Higher Math
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Strong Ale - American
3.74 | pDev: 17.91%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: 20th anniversary beer—a golden ale fermented with cherries and aged on cocoa nibs.
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Ego from New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the quarantine cellar dive continues...

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

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

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
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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zeff80 from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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arizcards from Arizona

3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Aug 18, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jul 21, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Jul 20, 2018
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Radome from Florida

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Jul 19, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Jul 03, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Jun 11, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -4%
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, but it seems this has not aged that well.

Apr 14, 2018
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KensWorld from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Feb 04, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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...

Jan 18, 2018
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Parmesan from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -23%
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.

Dec 25, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Note: I drank this fresh & hated it. My review reflects the beer in a better state: aged 2 years)

Bottled 10/20/15; drank 10/29/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque purple/orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy khaki head; minimal lace.

Cherry bourbon & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Apple cider & caramel flavors up front; oak & mild cherry notes on the finish. Mild booze heat notes emerged as this warmed.

Certainly better after 2 years than it was fresh; the boozy mess has been replaced by a sturdy fall treat. An interesting experiment that has finally paid off.

Oct 30, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, two years aged

Dark hazy amber brown in color, white head that fades. Boozy aroma is cocoa and cherry heavy. Taste is still fairly hot. Mildly sweet. Sticky mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Oct 21, 2017
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Notes of cherry, chocolate and alcohol on the nose. Taste follows the nose, but with lots of heat and sweetness. Even with 2 years on this beer, the alcohol overwhelms. This would probably be an awesome beer if it were about 10%

Aug 19, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 10.2015

L - Burgundy, brown, with no clarity. Thick with sediment

S - Sugarcane, molasses, booze!

T - Sweet, boozy, sweet, boozy. Subtle chocolate and cherries are present

F - Full bodied and light carbonation

O - A very slow sipper, This one is almost 2 years old.

Aug 17, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Bottle to goblet. Aroma is cherry, apple, brandy, wine, chocolate. Very thick aroma. Appearance is a clear deep dark Amber. Minimal head. Taste is sugar, cherry, very sour finish. Alcohol is very present, obviously at 17%. Feel is a touch astringent, but also sticky. Good beer, not great, but very complex, different and interesting. Happy Birthday Dogfish Head.


Aug 12, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy reddish brown. Thin, bubbly, tan head fades immediately

Smells chocolate, cherry, dark fruit, pepper and vanilla hints.

Tastes quite sweet. Cherry and chocolate. Light alcohol and earthy. Followed by Caramel malts and dark fruit hints. Semi sweet finish with chocolate and cherry linger. Medium body and smooth Medium carbonation.

Jun 08, 2017
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wanderingwheelz from Delaware

4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer seems to have reached a point where it's time to drink 'em. After two and a half years it's far, far tastier now than when fresh. In fact, I cannot recall a beer that improved the dramatically with a couple of years on it. I went from disappointed to damn this is awesome stuff. Just to be sure I wasn't giving it too much credit I ordered a flight of four aged beers at Dogfish the other night and yes, Higher Math was the definite standout. Delicious! If you live in the middle Atlantic region these bottles can still be found in better beer stores. Buy some.

May 06, 2017
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BlesstheHarvest from Texas

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red/Copper/Brass with a slight bubbly and off-white head.
I aged it for about 16 months. I knew it would be complex and maybe a little challenging to drink.
flavors of cherry and chocolate are definitely present. for 17% alcohol it has aged very well and balanced.
This is a Strong Ale, not meant for everybody, meant to be zipped, and enjoyed for more than just a couple of minutes.

It does kind of reminded me of a aged barley wine and Dubbel with lost of raising and cherry notes had a baby.

overall. I think it was a enjoyable. I drank my whole glass no problem, zip by zip.
Not excellent but a good try from DFH, but maybe too experimental for us mere mortals.

May 03, 2017
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