ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Bottle. Dry, bittersweet chocolate aroma. Dark, ruby red. Average-sized off-white head. Mostly diminishing. Not much in the way of lace. Nice sharp flavor. Some chalk. Good punch. Alcohol is relatively subdued. Hides any flaws if there are any. Consumed at Jax 5th Ave. Deli & Ale House in Orlando. Oh, and btw, I really like the metallic pastel colors of DFH’s bottle caps. Their label art leaves something to be desired, but the caps really make me want to dig into the beer. TaktikMTL (7733) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée au Beverage Warehouse à Winooski, VT. Arôme: Odeur de caramel brûlé. Apparence: Couleur brune. Petit col beige. Légère dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel brûlé et d’alcool. Forte présence d’houblon. Arrière goût moyen. Palette: Corps léger, texture mince. Carbonisation moyenne. Arrière goût de brûlé. (Rating #72) jondr72 (11) - Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Hoppy and malty with strong alcohol taste. Definately has a chocolate taste. Needs more refinement cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 Neh. A rather weird concoction, all coming out fairly indistinct even if decently solid. I have an idea, let’s take a porter, a pilsener, a double bock, a touch of nut brown ale, and throw it all together and see what we get! It might be better than this, I really don’t know. I guess you’d have to try it and find out. Maybe a Black and Tan would do just fine. This one really doesn’t taste like anything in particular. Gotta little bit of everything. I have a fitting name for it: Dogfish Head Wee Heavy Doppelator Imperial Irish Dark Amber Brown Vienna AleLager. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Not a big fan of the style...until this one. Rich roasted flavor, with a strong brown sugar or molasses/caramel flavor. Can see myself downing a few of these in an evening very pleasantly. I must admit, in a blind taste test, I’d probably have called this a Porter or even a mild Stout.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Clear medium brown pour, with a fluffy white head, some nice lace and initially fairly well carbonated. Lightly roasted malt, maple tones, and some strong hop and light alcohol notes. Momentarily sweet, fading to a decent hop bitterness, and ends with a strange sweet/bitter feel with some alcohol showing up. Body is kinda light, not nearly as weighty as I expected, but not too thin. Overall a pretty interesting bew, but kinda hard to really get in to. I get so confuddled sometimes! oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours dark brown with no head. Has very little aroma of malt and a nice flavor of malt and brown sugar. osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2005
This Brown ale confuses me a bit. I just finished a Dogfish Chicory Stout and except for the Chicory and a bit more hops, I’m seeing the same beer. Burnt coffee flavor, chocolate. The hops are certainly not hiding in this brown ale. A bit too sweet for me. Nothing wrong here except perhaps originality. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Brown pour, slightly off-white head. Malty nose, but then the taste is overcome by the hops. It’s very thick in texture for as hoppy as it is, but a very enjoyable beer. It’s a shame it’s not available in NC. Well described by the brewer IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Poured brown with some red hues, with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt with an edge of hopes. Tastes starts with malt but quickly dissolves to a dry hop bitterness. This was much hoppier than I expected, and quite frankly not as enjoyable as I’d hoped.