luv2brew (197) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours a deep thick dark brown with a massive chocoloate head. The nose comes acoss as mild dark chocolate. There is a sharp taste with a milkd chocolatey flavor that really gets better at the end. There is a sweetness that is molasses or maple syrup like, but not too overpowering. Although it weighs in at twelve percent, it doesn’t come across like it until you really get into this one. moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
bottle. very dark pour with brown head. aroma of fruit and smoke. Tastsed like fruit and smoke. I wasn’t sure if I would like the two tastes together and I have to say they blend very well. May be a bit too strong for some people. BRAVO Dogfish Head! dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
12oz. Pours a flat dark brown, almost black with a small brown head. Aroma is a blast of alcohol with sweet barley ringing in the background. Body is surprisingly lifted with vanilla, caramel, slightest notion of coffee and loads of wood. Very, very soft but the creamy mouthfeel lets them get away with it. This makes me think of an Immort Ale @ 90%, which I’m a fan of as I tend to think the Immort is a bit over the top. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2008
A brown red pour so thick it leaves a sheen on the glass as you swirl it. Cherries brown sugar and toasted malt on the nose. Pepper, molasses, and abv on the flavor with the toasted malt. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Very solid. robforbes (2279) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
pours a black with a small khaki head.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2008
smell of dark fruit, cocoa, sour malt, touch of caramel, alcohol is present.
taste is thick, sour, dark chocolate, prunes, alcohol, wood, some roasted malt, end is somewhat bitter.
From a bottle at the Indiana Brewer’s Guild Festival, 2008. I didn’t expect to see Dogfish Head represented, but I was pleased to find them. I’m impressed again at their ingenuity in crafting another beer that blends styles and offers a new experience for the palate. Notes of cedar, caramel, nutmeg, and clove blend together with riesling grape and toffee. Beautiful hue to the appearance. Finish is brown sugar and spice. Well done. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 On tap at the Toronado. Great Stuff. Pours black with a constant dark brown ring. Aroma of wood, sherry, oxidation, soy, cinnamon, crab apples, molasas, and tobbaco. Taste is chocolate, wood, banana, cinnamon, and lots of beautiful alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Reminds me of an oak Old Vis.
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2008
From a bottle it is very nutty and earthy, with a decent amount of chocolate and old growth forest notes. Tons of tobacco as well backed with frankensense.
Bottle: Pours a very dark brown color with a very small dark brown head. Color alone had me thinking it was a stout. Light coffee caramel and ALCOHOL scent. Very sweet but not as overly sweet like their raisins.. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
12oz. bottle. Poured a very dark brown. Very nice malty woody aroma with slight alcohol in the backround. Very good flavor, dark candy, but not too sweet. Very good, going to put a couple bottles away and see what happens. bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours opaque blackened brown with a fading tan head. The aroma is a sort of sweet vanilla/plum/chocolate mix. Full body and moderate carbonation. The taste is mostly brown sugar, but picks up all the elements of the aroma. Dry, woody finish with bits of coffee, wood alcohol, smoke and chocolate. I think this would be better if aged a year or so... it seems kinda rough and raw right now.