Heathen (1500) - 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 (5195) - 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 (6427) - Plymouth, 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 (4959) - 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.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Tony @ OTH.
Pours clear blonde, white head.
Aroma of cocoa powder,puffs.
Taste, I was really amazed by the nice balance of the chilles spices and cocoa powder. The beer is very sweet with honey and cocoa nibs. While not overbearing, the chocolate was subtle and gave the beer a really nice mouthfeel.
The chocolate also had a nice light bitterness coupled with the spices.
Alcohol was not so present. Medium body.
Overall an amazing beer with good execution by Dogfish.
Not as off-centered as many of their other beers, makes this one very enjoyable and drinkable.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[says 9% on the bottle, hell it even says it on the picture there] Pours a glowing bronze with a very fine small white dense froth and all sorts of sediment. Light aroma is tart, some botanicals, very faint honey and cocoa nibs. Completely unique flavor, some tartness, very light honey sweetness, a fair amount of cocoa nibs. I really like the way the tart acidity plays off the saltiness of the chocolate. The chilies appear a bit in the finish. No sign of alcohol whatsoever. Medium/light body, light mouthful, soft sizzling silky carbonation, crisp and lightly creamy. A lot are saying that it’s tons of ’honey,’ while true thats the first flavor, its not sticky, nor cloying and is actually in good moderation.
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I should admit now that I have a fondness for traditional ales, and a great respect for those who try to make them. I feel these beers really connect us to the history of beer. I try everyone of these I can find. With that said, my rating below reflects this. A pale orange color with a strong white head. Not a strong aroma: a smattering of cocoa powder, corn, honey, malts. The flavor is chocolate, corn, malt, not much spicyness. The finish contains some chili spicyness, and a warming from the alcohol. Wierd and interesting beer. Definite similarities to the pale lager, with its use of corn adjuncts, and straw/orange color. Very interesting to try, but having done so, I wouldn’t actively seek it out again.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Tom for the bottle! Clear copper body with a rich white head. The smell is full of chocolate and spice, with lots of weird undertones - caramel, bread, and cake batter. The taste is actually pretty boozy with sweet honey and bitter chocolate notes. The finish reminds of an American lager with some corn and veggie notes. The spice comes through well in the very end. Very interesting to try but not to have more than once.