ilovedarkbeer (2186) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark orange color with s small white fizzy head. Mouthfeel is frothy and medium weight with a long finish. Taste is tea, roots, spices, juniper, bramble, and bitter grape leaves. Nose muted and sort of like old man aftershave and some sweetness from the camelazation with hints of smoky wood. Not bad overall.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2009
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bomber. Pours hazy orange gold, off white head. Aroma is yeast, black pepper, dried fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander. Flavor is chai, vanilla, yeast. Kind of icky.
kapusta (87) - Dover, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange color with minimal light white head. Aroma is of yeast,chai tea (vanilla, cinnamon, smoke). The flavor is unique, as it claims all aspects of the aroma, with some sweetness too. Very interesting, and worth the search to find.
adrian910ss (2275) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a medium off white head. Aroma of chai tea, spice, ginger, honey and peppery notes. Taste of chai tea spice, honey, ginger, coriander, orange peel and light peppery notes. Lots going on here.
AndyReynolds (809) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to the few at NATIFEST ’09. Pours a nice amber with a white head. Aroma is strong with Chai Tea spices and cirus. Notes of yeast, sweetier malts, ginger, nutmeg, and some other spices stand out. On the pallate, it is rather carbonated. The flavor really brings out the Chai flavors and a bit of juniper. I agree with Bigmmartin, it reminds me of a Chai smoothie. I enjoyed this beer, but found it to be more of a malted beverage than a beer.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another strange brew from DFH. Even though most of these types of unique beers
aren’t my favorite thing in the world, it’s always a welcomed change to try
something new. Spicy aroma, with juniper standing out and a little bit of
yeast similar to a hefeweizen. The chai tea stands out
in the flavor. Reminds me of a chai latte or smoothie. It’s complex, and yet also
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber pour with excellent white head. Aroma is hits you hard with dry citrus followed by a definite black tea/ chai tea character. Lots of cinnamon, clove, juniper, and oddly enough, pumpkin. Spice profile is nearly impenetrable, but grants access to is sweeter malty side after a few intrepid sniffs. Flavor is predominantly quite sweet- like agave sweetened chai tea with a nectar like fruity quality that finishes with peach and nectarine. Rye malt is quite noticeable allowing for a sweet and extremely quaffable flavor. Alcohol is quite unnoticeable. Palate is smooth, supple and quite slippery ending very clean with a sticky smacking texture. Never cloying, however. Super unique and tasty while remaining quote drinkable considering the abv. Wondrous.
craftycarl21 (2117) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber pour with a big fluffy white head. Aroma definitely fulfills the brewing description- tea, cardamom, juniper, caramel, and yeast. Also notes of pumpkin and citrus. Flavor is quite different- relies heavily on spice and sweet malt- lots of clove, caramel, molasses, although the rye definitely comes out as well. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden on the palate. I really dig this beer, better than I expected, and better than most of Dogfish’s other strange experiments (Theobroma, etc.). Well done.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Allstar on 07/18/2009. Cloudy orange body with a medium frothy off-white head. Big spicy aroma with lots of allspice, and faint fruit. Sweet allspice, fruit, light pumpkin, and some floral notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
dnstone (2094) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour a gold color, similar to a triple, with minimal head. The aroma is spiced like pumpkin ale or winter warmer. The taste is of a lighter bodied ale with the strong spice notes of a holiday ale; the chi is very prominent and pleasant.