Dogfish Head Costumes & Karaoke

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! After what can only be described as pure buffoonery of the UCF game (12 false starts) I needed something to wash down the failure. Thankfully, Publix came in clutch with a new DFH release that was a collaboration with Sam Adams, called Costumes and Karaoke. Its an Imperial Cream ale brewed with spices. Clocking in at 8%, it definitely has lived up to the Imperial style. Lets see how this pans out.

Appearance: This pours a slightly hazy red-gold with very little in the way of carbonation.

Aroma: There are huge notes of baking spices, which makes sense because they have added cinnamon, ginger, star anise, and cardamom. I wonder how heavy it will be with all these spices.

Taste: Much like my baseball career, this is a swing and a miss. It is heavier than a cream ale, but doesn’t have the well developed flavor profile that would fit the “Imperial” style. It kind of tastes like a half-way done attempt at a Christmas or Pumpkin ale. The bright side is you can knock it back quickly.

Mouthfeel: This is about as heavy as your standard IPA with just traces of carbonation.

Value: It was $2 I think for the single beer.

Overall: This gets a 5/10. The aroma is great and I appreciate trying to beef up an otherwise fairly mild style but the flavor falls flat. If you want something a little warming but won’t hit you over the head with flavor this fits the bill.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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