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Choc Lobster - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: prg1976 on 07-02-2012

Choc Lobster was originally brewed to pair with a chocolate lobster bisque and white chocolate lobster salad slider. Sam happened to be at that dinner and got a real kick out of the beer, so we decided to brew a big batch for the pub so everyone else could try it.

This scaled-up batch has a robust porter base and was brewed with live lobsters, which were added directly to the boil to cook off for the kitchen. Along with the lobsters, just over 6 pounds of dark cocoa powder were added to the whirlpool, along with a basil tea that was added to compliment both the chocolate and lobster.
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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 81
Photo of iTunesUpdates
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting take on a porter. Had in a flight.

Did not get any lobster at all on the nose. Looked like a typical stout but was a porter. Smelled of coco and roasted dark fruit. Taste is full bodied for a porter and a great beer at only 5%.

The lobster kicked in in the finish and lingered with a buttery note. For what it is it's perfect. Too much and it would overpower but they got the flavor they were going for. Would have gone good with a nice seafood dish or white coco dessert. (486 characters)

Photo of TomMorris
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Man this beer just wasn't for me. Looked typical of a standard stout; very dark brown/black; tan head; minimal carbonation. The smell was a mixture of brine and vomit, while the taste matched the smell though to a less potent extent.

Overall the lobster-taste vastly overbalanced the standard stout-ness I was expecting. This one is more interesting in theory than in practice…I'd probably try again on account of how idiosyncratic it is but this is the first DFH experiment that just didn't do it for me. (508 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce goblet - $9.00 at World of Beer in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very dark brown, near black body with an inch of dark khaki foam.

Smell: Roasted malts, coarse baker's chocolate and briny lobster drippings. A touch of underlying dark fruitiness, a hint of spicy basil.

Taste: Roasty, scantly ashen malts backed by a bitter chocolate quality and relatively light sweetness. Touch of prune. A salty, savory, fishy quality is certainly detectable from the precious lobsters who gave their all for this beer. Roastiness sustained on the shellfinish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'd feared for a bizarre and unpleasant creation, but it was alright (at least for ten ounces worth). (729 characters)

Photo of sbb32
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- very dark brown, bordering as black. Nice brown head.
S- subtle roast with a kick of brine.
T- following along with smell. Plenty of cocoa up front that dominates the beginning. But as you swallow, lobster brine starts attacking.
F- lobster (pleasantly) lingers. Did I just drink a beer or eat a po boy? Carb is quite pleasant as well
O- glad I got to try what is a World of Beer exclusive. Definitely one of a kind. One wouldn't think lobster and chocolate would go well together, but Dogfish Head pulled it off wonderfully. (531 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had it at dogfish head brew pub in rehoboth. Pours a black opaque color. I do not taste the lobster, however, I had it with a crab cake sandwich and it paired nicely. I did taste a lot of raw cocoa powder especially in the finish. An interesting brew. The low abv makes it rather light and drinkable. (300 characters)

Photo of sundevil21
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Definitely one of the most intriguing combinations in a beer I've ever tasted, but it worked surprisingly well. Not too overpowering with one flavor or another. Nice balance as far as those flavors are concerned. (212 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

perhaps one of the stranger beers ive ever seen or tasted, a stout type brewed with cocoa and actual maine lobsters. i can imagine sam here dropping live lobsters into the kettle, oyster stout style, and its both haunting and hilarious in different ways. the resulting beer is an interesting product, dark and bitter from all the grain, heavy and slick in the feel from the protein of the fish, and honestly fishy and briny in the end, but never gross like a can of sardines. its more of a mellow fishiness, like actual lobster meat, sweet and buttery even without the drawn butter. the stout though is really bitter, so there is a contrast there, and all the body without much carbonation makes it a little tough to get through even a short pour. still, while i dont really want to drink this beer, i have to respect it for what it is. i know there are some who are down on the dogfishs and the mikkellers of the world for unbridled experimentation, often to the point of absurdity, but not me. you never know until you know, and now we know... (1,045 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at Dogfish head pub in Delaware

A: Pours a dark black hue with no sign of a head.

S: Mild malty old bay aroma with some chocolate notes

T: There is a porter background with chocolate background followed by a seafood flavoring.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – nothing I would have ever thought of - worthy of a try. (369 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this brewpub exclusive at the pub in Rehoboth served chilled in a snifter.

The color is dark brown almost black with opaque clarity and thin tan ring for head. The smell is very good with dark cocoa and a fresh basil aroma with mild malt sweet scent and light roast. The feel is excellent with semi-dry malt body and creamy yet slightly oily feel from the herbal texture of basil mixed with a yeast accent and mild bitterness with moderate carbonation and low alcohol influence with dry finish.

The taste is unique the most basil flavor I think I have ever had in a chocolate beer - but plenty of dark cocoa in the taste with some dry maltiness and low bitterness and mild malt sweetness backing up the spice and herbal elements. There is some mild crustacean in the ale which is generally perceived as mineral with basil lasting into the pungent and roasted finish. Overall this is a great porter with the adjunct of chocolate and basil providing a complimentary taste that works well with lobster bringing it all together. I was not sure what to expect but this went well with white chocolate cherry bread pudding for dessert. (1,141 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for sharing this DFH rarity. This is wicked hodd ta get.

The beer is black with an inch of head. The aroma is roast and chocolate, relatively mild. Additional scents of salt and light spice. This must be the lobster. The flavor is nice. Sea salt and chocolate with a dry finish. Some Irish stout character. Interesting beer. (340 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rehoboth Beach pub, this beer is mostly chocolate and no lobster. Beer is black and brown with a nice brown head of small bubbles, nice looking beer.

Aroma is chocolate and mild roast, a little sweetness.

Beer is medium in body and very bitter on the end with the chocolate. Lobster? nope. Salty? nope. Just a nice porter, probably a waste of lboster although I imagine the lobster probably ended up tasting like the beer...not the other way around. (461 characters)

Photo of rab53
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth twice last week while on vacation. Porter brewed with 40 whole lobsters, chocolate and basil? Sounds like trouble, but is a must try.

Medium brown with thin white head. Some roasted malts come through in the nose, along with a unique brininess. How different is a 'lobster porter' from an 'oyster stout' really? The basil is not noticeable. Smooth and easy-drinking (my wife even ordered it again). Carbonation is on par with the style. Overall, better than most of DFH's bottled offerings. (530 characters)

Photo of prg1976
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A robust porter brewed with live lobsters in the boil...can't pass up a taste of this one.

A: dark brown, with a thin tan head.

S: chocolate, roasty smell.

T: a little sweet, a little salty, a good bit of chocolate. better than I was thinking after reading the description.

M: smooth, medium body, low carbonation

O: not much lobster flavor, but a pretty good brew overall. I think the lobsters they boiled in probably tasted more like beer than the beer tastes like lobster.

Definitely worth a taste. (520 characters)

Choc Lobster from Dogfish Head Brewery
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