Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traditional ale huh, poured a pale gold body with thin off white head. Nose was wood and fruit. This is a sipper, taste lots of grape? Not my fav, but a quality experiment.
Rballs01 (279) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was highly anticipated. However once I tried it I wasn’t fully impressed. It was rather sweet and cider-like. The alcohol was hidden well which made it rather smooth. The color was a pale dirty yellow with medium carbonation. Ancient Chinese secret huh?
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cloudy medium gold body is topped with a long lasting thin white head that clung to the side of the glass. The aroma was definitely vinous with some oak and pineapple. Carbonation in the body was a little distracting for me. The taste initially had some notes of white wine and peaches. There is also a little bit of vanilla. The finish is interesting with some raspberries and some herbs. There is a nice warmth from the alcohol in this one. An interesting experiment that actually works. I have had problems with a few of the experimental DFH beers in the past.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a pale yellow color, nice head and great lacing. Aroma was of grapes vanilla, very musty and honey like. Flavor was of honey grapes was a good mix of flavor nothing overdone.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazed creamy yellow w/ a shallow semi creamy froth. Aroma of moscato d’ asti wine. Full nectar w/ ample residual effers. Rich sweet flavors of vanilla honey comb, tart banana cream, green peaches, moscato melon rind, pineapple, kiwi, passionfruit, sun ripened seedless white grapes, and a slight bit of mellow tobacco. Big malty backbone w/ a finely bittered finish. Very complex. You sip this one while contemplating Plato’s Republic. A philosophical event indeed. A cross between a white porto and a CA Chardonnay.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thinnish white head fades into the grapey abyss. Notes of star-fruit and mango dance out of the glass as the average carbonation pushes it up. On the palate, sweet, sweet, ahhh some bitterness. The candied malt truns into a white grape juice plataue and finishes the same way jello does. Not bad, not bad at all. Interesting, I like the new things constantly from Dogfish, but another novelty. Nonethless, points for coolness.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy golden topped by a small white head. The aroma is very sweet and fruity, grape juice and some honey. Loaded with honey flavor. Very sweet. Somw sourness, appley, guess it could be grape though. Ligh prickly palate, very attenuated feel. I do not know what to expect so it is hard to really assess this one. Overall I fins OK, but something of which I will finish the entire bottle.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange with a big white head that fades quickly to nothing. Aroma of honey, white grape, and hawthorn fruit. I think you have to have had and liked hawthorn fruit to truly appreciate this. Taste is much the same with more hawthorn. Alcohol is there, so is carbonation, but neither overpowers. Not something to have all to yourself with a decent-sized meal as I just did, but a very good beer, if ridiculously costly.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL, couldn’t read the bottling date, but I think they’ve only done one batch so far. Pours a cloudy paleish light orange with few bubbles for a head. Aroma has some definite honey and white grape in it. During one of my whiffs it kinda reminded me of a Miller High Life--better though. Some grain, spices and apples after digging a bit deeper. Flavor is a bit more grape and apple juice-like and with it a little more tartness. Quite sweet throughout (pretty well-balanced, though does lean more towards sweet) until a lightly dry, mildly warming finish. Full bodied, mild carbonation and smooth. 9,000 years ago I wouldn’t be complaining about this brew, and I’m not today, either.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, GABF. Pours a murkey yellow/gold color. Yeasty nose....malty, a strange sweet aroma lurks there somewhere. Flavor is interesting...sweet honey maltiness, fruity---that hawthorn is certainly doing something here...strange, but I like it. A certain degree of spiciness exists...slightly acidic with a residual bitterness in the end. Medium bodied....not exactly my favorite, but definitely a new experience and one that was (for the most part) enjoyed.