el_guapo (28) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a huge aroma, definitely smell the cocoa and taste it at the end. Light, crisp flavor. Do not taste the abv, careful, this one could easily sneak up on you!
PartyFowle (171) - - MAR 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Colored deep orange and hazed to opacity. The silky off-white head has decent retention. Aroma is sweet: golden raisins, honey, a bit of cocoa, a soft nuttiness in the background. The flavor is less sugary and has more alcohol character, starting off with crackers and orange blossom honey before moving into gentle nuttiness, raisins and just a teeny bit of pepper heat. I was expecting more cocoa, and its presence would bump this up a few points in the flavor department.
pete4999 (1166) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice beer, cloudy somewhat orange-ish. Doesn’t really taste like a lot of the things mentioned on the label, cocoa and whatnot. Tastes kinda sweet, heavy on honey, maybe a little spice. Very nice.
Syzzer (602) - Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bomber 3-7-15. Weak white head, thin line on rim & splotches in center. Taste of honey, grain. Smooth fairly plain but good body. Cloudy light orange with sediment. 7.9bd 7.5bry
connor0415 (34) - - FEB 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It didn?t taste bad but wasn?t exactly what I expected the peppers were slightly noticeable but the chocolate wasn?t on the forefront at all. Not sure if I got an old bottle or something. It was a cool concept but may have needed a bit more of the ingredients listed to make an impact. It tasted good but wasn’t what I’d imagined
bastarda (147) - Freiburg, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@Roland’s post Mondiale tasting; woody, earthy champagne nose, some dark honey, fizzy, too fizzy mouthfeel, some turkish delight/melted down Toblerone chocolate in taste. Interesting, but less complex than expected.
Iznogud (1207) - CROATIA - FEB 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Birreria Eataly New York. Pouts hazy orange with small white head. Malty, caramel, toffee, spices. Light to medium bodied.
tomer (1902) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 8, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
At a tasting, thanks Tom L, big bubbly but quickly dissapearing head, lively carbonation, dirty honey yellow color, aroma of honey with hints of wood and bread, grainy flavor with hints of chillie, very light bitterness. Not too good.
mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold pour, little head. Aroma is mild, chocolate, spice and pepper. Taste is dry spice, pepper, heat, chocolate and a touch of honey. Very complex layering and smooth. Overall interesting and good.
monk191 (1201) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very interesting beer, another great experiment from dogfishhead. Pours a deep orange with lots and lots of sediment hanging out. Smells of honey, peaches, chilis and grape blowpop. Taste is very thick, like a meal, with Apple blowpop or jolly rancher, honey, peach and a chili spiciness in the finish. Reminds us of the old bubble tea like soda, Orbitz. Had in the bottle.
Pumpkin87 (80) - - JAN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy orange amber with one-finger head that reduces steadily without completely disappearing, nice lacing.
The nose lives up to the description, with a strong aroma of honey, cocoa and chili heat.
In the glass, there are sweet malts with a trace of fruitiness, mild cocoa bitterness and a spice note from the achiote, along with a kick of pepper at the end. Its medium bodied and slick, yet still creamy. The heat might be attributed to chilies as much as the 9 percent ABV; it feels right for the concept.
When they are not over-hopping pale ales, Sam Calagone and crew are among the more inventive palates in the business. Not everything they try works. This is one that does.