In this post I am going to attempt to recap the Dogfish Head Twitter Taste Live event from Saturday March 7th 2009. Now mind you, I did use the word attempt.
Yesterday I made a last minute decision to purchase a webcam and setup a live ustream feed for the event. Having neither used ustream nor a webcam prior to last night, I think that things went fairly well. Obviously, I could have been more organized … but that is something to work on for the future.
The DFH Twitter Taste Live started out as all TTL events seem to start – early. Several tweeters joined the TTL feed earlier in the day – posting updates about the beer and wine they were drinking at the time. Even the “official” Dogfish Head Tweeter (@dogfishbeer) started the night out a bit early with Dogfish Head Aprihops. After addmitting his lack of patience, Dogfish Head brewer zymoid popped open a DFH 60 min IPA prior to the event. Naturally, my day began early as well. I started off with some Tom Eddy New Zealand (aka TENZ) Sauvignon Blanc during lunch. I then moved onto Radford Dale Freedom Pinot Noir just prior to the DFH TTL.
The three Dogfish Head beers that were “officially” tasted for this event were: Red & White, Fort, and Palo Santo Marron. Instead of posting my personal tasting notes as usual, I have decided to post the tasting notes of the tweeters from the DFH TTL event. However, I will try to follow the format that I usually use in my beer reviews. This should be interesting … and fun.
All the picutres of the beers are compliments of @kallardnyc. Thanks! For other really great picutres from the night, check out @lemasney’s FLICKER PAGE.
I appologize in advnace to those of you who are unfamiliar with Twitter and do not understand the way in which I am presenting my tasting notes. Hopefully you can get the jist! Cheers!
Red & White
Brewery: Dogfish Head
Color: angelostzelepis: Nice copper color, a lot of sediment
stfler22: the sediments in the red & white give the brew a unique texture and balance beautiful color!!
Carbonation: lemasney: carbonation is not visually evident, but very evident in the palate. Like an ocean. The body is a summer sunset, with rain in the morn.
Aroma: zymoid: I’ve got the 09 R&W. Some bubble gum esters in the nose, tannins/oakiness and all kinds of fun. A party in the mouth.
beercommdood: fruity and tart smelling, nice solid finger of creamy head, picking up the wine notes in the nose
Mouthfeel: bsimi: Very creamy texture… nice beer !
Flavor: beercommdood: Very sweet and malty, high fruity taste with wine coming through strong.
kingfarmwine: the pinot noir barrels really enhances the complexity
zymoid: Tooting the horn alittle here: R&W won gold medal in last years GABF.
Comments:beertweeter: the Red & White is one of the top 3 I’ve had from Dogfish…huge bonus for creativity!
zymoid: @AngelosTzelepis R&W is great in a wine goblet. Lets it warm up and releases the aromatics nicely
Brewery: Dogfish Head (lemasney: Dogfish head is brewing beers that make you rethink the very state of beer as an idea. They ask you to set aside your beer definition.)
Color: boothbay: For it’s powerful raspberry taste and aroma…it’s color seems lighter/tricky.
Carbonation: beercommdood: Fort is very fizzy. The head was very crisp and popping like Rice Krispies. Head now completely gone, no lacing.
Aroma: beercommdood: Getting some caramel on the nose with the berries. Anyone else?
darknova306: Lots of raspberry in the nose, with a little bit of caramel malt. Smells like a little tartness is there, too.
Flavor: lemasney: taste is deep, layered with flavors: raisin, cherry, plum, raspberry, citrus, bitterness, burns on the way down. So nice.
lemasney: definitely brandy, wheat, raspberry, and honey. Delicious. Agitation brings a strong aroma of whiskey, oak, and leaf mold.
Finish: kallardnyc: Fort is warm in the chest like a Port or Madeira.
Pairings: dogfishbeer: I’d drink this with a sliver of great dark chocolate.
Comments: beertweeter: this is like Raspberry Rock Candy…insane!
beerphilosopher : Friends don’t let friends drink Fort and Tweet
Brewery: Dogfish Head (dogfishbeer: You HAVE to come to the brewery and see the massive tank made from Palo Santo Wood. it’s way cool.)
Color: hopwild: - PSM – pours like used motor oil – more like a black ale than a brown!
Carbonation: hopwild: - PSM – pours like used motor oil
Aroma: semperfifi: Partner says “Cherry wood flavor…”
beertweeter: Burnt Campfire Wet Wood Next morning with a malt sandwich?
beercommdood: Palo Santo nose: molasses, vanilla, peat, and burnt sugar cookies
Mouthfeel: brewdad: 12% it does not come off this strong in the flavor. The wood must have mellowed the flavor.
Flavor: angelostzelepis: Coffee, caramel, vanilla working for me today. I love this beer.
Finish: erikboles: there is a very very subtle taste of how fired ceramics smell on the back-end of the PSM
Pairings: zymoid: Y’all, save some of your chocolate for the PSM. It’s a great pairing.
zymoid: Palo Santo is a great mixer too. Try 50/50 with our Punkin ale.
Interesting Fact: kallardnyc: After the 1906 San Fran earthquake, wire insulators were made from Palo Santo wood because the was a shortage of materials.
Comments: thebeerwench: Dudes Palo Santo wood is a fucking bitch. Do you know how hard it is to cut down, let alone make a huge ass fermenting tank with?
And lastly - dogfishbeer:@TheBeerWench – Thanks so much for hosting the tasting tonight, that was great fun! – YOU ARE VERY WELCOME. Thank you Dogfish Head for making the best fucking off-centered ales for the crazy off-centered people like myself! Cheers!