Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting to say the least...
Pours an amber color with no head or lacing despite a vigorous pour.
Scent is rather odd, definately a grape/wine presence. How do you score a beer thatís unlike any other, though?
Flavor is much like the "Commercial DeScription." Itís much like a carbonated dry Chardonnay with lots of spices and malt. Interesting and complex.
Palate is a bit thin yet crisp. Again, itís like a carbonated Chardonnay. Overall, itís definately worth a try as itís different from most anything else youíve had. This will never be a "go to" beer for me, but itís a great change of pace. And for those who have panned this, realize itís an Ale and is in no way meant to be just another beer; give it some slack! My hat is off to DFH for producing it.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sorry, but this is just one strange "beer". Medium amber color with really no head to speak of and zero lacing. Aroma of simple syrup, white grapes, honey & alcohol. Cloying sweetness from the first sip that never let go or transformed into anything appealing (at least not to me). I know the history behind this beer is interesting but if it is in any way an accurate representation of an ancient Egyptian style of beer, it explains why they arenít around anymore. This one should have stayed in the tomb.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, gotta be around 2 years old, I bought it over 1 year ago. As DragonStout said, "whats that smell" Indeed a strong, pungent smell, for an instant I thought it was light struck, but this is Muscat. Very sweet, drinks like a spiced mead or desert wine. Nearly zero head. A few ounces after dinner? This would be good. No way Iím gonna finish 12oz by myself on a sunny afternoon. Overall, sweet thick beers arenít my thing. While this beer may have its place somewhere, it doesnít in my house.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whoa whats that smell.Smells like metal.pours a nice orangish hue.The taste is much better than the smell.Hints of apples and honey.Nice clean finish.another winner from dogfish Head
riordan93 (14) - USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth. Intriguing taste with a definite taste of white grape and honey. Didnít taste the saffron.
I wouldnít mind being buried with this stuff!
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Tastes a lot like honey and alcohol...which makes it way too sweet and sugary for me. Not much barley taste, but some sweet grape in there. More like white wine than beer, actually. Seems more like a curiosity than anything you would want to drink again, or maybe even a whole bottle of.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 When I first picked up a 4 pack of this beverage, I didnít know quite what to think. After a few sips, I was convinced that if this beer was indeed drank by King Midas, that just maybe the legends about him were true. Strong taste of honey and grapes with just the right amount of carbonation. The slightest peppery aftertaste. Almost no head to speak of. Finishes with a hint of barley. Yet another gem from this brewery.
motelpogo (7670) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottled. i dunno, i always go for gimmicky beers especially from a reputable brewery. aroma of honey and white grapes and some peach. pretty much as i would imagine a beez neez doppelbock to taste - sweet and honeyed and with a lot of alcohol showing. some dustiness made me think of old mummy bandages
radiomgb (2543) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange amber in colour. Aroma of honey, apples, grapes with some alcohol. Flavour was slightly sweet (honey), some alcohol, white grapes. Medium body, some carbonation. Finish is quite long and slightly sweet. Interesting beer but one tends to expect that from this brewery.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A for effort for Dogfish Head, but not for me.
Higher carbonation than I anticipated after the deScription. Hits the middle of the tongue. Fairly strong alcohol presence, but a very short finish. the grapes I tasted, the saffron was not forward.