mike5326 (488) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Clear fizzy golden color, medium white frothy head. Acrid mild chocolate and hops aroma. Metalic spicy chilly flavor with a medium alcohol finish
Oilspot (5) - Atkinson, Maine, USA - SEP 22, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One interesting brew here! Deep golden/ bronze colored, pours with little head, which dissipates quickly. Nose detects chocolate before hops, and scent of alcohol, not surprising with a 9.0 abv. Very complex flavor, slight heat of chile pepper and cocoa flavor in perfect balance with the peppers. I suppose there are hops here, but with so much else going on in here, they only serve to offset any malty sweetness. Anything beery here takes second seat to the wild cacophony of aromas and flavors brewed into it. And deeper into the glass, the cocoa hangs on a bit, peppery heat slowly builds, honey comes through, wow.
pinkie (323) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours the color of golden honey. A light amber with golden and orange hues. Light passes softly through the body of the beer to reveal tiny speckled yeast. Has a warm and rich glow. Soft thin white head of delicate and creamy foam that fell fast and leaves wet lace to slide down the glass and show itís alcohol legs.
Nose is terrific with orange blossom and honey. The honey is fresh and raw and deeply sweet and it reminds me of mead. There is a light dusting of cocoa powder.While the honey is sweet the cocoa isnít and together with the whisper light scent of orange the sweetness reminds one of the gentle warmth of the sun. The malt is almost breaddy on the nose but itís not that heavy. The chile peppers give a peppery scent and the annatto imparts the scent of nutmeg.
Taste is spectacular. Light orange tickles the tongue and then the honey lays down to coat the mouth. The toasted grains which have remained hidden until now, show themselves rich and naturally sweet on their own. They give a depth and contrast to the mead like character to remind you that this is bread. This is beer. The chocolate is light as a feather, airy, and has a malted quality as it combines seamlessly with the malt. The orange adds brightness but isnít anywhere near as strong as the fruit in an ipa. Itís more like a flower or the flutter of your eyelids. Something delicate. The nutmeg accents the fruit and the chocolate so well and then the chiles show up at the back of the throat to impart a soft heat. Itís as though the beer glows inside you with a comforting warmth. Finishes like mead.
This beer is spectacular. It has a medium body but drinks so lightly. It has every food that brings comfort, warmth and joy. Itís full and earthy but retains an almost divine lightness. You could sip it all day and be warmed by it. The peppers are so well done as to be authentic but carefully presented so as not be like fire. Leave it to dogfish head to bring back a beer from 1200 BC and celebrate the culture and history of great people and great beer.
closey22 (577) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light amber with lasting foamy thin la y offwhite head; light aroma hint of hops with some graininess; Flava is tartish some grain then def peppers but not too hot; feels light some fizz; finish dryish tart with peppery finish
RyanK (133) - Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very clear light orange with a bubbly head that quickly fizzes out. Smells of sour dough yeast and cinnamon. Surprisingly light and drinkable by all appearances it looks like a regular six pack beer. Is pretty light but there is quite a complexity to it. Taste of honey backed by a chocolaty malt. The chilies hardly taste but neither is their an alcohol burn and I feel like these elements always nicely balance out. The more you drink it you taste the heat and also the cocoa powder. Strange beer not bad but its gonna be hard to put down this 750.
icehawk (618) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Some cinnamon and spice, subtle fruit
Appearance: Light amber color with white head
Taste: Sweet honey, mead like
Palate: Light body, medium mouthfeel, slightly dry finish
Overall: Would have expected a darker body, and this is pretty sweet. I donít pick up any heat from the chilis.
myxologyst66 (10) - lahaina, Hawaii, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light color, light body definite chocolate flavor with a great chili finish. Unique and surprisingly drinkable.
ElDiablo (24) - - AUG 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Pours a golden copper which I wasnít expecting considering the cocoa nibs/powder. Each sip I took I loved smelling the chocolatey almost fruity nose, and then a mild spice from the pepper latches on for the finish. Very complex, well rounded beer. Nicely done!
Busick (52) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Nuts, spruce, earthy and very peppery.
Appearance: Golden with a Trappist look.
Taste: very similar to a Trappist beer at first with a peppery finish that builds with each sip.
Palate: Full thick and lively with a peppery finish.
Frothmeister (479) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours a golden colour with a thin white head, and a large amount of floaters. Aroma is light cocoa powder, lots of dried fruit, a faint floral note, and an almost corn syrupy smell. Medium sweet, the beer has many bock-like notes, candied fruit, faint woody notes, light honey and some definite heat from the peppers. Maybe not worth the price tag, but totally worth trying, and entirely solid.