Siracusa Nera | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Combining a roasty Imperial Stout with a jammy Syrah wine, this beer is bold and complex. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate and anise from a blend of roasted malts meld with flavors of plums, cherries and stewed fruits from Syrah grape must in this jet black stout. Aged on American oak to add some light toasty vanilla to the mix.

Added by Jkolls on 08-04-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,576
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
271
pDev:
8.71%
 
 
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

DFH and their experimentation - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't...

...and this is one of those cases where it doesn't...This has a great black look to it with tannish head, quickly dissipating but with a slight lacing that doesn't last as well. The smell is something unlike I have ever sniffed and it's nothing I can really relate it too. I can't even begin to describe it as it was just weird. Mouthfeel was carbonated, leaning towards being lightly-bodied, and with an astringent after affect. The taste was very complex but it didn't work for me - to many different (and in my opinion) conflicting tastes to take in at once. Maybe my palate need more maturing, nonetheless, it just didn't work for me. Overall, this was a decent beer, worthy of a try but not worthy of another look if I ever crossed paths with it again.

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGoodStout
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhilt
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a three-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate and coffee nose and flavor is chocolate, some coffee. Higher ABV (10%) is hidden. $13.99 for a 4-pak of 12oz bottles from Smiley's Discount Beverage Dover, NH

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Photo of MinerBob
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 9/27/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, currant, berries, red grape/wine, toasted oak, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, wood smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts; and light-moderate grape must, earthy hops, fruity yeast, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, currant, berries, red grape/wine, toasted oak, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, wood smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, woody, herbal, peppery hop; roast, charcoal bitterness; and slight grape tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, dark fruit, cherry, currant, berries, red grape/wine, toasted oak, dark bread/crust, vanilla, licorice, wood smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish fora while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts; and light-moderate grape must, earthy hops, fruity yeast, and oak flavors; with a great hop/char bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%. Overall this is an awesome fruited Russian imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts; and light-moderate grape must, earthy hops, fruity yeast, and oak flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Not overly aggressive. Awesomely rich malt complexity and balancing earthy hops; with complementing grape must, fruity yeast notes that aren't overwhelming at all. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on base style example. Was expecting more grape character initially, but what they ended up with was really impressive. Will age/mellow nicely on the hop character, and bring out more dark fruit complexity.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, thick tan head that settles into a whirl. Aroma is pretty balanced but nothing really pops - a little chocolate malt, a little oak and just a whiff of sweet berry. Nice, but just needs to be a little more muscular.

Taste fares a little better - the grape must is more pronounced and adds a blackberry jam flavor to the beer, which marries well with the roasted malt which veers more toward the coffee side than the chocolate . The malt is a tad acrid at the end - almost smokey - and that throws it off a little. Overall and good beer but could use fine-tuning.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a snifter appears black with khaki head.

It smells vinous with licorice, char, oak, chocolate and earth.

It tastes charred and bitter/earthy with tobacco and a vinous aspect before anise. Its boozy and slightly herbal to bitter in the finish.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation and overall is decent.

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Photo of BosDen07
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarrettBoots
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopSudz
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, roast coffee, vanilla notes. Slight juicy red wine aroma, not as present in flavor. The 10% abv hides well. Good beer overall, interesting and refreshingly different. Would I buy regularly? Maybe not, but glad I tried. Thanks

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Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this from the bottle chilled in a glass
The color is black with medium tan head
the smell is very vinous with slight woody and earthy roast quality
the feel is very roasty up front with a tangy aspect from the grape with light sweetness and mostly dry finish with mild alcohol
the taste is very good with both the roasted malt and wine grape flavors complimenting and working in synergy with a dry vinous flavor with slight blackberry taste as the finish is slightly bitter with malt astringency
This is a very unique and enjoyable stout with the syrah blend working well with the stout base which is dry and drinkable.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering three quarters of the top. The aroma is a blend of bitter and dark roasted barley and sweet red wine grapes. I'm tasting sweet red wine grapes with a bitter, dark roasted barley finish. The mouth is oddly smooth for the ABV and the amount of flavor involved. Thanks oak aging!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark, roasty, chocolatey, coffee, licorice, jammy Syrah grapes, oak, toast, mild vanilla

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Photo of chiefz1
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of csnyder83
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fizzes out rather quickly on this one deep dark black as expected for the style. Smell is typical RIS fanfare smooth chocolate malts some chalky roasts and not much in terms of grapes. Taste is really a mix of roasty malts, some chocolate sweetness and a touch of port wine which is actually well hidden. Very smooth with no lingering bitterness and a medium to heavy body. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer after hating Midas touch this beer is much better than most Imperial stouts including the Oak aged Bitches Brew they released a while ago. Worth picking up these guys are really making wine infused beers tasty!

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Siracusa Nera from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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