Higher Math | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
20th anniversary beer—a golden ale fermented with cherries and aged on cocoa nibs.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-17-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 770 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of teamwiggum
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Giantspace
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jhfinn
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spluger
2.67/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of arizcards
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mschrei
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Radome
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle. Medium brown, clear appearance. Almost no head or foam. Some bubble around the edge of the glass, but little lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, black cherries, strong alcohol. Flavors favor strong alcohol reminiscent of brandy, cherries, and low chocolate. Medium to thick body; low carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness. Strong alcohol presence. This is a huge, complex beer, with alcohol, cherries and chocolate intermingling like a less-sweet brandied cherry candy. Delicious in small amounts, but tough to drink in quantity.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, off white fairly long-lasting head. Decent lacing.

S: A big, bracing aroma of chocolate, booze, cherries, malt, and spices.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a bit of cherries, a good shot of chocolate (more than expected), mild spices (cloves), and a lot of booze. This is a solid enough flavor, but it's definitely one of those things you admire more than you like. The high ABV% is quite noticeable and hard to ignore. Still, there's an interesting mix of ingredients here.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Full-bodied.

O: A solid beer with some flaws. Worth a look, though.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a reddish brown with a small tan head that's gone in a flash, no lacing at all.
Aroma is mostly cherry with some alcohol. Flavor is about the same with a hint of chocolate. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Ive never seen this before, got it in a trade. I'll make sure I pass on it if I see for sale.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 10/20/15, so aged 2 1/2 years. should be interesting.

nice deep burgundy with hints of amber body, spoiled by numerous ominous looking light and dark floaties. small very off white head which dissipates to a solid ring and faint covering.

aroma is cherry and boozy.

tastes like an old ale with a ton of cherry juice dumped in it. (which doesn't quite taste as good as it might sound) definitely a sipper at 17.0abv. i have a sweet tooth, but I can imagine that those who don't would hate this.

mouth is close to full, finish is a somewhat boozy cherry with a good hit of heat from the booze.

overall, not terrible, bu tit seems this has not aged that well.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefbigjon
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You have to age this beer. It gets really good after a few years. Chocolate and cherry really pop when the heat dies a little

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Photo of DMc8ride
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a mess. I respect what they tried to accomplish here but it is all over the place. Happy 20 Dogfish, you guys are always pushing the limits!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE: January 17, 2018... OCCASION: celebrating the simultaneous payoff of our two credit cards with a beer that is basically a celebration in a bottle... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... after two years in the bottle, pours a dark mahogany body akin to tea, with an off-white head that dissipates to a singular ring--quite dark for a golden ale... light cocoa (like a tootsie roll), light cherries, ginger, thyme, and clove...and a heavier waft of red grapes... explodes as an intensely dry, full-bodied, instantly warming first sip... coats the teeth and tongue with warming sour tartness, cloying finish, and rich aftertaste... chewy--everything I expected from a beer that has been shelved for years and sat at 17% to boot... the flavor profile boasts a cornucopia--cocoa nibs, honey, red wine (demanding and sweet), caramel, candied apple, and definitely tart cherries... frustratingly, the flavors bleed together in a way that makes appreciating this quite difficult... this is the first beer I have been nervous to drink in a while--powerful and lasting.... like enjoying a sweet pinot noir, but garnished with tootsie rolls and hard liquor...not worth its price tag--not by a longshot, not worth pretending.... I would expect this beer to hold up over time, but not so much...

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Photo of Parmesan
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

L: Muddy copper brown purple color with no lacing or head from the pour. A very ugly looking beer.

S: Sweet and sour cherry that smells a little artificial, notes of tootsie roll chocolate, and the booze is very upfront in the aroma, bringing a sort of bourbon aroma to the beer.

T: Sour cherry wrapped in a tootsie roll, with a little bit of caramel, followed by a very strong burn from the booze. It has a lot going on but it just doesn't come together.

F: Thick boozy and sticky, some higher carbonation.

O: Not a fan of this beer, the booze is too overwhelming with nothing to balance it out and it tastes like a cherry wrapped in a tootsie roll.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of heysuz
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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