Choc Lobster
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Porter - American
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 13.01%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
190
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  15
Gots
  47
SCORE
84
Good
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 190 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dec 01, 2016
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ckollias from Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Oct 03, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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...

Oct 05, 2014
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RyanByorick from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 03, 2016
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Domvan from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 20, 2015
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ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nov 16, 2015
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breadwinner from California

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Sep 19, 2015
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 22, 2015
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mta11c from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aug 09, 2015
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newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Nov 28, 2014
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changdulla from Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nov 05, 2015
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iTunesUpdates from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting take on a porter. Had in a flight.

Did not get any lobster at all on the nose. Looked like a typical stout but was a porter. Smelled of coco and roasted dark fruit. Taste is full bodied for a porter and a great beer at only 5%.

The lobster kicked in in the finish and lingered with a buttery note. For what it is it's perfect. Too much and it would overpower but they got the flavor they were going for. Would have gone good with a nice seafood dish or white coco dessert.

Aug 29, 2015
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bosslux from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 26, 2015
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Erndogg from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oct 30, 2015
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Crackblind from New York

4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Porter is my favorite style so take that into account as you read this review.

Not a flavor bomb like a lot of Dogfish brews. But more than just a rather nice porter-wise. What makes this extra special is the nose - the lobster adds a briny aspect that enhances the quality of the brew. In the middle of NYC, I feel like I'm having a relaxing beachside drink. Well balanced and really well made without relying too heavily on the lobster aspect. Highly recommended!

Sep 18, 2015
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NSXAG from Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nov 19, 2015
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bklippel from Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Aug 01, 2014
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Hootie159 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dec 19, 2015
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Jobin_24 from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 20, 2015
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Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 06, 2016
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garyloveman from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 02, 2016
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mwckiltedsavage from Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Apr 12, 2016
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DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 20, 2015
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BillCheck from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 04, 2014
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BeccaH from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 14, 2015
Choc Lobster from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 190 ratings