Suddenly Comfy
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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American Cream Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #7,261
4.07 | pDev: 7.37%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
Suddenly ComfySuddenly Comfy
Notes: Things are suddenly getting real comfy around these parts with our latest off-centered creation – Suddenly Comfy.

Brewed with fresh apple cider, Saigon cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans, this Imperial Cream Ale is made with all the fixings of a great apple pie … just like grandma used to make.

Inhale and you’ll be greeted with aromas of pie crust and brûléed sugar. Sip and you’ll find notes of fruity sweetness. Savor and you’ll venture on a fragrant flashback that has you longing for the past.

20 IBU
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of DrDemento456
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very memorable imperial cream ale filled with cider notes and just the right amount of spices. the extra vanilla was a nice touch and for 8% the body was medium yet creamy. Reminded me of a good pumpkin ale without the vegital bitterness. Good stuff!

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: clear copper with a substantial off white head on the pour. Some messy, oily lacing that recedes quickly.
smell: cinnamon and bright apple. Yep, smells a lot like apple pie.
taste: much like the nose with some crisp "real beer" notes.

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Photo of dd53grif
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with minimum head. Smells like cinammon. Very strong taste of apple but definitely tastes like a beer rather than apple cider. Enjoyable.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/25/19. Pours clear and golden, medium in appearance.
Nose has vanilla hints, fall spices, cinnamon, and hints of white grape/ apple.
Wow with the taste, which exceeds expectations based upon the initial aroma...there’s a sweetness, a warmth with all the full flavor of what I initially smelled, however it ends with a medium-dry bitterness even though the lactose/ sweet spot is still present. Complex and flavorful. The allspice and apple...cinnamon notes, what a blend.
Feels very creamy, with medium-low carbonation.
This is an exceptionally crafted cream ale that’s a must try/ must have for the holiday season.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE: November 9, 2019... OCCASION: watching another Star Wars with the family...and hoping to forget Penn State's upset loss at Minnesota... GLASSWARE: Lindemans footed tulip... pours a honeyed yellow orange body, gushing with geyser-like bubbles creating a half finger's worth of off-white head... apple, vanilla, honey, butterscotch, cinnamon, ginger and botanical hints--quite a bouquet of aromas, which wed nicely... this sips like a chardonnay, crisp and dry to start, with a welcoming warmth approximating its 8% ABV... its finish is lingering, sharp and boozy... fruity, tart, and dry--an appertif if not for its alcoholic heft... nice apple, vanilla, and cinnamon mix--a confectioner's delight, a liquid apple pie dripping with sweeter qualities... its overall experience makes for a nice night, with a baked quality to its malts and an overt spiciness that wins... one glass is indeed enough to make one comfy... the second, a treat in itself...

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 09/13/19. Served in a DFH pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber/orange color with almost a couple inch off-white head that stuck around a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, and apple juice. I think the taste pretty much follows the aroma, but there's also some grainy malt flavor noticeable too. It reminds me of eating an apple pie, at least a cold one that's been just out of the fridge before reheating it. The brew tastes just as good as it warms, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Certainly worth trying for sure, I know I liked it! A good brew for a cooler fall day.

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Photo of VABA
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very nice clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight apple juice, cinnamon, spices and vanilla hints
T-The taste follows the nose with an apple juice, cinnamon, spices and vanilla flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Cream ale

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Photo of MikeWard
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a mug. Bottled 9/25/19, so a month old.

Looks like cream soda in the mug, a clear pale copper body with a small slightly off white head which persists most of the way through the drink leaving a little lacing.

Slightly sweet aroma with a cinnamon punch. Quite nice.

Upon tasting, the Cinnamon is the dominant flavor, but it's not harsh or bitter. The apple is only suggested by the sweetness. No Vanilla flavor. The warmth in the beer could be the abv or the cinnamon, hard to tell.

Mouth medium, finish a slightly sweet burn.

Overall, was hoping this one would taste like a fresh baked apple pie, but, though a pleasant enough drink, it came up a bit short.

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Photo of akaizer
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, rose-golden color with an awesomely clear complexion and mild effervesence. Slight fluffy white foam head slowly deflated. Scent is apple, sweet cinammon, vanilla, and other spices. Flavor follows with a nice, subtle spice throughout and a bit of apple-ish flavor on the backend. No harshness at all, full bodied, and a bit chewy. Comes across as a very, very appealing apple pie! Would highly recommend, especially as a nice complement to the upcoming winter stouts.

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

A - Deep orange copper color with moderate, steady carbonation and a dense creamy lacing ring.

S - Sweet malt, vanilla, and some cinnamon.

T - Balanced from start to finish with sweet malt, along with just enough cinnamon, vanilla, all spice, and on the very back end you can detect just a trace of apple juice left on the palate after the sip.

M - Thick, chewy, and viscous. Leaves some sugar residue on the the lips.

O - On the sweeter side but an interesting one worth trying. How many Imperial Cream Ales are out there? Not many. Give it a try.

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: a decent white head quickly disappears and you’re left with a bubbly bronze brew that looks like cream soda

Smell: pretty strong cinnamon on the nose and you can find some fruity/apple notes if you’re looking

Taste: the apple pie of the beer world, cinnamon and a mellow apple are the dominant flavors but there’s some warm spice as well and ever so faint vanilla

Feel: smooth and warm, easy drinking for 8%

Overall: you get a pretty good idea of what you’re getting into based on the description. Not something I want frequently but this is excellent for a fall seasonal beer

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Photo of Delmarvabeer
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Most recent tasting at Dogfish Head's Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth, DE. Full pour, off tap.

L: Basically looks like a carbonated apple cider with a 1 finger white head that has little lacing.
S: Apples and Cinnamon. Very apple pie scents.
T: Tastes like an apple pie. You get apples, pie spices and some sweetness of pie crust. Plus a little seltzer flavor bitterness.
F: Head is creamy, carbonation is very much like ciders or champagne. Doesn't feel like a beer.
O: Not a beer I would drink all year, but a very nice "Fall" beer to go along with any pumpkin beer.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear apple juice color with a moderate ivory head. Minimal leggings when swirled. Aroma is cider and cinnamon. Flavor follows the nose, with a nice touch of all spice and vanilla in the finish. Feel is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall a nice beer that drinks a bit like a carbonated cider. Refreshing and fun.

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Photo of Crusherone
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Mostly clear. A little bit of murkiness. Bronze color.
Smell: Just like apple pie. Just as it says.
Taste: Same as the nose. Not a lot of cinnamon which I like. Allspice and vanilla really shines through.
Feel: Medium to medium plus mouthfeel. Nice thickness for the taste.
Overall: Great beer. Would recommend this to others. Buy. Buy. Buy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Suddenly Comfy"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 09/10/19 1202" and sampled on 1017/19
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ$

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this looks like a breakfast beer, right? It's got apple juice, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla beans... play along with me here, it's a little past 9 am. OK, so it's also a cream ale (NOT) and an Imperial one at that, clocking in at 8% abv - definitely a breakfast beer! It's poured a lightly hazy amber body with golden highlights beneath a 2 inch tall cap of densely creamy and slightly yellowed off-white foam. The aroma is mainly of soft cinnamon that's supported by vanilla although I'm assuming the allspice is in there as well. It's a very "fall"-like aroma, and it's fairly bright. It's enticing. It reminds me of walking past the Yankee Candle store in the mall in November. On to the flavor.... well there's a lot more vanilla there, and the spices remain alongside a touch of apple. I'm really quite impressed with this. It's kind of one-sided even though there are all of those different notes to it, but it's great tasting and quite unique. Move over pumpkin beers, apple spice is back in town! Well, technically apple spice was never here before but you know what I mean. There have been apple spice beers but they were never a huge thing like pumpkin beers were, although this could change that. I'm definitely going to get at least one of these for Halloween night, but I'll probably have a pumpkin beer as well because, for me anyway, it's not the kind of beer I'd drink two times in a row; it is great though. So let me see if I missed anything in the flavor... not really... there's some basic, gently caramelish malt to it which supports everything else but that's it. It's not very bitter but it still finishes mainly dry with a strong note of vanilla lingering. There is a light bit of acidity to it that balances it as well, but most people will just see that as the apple. As for the cream ale designation, maybe they've used that because the beer is kind of creamy. It's medium-full in body with a very fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it creamy and smooth across the tongue. Looking back I've still got a thin-but-solid surface covering of foam, and there's some very nice lacing left about the glass. Its appearance could be better but for a strong spiced beer I think that's pretty damned good. So now I've finished it, and I really enjoyed it - I drank it way too quickly and I'm starting to feel the strength on an empty stomach - but my mouth has a lingering "Yankee Candle" kind of flavor to it with the vanilla and spice, and apple and additional floral notes. I'm going to need to get a large cup of coffee to wash that out. In the end, however, I'm calling this one a winner; not an everyday winner, but a special occasion winner (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Xmas, a cold winter day, etc.).
Review #6,752

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Photo of Lucular
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. This beer is exactly what I expected it to be. Tastes like vanilla, cinnamon, and a hint of apple. It is quite sweet but not overly boozy. I would not want to drink a full pour but it is interesting for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Conjuring up memories of grandma's apple pie, the brewers at Dogfish Head take those influences and roll them into an imperialized Cream Ale to take the old time country dessert into the craft beer realm.

Hazy golden and crowned with a rich cottony froth, Suddenly Comfy entices the senses with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice for a distinct chai perfume fueled with vanilla cream and pie crust. As the character of apple bridges the scent to taste, a soft creamed corn sweetness provides a rounded, velvety and condensed cream character early on the tastebuds.

As the vegetal sweetness spreads across the middle palate, its vanilla and heavy whipping cream character offers a sweet and marshmallowy character midway through. Cinnamon leads the pack when it comes to the spices while those other fall pie flavors take a secondary role leading into lightly bittered late palate that allows the spice to command the balance instead of hops.

Medium full on the palate, the beer has a relaxed texture that allows for a creamy and drinkable session albeit on the strong side. My grandmother was more likely to share apple pie homemade whisky with us than any baked good, and this beer's spicy alcohol hides behind the cereal sweetness in much the same way.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A sparkly clear copper color under a tan head, this beer is an aromatic sensory sensation, with the creamy vanilla aromas trying to fend off the allspice and cinnamon aromas.


But that’s okay, because the creamy vanilla flavors are the perfect complement to the cinnamon and allspice flavors - and they allow the apple juice to sneak in just as the curtain is closing.

This is a magnificent fall beer - it exceeded my expectations, which were pretty high. Need to pick up another 4-pack to enjoy as fall progresses to winter.

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Photo of AdamTebbs
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer here.

Pours dark straw
Smells of cinnamon and vanilla
Taste cinnamon vanilla with an apple malty aftertaste
Mouth feel is smooth with hints of spice.
My favorite thing about this beer is how well this beer goes with the season. Drank two after eating comfort food on a cold fall night and it really fit the bill. Would I want one at noon on the Fourth of July? No. The special thing about beer is how some thing great like this can sneak up on you in a really special way. Obviously breaks the style but who cares it a a fun seasonal and it’s a great follow up to punk’in.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap

Pours a hazy Amber color with a one finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring. Smells of cinnamon, vanilla cream & pastries, similar to an apple pie. Tastes like a fall candle, but in a good way; creamy vanilla base gives way to notes of stewed cinnamon apples and a pastry-like maltiness. The finish brings out some notes of cider, as well as more cinnamon. Medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a slightly warming finish. A tasty fall sipper

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Photo of DeuilEtoiles
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Other reviewers have been very articulate. This review is visceral.
This is truly a fantastic brew that I could enjoy until like March. It has such an autumn feel, which some will not understand. I have been crestfallen over the decidedly short autumn seasons in the past 5-10 years. In Pennsylvania we have experienced a solid week of autumn weather and this beer filled me with nostalgia. A bit of sadness, too, but that’s a discussion for another forum. Suffice to say there are few, if any, autumns of old left. So bottoms up! What else to do while the world burns? You like your cheeseburgers and smartphones too much. You always say so. Pour a sip for your grandchildren and drink enough to be able to look in the mirror.

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Photo of BB1313
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/13/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; small creamy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle, but nice. Some ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Hints of apple and caramel. Malts are there. The flavors are nice. Cinnamon, ginger and vanilla leading the way. Some brown sugar. More apple and caramel in the mix. Some grains. Some toast. Low bitterness. There's a sweetness to this one, but it's not cloying or anything over the top. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's crisp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice brew. It's subtle and bold at the same time. It's very fitting for the fall season. If you like "pumpkin beers", then this one should be right up your alley. It does have an "apple pie" vibe to it as well, as advertised. It's a clean brew. The craftsmanship is on point. I like it.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Amber. Good clarity. Lively carbonation. 1 finger of creamy, tan head.

Vanilla cream, corn, apple pie, pear, and cinnamon.

Vanilla cream soda, pie crust, and apple pie spices. Light pear, cinnamon, and corn adjunct.

Medium bodied, crisp, zippy, effervescent, and semi-dry.

Perfect for fall! An excellent Cream Ale base with spicing akin to a Pumpkin beer (and not overly done). This evokes a longing for changing leaves, bonfires, and hay rides. Very enjoyable and unique beer from Dogfish Head. Will likely purchase more.

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Photo of KRug
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange/amber with a finger of dense, off white head

It smells incredibly sweet, with notes of cinnamon, maple, peaches, sweet apples, and a bit of an oak character, probably from the vanilla beans

The taste is more of the same, with the apple flavors being more pronounced towards the end of the sip, in more of a tart way than in the nose

The feel is very creamy (as the style suggests) and is very easy drinking for 8% abv, beyond smooth

DFH got this right on with the whole apple pie vibe, it's a perfect dessert beer and I'm loving every last sip of it, very glad I have 7 of these left

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 9/13/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy red/green apple juice, fruit peel, peach, pear, cinnamon, peppercorn, clove, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, cream, honey, candi sugar, cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, bready malts, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy red/green apple juice, fruit peel, peach, pear, cinnamon, peppercorn, clove, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, cream, honey, candi sugar, cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; fruit tang/tartness; and cinnamon/allspice spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of red/green apple juice, fruit peel, peach, pear, cinnamon, peppercorn, clove, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, cream, honey, candi sugar, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, bready malts, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitter/tart/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness, tart/tangy fruit, and carbonation. medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an awesome fruited imperial spiced cream ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, bready malts, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink for the ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Perfectly balanced between apple juice, spices, and clean malt flavors; with restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive experimental style example as expected. Not overwhelming on any aspect. They always do a great job on these types of beers.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 68 ratings