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Dogfish Head – Heaven & Hell

Dogifish Head’s Heaven & Hell: The Ultimate Black and Tan or, as I call it, “Goodnight, Irene.”

Heaven & Hell is a mixture of equal parts 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout. With each beer clocking in at 18% ABV, enjoying more than one is pretty much out of the question. Heaven & Hell must be experienced at least once in any beer drinker’s lifetime. My first time was at the Dogfish Head Restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia, when both the 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout were on tap. Served in 8oz snifters, the experience was simply sublime.

Both beers are currently pleantiful in Virginia so I picked up a bottle of each to enjoy the experience again, while taking the time to write down my thoughts. The 120 Minute IPA is from a 2012 batch while, somehow, I lucked out and found a 2008 bottle of WWS. Since my wife really enjoys a classic Black and Tan I brought her into the experiment.

As you can see from the picture above, it is very hard to keep the WWS separated from the 120 Minute IPA when they are poured. Initially, the WWS was settling perfectly on top of the 120 Minute IPAbut very quickly they were completely combined.

Dogfish Head Heaven and Hell
I poured it slowly to try and build the separation and, as a result, there was no head. Since it didn't stay separated, the beer was a very think deep, dark black. I only gave the appearance a 3.5 because I would've preferred the beers to have remained separated.
The aroma is your first inkling that Heaven and Hell is a monster. Huge roasted, chocolate and malt notes assault your nose first. The second attack quickly follows with the powerful sweet, resiny hops
The huge roasted malt and resiny hops aroma transferred to the taste. Both the World Wide Stout and 120 Minute IPA have an inherent creaminess that works very well to meld the tastes together into a single experience. The richness and depth of this beer sets it apart from any other beer I've had.
The creaminess of Heaven and Hell, besides being the glue for the different tastes, also does a great job of coating your mouth. The taste hangs around for a long time after the drink and allows you to take the time to enjoy the complexity of this Black and Tan.
Well, at $10 a bottle for both the World Wide Stout and IPA, this is not a cheap combination. However, as I said before, this is a beer that must be experienced. Perhaps,you should get a group together at a tasting to split the costs.
I cannot simply average out the ratings for this beer. The aroma and the taste are simply sublime. Heaven and Hell didn't just hit a home run. It hit a walk-off grand slam. Editors Note: My wife and I pretty much agreed on the aroma and the taste. However, she thought that Heaven and Hell had too much of the Dogfish Head hop bite that came from the 120 Minute IPA. To her, the Dogfish Head hop bite is present in many of their beers.

Beer Stats
Style: Black and Tan
Serving: Pint
Size: 16oz
ABV: 18.0%
BA Score: n/a
RB Score: n/a

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Written by Bob Pack

Simply put, Bob is a beer lover. He goes out of his way to try new beers whenever he can find them. The love of trying new beers had resulted in a beer label collection of over 1400. When it comes down to it, Bob is a hop head. He loves IPAs (including double and black). Stouts are a close second. His tweet reviews on @nova_beer are simple and approachable. Let him know what you think. Find Bob Pack on Google Plus

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