elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in Dogfish Head signature glass. Pours a beautiful, deep gold with a pillowy white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate amount of lacing remains. Aroma of white grapes predominates, accompanied by some apple but not much else. Flavor profiles are quite subtle, delicate even. Chamomile (tea) is the leading flavor, followed by lemongrass and biscuit. There is a faint taste of white pepper in the background, with causes a slight numbing sensation on the tongue. Mouthfeel is watery, even a bit thin, but with lively carbonation. In sum, this is a worthy addition to Dogfish Head’s series of "archaeological" beers. In fact, I can’t help but wonder if this one might be the most authentic of the lot, on several grounds: 1) the alcohol level in this beer is low, practically nil, which would have been in line with many ancient beers, and 2) there is a particular breadiness to the beer, rather than maltiness. Despite the rather mixed reviews that I’ve seen on both BA and RB, I do think this beer is worthy of respect considering what was attempted here.
closey22 (980) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold with thin rimming white head; slight malt earthy aroma; Flava is of herbs/flowers lavender or chamomile and a slight tartness ; feels light semi flat; finishes dry tangy with a tart twinge
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"the base of this beer seems to share some similarities to another DFH 25 ouncer, Pangea...light yellow, fizzy, spiced. I was drawn to this because I like chamomile in beer and while it was present here, it was overshadowed by the fruit. A refreshing, interesting beer, but it was fairly simple, and had the flaw of being too prickly in the mouthfeel for my taste. For far less, DFH has better beers."
NikkTwist (1745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Monks Cafe. Hazy amber pour with a large white head. Some wet lace. Very unusual taste. First impression was it tastes strongly of garlic shoots and spring onions. Chamomile. Nutmeg. Cardamom. Golden raisins. Tea leaves. Heart of palm. Oregano. Chanterelles. Coriander. Honeycomb. Tastes like an Egyptian Bizarre.
zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle - 750 ml - 2011 vintage) Copper pour with an over abundance of foam. Odd dusty and slightly fruity aroma. Flavor is earthy and lightly fruity and bitter. Not unpleasant but not good either. So many flavors that I couldn’t identify. Too carbonated.
N3lson1 (253) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank from a pint glass from a large bottle. I can smell the herbs and spices, very nice mellow notes. Pours a yellowish gold, with good carbonation and white head. The beer is delicious, great complexity, well,balanced, tastes of peppercorns, herbs, and chamomile.
Darkmagus82 (1823) - - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-28-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a straw-yellow color with a billowy white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a light amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell was heaviest of wheat with a mix of mainly light fruit aromas (peach, apple but maybe even a little bit of plum as well). With this smell was some spice and a light sugary sweetness.
Taste – The taste begins of a bready taste with nice hints of some sweeter cane sugar and a wheaty flavor. As the taste advances some spicy flavors of cinnamon and other spice come to the tongue. These flavors meld well with the more malty flavors and take the flavor to the end where a nice crisp taste is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a medium level of carbonation. The crisp taste is complemented well by the lower body thickness and makes this one very easy to drink brew.
Overall – This beer is crisp, easy drinking and has some wonderful flavors. It is a very good brew, although I am not sure it is quite worth the price you will pay for it.
puboflyons (2224) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 750 ml. bottle. A slightly cloudy pale yellow to light amber with a short-lived white head. Loads of spice and Chamomile (as advertised) on the aroma along with the pale malts and juicy fruity character. The body is light to medium. The taste has all kinds of exotic spices along with the toasted malt character. Hops are downplayed. Highly interesting.
BeerdedDave (513) - - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy amber color; fruity, spicy aroma; mild, fruity flavor with spice and herbal notes; cereal-like wheat malt and Belgian style yeast; slightly sweet finish; a smooth, refreshing, easy drinking beer
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love Dogfish Head, and this beer is truly unique. I struggle to describe this radically different beer, but there is a sweetness to this that is really wonderful.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub on 03/26/2011. Slightly hazy golden body with a small white head. Sweet spice, chamomile and light fruit aroma with pepper notes. Dry grainy spice and pepper flavor with light fruit hints. Medium body with moderate carbonation.