BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: The color is a beautiful mahogany but the head is fizzy and fades fast leaving no lacework whatsoever. The aroma is a striking combination of honey, toffee, wheat husks, herbaceous spice notes, faint medicinal esters and plenty of tangy pomegranate and raisin juice vapours. It smells like a spiced up wheat wine or barleywine. The taste happily not overtly sweet nor boozy even though it is easy to discover the malt and experience the alcohol. The twangy (and even faintly tart) fruit and earthy spice notes adds a nice balance to make this a well rounded sipper. The mouth feel is a tad chalky and metallic, this would be the one area of needed improvement. Overall I only bought this on a recommendation because it just seemed too out there but overall it works and is enjoyable... that said I doubt I would buy this again.
falco242 (286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 Iím really impressed with this beer. A sweet malty bready raisiney goodness. Clear and not much lace or anything so nothing much to look at, but really tasty if you are a fan of sweeter belgians since it reminds me of one.
estover (56) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very quick head, zero carbonation after initial pour, light honey and belgian yeast in the nose. Honey and bubble gum in the finish. This is one of those brews that make a great beverage but not so much a beer. I would drink again.
Nate (3759) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Knick. Coriander, sassafras, teaberry, and bubblegum. Sweet and spicy. Dark coppery amber-brown clear with thin head. Medium body with mild carbonation. Starts sweet with honey and sugar tang. Herbal, fruity with alcohol warming. Sweet tang in the after, honey. Just a little cloying.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5039) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Neat idea - bad beer. +++ Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a caramel-amber color with a small foamy white head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was medicinal with a strong pepper corn presence. The flavor was apple, almost cinnamon, a fairly strong medicinal presence, strong pepper corn and some perfume. Long medicinal pepper corn finish. Medium body. Not good.
swanmann (615) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Itís a beautiful mahogany, red color with quickly disappearing tan foam. Smells of honey, florals, some spice and wood, dark fruit. comments from wifey, "It smells like nag champa. It tastes like a dirty hippy." The flavor is fruit and honey sweetness with just a bit of tartness, dark brown sugar, a bit of powdery toasty bitterness. Also a touch of woody spice blending with a slightly numbing medicinal quality. I like it, reminds me of a dubbel, but less heavy on the un-aged sweetness, and with a slightly medicinal quality. Itís all over the place, yet cohesive, considering origin. Slightly syrupy with very lively, quick carb. The lingers with a sweet, fruity note. What a wild style.
delnoche (453) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1pt 9.4fl oz bottle poured into an English pint. Bronze with an ample amount of quickly fading off-white lively head. Aroma is grape and some sort of spice. Flavor is sour grapes and slight honey. Finish is muted cinnamon and dirt. Very interesting brew; I really like this. Another win for Sam's Ancient Ales.
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b3shine (5713) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks good; a transparent bronze with off-white lacing. Smells solid; dark fruit, spices, and what seems like Belgian yeast; maybe a bit of toastiness too. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Pretty good.
mnurda (1149) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample from Specks in San Antonio. Pours pinkish with minimal head. Tough to describe this one as they were so many flavours, pomegranate, honey, etc... Very complex Very interesting .
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bronze and clear, nothing special about the head or lacing, in fact there wasnít much notable there.
Appearance aside, the typical dogfish head aroma and flavor come through with the usual elevated expected value. Fruit and honey come through immediately and are the natural descriptions for this beer, but thereís also a somewhat funky, earthy, floral component thatís hard to put my finger on. It may be this indescribable, yet awesomely delicious aspect of DFH ales that makes me love this brewery so much.
Body is really pretty light considering the fairly ample alcohol content and full flavor. Drinks way too easy. Always luv DFH ales.