Had the pleasure of trying Dogfish Head's Robert Johnson Hellhound On My Ale last night. For comparison, I used a chilled pint glass and slightly chilled goblet. The beer poured into each was of a deep orange / yellow golden color with very white thick laced head. The smell from the goblet was more pronounced and had a very faint citrus smell. The pint really muted the citrus smell, but it was still present. What was missing from both glasses was a fresh hop aroma. The malt really overpowered the hops.
The first taste from the goblet revealed, again, a very slight citrus taste, limited hops, and huge malt. The chilled pint glass had more hops in the flavor and zero citrus, but again, huge malt. I am wondering if the brewers that made this decided to add the lemon peel last-minute not knowing why or what the flavor would be when completed, or maybe to cut through the dominant malt flavor?
This beer packs 10% ABV, but the alcohol is not hot on the tongue and sneaks up real quick. It is a big beer, very malty, low in hop flavor and smell, with the citrus added in the fermentation process serving no purpose except to tease the senses. They should have left the citrus out. A definite winter warmer.