RRistow12 (229) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a clear gold with minimal white head that fades quickly. Prominent wine aroma and grapes with some honey and floral notes. Taste is very sweet and wine like with essentially no bitterness. Floral, honey and grape tastes. Basically a cross between an ale and wine. Taste is good but because of the sweetness I wouldn't want to drink more than tulip glass. Light to medium bodied with a sweet and effervescent mouthfeel. I really love the concept of ancient ales and dogfish does an outstanding job. All very interesting to taste.
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Handypaul (191) - - JAN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a lot of suspended sediment with a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of honey, sour fruit and Hawthorne? fruit-maybe that’s the smell I can’t quite name. Taste is heavy sweet honey, very lightly bitter and light sourness. Medium body, with a flavor that’s reminiscent of Riesling and mead, average to soft carbonation, oily to thick texture and a brief sweet finish. Very interesting and difficult to rate because it varies so far from what I usually think of as beer.
BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: beautiful clear, golden honey color, moderate head
S: I smell grapes, spices, light bready/malty scents, sweet and lightly floral
T: a strong initial sweetness, grapes and grain come through nicely, light and dances on the palate. Pears, grape and fruit are very prominent, slightly malty too which makes for a very nice overall blend and balance of flavors
O: I really like ALL of Dogfish’s ancient ale beers and this one is no different. It is properly balanced, has a muscular alcohol content that isn’t over aggressive, but rather blends in nice. That being said, I won’t run out as fast as possible to go get more but I DO look forward to picking this up again. A wonderful beer that should at least be tried once.
DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Whole Foods Chandler. Very sweet aroma of apple juice, pears, and a touch of Belgian yeast esters. Clear, medium golden in appearance with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Almost sickening sweet at the first sip, with apple, a ton of honey, some pineapple, and light cereal. Any spice notes were hardly detectable, which was a distinct change from the last time I drank the beer two years ago.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle with some age on it. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma of honey, dark fruits, grapes, mild earthy and floral notes. The taste is grape, honey, candied citrus, rice, caramel, lingering tartness. Medium bodied, low carbonation, no heat. Decent.
DonutSeducer (22) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious sweet developing as it warms. Prominent honey and fruit notes on the palate. Over all sweet with a smooth finish.
firstsip (348) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer! Remiscent of a riesling or sparkling wine. Light, bright body with notes of honey and brown sugar. Not cloyingly sweet.
Petkus331 (224) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel nose, quite pleasant. The flavor is of brown sugar; this is sweet, but not overly sweet. The texture is smooth, and not syrupy, which is very nice. Not much bittering to balance sweetness, as far as I can tell, but as I said earlier, the sweetness is still not over the top. Minimal carbonation. This honestly reminds me a lot of a late harvest reisling wine; one of my favorite wine styles. This is actually a lot like the "Grand Traverse Late Harvest Reisling." Very enjoyable. The history of this brew makes it very interesting, I really appreciate this brew. Thank you Dogfish head. ?
MadRobin (1859) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 5 oz. flight at Dogfish Head in Gaithersburg, MD.
Clear, gold-yellow with off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of sweet apple juice, pineapple, green table grapes and honey.
Taste of Muscato dessert wine, honey, orange, apple juice. Very sweet.
Full body and medium/high carbonation.
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Beergeek23322 (2161) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/28/2011. From bottle. Poured light orange with a white head. Fruity aromas with hints of caramel. Spicy and fruity flavors. Honey to make it sweet. Another example of DFH pushing the envelope and don’t mind going off the beaten path.