Darkmagus82 (1204) - - MAY 20, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Transfer from BA rating on 5-22-12 -
A special Dogfish Head tasting at Zeno’s bar in State College. I opted out of the larger tasting so I could savor more of the World Wide then just a 4 oz serving. It was on tap and filtered through vanilla and espresso coffee beans prior to being served in a 10 oz chalice shaped glass.
Appearance - Served a deep –deep brown ,nearly black, color with a brown billowy head. The head faded slowly over time. Just from the look you know it was thick. The body of the beer seemed to hang on the glass both when the head faded, giving very nice lacing, as well as when swirled. It was a wonderful sight.
Smell – The aroma was huge upfront with an amazing coffee and vanilla aroma. It was a sweet delicious smell that excited and stimulated. Sweet chocolate aromas started to develop more toward the middle of the aroma and mixed wonderfully with the roasty coffee and vanilla. While at 18 % abv there was really no alcohol/boozy aroma; the roast, coffee, vanilla and chocolate aromas were so strong and enticing that no alcohol could be detected.
Taste – What else can be said, but Wow!!! The taste matched the aroma amazingly and pleased with every sip from start to finish. Coffee and vanilla met the taste buds with some potency, but were soon meet with an equally, if not stronger, chocolate. The three flavors were the base, but were mixed with more sublet dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel flavors as well. The experience overwhelmed the tastebuds with an amazing intensity and complexity of flavors. While intense and complex, they melded together perfectly, almost seeming as though they were all just meant to be one “super” flavor.
Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous, and smooth. It coated the mouth with a perfect feel. It was smooth like silk, yet stimulating due to the thick feel. The carbonation was perfect – not over-effervescent to take away from the smoothness, but just enough to stimulate. Amazing.
Overall – This is by far the greatest beer I have ever had. It is strong at 18 % but does not taste that way in its booziness. Instead its incredible body and flavor make it a beer you just want to sip over the long haul; one to experience over the longest amount of time possible. These features coupled with its wonderful look and aroma make the whole drinking experience one that will ever be difficult to top. Thank you Dogfish Head for the wonderful brew and thank you Zeno’s pub for serving it up to me perfectly.
jsnicholas (133) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2014 Bottle (12oz): Simple great. Poured with very little head. Is a great after dinner drink. My new favorite desert. Grab this when you can find it. Lots of different flavors and the combinations is very pleasing. (H)
Bacterial (1549) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Woah yummy. A bottle all to myself. Reminds me a lot of bourbon county stout without the bourbon (Nightstalker?). Big, dark, thick, lovely.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s, 2007 edition. Oxidised, sweet, roast chocolate, rich and fruity, dry.
fitwitchik (310) - USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a gift bottle from Dennis into a snifter black motor oil with a tiny beige head.
Aroma upfront booze in your face. Then sweetness of dark fruits & some cocoa.
Flavor is Oh My! Raisins. Chocolate. Vanilla. Faint roasted coffee.
Lays thick on the palate balanced & beautiful.
jesperhammer (2888) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
09-MAY-2014, bottle @Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown. Birthday present from mysellf:-)
Dark, dark brown with a quickly dying brown head.
Aroma is chocolate, roast, bourbon, alcohol, very full and very complex. Taste the same with even more bourbon and vanilla. It is certainly alcoholic, though it does not feel like 18%. Full body, soft carbonation, sweet and sticky. A legend and worth the wait.
ColovianTrader (278) - - MAY 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loads of molasses, rich dark chocolate, vanilla bean, toast and chocolate liquor. Boozy but well blended. Hints of raisins. Rich cocoa aftertaste. Improves significantly as it warms. Heavy and smooth feel.
SuperTiti33 (517) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Noire. Collet beige. Nez: alcool. Liqueur de café. Truffe. Bouche: Très liquoreux. Chocolaté à fond. Fruité. Forte chaleur d'alcool. Tiramitsu. Vanille. Caramel. Absolument débile.
SlovakSniper (3161) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Vintage 2014. Une jeunesse!) Un stout visqueux noir qui fabrique une imposante tête brune. Cette dernière laisse de longues traces derrière son passage. Au nez, c’est riche. Ça sent les gros malts, les fruits liquoreux, le whiskey et la réglisse. En bouche, ça goûte les raisins, la mélasse, le chêne, les cerises et le chocolat. Ce sont des saveurs profondes et évolutives. Au palais, je note l’extrême onctuosité du liquide et j’aime cela. Les bulles qui s’animent le font avec un souci du détail. En finale, les saveurs maltées deviennent assez chaudes et bien poivrées par un alcool loin d’être déplaisant. Ce gros stout est relativement facile à boire. Il est bien savoureux et intelligent. Mes hommages à Dogfish Head.
Lemke10 (784) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a very dark brown color with only a slight head. The aroma is mild with molasses and roasted malts. The taste is smooth and quite boozy at its 18% a.b.v. This is a thick, heavy pint of delicious stout. The extra alcohol gives it an extra sweetness and lingering burn upon finish. Another delicious brew from Dogfish head.