Siracusa Nera | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer-wine hybrid started as a roasty Russian Imperial Stout fermented with Syrah grape must, then was aged in port barrels. It has flavors of dark cacao, coffee, stewed fruits with a tart, jammy wine notes.

Added by Jkolls on 08-04-2016

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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximalC
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with a modest cap of khaki froth. Aroma smells of toffee, peat, dates, and a hint of red wine.

The grapes pack a potent kick up front, accompanied by herbal, borderline noble hops, caramel, and burnt toast. The hops are quite vocal, and between that and the grape must, the malt ends up playing third fiddle, which isn't a plus for a style I generally deem defined by its malt profile. Zesty carbonation cuts across the palate like a buzz saw, accentuating the bitter elements and delivering a nice, dry finish. Medium body lends some weight to the mouthfeel in spite of the high carbonation.

Overall, this is a unique stout, but the aggressiveness of the grape must and the hopping make it more of a concept beer. Probably worth trying, but it didn't exactly win me over.

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Photo of YungAnejo
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4pack of 12s for $3.99 at the gas station on a blowout

Hard pour into a brandy snifter produces a huge brown head that explodes out, solid black body with light lacing

Aroma is grape soaked oak, some light metallic copper notes, as it warms it shifts to dark cherry licorice

Taste is slightly bitter with no roastiness, it’s mostly focused on the Syrah grapes that come out as phenolic metal, oak is super clean and noticeable but other then that it seems to lack something..

Mouthfeel is lighter then most stouts making these easier to down but still has a decent consistency, no alcohol burn present.

Overall for the steal I’m loving it but as far as nailing the style I’d say it’s slightly off as is everything from dogfish, would recommend for someone just getting into stouts as it’s not very intense.

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Photo of buzzy
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerrat
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twax
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dactrius
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zonker17
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour to DFH snifter, near black with tan head, small head has little retention, some light lacing. Wine prominent on nose, some chocolate. Taste strong oak, grape element of wine, mild notes of roasted malt. Not sure I'd call it sour but definitely some funk. Above average feel with a touch of creaminess. Below average carbonation.

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Photo of Brianito
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep opaque black with a thin dark, reddish tan head that dissipates quickly producing very little lacing.
S - Notes of bitter chocolate, grape must/notes of wine, slight maltiness. The smell is very faint.
T - Notes of bitter chocolate up front quickly followed behind by notes of red wine - apparently syrah which I can somewhat see because the beer does have rich dark fruit notes with a slight pepper finish as well as a mild acidity - the red wine flavor profile dominates the overall profile - which isn't a bad thing. There's a slight hint of coffee near the back end. Also notes of malt throughout. It's definitely complex.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The carbonation seems a little much to me for a stout, but it's not overwhelming - just more than I typically expect with a stout.
O - This is a really interesting and unique stout. It somehow manages to work providing a very complex but rewarding flavor profile as you drink it. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of deep red wine, roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee
T: Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, red wine, currants, and a little oak. Swallow is red wine, dark chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa powder, and some slight lingering coffee.
M: This beer has a fairly full body with a slightly sticky feel on the palate. Carbonation is just below prickly and adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really tasty beer. The barrels and the grape must add a nice complementary set of flavors to the beer that make it very enjoyable to drink. Well executed and really good complexity on this one. Definitely worth a try if you don't mind beer with a little wine influence.

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Photo of Taterturnt
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost pitch black with faint brownish and reddish hues. Moderate mocha colored head. Smell has hints of coffee, very faint burnt cocoa and a bit of wine. Taste is very unique, it has a lot of odd flavors that you wouldn’t think would work together but combine sublimely. Starts a bit winey, then come the coffee flavors with subtle hints of dark chocolate and finishes with the wine again and a hint of cherry. Just enough carbonation for mouthfeel and to be able to really taste all the flavors bouncing around. Exceptional one of a kind beer, and just one will get ya feelin warm and fuzzy at 10%

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of head. The nose has some coffee notes. The flavor is a blend of roasted malt and spiced dark fruits. The body is very light for the style and ABV.

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Photo of Vixie
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark beer, nearly black, but seemed also to have just a slight hint of purple. It forms about an inch of a tan head, which stays around a surprisingly long time, considering the ABV.

It has a fairly strong smell to it. I am mainly picking up smokey oak, along with coffee and chocolate. There is just a hint of sweetness from it, like dried fruit.

Pretty sweet up front, the grape flavors really come through. Before it becomes to sweet, the oak and coffee notes kick in, as well as some coffee. The taste lives up to the description, it does taste like a combination of wine and beer.

The feel is slightly thin, but still coats the tongue nicely, with just enough carbonation to add some tingling.

Little hard to judge this one, as it is a bit unique. In this case, unique is a good thing, as the flavors do work well together, giving you something a but different. A nice beer for those who want to think outside the box a bit, Wish I had a second bottle of it.

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Photo of mooseo
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An imperial stout aged on oak. 10% ABV and 60IBU. Pours an ominous black velvety coffee color with little to no head. Bubbles are present and cause formations in light brown milky patterns on the top. You get immediate notes of dark fruits. Which transitions into a sweeter malt middle. On the back end you notice the warmth with hints of coffee and toffee. There are also wine notes throughout thanks to the Syrah grape must. It has a boozy scent reminiscent of syrup , grapes, and a dark cellar. It has great mouthfeel and leaves the taste buds happy and wanting more.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2/26/18 - 12 ounce 10% ABV bottle poured into beer mug. Pitch black with slight tan head. Heavy carbonation. Very nice grape aroma, light grape taste, not overwhelming, taste lighter than aroma would indicate. Thin texture, carbonation holds. Overall very good offering.

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Photo of RollDamnTide
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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