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 (2697) - 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 (774) - 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.
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 (4595) - 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 (2911) - 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.