BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: It pours golden, with a slight haze, hundreds of tiny bubbles quickly ascend to the medium-thick head which quickly faded.
S: A wonderful scent was given off by this beer, honey, cocoa, bread and a slight hint of the 9% alcohol presented itself to me at the end.
T: crisp and clean malt, subtle cocoa with a little bit of alcohol. So complex and yet delicate and light, one of the most thought-provoking and wondrous beers I’ve tried.
O: This beer is stellar in my opinion, everything, the history, the taste, the way it looks in the glass as you pour it, even down to the label fuels my senses and I am always disappointed when my bottle is empty. Some people have made mention of the lack of hops flavor or smell… well, it doesn’t because it’s not supposed to. I’ve had this one many times and often selfishly kept it to myself not allowing others to try but yet I don’t have it often. Those whom I have introduced it to have loved it as well. Excellent beer and a must try.
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 4/29/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of honey, toast, bread, cracker, orange, pear, apple, grape, nuttiness, herbal, floral, chile pepper, light cocoa, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; with good strength. Taste of honey, bread, cracker, orange, pear, apple, grape, toast, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light cocoa/chile pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light chile pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, bread, cracker, pear, apple, grape, orange, herbal, floral, light nuttiness, light cocoa/chile pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick/creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice ancient ale style. All around nice balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV, A very enjoyable offering.
electric318 (2) - - JAN 11, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour slowly out of the bottle, lots of yeast settled at the bottom of this one. ...medium golden amber color....medium white head...lighter than expected.....chocolate flavor up front, then some kind of grapefruit thing, then chocolate again.....very different......not very malty at all.....give it a try....i will get another bottle of this one
mansquito (3106) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
POPE, Philadelphia tap ($8): Pours golden with a whitish head. Aroma is lightly honey, slightly boozy, and pale malt. Taste is underwhelming. I didn’t really get any strong cocoa flavors. Instead, I got a pretty simple, slightly sweet ale with boozy notes. Not bad, but not impressed.
mnurda (1085) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample from Specks in San Antonio. Another very unique offering from Dogfish Head. Pours murky gold with minimal head. Notes of chocolate with a hint of spice. Very drinkable.
ROBC3366 (361) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark golden color with white dissipating head. Smells like honey and malts and tastes sweet and of bitter chocolate. Well done.
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anthony850 (206) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good beer with chili and cocoa.
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rumproasts (2586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Light body with mild honey flavor. Just a little spice from the peppers and some chocolate flavor as well. There’s a little booze in there as well, but not bad.
snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours hazy dark gold with a thin white head and no lacing. Tastes somewhat like cider, slightly sweet, slightly sour, like bitter chocolate, bready, dry feel, lightly spiced finish. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sour fruits, cherries, apples, wheat, malt.
onceblind (3672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy gold with a thin white cap. The aroma smells of herbal honey and nutty sweet pale grains with a little alcohol kick. The flavor is a bit boozy sharp with some alcohol esters mixed with what’s mostly a pale grain body. Honey throughout and grassy hop notes playing lightly in the finish. A wee peppery heat too. But ultimately overpowered by that alcohol note throughout.