kevinator (1433) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unique but not enough to save it. Mild honey and malt aroma. The color was also golden honey with a fizzy white head. There was a lot of sediment with this beer. Thick but not overly weighty palate. Carbonation was average. There are really no style characteristics to compare this to so I don’t know if they got it right or not. The flavor took some getting used to and I don’t think I ever acclimated. Strong honey sweetness hits you up front and lingers. Some grassy malts and citrus follow with some spice. One try is enough.
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 vintage, 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber with a finger of soapy white foam. Nose is white grape, oxidation, spices, and some citrus rind. Taste is the same. Sweet honey soaked grapes with spice and light but pleasant oxidation. Medium bodied and kind of syrupy. Overall it’s probably a bit past it’s prime but it’s still decent enough.
GreatDane1632 (1116) - Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Catching up on some old ratings from Untappd -- First rated on 20 Sep 2011. Honey very evident.
MrHangover (3307) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden beer with a small white head on top. Aroma is grapes, sweet fruits, yeast, honey. Flavor is very sweet, boozy, honey and has some light vineous characters in it. Some complexity gong on, but also some bland alcoholic sweetness going on. Oily mouthfeel, soft carbo. Long, cloying sweet aftertaste. Decent beer, but I’ve had way better from them.
Bricks (762) - Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance of honey, smells winey/grapey. Tastes sweet, simple sugary but balanced with hops and fruit. Good.
RRistow12 (455) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Handypaul (326) - - 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 (655) - 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 (10703) - 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.