Dogfish Head Poppa Skull

Dogfish Head Poppa Skull

Rated 3.463 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

10% Alcohol by Volume

20 International Bittering Units

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Poppa Skull is the reciprocation-collaboration between Dogfish Head and 3 Floyds Brewing Co. Our brothers from another out in Indiana. The first beer we did together at 3F, Popskull, was a high-gravity dark lager aged on chunks of our palo santo wood. Poppaskull is similar in abv, a sipper that will age well, also aged on wood, but very, very different in flavor and aroma. This time around we brewed at our brewery in Milton, DE and made a deep, golden ale spiced with cardamom and fermented using a robust Belgian yeast strain. One third of the volume was then aged for 6 months in oak brandy barrels. Spice, esters, and sweet brandy dominate the aroma. A robust 10% abv is rounded by caramel and vanilla notes from the wood with a slight spiciness coming from the yeast. Plans for distribution include, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA and WI

ID: 40201 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 10 years ago

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Overall Rank3816
Overall Percentile92
Style Rank141 of 722
Style Percentile80.5
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.740
Weighted Score3.463
Standard Deviation0.404

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    a nice beer from DFH and FFF. the alcohol is well hidden at 9.5%, the body tingly and medium to full. this golden ale smells of sweet malt, lots of spice (cardamom, which is fairly aggressive) and a hint of brandy and oak. the barreled portion comes through a little in the flavor, but this is a spiced ale first. Given high expectations for these two brewers, this was not a standout, but a pretty nice brew.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 6

    why the talk about this beer? .. Pours a hazy dirty gold, decent head . . lots of muddled spices in the nose, which follows quite a bit into the mouth, with warm booze and a good dose of sweetness .. all over the place! .. . happy to gotten to try it but i'll pass if there is a next time .. . Don't let her get to you. She asked for 'Pine Forest', I gave her 'New Car'.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    I’ve bought every Dogfish beer since I’ve started out, so despite my misgivings over it being spiced (not a fan of spiced ales). Plus the beer guy at the store told told me it wasn’t heavily spiced. So, the beer poured clear yellow. The first whiff told me the beer guy lied. Heavy spicing, ginger and cardamum present. The sweetness was almost enough to compensate. I just don’t like the style. Meh.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Great tasting beer from DFH. Pours an amber orange colour with a nice white head. Cardamom is noticed considerably in the aroma and taste. Slight booziness and brandy wood notes are also prevalent. Soft carmel and roasted malt notes underlyign the taste of the beer.

  • SINGLEMALTER 229 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Enjoyed at a release party at Romans' Pub in Milwaukee tonight, and made even more enjoyable at no cost, courtesy of my friend Matt from Beechwood Distributors, who snagged my tab. A deep golden hue with a moderate head and copious lacing. Delightful fragrance with cardamom up front, with traces of brandy from its barrel ageing. A warming, high ABV without undue spankiness. An excellent collaboration, and I'm looking forward to see other BeerPals' reviews.

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