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
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.87%
 
 
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1.3/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It may have been the batch, it may have been the length of time that it had sat on tap, it may have just been the wrong day for my tastebuds, but this was one of the most undrinkable brews I have ever set to my lips.

The nose spoke of stale lobster and burnt chocolate, while the taste reminded me of what a chalkboard might taste like if it was served as an entree at Long John Silvers.

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2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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

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2.29/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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

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

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 billab914
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TomMorris
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Man this beer just wasn't for me. Looked typical of a standard stout; very dark brown/black; tan head; minimal carbonation. The smell was a mixture of brine and vomit, while the taste matched the smell though to a less potent extent.

Overall the lobster-taste vastly overbalanced the standard stout-ness I was expecting. This one is more interesting in theory than in practice…I'd probably try again on account of how idiosyncratic it is but this is the first DFH experiment that just didn't do it for me.

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2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Photo of JayKay412
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Bammer21
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brown120
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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Choc Lobster from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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