KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yes. Very nice. The nose was subtle as grapes can be the honey mellow and a very nice touch of malts. Well defined palate of grapes with an almost creamy smooth honey sticky feel but not overdone. More refreshing and crisp than thick or syrupy...that needed cleared; VERY FINE! Perfect 5.
ASterling (1) - Aliso Viejo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A beautiful, clear beer, really easy to drink and delicious. I like almost all of Dogfish Head beers and this is one of my favorites that I will buy whenever I see it. I don’t think it’s always available and this is another product the Ancient Chinese got right.
lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Brew Pub. One of the best beers I have ever had. Sweet and delicious. Not your average 9% beer.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dogfish Head Brewing Company--Chateau Jihua--2006 25.6 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--0 IBU’s. (4.75 / 5.0) Exotic--Thick sediment. Foamy mild lace head. Clear thin bright yellow color. Spicy Grains of Paradise Honey Hawthorn weed front. Creamy mellow fruit ester caramel grape body. Spicy clean mild EtOH end. COMPLEX!! Sampled 5/25/2007.
Beerowulf (91) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Not sure what to expect from this traditional brew. What I received was a great peach flavored treat. Reminded me of Shiner Cheer, only on steroids. The ABV sneaks up nicely. A hard to find brew but well worth it.
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden color with a thin white head. It is a very interesting mix of flavors: honey, grape, this is barely even a beer. It has a very light mouthfeel.
That said, it is a truly amazing drink; simply wonderful!
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good but very good. All the brews in the ancient brews genre have a very fruity flavory and this one has an ass load of grapes. Be warned.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A careful pour leaves behind some chunky sediment in the bottle and results in a lively, two-fingers head which dies down to a wispy layer quickly. The color is a bright golden with a tiny bright white head that leaves some smooth lacing. This is pretty typical for a high ABV ale.
The first thing that hits me is orange blossom honey sweetness with a gentle whiff of alcohol. It also has a fruity nose with notes of berry, citrus and a preponderance of apple which I assume is derived from the Hawthorn fruit. Very pleasant! It almost has a wine quality to it.
The medium sweet front glides into a moderate sweet apple middle with a touch of grape and undertones of effervescence that last throughout. The finish adds a restrained citric orange zest with some grape, plum and melon flavors, almost like a fruit salad, which move into the aftertaste where the zest lingers and then slowly fades. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden.
Feels lively and prickly over the tongue. Has a slight boozy-warming effect. Finishes clean and slightly dry.
To me, Dogfish Head Ancient Ales are hit-and-miss. The extreme experimentation doesn’t always end in a enjoyable experience. However, Chateau Jiahu blew me away! It’s like beer meets mead and the result? An unsceduled afternoon rendezvous with the couch. This baby packs a wallop!
Bambalanz (14) - temecula, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
cellar aged since October 2010, opened in June 2012. Scent of clean honey wafts from a delicate 2 finger head while the honey and fruit flavors blend harmoniously with a perfect carbonation and mouth feel. no alcohol taste, a beautiful beer.
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just like their IPAs, DFH has landed another gem in the world of ’researched’ beers. They keep digging up artifacts and I keep reaping the rewards! This beer pours a dark golden color with a small-ish white head. The head doesn’t leave a whole of lacing around the glass, though. The nose features a fruity tone, with some notes of bread, yeast, wild flowers and light malt. The flavors are on the sweet side, but very balanced and extremely delicious. I got some notes of honey, white grapes, wild yeast and bready malts, as well. This is definitely a well-rounded and delicious beer. I hope they bottle this, because I’m gonna need some more.