bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Okay i went with eagle and was a little let down expecting the Jiahu. Seeing a new beer at least made it a little better. Poured a could light yellow color with an okay head. Aroma was of coriander, and light fruits. Flavor was amazing citrus, some grapes wood. What was most amazing was that this is 12% alcohol i was shocked when the bartender told me that, i could not taste much alcohol at all.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Rehoboth location. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white creamy head that left some lacing and sustained yet was small. Aroma of sweet Pinoit Noir, grapes, some wood light wheat and Belgian Wit spices. Flavor of sweet fruits up front, coriander, wheat, tart with a slight alcohol burn. Very glad I got down to the DE beach in time to try this out.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Via growler that my cousin brought back from the Rehoboth Brewpub. Poured a golden honey color, aroma of citrus and oak. flavor mainly citrus and spice, with a warming alcohol sensation. Highly recommended.
Addendum 3/12/07 Split a bottle with a few friends today. sweet vinous flavor; I found the oak flavors more pronounced. the beer was quite enjoyable. I need to pick up a few more bottles for the cellar....
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Growler... Murky, yellow ale with a small, creamy, white head. Fruity, woodsy nose with notes of citrus, bread and boiled grain. Tart ’n’ tangy flavor. Good balance. The high ABV is very well hidden, but gently makes itself known on the palate (completely hiding 12% is about as possible as hiding an elephant behind a sumac tree). Full-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Tangy, dry finish. A shout goes out to kmweaver and Mike at DFH for sharing!
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 On tap at Rehoboth, later from a growler - huge thanks to brewer Mike for letting us have this for Tasting in the Woods. Cloudy grapefruit / pink grapefruit appearance; poured a medium off-white head at the brewery, lesser so out of the growler. Lots of grapefruit, vinuous qualities, some pepper and plenty of citrus; slightly prominent alcohol in the nose. Definite vinuous quality in the mouth, grapefruit tang, coriander and orange (tangelo, it would seem) double-wit profile. Alcohol is very apparent in the mouth, but it’s still a really excellent play on the style. I’d love to see them continue forward with this.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 (3/18/07, 750ml bottle, bottled 2/9/07) Medium off-white head atop lightly hazed pink-amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, alcohol, light pepper, wood. Taste is medium sweet, orange, grape, some alcohol/vinous. Creamy full body. (5/3/6/4/12)
(8/20/06, growler, thanks kmweaver) White head atop cloudy apple cider body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange rind, alcohol, some vinous. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some alcohol, light clove. Full body with low carbonation. Too hot.
The growler was filled the same day I tried it, so I don’t know why I think so little of this one when others enjoy it so. (6/3/4/3/9)
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half pint enjoyed at the pub. Poured a small white head that was short lived, spotty lacing. Hazy, light gold color, lightly milky. Greeted with a lovely Wit nose, coriander, citrus, light phenols and pleasent alcohol notes evolving as it warms. Body is surprisingly light with a spritzy start that gets more creamy as it settles down. Wood tannins adding a bite? Coriander, yeast, a touch of wood, light vinous notes in the background with notes of anise, tangerine and pineapple floating around. A ton of flavor! Finish is fairly dry, fruity and warming. A dangerously drinkin 12%er!! Wow. Once again i attempted to procure a growler, but no dice. Hey, i tried!
eaglefan538 (2815) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Arrived at the stoopid DFH Eatery in Rehobeth and they now have two strikes on them: no Jiahu meed, even though it was supposed to be ready two days ago and a person on the phone this morning told me they were readying it up on tap. In any event, I’m sure I liked this special beer better than any mead they were about to open (and Sam ironically did so back in my Wilmington home town at the IH fest, while I was in Rehobeth). Poured a cloudy white color with pink hues and a decent initial head, though nothing like the best of the belgian strongs / imperial witbiers (high abv). Aroma was of wine (not overdone), coriander, wheat, and light fruits. Flavor was an excellent blend of all of those flavors, including some light wood flavors. At a whopping 12% ABV, this one was yet so smooth, barely warming at all, leaving one wonder if it really had that much in it. An outstanding case of barrel aging (pinot noir barrels), where nothing was overdone, and the beer was beautifully enhanced in the process. Re-rated on draft, Dec 07 at SL: Opinion unchanged, a very nice product, although I’ve yet to have it from the bottle. Re-rate, 7/08, bottle a good 1 yr old, perhaps longer. Original ratings stand for the most part, a touch sweeter than I remembered on draft, especially for an aged bottle. Flavors work together nicely, though, on this one, nice combinations.
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy golden orange color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tangerine (maybe tangelos?) orange peel, light pinot oak, and grapes. Taste of more oak, some coconut, pineapple, tart citrus, light pinot grape, and VERY faint alcohol. I couldn’t believe this was 12%, though it did remind me of a pina colada.