Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Swol3, thanks Wolf. Dark gold pour, small white head. Can’t place the aroma, must be all the different ingredients, a little spicy. Slightly spicy sweet, can taste a little chilli pepper in there. Pretty good overall.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy copper with smallish head. Aroma is odd… Starts with some dry cocoa and fuity sweetness. Spiciness slightly evident, but by no means overpowering. Flavor is hard to describe- lots of sweetness with cocoa discernable. Palate is pretty full- smooth but dry. Unique and enjoyable.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t even know how to rate this....seeing how I never had a beer like this before...
spicy chocolaty goodness....interesting and strange
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mildly hazy deep gold with thin off white head. The aroma is different than I was expecting with flower notes, herbal rose pedals, apricots and some mild chocolate goodness. Very interesting. The taste is much the same with varied light fruitiness, honey, hints of chocolate and shrubby flowers. Very well hidden ABV.
jimhilt (2370) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a three finger, cream head that fades quickly and leaves traces lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium body. Sweet spicy nose. Flavor is a sweet, smooth, some cocoa, honey but can’t taste the chilies. The early Hondurans (1200BC) had something going here. Worth trying even at $12.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, Me
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>750 ml bottle</i>
Another turn of the leaves brings the latest experimental Dogfish Head release. I am usually wary given the price tag but decided to bite the bullet one last time. As it turns out they’ll have to crank out an exceptional beer at $14.99 to get me to come back. There are too many other options at that price point that don’t fall short. Mediocrity at $6.99 is fine; being average and trying to charge more than $13 is not.
<b>Aroma / Appearance</b> - The very lively carbonation decorated the sides of a reddish oak body. Graced by a bubbly white head it smelled of honey, spice, pepper, cherry extract, and cocoa powder. The total experience wasn’t bad but I kept thinking it could have had more of an impact than it did.
<b>Flavor / Palate</b> - The bubbly mouthfeel presented what was thin for a 9% ABV beer. Honey, nutella, and green pepper yielded to a spicy aftertaste and finally a dry finish. If it were solid as a six pack for $9.99 this wouldn’t be such a letdown and I might give it higher marks. However at more than $13 I can’t justify the disappointment.
dalekliz (823) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at WeeHeavySD’s Halloween tasting, with thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours a clear, deep amber, with a white ring. Big sweet aroma, of malt, spices, citrus, peach, and honey. Taste is sharp and sweet, of malt, honey, spices, banana, citrus, and peach, the cocoa and chilies come through nicely. Hides the alcohol well. Manages to have both nice carbonation and be dry. Lingering sweet spiciness. Very strange and very drinkable.
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a local. Poured a clear, bright orange-yellow color with a thin off-white head that faded to a ring. Aroma of chocolate, chili powder, and honey. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with a light fruitiness and some honey that transitions into a moderate cocoa presence and a light hint of chile. Finishes lightly dry. Low carbonation, smooth on the palate. Different and interesting at the very least. I applaud DFH for going outside the box and trying new stuff.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma has just a hint of chocolate, honey, and spicy yeast. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. I was expecting something more bold but it was still a good beer.
keepersj12 (2512) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really enjoyed this. I’m not sure why. It had a very bitter chocolate taste that came out in the aftertaste. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Fruit, caramel, honey. It has a very earthy quality to it.