Higher Math
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
17%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 18.31%
Ratings:
801
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 15, 2022
Added:
Jun 17, 2015
Wants:
  49
Gots:
  410
SCORE
83
Good
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Notes: 20th anniversary beer—a golden ale fermented with cherries and aged on cocoa nibs.
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3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 15, 2022
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3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

2015 bottling reviewed in 2022:
Hoping age improved this one, and to a degree it or I have developed a little bit so I can get the cherry and cocoa nibs more distinctly. It's ability for longevity is commendable, but the way it comes together just doesn't work. Even though I am picking up things better, they just seem to fight each other, even before the ABV of the beer heats things up.

Feb 05, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Reddish brown pour with little head. Sweet cocoa tangos with sour cherry flavor and is nicely blended. Perhaps the key fact here is that I consumed this 2015 brew in 2021. Though there was heat and a booze underbelly, this beer was helped by aging, and ultra smooth. 17% ABV even leaves Samischlaus in the dust! Can't wait until Dogfish Head's next anniversary extravaganza.

Sep 21, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep reddish brown beer which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of chocolate with some hints of cherries and caramel along with some faded bitter piney hops
T: Taste is tart cherries up front, caramel, woody hop flavor, caramel, and a huge smack of chocolate. On the finish there's more tart cherries, a lot of chocolate, some caramel, and some faded piney hops working to provide some balance to a very sweet beer.
M: This beer is big and syrupy on the palate. Carbonation is on the low end while the beer has a drying finish due to the ABV despite the immense amount of sweetness.
O: This didn't seem to get good reviews when it was fresh and I don't think time did it too many favors. It's kind of a mess of a beer. Some flavors are good and while the chocolate and cherry play well together the rest of it is kind of a mess.

Jun 17, 2021
 
3.2 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 04, 2021
 
3.69 by boocie from New York on Mar 06, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle dated 10/20/15, putting it at nearly five and a half years old at time of consumption.

A: Dark cherry-colored liquid with mahogany hues. Too dark to see through. Very short lived head crashes into nothing, which shouldn't be a surprise considering ABV. Tiny dots are the only thing close to lacing.

S: Big top note of cherry juice. Black cocoa powder and mild chocolatey undertones. Sweet treacle-like malt base. Faint whiffs of alcohol. Vague fruit skins. Pretty straightforward.

T: Big wave of sweet cherry juice up front. Black cocoa powder, dark chocolate truffles, and German chocolate cake ride up in a big way and vie with the cherry for dominance. A little nutty too. Very sweet malt base tastes of treacle and candy shell. Spike of booziness toward the back end. Vague fruit skins. Papery and sherry-like oxidation. Finish is cherry juice and lingering alcohol.

M: Big and thick in body. Slick with residual sugars, and coating. Carbonation is very fine and mildly prickling. Big alcohol warmth.

O: A huge, cordial-like beer that hits with blunt force rather than precision. It isn't particular complex or graceful. Age has rounded down the boozy edges a fair amount, and added a bit of complexity. I'll admit to feeling pretty indifferent about it. It's fine, just not particularly special or interesting unless you're easily impressed by the novelty of its size.

Mar 01, 2021
 
3.84 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2020
 
3.6 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JayQue from Virginia

I have had a bottle for a few years. finally decided to try it/ Pours into a goblet, a dark very lightly hazy red color/ No head or lacing to speak of. The color is really nice. The aroma and flavor are rich malt, cherries/cherry juice and a little chocolate. The flavor reveals a strong sweetness and alcohol presence too. Mouthfeel is rich, moderately boozy (even though well aged). and sweet. This is definitely a slow sipper/dessert style beer. Not bad, I would drink some again on a cold day

Dec 13, 2020
 
4 by animal69 from Louisiana on Aug 13, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 10/20/15

I passed up on the opportunity to grab a bottle of this last year and I’ve been kicking myself since. I came across a single bottle the other day for $8 and I just had to have it

Pours a murky chocolate brown with no head whatsoever, but decent legs as expected of the abv

The nose is...interesting. Quite a bit of brown sugar, soft cherry, vanilla, oak, and light dark chocolate. It doesn’t blend together particularly well but it’s not bad

The taste is pretty much the same interesting train wreck as the aroma. It starts off with chocolate and bourbon notes before settling to a smooth caramel with mildly tart cherries. The aftertaste is boozy and the cherry juice creeps up slowly but surely

A full body with minimal tingly carbonation, surprisingly not finishing all that sticky. The alcohol can definitely be tasted (and felt), but I wouldn’t have guessed 17%

Well this one was fun. I feel like almost every sip I took was different, with the flavor notes coming out at different points during the sip, so take my review with a grain of salt. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but I tend to enjoy most of what these guys do

Aug 04, 2020
 
3.14 by rangerred from Tennessee on Jul 24, 2020
 
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 19, 2020
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3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Ego from New Jersey

the quarantine cellar dive continues...

eyes...
on an easy pour the head is still nice, one full finger, audible crackling, head settles down rather quickly, decent lacing and legs, about as opaque as brown can get, there is some schmutz, you know particles, suspended in there floating around, some carbonation noted when you look really close, interesting looking

nose...
boozy musty chocolate, is that a thing ? some bright tartness, kind of like amped up raisins

taste etc...
carbonation is barely detectable, relatively heavy in the mouth, very sweet, chocolate covered raisins dipped in rock sugar and then again in rock sugar, whew, way too sweet, the booze is there but not in the flavor (just warming the old gut region), I am not sure which off putting flavors wish to dominate here, sometimes there is this way over the top tart flavor, there is always the way to cloying factor, there is a chocolate layer in there that I sense "wants" to balance this out (but doesn't), as a beer this one really throws me

verdict?
I always hated math... I was an english major fer crissake, I appreciate DFH being out there and trying things, sometime they hit absolute homeruns, sometimes they foul it off their ankle which leaves a bone bruise, this would be the latter (using a baseball analogy since there are no sports happening besides pocket pool these days...)

May 06, 2020
 
3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2020
 
3.55 by BKotch from Texas on Apr 12, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: dark Cherry, chocolate, caramel, boozy, some acidic notes yet smooth finish that warm the mouth. Woody bourbon boozy nose. Brown hue, semi hazy, no head just a "wine" film sticking to the glass. Full but not heavy body. A big hitter in alcohol meant to sipped slowly.

Dec 27, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of cherry, chocolate and toasted caramel. Boozy tasting with tart cherry and subtle hints of chocolate. From one sip to another I went from liking it to wanting to pour it out. Crazy beer.

Dec 16, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

In typical Dogfish Head fashion, at least when it comes to high ABV beers, this is both nuanced and an assault at the same time. Extremely boozy, with a serious tart cherry punch, and a chocolate sweetness. Although we think it tries to do too much at once, it was a real treat to drink. It's a shame we won't get anymore of it.

Nov 22, 2019
 
4.25 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Oct 12, 2019
 
4.34 by cd34 from Illinois on Aug 20, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ONUMello from Ohio

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Brown, a bit hazy, no head
S: Sweet cherry & cocoa
T: Just cloyingly sweet, mostly cherry with cocoa and molasses
M: Full-bodied, a touch syrupy though surprisingly minimal alcohol
O: Pleasant flavors just needs way less sugar

Apr 18, 2019
 
3.99 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Mar 28, 2019
 
3.84 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Mar 15, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on January 28, 2019. Look is murky red brown with a thin head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste is sweet cherry and chocolate. Feel is syrupy.

Jan 29, 2019
 
3.61 by groleau from Canada (QC) on Jan 26, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Rubicj from Massachusetts

Very strong chocolate smell, perhaps a bit too sweet. Cherry eventually appears on the tongue. A very attractive dark look in the glass, could be better with more bubbles. Aftertaste is a bit offputting.

Jan 13, 2019
 
3.68 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jan 12, 2019
 
3.85 by Dillinger from Mississippi on Jan 02, 2019
 
1 by DISKORD from South Carolina on Jan 02, 2019
 
3.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Dec 08, 2018
 
3.5 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Odd taste of herbs, cherry, mild chocolate and crackery malt

Nov 16, 2018
 
4.24 by Giantspace from Pennsylvania on Nov 03, 2018
 
3.49 by Jhfinn from New York on Oct 31, 2018
 
2.67 by Spluger from Massachusetts on Sep 15, 2018
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3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 12-22-15 for $9.99. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured a murky brownish-red with a soap bubble head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is cherry chocolate booze.

Taste is all over the place, cherry juice dominates with chocolate in the background. Alcohol is heavily present as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of smooth.

Overall i will give DFH an "A" in creativity but this one is not pleasurable to drink even after aging 2.5 years.

Aug 18, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

Bottled 10/20/15. Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a finger width foamy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is decent. Has a big, boozy aroma with strong sour cherry and maybe a small amount of chocolate. While taste is still very boozy, it hides it better than the aroma. Sour cherries with some creamy chocolate. A little off putting at the end, but it seems to mellow some as it warms. Full bodied with mild carbonation.

Jul 21, 2018
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3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mschrei from Illinois

One of the ugliest beers I've ever seen. Mix of blood and mud. Looks like silt on the bottom. Smell is cherry, chocolate, kind of funky and sour. Taste is sweet, cherry, mild chocolate. Feel is mouth filling, thick, syrupy, very boozy. I remember this being a big mucky mess the first time I had it. Months of aging has made it a medium mucky mess. Just not very good.

Jul 20, 2018
Higher Math from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 801 ratings