The beer maestros at Dogfish Head continues to expand their distilling operations, their latest innovation being this new single malt, called Let’s Got Lost, which is “distilled from a custom blend of malted barley (Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Coffee Kiln Malt, and a high ratio of Applewood Smoked Malt) and aged onsite for more than three years in charred oak barrels.”
Availability is largely limited to Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington.
The whiskey is, well, strange. The nose is immediately heavy with both wood and smoke, smoldering granary notes lingering underneath. Lots of charcoal and black pepper, with hints of jasmine. The palate doesn’t waver significantly, offering a distinctly savory and smoky character that feels a little half-baked. A pinch of brown sugar quickly dissolves as a body filled with mesquite, more dusky charcoal, and creosote quickly take over. Give it time and notes of dark chocolate and coffee bean emerge on the finish, evoking a rich glass of stout, but this is overwhelmed again by smoke and barrel char notes. A hoary conclusion of roasted meat, graphite, and notes of dried grasses lingers — not in an overwhelmingly satisfying way.
B- / $66 / dogfish.com