fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Head quickly disappears and pours out with a wonderful copper golden color. Very sweet aroma that is like honey. Taste as it goes down is sweet and light with some spiceness it is a complicated taste as others have described. The tail though has a slight bitterness (not too bitter, but not as smooth for my own personal taste.) This is hard to get a hold of. I heard that the taste of this one was actually made as a recreation of the mead that was found in King Midas goblet. I don’t know if that is true or not, but regardless it certainly is very original in taste and very recogizable if you were given a blind taste test. Tmoney99 (14457) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle 12 oz. Pours a dark amber with a medium off-white head. Complex aroma of sweet and spice. Medium body with a chewy texture. Interesting flavor of malt, honey and yeast. Very flavorful and unique brew. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Bottle. This ’beer’ smells super sweet. It is definitely different. I did’t really care for it at first. The taste of honey dominated my mouth. Not what I expected at all but has a very intersting dry finish. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours a pale orange/gold with an unsurprisingly tiny head that quickly dissappears. Aroma is very much of wine and honey. Taste is similar, with malt up front and a sweet finish. A nice drink but it really doesn’t do it as a "beer" for me; tastes more like a sweet white wine. Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2005
A decent looking golden honey colored pour. The nose is sweet orangy with a little earthy honey. The taste is a vapory orange/pumpkin spice/ginger/honey/alcohol mix. Very interesting and yet another hit from Dogfish Head.
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Grainy cereal malt, grapes, musky honey in the aroma. Deep golden-copper coloured body is topped with a cover of fine-bubbled, off-white head that recedes to ring and leaves some streaks of lacing. Pastry-dough sweetness is undercut by saffron spiciness and the muskiness of the honey. Long sweet aftertaste fades to a toasty, bready cereal flavour with plenty of honey. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation that is gently effervescent in the mouth. Other than a mild warming effect, alcohol is never apparent. Tulip glass, cellar temp. Bottle (trade, May 2005). Thanks, jah noth! ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
First whiff is of malty lager. But 2nd and 3rd reveal familiar DFH aroma; not sure if it’s from the yeast strain, the malt or hop varietals. Hazy gold in color. With sparse, yet steady rising bubbles. Head is white to slightly off-white. Starts out small and morphs into a ring around the edge of the glass. Very little lace. I immediately taste the saffron that is advertised on the bottle and am vindicated for identifying its taste in a select few other brews. Knowing the composition of this brew; white Muscat grapes, honey and saffron, delights my taste buds more than it they would have been otherwise. A little undercarbonated. I am very surprised that this is a 9% brew. Where my previous brew of the evening, Dark Horse Double Crooked IPA, tasted all and more of it’s 13.5%, this tastes much less than 9%. It’s a nice brew, and one that I might have appreciated more not having preceded it with a Double IPA. I could seee this as a pretty good transitional brew for somebody who likes sweet malt brews. For some reason, this reminds me a bit of Bell’s Oberon. bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Golden with a large white head. yeasty malt and honey aroma. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, honey sweetness, and some apple and grape notes. definately has some wine like characteristics, but overall a decent beer. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
Golden amber w/ a frothy, diminishing cream coloured head. Aroma is malty w/ notes of apple, grape, & honey. Thick, syrupy feel. Flavour is malty (bread, cookie dough), fruity (apple, grape) & sugary sweet (maple, honey). Finish is dry & warming but a touch medicinal. BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Gold-purple pour. Aroma is a malty grape. Sweet. After the pour, the alchohol seemingly danced about. Honey is the dominant feature here with other fruits. Sweet and enjoyable. Very smooth ALchohol warms the aftertaste.