hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Hazy, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is an earthy, spicy, fruity marriage of ginger root, juniper berries, black pepper, lemongrass, cardamom and fuzzy fruits. Medium-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Spicy, fruity essences abound in the sugary flavor. Not as herbal as the aroma. Pleasantly sweet finish.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing this beer John! 2009 vintage. The beer pours to a deep straw colored body with a thin foamy white head. The aroma is deep black tea with some cardamom and rye bread. The flavor is like a southern sweet tea. Includes black tea, light juniper, cardamom, Chinese 5 spice, and sweet lemons. The palate is sweet but not sugary.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasantly suprised by this. 750ml. Pours a apricot color with a fizzy big beige head. Nose is tons of juniper, honey, caramel, and chai. Alcohol is very well hidden. For such a big beer it drinks like a lighter belgian. Very belgian in feel with alot of honeyed sweetness, fruity berry notes, and a back end loaded with spicy chai. No astringency which is nice cause I was expecting it. Very very well done.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle I courageously brought out from the cellar and decided to drink today from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a hazy golden orange, glowing, good carbonation with small layer white head that is truly a film, and barely that as it clings to the edges, laces minimally. Aromas are a light spiciness, faint orange peel mixes in with some aromatic black tea, I pick out faint coriander and cardamom (Which can easily be overpowering) with some faint citrus and something lightly reminiscent of chamomile. Spiced well. Initial is light bodied, a bit vague up front, moving into light bitterness, tea, orange peel further in. The spice comes out more towards the finish and sticks better to the palate with chamomile, cardamom, and light coriander taking a position. Juniper is there, lighter than really expected, with faint citrus. A tame beer that almost tastes like a crafts store smells. Light potpourri with a fruitiness that definitely helps the German Weizen yeast come out more. Still, this isn’t too bad and is quite interesting overall. Lacking a bit in body, but I thought it was decent enough.
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with a thin white head. A strong spicy aroma, I also got some citrus notes. The flavor is smoky-sweet with a touch of sourness. Earthy and grassy, the overall taste is closer to a strong belgian than I expected. I enjoyed this beer more with each passing sip - a characteristic I appreciate a lot. Loved the creamy and smooth palate, and the immense drinkability despite the high alcohol content.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aromatic juniper reminds me of a belgian tripel. Strong spicy blend, I suppose I get the lemongrass. Some sediment in the dark gold. Agave sweetness, nutmeg in the finish. Sweet all around, the spices offer an interesting complimentary side, but the finish is nearly sticky and the next sip is sweeter than the last.
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting off white head. Aromas of chai, light juniper and light carmel. Palate was medsium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, chai and light juniper with a smooth spiced finish. Another boring overpriced beer from Dogfish Head.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, shared. Pours a hazy straw gold color with an off-white head that lingered a bit for me. The aroma is incredibly enticing, with tea, chai spices, and juniper berries most noticeable, though I also detected clove, banana, and some other spices (coriander?). It’s a medium-bodied beer with a yeast/bread presence up front, a little berry sweetness in the middle, and a whole lot of tea and chai spices at the end - I detected cardamom and coriander, though i know there are others. it finishes with a nice taste of black tea, a perfect amalgam of my two favorite drinks (tea and beer). I absolutely love this; home run.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy light golden orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Minimal off-white head that immediately fades away completely.
Aroma reminds me of a wheat beer with a lot of ripe banana and cloves along with slight fruit notes coriander, grape, citrus peel and tea leaves.
Fuller end of medium body with a nice yeasty/ bread presence with a huge spice character. Lots of coriander, cardamon, pepper, lemon zest, and tea leaves. The berry presence is quite subtle, possibly because of the strong spice element. Orange and lemon peel with ripe banana and nice caramel malt balance. The alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the high ABv, making this a pretty drinkable beer, especially considering how unique and complex it is.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Serving: 750 ml bottle.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dirty orange with no head at all. Just light bits of foam. Certainly not a visual stunner.
Aroma: Bizarre and almost a little offensive. Oranges, tea, juniper berries, a little mold, and a slight medicinal note. Certainly not the greatest aroma.
Taste: My first thought was Band-Aids. Then I got a little citrus fruit, chai, more medicinal notes and a touch of varnish. Normally this would be an outright drain pour, but it is barely tolerable.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel. This one coats the mouth and not in a good way. Medium, medicinal finish.
Overall: I appreciate what DFH tries to do, really. But this is just too weird and it just doesn’t taste very good. This one reminds me why I should hold tastings with beers like this. I can’t fathom that anyone would want to drink a whole bottle of this.
Rebuy: No. Especially at the price this runs.