skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 from wholefoods... I had this one back in march at the dogfish head pub on the beach. This bottled one tastes more carbonated and more like beer and less like a mead. There is the honey and prevelent alcohol favors as well as a unique mouthfeel. The carbonation works well with the sweet honey and dry white wine flavors. Yummy unique beer from this ancient recipe.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is very wine-like, similar to an un-oaked chardonnay, grapey with earthy undertones, subtle sweet malt aroma, pleasant floral notes. Hazy golden-yellow color, small white head, fair head retention. Grainy malt flavor, moderately sweet, mild honey and vinous notes linger in the aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation, very drinkable. If I lived in China 9000 years ago I’d be happy to drink this.
thornecb (4309) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy gold into an orval glass. Candy sour apple aromas. Sweet honey front to back. Wine-like grape flavors. Very low carbonation. Mead-like.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Cloudy pale orange color with a small white head. Aroma, spicy, alcohol, almost peaty. Flavor, honey, a bit citrusy. Just really bizarre. Probably need to have it again to really get a handle on it, but it was interesting.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large bottle pours a sparkling golden amber body topped by a shortlived white head. Patchy lacing is left behind. Aroma is exotic, very floral and spicy. Lilacs, honey, white grapes, sake, apples, rose water, rice..., all carry over into the taste. Excellent mouthfeel is soft and caressing with a vigorous carbonation. Exceedingly complex, but quite tasty. Reminds me of a Baladin Nora from Italy. Dogfish Head has created a beauty with this replication of a 9,000 year old Chinese recipe. Kudos!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is golden yellow with a thin white head...smell is grassy and fruity...taste is sweet and thick...very syrupy...just a sweet strange beer...
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a pale cloudy yellow color with a nice head, good retention, great lacing. The aroma was strong honey and grapes, something cellar like? The flavor was honey, grapes, apple cider, vanilla, mustiness, impressive flavor compared to the simple and "predictable" aroma. The mouthfeel was moderate to light for a mead, pretty good stuff. Carbonation under control here.
pineypower (2478) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Found at the local store after some local acclaim. Pours out a hazy straw color with a moderate white head. Aroma is of some grape with some notes of sweet spice. Nice palate with some grape coming through first then some notes of honey and spice. Finishes with a dry alcohol taste. I thought it was a very interesting style.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, bottled 8/28/06) Medium white head atop cloudy, light apple cider body. Aroma is medium sweet, grape, some herb. Taste is medium sweet, apple, grape, some pear, honey, light alcohol, caramel. Creamy, medium-full body.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ML bottle: Hazy golden w/ a short lived white head. Sharp honey and grainy rice aroma w/ a floral, fruity compliment. Grape concentrate comes through. Well balanced but just on the sweet side up front w/ a bit of honey flavor and rice. A bit of spicy alcohol ester and ripe fruitiness mid palate. Grape fruitiness present and accounted, and has a semi sweet finish that is honey flavored. Also has a slight acidic sharpness to it once it warms a bit. Lighter medium body, well hidden alcohol, smooth m/f, low carbonation. Interesting to say the least. Not something I’d prefer to drink everyday, but a solid little experiment from DFH.