AirForceHops (2989) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Bottled in 2012, yep a tad old. Orange color with any head. Aroma is cocoa powder, chili peppers and honey. The flavor upfront with honey and chocolate with a grainy body. The pepper still is pretty strong in the finish causing the texture to end dry. Lighter body and light carbonation.The 9 % is hidden under the chocolate and chili but the flavor overall is rather weak. If the ancient Mayan’s really had this as their beer I feel sorry for them. Is this a novelty beer? Yes, it sure is.
dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear gold with a fizzy, peach-tinted head. Aroma of cocoa, bread and honey. Taste is malty with cocoa and indistinct herbs. Faint chili in the finish. Very interesting.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at Ajen’s Farewell. I was expecting a dark beer but it poured a surprisingly clear light copper color with a nice white foamy head. Cocoa, mead/honey aroma. The taste is cocoa, honey and light chilly very subtle with no real heat. Very nice. Much less chocolatey than I expected but good.
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cool.
Aroma: Odd. Very, very odd. I have never smelled anything like this before. Actually, it does remind me of how Rogue’s 19 Colonies Mead smells, so I’m going to assume that the aroma is mostly honey, and the unknown remainder is the annatto.
Appearance: Hazy, orange sun-burst colored body, with a slowly dissipating, white head. High amount of visible carbonation. Low amount of lacing.
Taste: Definitely some honey and annatto going on here too. Just a low, subtle cocoa note throughout. The flavors are smooth, gentle, and blend into each other well. I do feel an extremely mild spice tingle on my gums.
Palate: Medium bodied. Supple. Low carbonation. Moderate length on the finish.
Overall: Not what I expected at all! Gentle, well-rounded, and delicious. Smooth as butter.
Valgreen (640) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Clear orange, small white head, some lacing. Aroma, lots of honey, flowers, perfume, malty, spices. Taste, malty, honey, spicy, some cocoa, fruity. Some chilie in the aftertaste. Quite carbonated. Interesting beer, but probably wouldn’t buy again.
JHeath99 (840) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours a light gold with a very thin layer of cream colored head. Aroma of sugar and sweetness. Taste of sugar and alcohol. Not one of my favorites.
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 (2472) - 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 (3297) - 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.