Siracusa Nera | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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4.03/5
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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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,775
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
241
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
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10
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Photo of tp1962
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DMC43
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DiggerDahl
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Complex and interesting. High abv.

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Photo of B_B
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryften
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mllrg973
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall, an extremely smooth tasting beer. I taste neutral flavors with this one. Goes down very easily, no taste of grape, or other flavors. Very good if you wanted to get blasted easily.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2/24/18...pitch black, fully still, no foam. Subtle coffee nose, and ever so slight hint of grapes. Smooth stout balanced with red wine. Hearty coffee/chocolate bitter malt and hinted at a grape juice wine tangy tart. The 10% uis buried below the surface.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black which light doesn't penetrate when held to a lamp. The rich mocha, single finger, rapidly diminishing leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is grape must, deeply roasted malt, chocolate, burnt coffee and anise/licorice. Taste is heavy to grape must and other dark fruits, backed by chocolate syrup/fudge, coffee, wood & burnt/smoke notes with licorice in the background. Taste like a blend of Nugrape soda, heavy chocolate syrup and a decent barrel aged imperial stout. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, slick & viscous with a prickly, peppery bite in the finish. The mouthfeel being the most pleasant aspect of this brew to my mind. Radically different. Something that's a constant bedfellow with this brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bdiiorio
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fcoffeen
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximalC
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
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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3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twax
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Siracusa Nera from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 241 ratings