bobvenekamp (12) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 750mL bottle. Pours a nice orange color with a medium sized white head. Some spice and light citrus on the nose as well as some Belgian-esque funk. Definitely tasted some of the cardamom and cinnamon along with a slight hint of brandy. Not bad, but I would say let this one mellow out for a while.
cbfobes (2634) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle, pours a hazy golden with nice white head and lacing in the glass, the aroma is of cardamon mixed in with some citrus and hops, the flavor is smooth and nice with a fruity, spicey and some hops in the finish, interesting.
kassner (1397) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Classic strong ale, blond very slightly hazy, nice head but not much lacing, certainly alcoholic and light fruity and citric notes from the yeast
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very interesting beer. Can taste the belgian funk. Finishes with an intense sweetness that is definitely different.
edwardbass (612) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure Iíd call this a Belgian strong ale...itís kind of itís own thing, like several DFH beers. Taken on itís own, definitely has the spice aroma. The taste is surprisingly pleasant (for me - I am not a Belgian fan) The spices dominate, cardamom especially. Thereís a hint of bitter and a sweetness that compliments the spices. Glad I tried it (I pretty much try anything that 3F is involved with), but not something Iíll repeat.
Goodgrief (1838) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve bought every Dogfish beer since Iíve started out, so despite my misgivings over it being spiced (not a fan of spiced ales). Plus the beer guy at the store told told me it wasnít heavily spiced. So, the beer poured clear yellow. The first whiff told me the beer guy lied. Heavy spicing, ginger and cardamum present. The sweetness was almost enough to compensate. I just donít like the style. Meh.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Mouth tasted like a lot of rye. Sweet, sharp, and some barrell mellowness.
jredmond (5903) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at DFH with Andrew. Pours a bright clear yellow body. Aroma is sweet Belgian CA dying and sugary malts. Mouthfeel is sticky with flavors of sweet oak, malts, candy.
arkurzynski (1683) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with mild orange hue. White head that dissipates rather quickly. Like others have already stated cardamom is the primary aroma, some clove, yeast as well. Ginger-like cardamom flavor that is pretty sweet. Not bad when you start, but tends to become more apparent and a bit overpowering after sipping on it awhile. Alcohol is noticeable only on the way down with a decent warmth. Didnít pick up much on the brandy barrelling flavor or aroma. Altogether good for something different.
Hair6a11 (1415) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 On tap at FFF; pours a very clear light golden with very modest white head around the edges. Aroma is primarily cardamom, and it reminds me of a Christmas beer in a sense. Flavors confirm this; the cardamom dominates the flavors and id probably call this one unbalanced but still pleasant - unless you look at it as a Christmas style - in that case itís a winner for me. Brandy barrel flavors are subdued; you can feel the spice note on the tip of your tongue. Ester and Belgian sugars come through, and the finish is quite dry.