Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 23, 2014
Pours black. Aroma and taste are coffee and licorice. Enjoyable aftertaste. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Its body has a very dark, nearly opaque deep brown color with a dark tan head on top. The pour gave me a tall head with great retention. It is also good at making lots of slippery lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of deep roasted malty goodness with light notes of wood and smoke. A very slight earthy hop presence is also noted. Its medium to full body has lots of malt depth and complexity. The base has deep roasted maltiness with a slightly smoky/woody coffee like character. As it warms on the tongue the middle brings out sweeter notes of brown sugar, caramel and molasses in the malt. Underneath all this is a light herbal/dried leafy hop presence that adds a hint of bitterness and touch of dryness to the finish. The finish is still leaning more on the sweeter roasted malty side however.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
pours thick and very dark with a nice tan head. Fades to a small dense churning at center. Although dark to the eyes I believe there is enough eviendence to suggest a rather robust attenuation.
When I smell this beer with my nose I can sense rich malt aromas, Roasted malts and coffee too.
Upon drinking this beer I taste a rich roasted maltiness with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Hints of bitter earthiness too, at finish.
A medium to thick mouthfeel with a dry finish. The aftertaste has a bitterness to it that lingers.
A nice well rounded brew in my opinion, worthy of many more. Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Tap at brewery. Black pour. Licorice, oak, coffee, raisin and spice. Spicy coffee in a medium body. Nice runaway (85) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Pours black coffee dark with a thin cream head and almost no lacing. Smells of coffee, chicory, dark roast malts, and dark fruit. Taste is of coffee and bitter with a hint of sweet fruit at the end. Finish is mostly clean, slightly sticky. Pretty unimpressive compared to the Elysian coffee milk stout I had most recently.
CraftBrewJudge (10) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
This is truly a great stout. Really complex, well balanced. Great smoky /coffee/ and light licorice notes. This beer has a full rich body, packs a lot of flavor, and worth every penny. As usual Dogfish does a great job, and hit this one out of the park lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014 Pours black with a few fingers thick brown head from bottle. Clear taste of chicory and flavorful spices. A bit of bite for a stout which is a nice change of pace. Light mouth feel Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Continuing on my reviews of DFH, I’ve found myself at one of my all-time favorite beers.
From pint glasses to snifters to even chalices, I’m trying to think what glassware I haven’t had this in.
The appearance was always a ruddy orange to brown color with a decent one finger white foamy head that dies within about a minute and left some nice foamy sticky lacing. The way it clings and how it seemed like an eternity before it actually started to even want to start to slide was beyond me - if anything I love the stubbornness of the lacing to stay where it is.
The aroma - wow what didn’t thing have in it. There was a nice okay licorice showcasing a nice roasty coffee - like smell that seemed to be increasing in strength as it warms.
The taste took all that I previously mentioned and smoothed things out eloquently with a nice touch of vanilla.
On the palate, this one sits about a medium to heavy on the body when it’s fresh. I’ve noticed with some age with this, it does end up thinning out a bit.
Overall, what an absolutely awesome American Stout, wish I could get this every Autumn it’s released. thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Good stout. Very rich.Lots of coffee and licorice notes. Good and different, but not something I would drink everyday though. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-26-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – A nice deep brown color with a moderate tan head upon serving. The head faded and left a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – Sweet chocolate and roasted aromas first meet the nose. The sweet chocolate aromas fade over time giving more bitter roasty aromas of chocolate and coffee as well as a bit of smoke toward the end.
Taste – The taste matches the smell quite nicely. It begins with a bit of sweeter dark malt flavors with coffee and chocolate flavors mixed in. As the taste experience progresses these flavors begin to bitter, eventually finishing out with a nice bitter spiced cocoa flavor.
Mouthfeel - Surprisingly it had a rather light body. It was a bit watery and not the most pleasing on the pallet for the beer style. With the lighter body however, it was matched quite well with a bit higher carbonation level.
Overall – The stout had some fairly nice flavor, smell, and appearance, but its quite light body took what could have been a really nice moderate abv leveled stout to something of a bit lesser quality. Not bad, but not great.