so well, but also extremely well integrated. Iím impressed.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This doesnít have the archaetypical Belgian mouthfeel. The carbonation isnít much spritzy at all. Rather, itís more of a mellow carbonation that doesnít poke or prod the tongue. Itís like the tea is controlling this. Still, decent enough.
4.0 D: Tasty beer, but at $12 a pop, itís hard to justify another purchase. This is a once a year type beer for me. I highly recommend giving it a go though.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-19-2012 01:40:29
obguthr (3384) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fig and almond aroma. Clear brown, medium tan head. Roasted malt, almost smoky withfigs and plums Amaretto at midpalate and beyond. Fizzy mouthfeel and a little warm. Nice take on the style, not too weird, but certainly good.
Lukaduke (1669) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby along the edges... Rich aromas of malts, chocolate, earthy notes and a touch of sweet Belgian sugar. This beer is damn good... definitely rides the Dubbel style with rich sweet malts but the different flavor attributes from the numerous ingredients really make this a complex beer. Great chocolate, plum, black tea flavors and the mouthfeel on this one is perfect.
jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this aggressive, supercharged belgianesque dubbel. Like a brown ale, it has the chocolate and the toasty malt - and like a dubbel, it has red fruit and a generous mouthfeel. Really good.
Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of dirt, herbs and honey. Slight dark fruits. Tastes of herbs: thyme, mint and slight honey. Tasty and unique.
Blairgus (2341) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 may 2012, bottle. Dark brown. Nose is strong black coffee. Thin body and faintly fizzy. Flavor is a lot softer than aroma. Sweet mocha, coffee beans. Slight caramel. Nice all around.
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Goodgrief (1740) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Aroma of nuts, caramel and dark fruit. This one isnít all that weird...tastes like a dubbel mixed with brown ale. Cherries are noticeable, some molasses and nuts. Pretty good, for once.
keanex (1226) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a chalice from a 750ml bottle from 2012.
A: Almost opaque chestnut body with a dense tan head, this beer looks excellent in this glass.
S: The aroma is very complex and inviting. Right away I pick up cocoa and a mild roasted hazelnut coffee aroma that come through the strongest. A very mild cherry comes through with some honey and earthy notes, but overall the Wattleseed takes over the flavor, and Iím okay with that because this smells amazing.
T: Wow this is just as good in flavor as it smells. The roasted hazelnut coffee hits first with hints of cocoa, while the honey provides some mid-taste sweetness, and the Belgian yeast finishes the beer with a warming slightly spiciness to it and some cherry flavored medicinal esters. This is phenomenal.
M: Medium to thick with light carbonation, drinks very smooth.
O: This is simply amazing, this beer is very complex and super easy to drink. Itís also one of the few "weird" Dogfish Head beers I would buy again and again. Dogfish Head knocked it out of the park with this one.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of molasses, some spice, earthy, some clove hints. Tastes semi sweet and spicy with a nice earthy finish. I didn;t expect to like this one, but it is interesting.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, nuts, cocoa, roasting, Earth, and slight dark ripe fruit. Poured very deep orange/brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, cocoa, roast, Earth, a hint of alcohol, and slight dark ripe fruit. Medium body. Chalky, dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, malt, cocoa, Earth finish is chalky and dry. 8.1%ABV is completely hidden throughout.