Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to brock_landers for this bonus brew.it looked,smelled and even tasted alot like apple cider.along with some earthy malts,alcohol,honey,pears,and a hint of hops in the smell and flavor.overall this is different and pretty tastey.
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A meady, graham cracker aroma. A good label, especially for DFH which is usually not too original in their presentation. Intense gold, very clear beer. Sweet, clear flavor with lots of floral/muscadine qualities. A crackery caste to the overall sweetness - dry malting somehow. This may be the most drinkable DFH beer that Iíve had to date. The ABV is well-hidden. There was something about the beer that made me want to break out the swiss cheese -- it really made a good compliment, in a microbial extravaganza. The only minor complaint that I had was the coating, alcoholic cough-syrup like palate that a lot of meads have.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 a golden color with very little head. aroma was not very strong but kinda sweet. the flavor hat a hint of yeast and fruit flavor including grape/wine. a little sweet even but with strong alcohol overtone. i didnt like this one all that much.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy golden honey color. Aroma is sweet and full of spices and fruits. Flavor is very sweet, lots of honey and sweet malts. Slightly less carbonation, and a smooth palate round this one out. Thanks to Brock Landers for this brew!
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yrllow gold color. Aromas are grapes, wine, honey, and malt. Flavors sweet malt, grapes, wine, honey and it has a rather heavy body. Very unique.
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, fruity raisin aroma. Pours a perfect, unassuming gold with a thin head and just the right amount of bubbles. Flavor explodes on the palate with raisins, grapes, honey, and spice. Silky smooth, very oily and light bodied with a punch of alcohol and barley late. Touch of salt and hops at the end. Overall very good, although Iíd agree with my previous RateBeerian that it needs a bit of bitterness at the end to balace everything out. Overall, unique and quite good - would buy again.
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in this beer. The beer starts off like a light barleywine, sweet and fruity, shows some maltiness like a doppelbock, and finally finishes like an Ethiopian honey wine. I definitely taste the muscat grapes, but while I like dessert wines made from muscat grapes, they are possibly my least favorite of the dessert wines. It’s all relative, of course! I get some tartness overall, as well as a gentle, lingering bitterness in the finish as well. The sweetness is a bit cloying after awhile, and the palate is a bit flat, but it has a very full and coating mouthfeel, so the overall palate resembles an inexpensive, one-dimensional dessert wine (i.e., lacking the balancing tartness). The nose is like a sweet, lightly malty barleywine, but with honey. Bright amber color, with a slightly hazy appearance. Pours with pretty much no head, with just a thin rim of tiny bubbles forming around the edge of the glass. This is certainly an interesting beer, quite enjoyable, but as much as I enjoy sweet alcoholic beverages like barleywines, dessert wines, ports and sweet sherries, I don’t think I could drink more than one bottle of this in an evening. The finish needs a bit of tartness to balance the cloying sweetness to be able to drink multiple bottles in one sitting. I think I’ll bring a bottle of this to my next wine tasting and see what my fellow wine enthusiasts think.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bright amber/copper color, cloudy with short creamy light tan head. aroma is honey, white grape. mouthfeel seems watery at first but becomes slick, viscous, syrupy. carbonation is low. some grain flavor up front, then dry vermouth, then sweet and dry finish.
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy and gold. Very sweet and strong, but thereís so much going on in this beer- the primary taste was grapes, and then honey. Itís unusual and I wouldnít want to drink a large amount-- one bottle was almost too much-- but I really enjoyed it. If this is what ancient beers were like, I would have been okay in ancient Egypt.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hats off to the masterminds at DFH for a one-of-a-kind beer. Hazy orange coloring with some tiny floating bubbles on the top. Smells of honey and alcohol with a twist of orange rind. Tastes of sour grapes, apricot and honey. Similar to some Irish mead that Iíve had. Thereís nothing subtle about the alcohol - itís very present in every way. Midas Touch wasnít up my alley, but my wife liked it - and when sheís happy, Iím happy.