ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mostly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It’s texture isn’t particularly appealing, and the rest of the brew isn’t particularly attractive, either.
S: Let’s see, on the nose we have honey, grape, grains, mild diacetyl, and an herbal component. Not all of it comes together successfully - in a way, the aroma smacks of a white wine meeting a malt liquor by way of a car crash. Interesting if nothing else.
T: Sweeter than the nose indicated. An initial quality of honey and grape sweetness is the first flavor noted, slightly drying out to a grainy midtaste and finish. Saffron notes mildly augment things throughout. The whole "malt liquor-cum-white wine via car crash" descriptor I threw out before suits the flavor profile perfectly; it’s a combination that sounds horrid, but the end result is only rather blah.
M: A bit heavy on the tongue, aided by its initial sweetness. It becomes very dry past the midtaste, and actually very easy to drink. Carbonation is mostly covered up by the syrupy qualities.
O: Why the disparity between the smell/taste and overall scores? This is a simple example of a brew greater than the sum of its parts. My initial opinion of the aroma and flavor profile isn’t particularly positive - and yet, the whole thing kind of works after several sips. I’m not sure if it’s because the dry finish gives it great drinkability for 9% or what not, but it ends up being pretty decent. I can see wine drinkers enjoying this a lot.
Cousin_Larry (592) - - JUN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a sample at World of Beer fest. Aroma of wine grapes. Taste is sweet: grapes, honey, and malt. Very good.
SinH4 (966) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange color with hardly any head. Aroma of fruity grapes, sweetness. Awesome taste that goes back and forth between honey, grapes, tartness. Amazing complexity. Quite sparkling carbonation. A bit boozy. I absolutely love this one!
ccex (1061) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle pours a clear golden color with moderate white head that diminishes quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma has honey, grapes, and grass. Taste is sweet with some dryness in the finish. Body is medium with slight carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. The honey makes it as much of a mead as a beer. I had hoped this was another outrageous beer from Dogfish Head, but I got distracted and drank most of it, thinking it was just another beer before I paid more attention to it. Good, but not worth the premium price.
AtronSeige (921) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 8, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: Medium-light grape, light grainy, honey
Appearance: Brilliant, light gold body. Medium white head, good retention, fine bubbles.
Flavour: Medium-high grape (almost sweety-like!) medium-light grainy, honey. Medium sweet. Light bitterness. Floral from alcohol. Medium-dry finish with lingering grapes and lastly a bit of floral, alcohol and saffron.
Mouthfeel: Full body, velvety. Medium-low carbonation, fine, creamy. Light warming.
Overall: A great beer. Very smooth at 9%! No faults.
360 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Esme & Lambert!
21A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
Bif (1679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small head that fades quickly. Aroma o f honey, malt sweetness and spice. Taste of malt sweetness, honey, fruit andbitof spice. Light bitterness and a dry finish. Moderate body, smooth with a bit of an alcohol feel. Interesting beer.
smaynard6000 (768) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Mostly malty aroma with sweetness. Flavor is somewhat sweet with honey notes, bit of grape as well. Not bad, but a bit confusing.
Nero55 (865) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light golden with small white head. Aroma of grapes, pilsner malt, and honey. Medium body, tannin astringency upfront, wine like alcohol warmth, and a heavy sweetness.
HenrikSoegaard (11436) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate biter flavor. Some nice Honey notes. Slightly alcoholic. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.
Niko100 (2226) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, honey, fruit (notably grapes & apples), and spice; A bit sweet - but decent.
UnsofistaCat (239) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer on the front end, mead on the back end, its like Cleopatra sitting on my face in the back on an ancient chariot.