Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear, orangey/golden color – lots of carbonation and a nice head, aroma is fruity and acidic with hints of wine, small hints of honey; huge flavor – complex, somewhat like a Belgian Ale, winey and fruity, bitter and acidic with just a touch of sweetness that is definitely honey coated, an alcoholic aftertaste with some of the wine flavor – definite earthy taste
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
grape like smell, smells alot like champagne. dark golden pour with a small head that quickly disappears, a TON of co2 in this. tastes sweet and of honey and grapes. all in all this isnt too bad, but im going to be drinking adam later this weekend, so im sure it will be a better example. this is good though, not a session beer.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very grapey aroma with slight undertones of honey. I assume the saffron was for color. Flavor was good. Good grape and honey flavor. Good conversational brew but not for everyday session. Best of dogfish head I've tried so far.
DocLock (7913) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 oz. snifter, at the Rehobeth site. Slighty turbid, deep golden in color. Aromas of fruit, hops, yeast, honey, spice. Tastes dry, like a mixture of beer, chardonnay, and scotch whisky, with overtones of fruit, honey, hops, white grapes, and male. I've never had a beer like this one. Finishes smooth, dry, fruity, and strong. Super complex. Not for the weak of heart. If King Tut drank this, then he probably died of alcoholism, because it is that good.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle...pours a hazy golden color with very little head. I smell mostly wine type aroma, fermented grapes and some sweetness, maybe honey. Has a lot of wine like properties, not much for carbonation. Tastes like a weak barleywine, not much for alcohol evident which is nice. Kinda sweet, and tastes like fermented fruit. I think it is interesting.
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a hazy, slightly pale amber color with a thick white head. Aroma has a faint sweetness of honey and grapes mixed with a slight spice. Has a citrusy taste at the beginning that gets more intense and creamier as it goes down. Hides the alcohol well, but it definitely warms you up on the way down. Very impressive.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a decent beer with decent taste. But nothing really jumps out at you. it is very balanced with some sweetness to it.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Fuggy amber coloured beer. Sweet, honied aroma, with some vegetable/spiced notes as well. Fruity flavour that doesn’t show the alcohol immediately but in the end the liver knows what’s what. Sampled in NYC.
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the most compelling brew in terms of appearance, this one pours very slightly cloudy carmelized sugar color with a rapidly dissipating head. Aroma is nice enough with notes of saffron, honey, and alcohol. Flavor is interesting, unique, and mostly good. Flavor is strongly white grapefruit juice with some light spiciness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Not something I would want to drink daily, but a beer to expand horizons. Enjoyable.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy ruddy orange color and is topped by an off-white head. This beer has a fairly low level of carbonation, and it is surprising how well the head appears. Aromas of acid, grape, wine, musty, sweet, and malt are all in here. It is a bit sweeter in the taste than the aroma suggests. There is no balancing bitterness that one usually finds in a beer, Fruity, but more like fresh grapes than wine. The malt comes through towards the end of each sip but it is in this beer. I cannot say that I am able to pick up any of the delicate honey character, it probably contributes to the sweetness but the other flavors dominate. This beer has a good fresh grape character to it which makes it quite pleasant to drink. There is a soft acidity here (perhaps grape derived), but it is not quite enough to balance out the sweetness. Perhaps there is a bit of stale malt flavors in the finish.
Quite an interesting attempt at resurrecting a bit of history. I am duly impressed by any brewery that is willing to take the risk to brew beers like this on a regular basis.