hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear golden ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. Great retention. Milk chocolate, cinnamon, sugar cookie nose with lesser notes of vanilla, ginger and unfamiliar spices. Once warm, the chili pepper comes forward... nice. Medium-bodied with spiky carbonation. I’d never guess this is 9% alcohol. The flavor is sweet and chocolaty. Although I know a lot of pale malts were used in brewing this, I don’t taste any. Sweet finish with chili warmth.
Floback (525) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a golden body and a thumbnail of off-white head. There is definite ginger in the aroma along with crisp apple and berry. Flavors are quite complex and the existence of cocoa in the brew is actually noticeable in the flavor. Other beers I have tried that claim to use cocoa powder have the chocolate character down-played or nonexistent. Other flavors include Neopolitan ice cream, spices, parsley, and a slightly malty backbone. Lively carbonation and medium body. Awesome brew; very interesting and complex in character. Another fine experimentation from DFH.
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange with a fluffy white head. Sweet honey aroma, rather light. Unique flavor, honey like sweetness, cocoa powder, spice, a hint of chili pepper. Very well made, interesting concept, drinkable, but not really my style. Definitely worth trying.
KnutAlbert (6100) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from New York.
Cocoa, chocolate and honey aroma.
Herbs, cocoa, honey flavour. Dry dusty cocoa. Light, easy drinking, yet complex.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of stuff going on here. Amber iin color. Little in the aroma overall. Slight coco/chilie afterburn. The sweetness of the honey offsets some of the other flavors. Pretty good stuff, but spendy at 17 bucks a 750.
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle split with Ann. Dogfish really cranks out some crucial stuff. This is my favorite yet in their ancient line. Glowing amber-orange color, thick and opaque. The chilis some through in the aroma.. The taste is smooth and sweet, with a mild chili, honey, and cocoa flavor that works really well. Reminds me of some of the chocolaty Fantome chocolate beers, without the Belgian effervescent mouthfeel. The alcohol is covered and incorporated in a world class fashion. Awesome stuff.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a medium head. Aromas of honey, fruit, and some dates / port. Very good texture with a creamy feel and fruity taste. HIghly recommended if you can get it.
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color with no head. Aroma of honey, dates and overall is very fruity. Light malt taste. The chilies are most predominant. A bit on the sweet side, excluding the spice from the chilies. Not what I was expecting at all, considering the cocoa does not show up.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange brew. Got the chili in the nose, as well as the cocoa and strong honey throughout. Still a lot of standard grain flavor, which was a little disappointing. I guess I was hoping for something a little more outlandish from this one. Nice beer though.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think I tried this at WeeHeavy’s tasting for the Danish guy. Yellow amber color. Nice interesting beer. Leans sweet. A hint of smokey ancho chili in the aroma. Pretty fun.