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:
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

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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grapes, light coffee. Taste is dark grapes, chocolate, some coffee, hints of oak and alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of MaltNPeppa
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best expression of wine with beer. The oak from the barrel mixed with a creamy stout that is balanced perfectly, no sharp bitterness, no overly smokey stout profile. Just a sexy beer you should definitely buy and drink. It might be a decent beer to age given the wine flavors in it, but nah drink it :).

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black beer with a decent head for being an imperial stout. Thick viscous beer with a malty, musty, fruity, almost plum like stench. Where this one really shines is the grape/fruity berry flavor on the taste. The roasted malt and a dark caramel-like flavor are present, but this beer sets itself at a higher bar with the rich fruit and velvet smooth taste. A little sticky of a finish but rich. It does have a sort of wine characteristic to it. The uniqueness makes it outstanding, and although the price is high this beer rules and is one of my favorites, ever.

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

Bold, fruity, spicy and with a little twang; the beer madmen at Dogfish just can't leave well enough alone. Oak aging, syrah and a roasty attitude are just the start of a complex but characterful session.

Siracusa Nera pours with the creamy espresso color and layered with a billowing tarnish foam, the stout fills the nose with dark roast coffee, cocoa, walnut and a kiss of red wine. Flavors of caramel and toffee all seem over cooked, bringing a seared and slightly scorched sweetness to the coffee and cocoa frontrunners.

As the imperial stout opens up, its sweetness turns to char and the notes of macerated fruit come about as the beer warms. Espresso, baker's chocolate and the char of campfire carry and arid sense of roasty dryness while the twang of red wine comes with plum, blackberry and cherry nuance. Walnut and oak come in late with a nutty, woodsy taste which invites the lightness of caramel and vanilla in complement.

Full, lush and viscous on the palate, the stout dries to a malty dry status for a sense of drinkability because of its oaken and roasted dryness, grape acidity and understated hop bitterness. Warming with coffee liquor, the finish is spicy with hints of fennel and peppercorn that leads into a long and roasty aftertaste.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, beige head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, coffee and grapes. Kinda had some red wine-like tasted with the traditional coffee, chocolate and toffee of a RIS. I liked it more than I expected.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. It's an imperial stout with Syrah grape must.
Looks great, black with a brown head, good lacing.
Aroma is strongly sweet, dark fruits and chocolate roast.
Taste follows with dark plum and cherry flavors, roasted malt and chocolate. Some boozy whiskey/wine aroma and flavors as well. Strong bitter dark chocolate finish.
Feels smooth and full, with a lingering dryness. Dry like cocoa powder, but not in a bad way.

Nice, complex and very tasty stout!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really have to commend DFH for presenting this interesting new take on a timeless style. I was honestly getting tired of the Bourbon Barrel Age thing. Man, what a difference one small ingredient (syrah grapes) really makes.

Pours black. Smells deeply of wine. Tastes of chocolate, cocoa, and port wine. Subtle sweetness and tanins. ultimately a wonderful beer that I can't believe came in a 4-pk. Superb

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Photo of DanGeo
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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 mrosenfeld32
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 southcoastfooter
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth for an imperial. Gets smoother as it warms up. Second half of the glass even better than the first

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

The beer pours out the darkest brown almost black color, with 2 fingers of creamy mocha colored head---------------- the aromas are of roasted dark malts, coffee, dark fruits and milk chocolate---------------- the flavors are of bittersweet red grapes, oak, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, red wine, earthy spice, dark fruit and red berries, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a silky smooth finish hiding the 10% completely----------------- overall this beer was delicious, I'm berry impressed with this one wile it Wasent the thickest most fudgy stout, it was complex had a lot of different elements going on that all seemed to work perfect together

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Siracusa Nera"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 10/11/17"
$13.99/4-pack @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ


Look: Opaque brown-black body beneath a short head of dark tan that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lacing behind.
Smell: Crushed red grape, dark chocolate, soft roastiness.
Taste: Dark bitterweet chocolate, currant, roastiness, cold black coffee, black grape, leafy hops, grassy hops, mild earthiness. Stiff, median bitterness. Dark chocolate, malt, and grape linger in the finish with some earthy, spicy, and leafy hops rising as it dries out. Just a hint of alcohol comes through.
Feel: Medium bodied with a soft, fine-bubbled median carbonation that gently caresses the tongue and then warms to become smooth.
Overall: Quite unique. Nicely balanced and easy to drink despite its strength. Charming. A nice beer to relax with.

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Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with an adequate dark tan head. Good retention.

Molasses and licorice on the nose from a healthy dose of roasted barley. Slightly tart and sweet vinous notes.

On the palate, there's a slightly sour edge front and center. More traditional molasses and licorice accompany and linger throughout the sip. Moderately dull oak tinge in the second half, along with growing char and ash. Relatively long finish.

Medium-full bodied. Growing heat after the sip.

Like most wine-influenced stouts, this just barely misses the mark for me. It's still an enjoyable brew, and worth the asking price.

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

Photo of RickS95
2.37/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of citizencane
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks solid brown-black with moderate lingering head. Smells of dried fruit, licorice, and roasted malts. Taste is similar, but the note I thought was licorice is equally black licorice and wine grape. Interesting. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy, with creaminess coming through more than smell lets on. Solid beer and a different take on an RIS. Dogfish Head pulls off something different, but true to style. I dismissed DFH for a while, as I considered them my entry brewery into the craft brew world, but they've earned their place back into my drinking.

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

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Musty grape & then red grape

T: Red grape, a little woody dryness & iron, a touch of raisin as well up front. Oaky dryness, red wine & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with a little red grape juice & chocolate

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

An imp Stout with a lot going on, a sipper though

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Siracusa Nera from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 273 ratings