Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle-pours slightly hazy orange hue with a nice sudsy white head. lots of carbonation going on here. white grapes, plums and other fruits in the aroma with touches of spice. Really sweet flavors with some white wine character, plums, grain malt husks, surup and honey. tastes like this beer has some age on it, but its not detracting. that may have mellowed out the sweetness a little. alcohol is well hidden and only makes a presence in your belly. still has that characteristic dfh malt bill and sweetness. pretty unique but not something i would seek out again. thanks for the free bottle whaleman!
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Sweet aroma with lots of honey. Definite mead characteristics in the aroma with a touch of hops. Pours a transparent gold with a quickly diminishing white head. Lots of honey up front with a sweet grape, apple, and honey finish. Slightly vinuous. Barely a hop presence in the finish. As it warms alcohol becomes noticeable. A little too much on the sweet side for me and definitely something a couldn’t drink a lot of.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle, snifter. Tall, creamy, off-white head sits on a medium, hazy, amber-orange hued beer. Mead-like honey aroma which blends nicely with the muscat grapes. There’s some...cookie?...in the aroma as well. Herbal and spicy as well. Sweet fruits. Odd and confusing, but pleasant. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter, somewhat dry finish. Medium body, viscous/sticky texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: strange at first, but it got it’s groove going after the first glass. Definitely tastes more like a wine or mead than a beer.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sour grapes and honey. Flavor of malt, caramel, and lots of alcohol.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 Deep golden honey and orange-toned body with abundant suspended particulates, visible viscosity, and a minimal white head that was reluctant to stand and faded fast. Interesting organic aroma of sweet, rich honey with floral and herbal notes. The nose has a quality that reminds me of poached pears. Initially comes across as very sweet, but some firm acidity and a subtle, but sharp bite of spice dries it out to a degree. Has some qualities of a bold white wine and a nice belly burn. Silky smooth fullness on the tongue, like warm syrup. An interesting and novel sipper. Amazingly, the distinct Dogfish Head signature still comes through. I would enjoy revisiting this from time to time, but the bottom-line is that, 9 times out of 10, I’d rather drink a good mead than this. Still, I commend Dogfish Head for making this.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good beer with a good story. Even though the beer is very clear, the favor is full. The aroma isof fermented grapes
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cellar Temp. Another beer from planet X. Aroma is skanky saison. Absolute no head whatsoever, yet it is bubbling like crazy. Settle in get used to it. Yes, you are a hippie at a gwar concert. Just hold on. OK, it is actually not bad. Rather sweet. Thick mouth feel for the clearest beer on earth! These people are magicians. It is sort of like a caramel-y or honey Riesling. DFH confuses and astounds me. In the end this is a good drink.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Packaged on 10/04. Aroma: some sort of honey. Is that heather honey? Very strong honey aroma. Also hints of white wine (pinot grigio). Very tantilizing. Appearance: slightly hazy copper color with a white bubbly head that dissapated by the time I typed this in. Pretty good lacing. Slow carbonation. Flavor: very original flavor. ++ for that. I’ve had this a couple of times before and have finally decided to rate it. Let the taste hit various parts of the tongue. I get barley/grains at the back of the tongue. Some sort of weird sweetness at the front. Honey? But from what flowers? The aroma had kind of a heather honey scent. I don’t know what white Muscat grapes taste like... saffron, hmm. Never had that in beer before. Flavor is a bit perfumy. Palate: alcohol with the swallow. (Not overpowerful). Sweet and dry at the same time. I like this one.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid for what it is. Not up my alley. Incredibly sweet. An interesting mead/white wine flavor in it. Interesting beer; interesting idea.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very raw unrefined nose. Lots of sugars on the nose-honey et al. Taste-raw, alcohol, grape, honey, malt, caramel, and unrtefined sugar.