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. Itís texture isnít particularly appealing, and the rest of the brew isnít particularly attractive, either.
S: Letís 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; itís 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 isnít particularly positive - and yet, the whole thing kind of works after several sips. Iím not sure if itís 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.
Prolitariat777 (54) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey mead like, slightly tart, real carbonated. Some nail polish but not much. Sweet decent finish.
ajtrupp (307) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting hybrid. Sweet with low carb. If this is accurate, they were drinking a lot better than I expected back in the day.
Ozzy (2) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2/20/15 at 44 degrees into 0.5 L siedel
$ 3.39/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Aroma of something I donít recognize, initially weak and fades to nothing
Head average (Three cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer of tiny bubbles
Lacing Ė none
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor odd and very not beer-like, more of a bitter herbal remedy; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no DMS.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation
Appearance 4/5, Aroma 6/10, Flavor 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 14/20
moderrnlifeiswar (19) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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andrewje41 (1348) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured. Pours an oily golden color with a thin ring head. Bottled a while back. Light body, white wine like. Sweet grape, with a dry dusty finish. I love the idea behind beers like this, but this one just tasted off to me. Bonus points for a unique beer, and it was fun to try, but flavor wise, this one was less my type of beer.
youdictategood (415) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. No detailed notes - very sweet aroma, sweet but slightly hoppy taste, raw honey aftertaste.
trapped (1377) - New York, TURKEY - JUL 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ The Baroness. Hazy pale yellow with small foamy whitish head, honey like aroma, low carbonation, sweetish taste with muscat grape flavor, medium tangy finish. Interesting but a bit too sweet.
Cousin_Larry (617) - - 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 (1087) - 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 (1074) - 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.