DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hooray Dogfish Head beer...thanks a lot Springslicker for the beer. It pours a clear light orange honey color with a thin white soapy head which disappeared immediately and left no lacing. The aroma is light but pleasant with honey, sourness, grapes, apples, alcohol and oak. Pretty basic but not overly so. The flavor starts getting very complex about mid-beer. This definitely goes from good to exceptionally good as it increases in temperature. You get a whole new taste with the complexities of sweet and sour from the grapes, the subtle alcohols and their syrupy dryness. The sticky mouthfeel of the honey is very pleasant. Long lasting thick sticky mouthfeel. This almost has some serious mead like qualities to it. Very sweet, sticky and sour...but not overly so.... thereís somethiong about the sticky honey here that just keeps me coming back for more. The alcohol totally disappears as this beer warms.... wow.... this was VERY good....aside from the aroma, this was astounding!
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Bottled in October 2003, according to bottle label. Poured out a medium yellow color, with a minimal white head. It barely left an island of lacing on top of the beer itself.
Aromas are of grapes, saffron, floral honey, slight malts, and alcohol. No hops aromas here gang. Flavors are of white grape juice, honey, and spices. Warming to the stomach when swallowed. Aromatic and very complex. The honey notes are pronounced and make up the bulk of flavors, along with the grape juice. Sweet, but not cloying. The extended aging of this sample has provided a depth of character that can not be achieved in a fresh sample. The flavors have melded and become a total greater than the sum of itís parts. It is truly a beverage to savor, and also to age. I believe an even more extended aging period would do wonders for this beer. Thick mouthfeel and sweet character make for an interesting experience. Iím glad I aged this one for a year.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Somewhat disappointing as the muscat flavor seemed to dominate this beer. The comment about trying it once and not needing to buy it again says it all, I think. Worth a taste, I guess.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big honey, and BIG earthy barley graininess. Wow. Grapey, but more in a bittersweet way. Even tartish. Fascinating. Now I donít need to buy it again.
IndianaRed (2761) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a strange orange with very little head and no lacing to speak of. Aroma is an unusual apricot, safron I guess and honey. Flavor is a rich honey, malt and light roast grain. Quite tasty and different. The honey is quite dominant. The ABV is masked quite well. Feel is very smoth and rich, especialy as it warms up a bit. Very different and good.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey predominat, zesty after taste, some light hops and rich malts. This reminds me of mead and a IPA cross bread.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew was very mead-like with tons of honey and spice and a slight fruitiness up front. I liked this a ton more than mead cause i provided a good carbonation and more maltiness than mead. Very sweet and smooth and the historic aspect was rad!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 I love those Dogfish Head folk. Besides brewing those marvelously, highly hopped IPAs, theyíre willing to take chances. Iím not a fan of sweet brews, but I guess that Iím now a fan of beers based on ancient residue. I popped the bottle and poured. Nice golden color with a thick head that slowly dissipated, then coated the glass as I drank. A winey taste, probably ícause of the grapes íní honey. Not sure what the saffron did, except add color. (Usually, it only appears on southern styled rice in my home.) Syrupy. Malt comes through. Nice flavor. Iíll be picking up more later.
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jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Aroma and taste is of the ingredients: the barley, grapes, and honey. A terrific combo, if you ask me. Alcohol stands out, and itís not that complex, but I really enjoyed it, especially because Iím a history major and this kind of stuff pushes my buttons.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is sweet, and you can definitely detect the grapes in the aroma. Fruity, bitter, and moderately strong alcohol presence. Not as complex as I expected, but that didnít detract from the enjoyment. It reminds me a bit of a Barleywine, only lighter. Thumbs up!