Ratman197 (15354) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2009
750 ml bottle poured a clear copper with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of chilies, fruittiness, honey, light carmel and a hint of cacao. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of fruittiness, chilies, honey, cacao and light carmel with a smooth bittersweet finish. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Coppery pour with a thick white head. Aroma of well, all sorts of things. A touch of chocolate and peppery spice, something herbal, something floral. Hard to nail down. Flavor is much the same: I can definitely get the cocoa nibs and chiles and the honey, but none of it is overwhelming. It’s a nice, strange, complex brew. BeerandBlues2 (13810) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (cereal, meal), average hops (flowers, herbs, grass), average yeast (soap, musty) with notes of apple, pear, honey, and medicine. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Dirty socks with soap, honey, cream corn. Fusel alcohol notes arrive as the beer warms. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly effervescent, golden-orange body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: Coarsely chopped chile peppers smothered in an overkill amount of honey. Other notes of fragrant, over-toasted seeds, a winelike fruitiness, and last (as well as regrettably least) is cocoa. I’m sure the chocolate will wholly redeem itself in the flavor.
Taste: Spicy, heat-bringing chilies mixed with with a large enough jug of honey to make even Pooh-bear blush. Sip after sip it’s never more than slightly sweet. Sadly, there’s only a distant, vague, possibly even imagined hint of cocoa. The vaguely nutty annatto is, at times, slight or effusive. I’m over here biting my lip in anticipation of a cocoa return, but it’s looking bleak. Meager amount of bitterness. Splash of white wine. Fleeting hint of undercooked waffles and fruit just before hitting the semi-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: These droll historical renditions peak my interest every time and always make for a ripping good time. Chateau Jiahu was mighty fun. Didn’t we have one hell of a time with Midas Touch? Though, it is true I was ready to behave like a petulant child for want of more chocolate. pleasesir (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 New Years Eve, 2009. Loose white head, copper/orange colour proving that at least they remembered to put the annatto in there! First whiff was of a cheap malt liquor, but as the head dissappeared it turned a little sweeter maybe a little toffee/cocoa. Starts lager-like sort of Oktoberfestish. Nice alcohol warmth but with a slight (burnt plastic?) aftertaste. In my second glass I tried to stir up the sediment to wring some of the labels stated characteristics out, there is none, too bad that was my last ditch effort. It is what it is, maybe there is something wrong with me? but still looking for a little choc. chili, anything! No, just that persistent, acrid burnt bitterness. I can’t believe I looked at this thing up on my shelf everyday for three months, the most disappointing beer by Dogfish I’ve ever had (esp. @ $15 a bottle)Oh well, maybe the Mayans were just less interesting than we’d hoped. Excuse me while I go sacrifice a Racer 5 for the cause...
Acknud (1082) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Another DFH specialty drink that i am not overly keen on. Pretty pour with a frothy white head. Aroma is wheat cereal with a little spicy note. Taste is of honey and fruit sweetness. Where is the cocoa? brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Aroma is honey,some kind of odd cereal grain,and maybe some kind of pepper,maybe,just maybe some chocolate. At first it comes on pretty light,you get a smack of the honey,just can’t turn over to lasting sweetnessagain that ceral grain,a definite but not challaging pepper presence,as it warms ,you may get a little hint of chocolate. I like the Midas better aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Thanks to Daknole for the bottle! Pours a semi cloudy dark gold with a quickly dissipating white head. Aromas of honey, some chilies, and absolutely no cocoa. Flavors are about the same, pretty big let down on this one here. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2009
20090101 750ml bottle, RB Spirits. Been sitting on this one a while, waiting for the right opportunity. It just dawned on me that there is rarely a ’right’ opportunity to drink one of these crazy DFH big beers so let’s just get on with it. Golden in color, frankly it is paler than I expected, and with small, lingering white head of even, fine foam. Aroma is very sweet, grapey, floral, and with honey hints. Actually, a beautiful aroma. Body is thinner than expected to the same degree that the beer was paler than expected. Flavor is complex, though not entirely enjoyable. At first, it seems a bit like a lame strong lager, but it develops into a wild mix of sweet fruits and floral notes like fresh grapes, honeysuckle, rose water, pear, and white peach. There is a distant spiciness that piques the interest deep into the finish. I never get any cocoa, I think, until long after the finish when there is a slight cocoa aftertaste. Weird stuff, not wonderful but certainly worth the experiment by DFH. Some of these really should just stay in the brewpub though. jrob21 (3802) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Pours a deep clear orange color. Aroma is toasted grain. Flavor is grassy with a little bit of honey and some earth. There is a bit of a gritty sort of texture, thick and chalky. Not a great deal of complexity but a pretty interesting drink nonetheless.