RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours rusty burnt orange with a slight red tint. Aroma of honey, caramel, hay, mead, and a slight fruity hint (guess it’s the pomegranate). Flavor of honey, earth, grass, sugar, mead, slight fruit. Finishes slightly cloying with a gentle earthy, tangy, fruity aftertaste. Medium-heavy bodied, with high carbonation, but not a creamy mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence, but it is a little cloying. Good aromas and flavors, but I could go for a softer, creamier mouthfeel.
rougeau13 (1971) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Deep, clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, wine, grain, and spice. Taste is sweet and a bit tart. Medium bodied; smooth. Nice.
neuromatt (1105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass. Pours clear slightly reddish amber with a small, rocky head that fades quickly and leaves no carbonation. On the nose, there are notes of grapes, honey, pomegranate, pale fruit, wheat and spices. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with honey, raisins and fruit, along with a touch of sour fruit and an interesting spiciness. Hops are very subtle. The finish is long, spicy and slightly sweet. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a slightly dryish texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting fruity ale with a delicate spiciness. It is an interesting, complex brew, but it seems to lack something. 2012-12-31
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a decent orange with a nose of smoky candy. Flavor is smoky fruit with a weird honey smoke finish. Light notes of bbq’d beechwood. Average mouthfeel. Meh, another good intentioned DFH beer.
4thAgeChris (66) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent head, not much retention, pretty carbonated, caramel, fruit, a little sour.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear reddish orange with a fizzy white head. Sweet pomegranate, grape, and honey aroma and taste with notes of hazelnut with a brassy sweet spice finish with a thick sticky palate.
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured reddish clear with a thick forming, light khaki head. Head faded quickly. Fruity and sweet. But enough bready malt tones to balance it. Figgy pudding, fruit bread, candied sugars, spice, caramel, and pomegranate. Nice tastings, but didn’t exactly pick out everything that went into it.
brenn79 (1486) - Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle- Pours hazy orange with a two finger bone white head that is reducing. Aroma is kind of beery, maybe some sweet honey and pomegranate. Taste is similar, honey and pomegranate definitely come through, especially the pomegranate, but the base beer is very basic. I appreciate these ancient styles, but I am usually not blown away by them I am noticing, it is good, no offnotes, but not anything I would go out of my way to purchase again.
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a total sucker for these "ancient ales." I’ll buy them with almost no concern about the actual ingredients. And lets face it, pomegranate usually doesn’t inspire confidence. Pours a clear copper, with slight head that fades quickly and entirely. Aroma is slightly of tart fruit, and stronger of rather odd grains - think in terms of a gluten free beer. Some spice too, somewhat herbal in character. Flavor is essentially identical to the nose, although more spicy, and only the faintest tartness from the pomegranate. Not bad, but not great. But definitely interesting.
Floback (523) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours viscous with a dark amber-colored body and a small head that diminishes fast. Nose is slightly malty with notes of grape juice. Flavors exude copious red grape and other dark berries, cucumber, subtle soy sauce, and crisp red apples in the finish. Medium/high carbonation and medium body. An Interesting brew, for sure. And the high ABV is hidden well, as DFH does masterfully.