DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a honey amber with a medium white head. You can actually distinctly pick out a lot of cocoa and chilie aromas. The cocoa smells a lot like powdered hot chocolate. Much lighter body then I was expecting. The cocoa shows up as a bittersweet dryness in the finish. The rest of the body is made up of a light honey slightly herbal character. Interesting flavor but a little week. Kudos to Dogfish though, cool idea.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a ruby orange in color with no head that forms too long on the pour. Smell is very floral with a good amount of honey. Taste is fairly sweet, light and refreshing. I’m getting a bit of light fruit as well. Really clean and amazingly non-cloying in the mouth. I’ve taken several sips of this beer and still can’t figure it out. There’s just so much going on in this beer that it keeps it interesting. Good and very interesting beer, but not setting the world afire.
hapjydeuce (926) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. This one appeared to be a hot item at the Dogfish booth. Yellowish color with medium carbonation. Sweet aroma of honey and earthy spices. Cloyingly sweet flavors that conflict between spicy chilies and sugary honey. Overall a strange brew yet intriguing to try.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle from Party Pak Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a hazy golden color with a thick and oily head that settles quickly. Little head retention or glass lacing. Aroma is slightly musty with spice, safron, slight sweetness, earthy. Flavor is much of the same with generally earthy notes, hints of Asian spices, some fresh red grape, grass, and a just a hint of bitterness. Medium body with a quick, slightly bitter finish.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Not at all what I was expecting. Didn’t get much of any of the ingredients listed at first, except for the hone. Slight spiciness started to come out more as it warmed. Slight chocolate and cocoa came out even later. It also had that certain sweet Dogfish aroma to it, but I was surprised by a very slight funk at the end. OK beer, but one of my least favorite DfH beers.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light to medium golden orange with a large, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was mostly honey; ever so slight chocolate, slight funk from either yeast or the seed added; also chili peppers. The flavor was mostly honey; and also spices and slight chocolate. The finish was of average duration. The light to medium body was a little syrupy with tingly carbonation and a light astringent finish.
markwise (4429) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enigmatic and interesting beer. It pors a golden-copper color with an energetic, oily white head. Aroma is slight cocoa powder with earth, spice, honey, and an almost metallic touch. Flavor is earthy with sweet notes. The chiles and chocolate compliment each other for a unique mix. I would drink it again, not bad.
Pailhead (4638) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma contains notes of chocolate chilies, grass, and some light pale lager aromas. It pours a slightly hazy amber with lots of fine sediment and a large yellow-tinged creamy head. The flavor starts with some light chocolate and sweet lager flavors. The chilies are noticeable in the background that slightly increases in the finish and mixes with some faint grassiness. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Lightly sweet aroma. Smells of honey, grains, light cocoa, light chili, and some floral notes. Poured amber in color with a small, fizzy, off-white head that disappeared immediately. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of cocoa, grapes, honey, grains, sugar, wood, maple syrup, slight spices, and slight alcohol. Medium body. Tingly, then sticky/dry texture is a bit thin. Average carbonation. Sweet, honey finish is chalky. I could not taste the chilies, even though I did smell them.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper colored. Nice white head, decent lace. Big sweet nose with honey, some nutmeg, chocolate and others. Medium bodied, honey, cocoa, pepper spiceness catches the palate and back of throat, actually helps balance a bit. Gets a bit syupy as it warms. Its pretty decent. Tough to rate but unique, interesting and above all else, I think thats what they were shooting for. Good job. Sadly, not really worth $13 a 750ml.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 750ml bottle. Pours a surprisingly light - amber/orange color with a large head. Surprisingly non-aromatic. Tastes very smooth up front (almost lager-like) with lots of honey. There is a somewhat understated sweet chili-pepper and spice taste at the back end. I’m assuming the ’sweet’ is the chocolate, but it’s not chocolate the way modern people think of chocolate. Very interesting concept, but somewhat disappointing outcome.