tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2005
12 oz bottle: pours the color od polished copper. bright and shiny. the aroma is very mush of grapes and honey. hints of malt. i was expecting a bigger head. grapes and honey dominate the flavor upfront, but the malt backbone comes in later. full, syrupy mouth feel. very creamy. very reminisecnt of a nice chardonay. Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Pours a lovely golden honey color with a white head. Sweet honey, grapes, and spice in the aroma. The grapes don’t dominate the flavor by any stretch but they are definitely noticeable. Only a hint of saffron and a good amount of sweet honey. Delicious beer. Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
This is really a strange brew. Very sweet, syrupy, lots of alcohol on the palate. I’ve had barleywines with higher %ABV with less alcohol taste. The alcohol really cuts through in this elixer. Some nice malt character too. Lively palate. Altogether, not my favorite beer, but interesting. beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
This is definitely not what Dad used to drink while watching the Bears. Pours a beautiful frosted dark tan color with no head. Smells cloyingly sweet. Thick and nicely carbonated body. Tastes like honey, very malty, fruity (oranges?), sweet, no hop flavor I can find, but a sour aftertaste that I don’t like. Very alcoholic, will put you down if you drink it too fast, but at $13 for a four-pack at the "discount" liquor store, why would you? I’ve had real mead from a great home brewer (and super nice family), and this is too sweet for mead. But having had both now, I prefer this beer, or whatever it is (sorry, Pip). I like it. hershiser2 (3825) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Pours a deeper thicker golden with a smallish head. Aromas of a barleywine, mixed with some warmer-like spices, such as cinnamon or clove. Tastes a bit like a barleywine... does not try and mask any alcohol- as that flavor is definitely present. Finishes thick... but nice.
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2005
08.29.05 12oz bottle, dated November... don’t know what year, but I assume it’s 2003; I’ve had it for over a year, for sure. Slightly hazed golden pour with only a trace of a white head, no activity. Aroma is spicy and rich with honey, graham cracker, cinnamon, and some musty old grapes. The yeast is bold and doughy and reminds me a bit of the Au Courrant in the way it blends with the grapes; this is not a bad thing as it seems to add a certain buttery-oak quality that I quite like. The beer, despite a still appearance, is light and vibrant on the palate; the beer never becomes thick or cloying, it dances from salty up front to a tart-bitter finish. Flavors of yesterday’s wine reduced and spiced in the pan, fragrant even after the swallow. Lingering sweetness of honeyed cereal. Odd, but another worthwhile experiment from DFH. EKGoldings (675) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Now this is a different type of beer, as you’d notice immediate with a sniff form the glass. I’m no fan of mead but I liked the honey character in this one, that and the grape juice add some definate complexity. Goes very well with a cigar on the back porch. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Although it’ll be a while before I try another one, this deserves points for style and character. More of a mead than anything, the flavor of honey and grapes make it so sweet as to be almost cloying. While not as drinkable as other Dogfish offerings, it certainly isn’t lacking in personality. Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle: Pours light amber with light lacy head dissapating quickly. Very similar to the imort ale in charicter, although the honey and grapes hit you at first smell. Somewhat carbonated, goes down ultra smooth with little alch retention. A must try! jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2005
I purchased a new case of the 12 oz bottles in 2004 after trying an older stock (2002 i think) twice. The muscat grapes and honey are very noticeable. The first bottles out of the case seemed astringent, though the midas touch seems to age well for at least a year. I think this is one beer that varies greatly year to year. Best served unaccompanied.