joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown with large white head. nose of alcohol and some sweet malt. thick mouthfeel/low carbonation. flavor has a lot of alcohol, that does dissipate somewhat with warmth, somewhat bland sweet malt flavor that has little depth, and is not distinct. overall, the beer needs to be aged for years prior to drinking, why they would market it now and not store it is surprising, but now a good beer is not easy to detect now even with aging
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Slight smoky malt and nearly cigarette butts. Sort of a burnt pancake aroma. Smells a lot like the limb and life sadly. I had hoped for more. Sweet with some maple syrup, burnt malt. Finishes with a huge booze note. A bit of a disappointment all around.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz bottle thanks to Diomede, I believe. Dark red with a medium-small beige head. Spicy, woody aroma with sweet and pungent spruce, cinnamon, maple, and dark rye bread. The flavor is big, sweet, and malty with maple and woody touches, spices, and a medium-bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, lightly syrupy, and carbonated down the middle with a smooth texture. Definitely pleasant, with a more interesting aroma than flavor though. Sweet and spicy, with those syrups being pretty evident. I’ll definitely be giving this another go.
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Im supposed to be smelling maple...i dont smell much at all. until it gets warm, then i almost smell it. flavor is sweet, not much else. sort of like a weird flat soda. some complexity makes it worthwhile, i get some of that maple im supposed to detect in the finish. sort of woody. lots of sweetness but thankfully not cloying. i still didnt want to finsih the whole bottle. the alc wasn’t overly detectable but reminded me of cough syrup. if you gave a spoonful of this to a kid they’d believe you that it was prescription cough medicine. not bad tasting but what’s the point of this?! I got all excited when i saw SN and DFH collaborated...but why the fuck didn’t they make some kind of double IPA!? or a SN impy stout!!! give the people what they want, guys! go experiment at home! i don’t see this one having much of a fan base. wasted money and effort. and for the price? i would’ve enjoyed a Dr. Pepper more than this.
SSSteve (3738) - - NOV 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. pours a clear brown under a small beige head. toasted malt, cough syrup, a bit of booze, hints of fudge and red wine in aroma. the red wine and alcohol notes from the aroma seem to dominate in the flavor. i can taste some maple. a chalky fudgy aftertaste pursues. a bit too boozy. the palate is light to medium and moderately dry.
Taverner (1088) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty boring beer. A malty sweet sugarbomb with not much hop flavor, and not much oak flavor. Although kudos for not going overkill on the maple syrup. Wouldn’t do this one again.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a complex beer. You can really taste the breweries differing influences. Lots of west coast hops and some serious alcohol bite from Dogfish. Nice porter flavor in the middle. Should age nicely.
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy tripelthreat (I think). Pours dark brown with ruby-mahogany highlights and a fading frothy wet beige head. Aroma is big brown sugar and some alcohol with lesser accents of red and dark fruits. Flavor is boozy maple syrup, cocoa powder, and dark bread crusts. For a beer with a prominent sugar/syrup note, this finishes pretty dry and clean. DFH could certainly learn something from this collaboration. Something called ’attenuation.’ Mouthfeel is slick and oily, carbonation is on the low side. Pretty drinkable although the alcohol is a little bit too prominent.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY: Dark cola brown color topped by a tiny ring of foam. Dark fruity yeast aroma with a hint of licorice. Sweet malts, light roasted barley and a herbal, wintergreen flavor. A faint hint of toffee and wood with some bitterness showing through in the finish.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a loose, short lived, brown head. The aroma is boozy fermenting dark fruit, cherry wood and molasses. The flavor has some nice, sweet, rich caramel and molasses body with notes of dark cherries, maple, toasted almond, and a little vanilla. The alcohol is still hot and this could use a little time to mellow. The body is sticky, medium-full with moderate carbonation.