Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 Again I cant say enough about the appearance of the DFH. Great head and amazing black color. Tasted like a good stout, with an enticing smoky aftertaste. Still not a beer I could drink much of in one night. But pretty good overall. LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Draft - I was not sure what to expect from this beer given the rest of DFH's lineup. This beer war great. Oaty, creamy flavors with chocalate and slight coffee flavors present. A nice beer. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Sweet sugar aroma. Very dark ruddy color. Head is thick and medium brown. Taste is malty but very thin. This is a light Stout, not a Imperial Stout. It does have a coffee flavor but no hops that I could find. Its ok, but if you are looking for a big stout, this is not your beer. HighlanderOne (1330) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Well, I don't know what 'Chicory' is, but it can't be bad. They're not kidding about the coffee in this stuff -- it is prevalent in the aroma & flavor. A side order of hops & a bit of spice in the flavor as well. A great, unique stout that I'll look for in the future. TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Another good brew from Dogfish Head. This beer in my opinion conforms exactly to the syle definition of Dry Stout, significant maltiness but with significant hoppiness as well. The style standard is said to be Guiness, but this is better in every respect. The aroma is gorgeous with coffee, roasted malt, and Dogfish's wonderful hop varietal. The brew pours with the classic stouts, with the bubbles descending the glass. Beer is dark brown and there is light brown head that fades away. There is no significant lacing. Flavor is action packed with a lot more hops than one would expect. There is no good reason not to spend quality time with this brew, and there are many good reasons to invest.
Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Odd, but this was a big disappointment to me. Kinda stinky vinegar stout aroma. Flavor is an acidic assault at first, and actually goes lemony and herbal on me, with just whiffs of chocolate and anything else. I'm thinking that it's oat twang, amplified by coffee. Nice poofy tan head, lousy label. I'm not a coffee drinker, so perhaps I'm missing something that's obvious to everyone else. Somehow a propped-up initial mouthfeel (oats?) which gives way to a surprising wateriness. aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Ok, my bottle said that the beer would have a bone-white head. Either they’re stupid or it was a joke because this head is a nicely foamy medium tan. The body is a nicely opaque black. The aroma is a nice blend of coffee, black chocolate, licorice, charcoal and something that may or may not be chicory. Not really strong nose. The flavor is surprisingly reserved and balance. I’m used to Dogfish Head stuff being over the top, but this is actually reserved, but just a little more flavorful than the typical stout. The body is surprising thin considering the color. I’m not always a Dogfish fan since I’m not always impressed with over the top for over the top’s sake, but this is a tasty beer. PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Starts off with a clean, sweet, minty aroma. Thick, black as night appearance with a thinly laccing mocha colored head. Initial sweet flavor with some coffee undertones. Finish has a bit of a "dirt" character to it - but does not ruin this excellent stout. SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Nice and black with a good strong smokey/coffee aroma. Very smooth and rich flavor, with a slight bitterness. Nt a very heavy stout, but still very tasty. SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Black color with a creamy head. The aroma is nice: coffee, smokey, and licorice. Flavor is smooth with a slightly bitter finish (from the chicory maybe)? Very good but a little weak on the mouthfeel.