brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 If it were not for this beer, I don’t think my wife would let me spend the money on it that I do. The aroma has significant grape and honey along with some type of spice. Tastes of mescat grapes without a doubt. Also look for honey, lite alcohol, and orange (wife says meadish). This is a most interesting and wonderful beer. Try it!
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a murky amber with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and citrusy, with a very subtle hops presence. Flavor is very sweet with an intial malt and honey presence, with a dry slightly alcoholic finish (as advertised, not unlike a barleywine). Body is full and only moderately carbonated. Different and agreeable, but a little too sweet for my tastes.
flemdawg (541) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some what of a firm white head that floats atop a golden, carbonated body. Great lacing as well. White wine mixed with honey in the aroma, with the honey becoming more pronoucned as the beer warms. Rather sweet, and by rather I mean very sweet. It reminded me a lot of a toned down mead. Lots of honey in here, but the grapes make a slight apperance near the end. A tingly, wine-esque mouth feel and a dry finish. Lingering sweetness covering the whole mouth. Quite interesting, and a fun experience.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle packaged 2/04 Slight fog in this golden ale with a very small head. Honey really dominates aroma with mead like aromas. Body is chewy andsticky. Flavor is on the sweet side and quite complex actually. Slightly vinous and sweet with honey and sugar. Saffron is distant yet detectable. Overall an interesting brew that everyone should experience. Nice desert beer!
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice golden color with a medium white head. Aroma of sweet fruit and wine.
Sweet flavor of raisins and honey. Taste
is somewhat mead-like.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is gold to brown with a large off-whtie head. Wxcellent lacing. Aroma is grapes with a honey nose. Thick honey and grape creamy taste. Full-bodied and creamy palate.
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Everything King Midas touched turned to gold, not unlike Dogfish Head. There’s grapes(!) in this , and I think thats a fine addition. Also the grape taste and the high alcohol combined to create some kind of super dry taste more than once for me to shake my head and say wow
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
smells like perfume and green raisins. hazy yellow. very dry mouthfeel bitter finish upfront the taste is bitter semisweet dry fruit that isn’t pleasant.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A recreated ancient ale, using such offbeat ingredients as white muscat grapes, and saffron. Pours a big, bone white head, gorgeous amber/orange color, soft, sweet aroma. Lovely texture! It just rolls off your lips and floods your mouth with pleasure. Warm, glowing, the grapes are evident, and, soon enough, the honey comes shining through. Perfect for summertime picnics, of around the fireplace. Fresh, sparkling, very mead-like...I’ve never had a honey beer quite like this. There is no beer like this, that’s for sure.
Great stuff, and reminds me of the best Belgians I’ve enjoyed.
PorterPounder (6197) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Leon Pub, Tallahassee. Pours a nectar-like murky dark golden. Little to no head, what is there is slightly off white. Aroma has a wine-like essence with some trailing fruitiness and a bit of alcohol. Flavor reminds me somewhat of Bezlebuth - the over the top French ale. Before even reading the label, I told the bartender that this tasted like Scuppernong grapes (also known as Muscadine), a big fat grape with a huge seed grown around here - sure enough, the label says it is made with Muscat grapes which I’m sure somewhere down the line is a third cousin or something in the grape family. 9% ABV is tasted and felt, not distracting. Some hints of honey in there as well. Mouthfeel is thick, oily and creamy with some warming alcohol notes. A different brew, something you would expect from DFH. Would make a good winter warmer or after dinner elixer but not exactly refreshing on this hot Indian Summer evening.