beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanetti’s, Mundelein, IL. 7.2 % ABV. Clear dark amber hued ale having no discernable head. Soft carbonation. Toffee, sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt, burnt caramelized sugar, raisin and toffee flavor. Finishes dry with slight malt aftertaste and burnt bitterness. Some slight metallic aftertaste as well. This is a good drinkable sweet malt beer but some may find the burnt caramel flavor to be oppressive. tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
12 oz bottle: aroma is of caramel, malt, hints of chocolate and burnt roastedness, slightly spicy. appearance is that of brewed iced tea...little head.
sweet caramelized flavors upfront with a balancing more roassted coffee like dry finish. this is a very balanced easy drinkning beer. nice full mouth feel, smooth. spicy flowery hops. Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin light tan head that quickly diminishes.Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2005
The aroma is doughy caramel and toffee with some chocolate, some spiciness comes out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet and sugary cola, some nutty malts, with a tame spicy hop finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but warming. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very watery.
Overall, I didn’t much care for this. I wasn’t too impressed with the flavor or mouthfeel.
A very innovative and complex example of the style. The start is immediately sugary-sweet, but the miiddle and finish balance out the overall aim at the palate. tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Looks like a pepsi or coke. Thin tan head that goes away. Aroma is malty, burnt popcorn kernals and dying campfire (Interesting). Palate is medium bodied and seemingly slick. Flavor is more subtle than one might expect having just observed its aroma. Smokey/malty is the predominant attribute, but not necessarily overpowering.
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
The pour reveals a clear brown color with a medium tan head. Interesting aroma of malt, molasses and raisin. Very good flavor of rich malt, molasses, raisin, there’s also mild hops and coacoa, it finishes mildly bitter and roasty. The body is mediuml and the mouthfeel is great, very creamy with a touch of dryness, the carbonation is moderate. I didn’t know what to expect from this beer but I’m impressed, the malt in this beer is great. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2005
The coffee comes through loud and clear once it has some time to breathe. realy roasty flavor. Beautiful deep brown. nice finish. Lots of chocolate raisins and coffee on the nose. kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle. Poured out a cola brown color with a medium dark tan head. Aroma was heavy malt with some coffee and chocolate overtones. The flavor was quite delicious with it’s nice balance of strong malt on the outset and crisp hops on the finish. In between you get some nice brown sugar, chocolate and coffee flavors to dance on the tongue. Pretty full bodied and outstandingly complex. The best I’ve had thus far from Dogfish Head. MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pretty malty without any head. The taste grew on me but not one of my favorites fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Small Tan Head. Strong Malty Coffee aroma. Rich deep chestnut color. Interesting complex palate: first you are hit with malt toffee, chocolate, coffee, fig then the hops hit you with the other half of the taste. Excellent twist on a brown ale!