Urkontinent - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
An interesting beer, fresh from Premiere Gourmet. Pours dark, above average mouthfeel, good drinkability. A sipper, great after the fish. Flavours: Chocolate, chicory roast,mollasses, lots of hops, a little yeast, honey finish.Earthy, well carbonated.
09-30-2012 01:32:14 | More by Sammy
3.25/5 rDev -16.7%
A: The beer is slightly hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of unusual spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are also some notes of candi sugars.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate. Amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some interesting ingredients, but they don't really blend well into this beer. The only part that seems like a dubbel is the candi sugar flavors.
06-29-2013 22:54:35 | More by metter98
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian style malt base with clear note of Roobios tea. Taste is a solid mix between some sweet Belgian malt with residual candi sugar notes with some good notes of Roobios tea. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Most of the spices used in this recipe are kind hard to distinguish though the Roobios is very nice and more pronounced. Belgian malt backbone is very solid and overall I quite enjoyed this beer.
09-21-2012 17:59:05 | More by Phyl21ca
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
Wattle seed, amaranth, myrica gale... ooh my! With Urkontinent, Dogfish Head shows that the mere inclusion of the kitchen sink isn't nearly enough. I've come to verb-ify what the brewery does to their beers by saying, "They dogfished it up pretty good."
The beer settles into the snifter with a much darker than usual color than is displayed by the typical dubbel. The porterish hue shows terrific clarity through an onyx-like sheen. The beer releases a dainty white head with much creaminess and density. It's nearly espresso-like creme with a thin spider pattern until a swirl of the glass regenerates the kept blanked of foam.
Dubbel aromas rise to the nose with a rich nutty scent with earthy sweet notes like buckwheat, latte, cocoa, burnt toffee, damp soil, and sorghum. The light coffee scent rises from slight roast that pushes the beer through thresholds of brown ale, porter, and even stout as the beer warms. Decorated with esters of cherry, dried orange, and honey suckle, the honeyed nose is met with these complexities and balanced with a thin veil of peppercorn and wood bark.
Flavors do similarly, but with much more heft and sweetness than expected. Earthen honey carries a pungently sweet taste with a heightened walnut, sod, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and buckwheat character. Fruit flavor of cherrie, date, fig, raisin, orange and plumb all make their way through the estery profile that gives rise to the savory malt sweetness. Spiced with fresh cracked peppercorn, corriander, and spicy wood bitterness seems somewhat of cedar, the beer balances with as much spice as it does broad earthy hop bitterness.
White weighted to the mouth, the beer's density of malt and honey delivers more fullness with its creamy carbonation. Instead of lifting the sweetness from the tongue as Belgian-brewed dubbel ales do, this one clings to the surfaces of the mouth with the succulent texture of molasses. Working toward a semi-sweet finish and moderate alcohol warmth, the beer finishes long and savory and should complement any meal with dessert-like fashion.
It's certainly not a crisp, refreshing, or clean ale as it celebrates what's best about the world's most exotic herbs and spices. The dubbel base seems a terrific choice for such display. However if the label didn't say so, I would have easily dismissed these flavors as fermentation byproduct of esters and spice, with exception for the honey that somehow stays with the beer until the finish.
06-17-2012 16:43:55 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
A: single finger head on a marroon and amber cloudy body.
S: sweet dark fruit mostly strawberry with dark chocolate and nutty notes.
T: bready toasted and caramel malt backbone. Chocolate, nuts, Some dark fruit esters and nice yeast presence.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: the description of this one is much more complicated than it actually is. A nice beer but the subtleties are easily missed.
06-03-2012 03:01:31 | More by kylehay2004
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
This poured out as a nice looking brown color. The head was a tan color and left a light lacing. The smell of the beer has a sweet slightly fruity aroma along with some toasted earthy notes. The taste of the beer has a nice sweetness as well as a distant tartness in the finish. Not typically what a traditional Dubbel tastes like from what I've had in the past. The mouthfeel has a bit more of an aggressive carbonation than some of the traditional Dubbels out there as well. Overall this beer is quite good, I just wouldn't have guessed that this was a Dubbel.
06-12-2012 02:19:41 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured into a chalice a somewhat murky looking russet brown with a 1/2 finger off white head atop.Alot going on in the nose with toasted nuts,vanilla,earthiness,and floral notes,alot of complexity with all the components coming together well.Slightly medicinal on the palate with earthy tones,a little burnt flavor underneath along yeasty spice.This is a unique beer no doubt about that,alot going on and it goes off pretty well.
07-18-2012 21:04:47 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
A - pours with a small head of light brown foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles quickly and leaves only light lace.
S - spicy notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and smoke.
T - chocolate and an earthy note of chilies up front. Some dark sugar in the middle and more chocolate and smoky coffee in the finish.
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.
D - nicely done, the spices work well with the malt and things stay balanced despite the low hop levels.
06-03-2012 03:08:52 | More by nickfl
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
Interesting beer especially when you have to wikipedia most of the ingredients listed on the label, pours a beautiful deep ruby crimson color with deep mahogany highlights. Light beige tan highlights, fine speckled lacing with accents that last for days. A beautiful looking beer, a gracefully sculpted masterpiece of a beer. Aromas of toasted nuts, dark chocolate, minimal coffee notes bring out intriguing dark fruit components. Flavors combine with alcohol, dark fruit, toasted coconut, green tea complex notes, a really wide array of flavors pretty nice beer in my glass. Kind of happy about that, wow, it's interesting. Cohesive forces brought this beer together I understand what they are doing with another Pangea concept, it works to be creative by taking ingredients from different continents and making them work. Mouthfeel is medium bodied ale with a dry oak finish, doesn't make sense for there to be a wood finish but there is and it's delicious. Overall, impressive work of art in the beer realm that I fully enjoyed.
06-08-2012 21:59:16 | More by WVbeergeek
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
Served in a Dogfish head signature glass. Picked up at Village Pump in College Park for 8ish dollars. Beer is brown and hazy with a nice thin off white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, decent retention, low but steady carbonation.
Aroma is a little like a health food store, smells like crushed seeds and grain, some yeastiness and sweetness.
Beer is medium in body, mildly sweet, a little dry on the finish, mild bitterness from roasted grains and other things, it is a little oily but it is fine. The yeast cuts through in the midpalate, it is decent but not great. Interesting and probably worth a look but I won't be repeating this particular beer.
06-16-2012 15:31:40 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
Thanks to tenderbranson69 for gifting me with this for my Birthday! Shared with octopus89 enjoyed in a pair of goblets.
The color is deep auburn with ruby highlights, translucent clarity with 1/2 inch of pale tan cream which settles to a thin layer with ultra tight bead. The smell is fragrant with malt sweetness and slight earthy and spiced aromas -very woody with mild hint of toffee. The feel is very good with gentle fruitiness up front and earthy spiced texture with moderately high carbonation and creamy sweet middle with dry nutty finish.
The flavor has a creamy toffee like essence with mild woody and cocoa influence and fragrant incense like wood taste which pervades with some mild vanilla and cedar-like elements. The malt has a toasted tinge with an almost palo-santo like floral note with tea and herbal flavors combined with lush malt. Overall I was really pleased to be able to try this and share, I enjoyed the yeast and malt interplay and could tell the honey was pretty well integrated with a nice full feel and yet relatively dry finish-well worth trying again-Thanks Tim!
07-18-2012 13:51:32 | More by Slatetank
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
Decent creamy head, dark molasses brown color. 375
Nose figs, dates, baking spices, molasses and sweet malts, little phenolic booze, 375
Taste s similar, fermented raisins, figs, dates, baking spices, light phenols, molasses and sweet Syrupy but aged soft goodness, faint cocoa malty, etc. 375
Mouth is med bod, lots of carb, faint booze. 375
08-17-2014 18:50:43 | More by jlindros
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
so much more than just a dubbel, and such a categorization hardly does justice to what this beer really is. it pours really dark brown, hardly a ray of light coming through, with a prominent and lasting off white head of a few foamy inches. the nose is a little spicy, like a rye beer, and i can only imagine that comes from the wattle seed, which i am familiar with from my time down under. the sweetness seems to be low, and the yeast strong. the african tea is right up front. taste is also dominated by that fruity tea flavor, and any honey used in this brew was for accents only, as the malt has more of a bready oompg to it, rather than any sort of light sweet pastry feeling. a lot going on in this beer, i love the idea behind it, and i think its executed better than a lot of the crazy dogfish imaginative beers. lots of carbonation, awesome yeast strain used here, gives the beer a great feel, not too heavy over the full body. overall one of the better dogfis head beers ive had lately. was perfect with all the christmas cookies, and ill be buying this again. heard its even better on tap, so ill look out for that too!
12-31-2012 21:33:19 | More by StonedTrippin
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
The beer pours a dark ruby red/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, boosey scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a good deal of spices and of course the Belgian style yeast esters. The honey adds some added dryness and alcohol warmth. The taste is decent as well. As a stand alone Dubbel it has the correct malt character and yeast fruitiness. The spices add an almost medicinal twist to the flavor which doesn't really do it for me. Yes, it compliments the alcohol warmth and yeast character, but I could definitely use less spice presence. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a unique beer with exceptional back stories, but I'm not inclined to buy this one again.
09-17-2012 15:58:29 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA
Dark brown pour, somewhat murky, with a thin cap of eggshell head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is moderately roasty (brown ale-ish), toasted grains, light spice and cocoa, earthy. Taste is caramel and brown sugar up front, nutty, woody, hints of cocoa, toasted grains and roasted dark malts, a light tea-like essence from mid-palate on, with light spices and earthy hops for a relatively dry finish. Complex enough, but a bit light in body, I thought. Respect overall to DFH for another innovative brew, though as far as rating goes, this doesn't blow me away to the point where I'd give it anything over a "B."
05-13-2012 00:37:34 | More by Rifugium
2.63/5 rDev -32.6%
Pours a sienna brown color in the Bellegems Bruin tall glass. Nicely foamy and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Is that fingernail polish I smell? Very odd phenolic odor.
Tastes so earthy, I'd say it's more like dirt. Think of how wet, mildewy wood smells. Now imagine how it would taste in a beer. The flavors lurch around and vanish, leaving the taste of cheap root beer with a bitterish edge. I taste old beets, buckwheat honey, nut shells, and some kind of hard candy. I don't know how this could be called a Dubbel, but if it has to be rated that way the competition is a little overwhelming.
Maybe after having spent $15 for this people have a need to like it. I have an need to try one more half glass tomorrow before I feed it to the African daisies. From the DF-branded 500 ml capped bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego.
02-28-2013 03:42:11 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Dark brown, near black, but light will pass on the edge. Good head but it settles to rim bubbles, leaving no lace on the glass.
Smells like a dry stout--lots of burnt malts (black patent). Some alcohol to the nose.
Dark cherries, unsweetened chocolate and a touch of sourness. Very smooth. Some alcohol warmth in the swallow. Light body, particularly for the style. The carbonation leans toward the high side. The aftertaste, while short lived, is similar to unsweetened hot cocoa.
10-13-2012 16:29:39 | More by smcolw
Urkontinent from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.