Choc Lobster | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
50.3%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 187 ratings
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
Ranking:
#31,580
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
187
Liked:
94
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
13.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of ogman
4.99/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Crackblind
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
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!

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 9/23/15 @ World of Beer Evanston.

Black/brown appearance.

Tan head; decent lace.

Milk chocolate, clove & sea salt notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Red licorice & fresh earth flavors up front; milk chocolate notes on the finish. Sweet cherry settled on my lips over the course of the quaff. Unique & very enjoyable!

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Photo of sbb32
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- very dark brown, bordering as black. Nice brown head.
S- subtle roast with a kick of brine.
T- following along with smell. Plenty of cocoa up front that dominates the beginning. But as you swallow, lobster brine starts attacking.
F- lobster (pleasantly) lingers. Did I just drink a beer or eat a po boy? Carb is quite pleasant as well
O- glad I got to try what is a World of Beer exclusive. Definitely one of a kind. One wouldn't think lobster and chocolate would go well together, but Dogfish Head pulled it off wonderfully.

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Photo of GregStoner
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanByorick
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squall202
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of sundevil21
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Definitely one of the most intriguing combinations in a beer I've ever tasted, but it worked surprisingly well. Not too overpowering with one flavor or another. Nice balance as far as those flavors are concerned.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Brewski
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryanhooks81
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

man, this is one crazy beer. had on draft in savannah. poured a nice brown color. aroma is briney and chocolate and basil. taste is basil, chocolate and brine, finishes with definite shellfish. crazy.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hkyplyr73
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Burghman
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a mocha head. Smells pretty good, mostly briny with a standard porter underneath. Taste is less briny and the porter & chocolate come out more, dark chocolate, some roasted malts, earthy, finish is briny with a very slight hint of seafood/lobster. Pretty full body for only 5.6% ABV. Over all a nicely done porter with a nice salty/briny quality. Very happy I was able to try, would buy it again given the chance.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erndogg
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Choc Lobster from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 50.3% out of 100 with 187 ratings
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