iworkatinitech (24) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really surprised how much I liked this! The aroma is very yeasty/breast with lots of clove but the lack of sweetness helps this quite a bit. Highly drinkable and delicious!
mensch (247) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good stuff, but you can’t call it "subtle and balanced." Turns out, I like not subtle and unbalanced. You get a big dose of spiced tea, then hints of lemon, spicy rye, and finally banana esters. Very unbeerlike. The alcohol content, 9%, is definitely subtle. Happy I can’t taste the ramps.
Koskela (284) - Marysville, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloves and bananas in this pale orangeish hazy brew with a small white head of tiny bubbles. I get a spicy flavor much like the aroma with a christmas flavor a medium body and decent carb.
jsnicholas (117) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (750ml): pours cloudy golden. Smells spicy. Wow this is different. Not bad but different. Spices are very strong, cinnamon and tea? not sure what juniper berries taste like. Not bad but too many others that I would rather drink
ryecatcher (770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Pours a pale golden, slight haze, big fluffy white head with killer retention and lacing. Nose is lots of spice (the chai blend come sthrough clearly with the cardamom, cloves and coriander) some banana, grass, daffodils. Mouth is medium bodied, medium sweet, rye coming through, a lot of the flavors that are in the aroma -- spices, florals, grasses, yada, yada, yada. The only disappointment is that I’m not getting the juniper berries -- which is what I was most looking forward to -- and I imagine it might be overpowered by the spices added in. Regardless, this is a very tasty beverage and would be exceptionally good during the late fall when the air gets chilly and damp here in Chicago.
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Golden yellow, thin dissipating white head, very light patchy lacing. Aroma is of spice, some pepper, very floral with lots of perfume. Flavour is of perfume, spices and pepper, starfruit. Floral mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long with some spice and flowers.
Another in the long line of interesting and little known styles from Dogfish. I’m glad they have the balls to do something like this.
Modularman (121) - - JUL 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell of ginger and spice. Appearance is golden yellow with off white head. Taste is sweet banana with clove spice and ginger.
HIGHB4LL (480) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Supermarket Liquors. Appearance: two fingers white head, does not last too long, cloudy orange color, no lacing. Aroma: cinnamon, ginger, other spices, caramel, light chai. As beer warms up, chai is much more apparent and ginger dissipates. Palate: medium body, average to lively carbonation, oily texture, light spice finish. Taste: sweet caramel, into light Belgian yeastiness, then the spices come out; primarily cinnamon and a bit of ginger, these last until it eventually peters out. As beer warms, chai taste takes over and prevails. Overall, super very different and unique, drinkable, alcohol is hidden well, and well balanced. Very enjoyable.
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep golden with white head. Floral, herbal, tea, and spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet.
maneliquor (3065) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear orange with a tiny white rim around the edge. As Jackson pointed out, the nose is very close to banana bread. Broken down it has loads of spices - cinnamon and clove driven with HEAPS of banana, toffee, walnut and tea leaves. Kind of has similarities to banana and butterscotch with a lemon zest kick to it. Taste is rum ’n’ raisin like with heavy banana esters and cinnamon before the dark and tangy fruits finish it off, especially lemon grass. Has a very sticky sweet end to it like raisins, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon sticks. Quite earthy towards the finish as well. On the sweet side of things and quite decadent. Carbonation is soft. A very well put together beer
HopRedHead (344) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Immediate aroma of banana bread, cinammon, juniper, ginger and tea leaves. The banana note is very stong. Light toasted caramel malts mixed in with lots of herbs and spices across the palate. Similarly, banana lollies and ginger are quite present. Maybe a touch too sweet for me. A sweet peppery fruit finish. Very soft carbonation. Cool beer!