Choc Lobster | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Choc Lobster was originally brewed to pair with a chocolate lobster bisque and white chocolate lobster salad slider. Sam happened to be at that dinner and got a real kick out of the beer, so we decided to brew a big batch for the pub so everyone else could try it.

This scaled-up batch has a robust porter base and was brewed with live lobsters, which were added directly to the boil to cook off for the kitchen. Along with the lobsters, just over 6 pounds of dark cocoa powder were added to the whirlpool, along with a basil tea that was added to compliment both the chocolate and lobster.

Added by prg1976 on 07-02-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
170
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 170
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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at Dogfish head pub in Delaware

A: Pours a dark black hue with no sign of a head.

S: Mild malty old bay aroma with some chocolate notes

T: There is a porter background with chocolate background followed by a seafood flavoring.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – nothing I would have ever thought of - worthy of a try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

perhaps one of the stranger beers ive ever seen or tasted, a stout type brewed with cocoa and actual maine lobsters. i can imagine sam here dropping live lobsters into the kettle, oyster stout style, and its both haunting and hilarious in different ways. the resulting beer is an interesting product, dark and bitter from all the grain, heavy and slick in the feel from the protein of the fish, and honestly fishy and briny in the end, but never gross like a can of sardines. its more of a mellow fishiness, like actual lobster meat, sweet and buttery even without the drawn butter. the stout though is really bitter, so there is a contrast there, and all the body without much carbonation makes it a little tough to get through even a short pour. still, while i dont really want to drink this beer, i have to respect it for what it is. i know there are some who are down on the dogfishs and the mikkellers of the world for unbridled experimentation, often to the point of absurdity, but not me. you never know until you know, and now we know...

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bklippel
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ipc2000
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian74
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchip
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breadwinner
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Kinda feels wrong to harshly review a beer like this, as it's obviously not about winning competitions or even pleasing all palates -- in an exercise in creativity. Funny thing is, for the first 4/5 of the brew, it tastes like a well done porter, perhaps a touch of the smoky/salty brine sneaking through, but mostly just some nice, mildly creamy roasted malt taking charge. But then there's the finish... Oh my, the finish. You swallow, breathe through your nose, and suddenly a wild blast of fishy/briny sealife swirls through your sinuses. Insane. And, sadly, not super pleasant. It's not terrible either. It's not undrinkable. But it's also not something I'd readily order. Fun idea, but I just can't abide.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NSXAG
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hkyplyr73
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
2.76/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The lobster was basically non-existant.

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Photo of Barracudas
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have no idea how, but this was definitely drinkable. The salty and sweetness played well together

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rjp217
2.16/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Psychmusic
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of indy351
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Choc Lobster from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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