EithCubes (5086) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 750. Nose is sweet with plenty of rich roast and underlying chocolate, there’s some frozen syrup / candi / molasses for complexity, mild plums, roasted seeds. A really vibrant earthy/grainy feel! Even some sweet malted milk balls. Noisy pour, deepest dark ruby with a frothing tan head. In the mouth, malted milk toward the front and various roastings pushed way to the back, lots more cherry and red berry, light black currants and mineral strokes. Faintest of herbal qualities, somewhat indistinct; very low bitterness and medium sweetness. Medium body yields gentle slow warming and a gorgeous velvety malty feel. I love reading off the special ingredients used, as they’re among my favorite ’occasionals’ in the kitchen; here they go utterly unnoticed in the mouth (though may contribute to some of the roasty aromatics) and prove the gimmick unnecessary -- this is nothing more than a really good dubbel!
decaturstevo (5206) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma is brown sugar and rock candi. Flavor is sweet brown sugar on the front. Sweet chocolate and a hinto coffee. Light medium bitter finish. Lingering after taste of sweet maltiness.
redpooba (401) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very dark-ruby red with a off-white head. The nose is strong with wild sugars and floral notes. The taste is very complex and multi-layered. The candied sugar is difficult to relate to other things. Again Dogfish has struck me with awe and I love it.
JDBaker11058 (1354) - Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: very dark brown with reddish highlights, a half-finger of tan head, and minimal lacing. Aroma: smells like a dubbel mixed with a roasty coffee stout. Taste: tastes like a belgian dark strong ale with stout-like roast and the herbal character of an old ale or gruit. Finish: lingering dubbel sweetness with a bit of herbal astringency. Notes: Very interesting concept and a solid, but not exceptional execution. Glad I tried it, and I continue to appreciate DFH’s use of interesting ingredients.
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly well made dubbel here. Dont know whats so ancient unique or crazy about this. Its just your ol’ run of the mill dubbel with no real flaws. Nutty, spicy and chocolatey.
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting looking. Pours hazy copper/brownish hue, reddish and ruby on edges. Looks... inviting? Enticing? Looks GOOD. Smells vaguely honey-ish. Tastes GREAT. Lots of interesting flavors that my blunt palate is floored and confused by. Sweet finish. Must... buy... more!
Ed5388 (2235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, chocolate, roasted malt, and earthyness. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, Belgian yeast, some cherry notes, spice, and some nutty flavors.
Ernesto987 (3910) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Again like any if these big dogfish head beer none of the advertised flavors are there. Great standard double, like it a lot
conway (1623) - - MAR 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Uploading old ratings that were missing comments. Lots of sweet malt and tropical fruit. A little jumbled.
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phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is becks dark but toastier, taste is toasted nutty Belgian becks dark with a touch of cherry, and a floral whiff, finishes tootsie roll laced with cherry caramel notes. if you remember Pete’s wicked ale from early mid nineties, there’s some notion of that sans hops.
Edit: I really criticize dogfish head BC or price. Burton baton and 90 are phenomenal. I like the idea for a lot of DF beers, but I like beer more. Their beers are delicious, their ideas are genious, the two dont always meet up. This time they kinda did too well. Wish this wasn’t so balanced.can also be described as a session ale you can’t session, and an exotically flavored ale with too many overtones of simplicity.
"Smuttynose brown dog ale on acid"