pleasesir (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2009
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 New Years Eve, 2009. Loose white head, copper/orange colour proving that at least they remembered to put the annatto in there! First whiff was of a cheap malt liquor, but as the head dissappeared it turned a little sweeter maybe a little toffee/cocoa. Starts lager-like sort of Oktoberfestish. Nice alcohol warmth but with a slight (burnt plastic?) aftertaste. In my second glass I tried to stir up the sediment to wring some of the labels stated characteristics out, there is none, too bad that was my last ditch effort. It is what it is, maybe there is something wrong with me? but still looking for a little choc. chili, anything! No, just that persistent, acrid burnt bitterness. I can’t believe I looked at this thing up on my shelf everyday for three months, the most disappointing beer by Dogfish I’ve ever had (esp. @ $15 a bottle)Oh well, maybe the Mayans were just less interesting than we’d hoped. Excuse me while I go sacrifice a Racer 5 for the cause...
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another DFH specialty drink that i am not overly keen on. Pretty pour with a frothy white head. Aroma is wheat cereal with a little spicy note. Taste is of honey and fruit sweetness. Where is the cocoa?
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is honey,some kind of odd cereal grain,and maybe some kind of pepper,maybe,just maybe some chocolate. At first it comes on pretty light,you get a smack of the honey,just can’t turn over to lasting sweetnessagain that ceral grain,a definite but not challaging pepper presence,as it warms ,you may get a little hint of chocolate. I like the Midas better
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to Daknole for the bottle! Pours a semi cloudy dark gold with a quickly dissipating white head. Aromas of honey, some chilies, and absolutely no cocoa. Flavors are about the same, pretty big let down on this one here.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
20090101 750ml bottle, RB Spirits. Been sitting on this one a while, waiting for the right opportunity. It just dawned on me that there is rarely a ’right’ opportunity to drink one of these crazy DFH big beers so let’s just get on with it. Golden in color, frankly it is paler than I expected, and with small, lingering white head of even, fine foam. Aroma is very sweet, grapey, floral, and with honey hints. Actually, a beautiful aroma. Body is thinner than expected to the same degree that the beer was paler than expected. Flavor is complex, though not entirely enjoyable. At first, it seems a bit like a lame strong lager, but it develops into a wild mix of sweet fruits and floral notes like fresh grapes, honeysuckle, rose water, pear, and white peach. There is a distant spiciness that piques the interest deep into the finish. I never get any cocoa, I think, until long after the finish when there is a slight cocoa aftertaste. Weird stuff, not wonderful but certainly worth the experiment by DFH. Some of these really should just stay in the brewpub though.
jrob21 (3163) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep clear orange color. Aroma is toasted grain. Flavor is grassy with a little bit of honey and some earth. There is a bit of a gritty sort of texture, thick and chalky. Not a great deal of complexity but a pretty interesting drink nonetheless.
travita (4642) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Look is a golden color and clear with light white head. Smell is malty, chile, different sort of spiceiness, in there. Taste is chile, different sort of taste, light feel, honey. Different for sure but not that great at all.
Ernest (7036) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark yellow to light amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain), with notes of DMS, fusel alcohol, soap, chemicals, orange peel.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean, husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Holy crap, is this bad...like bargain malt liquor with stuff added, and not enough stuff to cover up the stinky qualities. Wretched fusel notes. Unbelievably bad, considering the brewer. Amazing.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy golden orange body with a small white head. Aroma of honey, pepper, huskiness, chilies, alcohol, and florals. Flavor of honey, cocoa, husky, and pepper.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It is difficult to believe that this ale is a faithful re-creation of an old Aztec brew, it is so dreadfully bland. Drinkable and unoffensive, but dreadfully, dreadfully bland. Hazy amber bodied with a short-lived head, it has an odor of old cocoa powder, stale honey, and some old, old dried-out chili peppers. What grain is in here? Is it a beer? There is a stale honey sweetness to the flavor, an extremely mild chili spiciness, a touch of chocolate, and yucks of yawns. We are supposed to believe that the Aztecs drank something like this for special occassions? What the hell were they drinking during their boring moments?!? Stagnant water? I have to think that folks