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Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 7 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
750 ml bottle I picked up at Arbor Place Beverage in Douglassville, GA. Served up in a snifter. Lets do this.

A: With all this talk of chocolate I was expecting a black or at least rich brown color, so I was a bit thrown when I got this glowing honey colored brew pourin forth. Poured about a half finger of white head that went as quickly as it appeared. Just a slight ring of foam that sits on top and always rests on the top. The neat thing about this look is the carbonation. There must me be a ton of it because the look has the appearance of water just before it boils, with small bubbles continuously disturbing the top of this brew, making it bounce. Really neat.

S: A bit faint in this department. At first inhale you get a lot of floral scents (hops?) and a whole lot of sweet honey. There is a touch of caramel and some light fruits that I can't distinguish. There is just a faint amount of chocolate in the nose, which is dissapointing for a so called chocolate drink. No hint of chiles in the nose.

T: Taste yet again is big time honey. A lot of nice, smooth, sweet honey. Yet again, a lot of floral flavors as well. Chocolate is light, but distinguishable. Chocolate is very mild with just a tinge of flavor. Minimal chile bite on the back end but nothing crazy but that was expected when I read ancho chiles. Has a nice balance as far as flavors but is not as complex as I expected after reading the bottle.

M: Medium in body, a little lighter than expected. The crazy thing is that the 9% ABV is not at all noticable. I mean no traceof alcohol in this puppy. Carbonation is high and crisp. This beer goes down easy with a pretty clean finish for such a big beer. Aftertaste is just a touch of chile and sweet honey left on the palate.

D: Well for such a big beer, I have to give it props for going down so easily. The taste and aroma leave a little to be desired but not bad, just not that complex. Still has some decent flavor and is enjoyable. I will have zero problem finishing this 750 and that was a worry of mine. Not bad, and solid as most DFH usually is.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-05-2009 01:41:09

Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 09/20/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 7 16 4 8 2009
Solid honey gold color with a barely there small, big bubbled foam that slips off super quick and doesn't really leave much lace while consumed.

Aroma is a bit muddled with some of rummy heat getting in the way af what I detect is a mellow amount of some banana cream pie, starfruit, and marshmellow.

Taste is a mellow and gliding little treat of what seems a bit like banana cream pie with a nice flakey fresh pie crust. Quite smooth and soft with nice little nuances to a lower ender tropical fruity heat; starfruit, pear. The finish cinders with the 9% perking a honeyish, rummy, yellow raisiny warming as it drys ever so softly of pie crust dough.

Creamy soft and slicker, maltier, medium body with a fine carbonation thats easy to partake and some eager warmth in more sips then not. Really like the whole pie crust effect it has, quite crafty and subtle.

A nice mellow going brew that speaks to quite a bit of malty things in it and drinks down preety smooth given it shows its 9% with just enough give.

Price: $12.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by SAP on 08/22/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 3 7 11 3 5 2009
2009 release; Sampled August 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has such a clean malt character to it that it smells like candied maltose; fairly sweet and a bit cloying in its simplicity, I seem to get this in a lot of Dogfish Heads stronger beers, a sort of house character. This has quite a bit of fruitiness to it, it reminds me of concentrated pears, green apple, a touch of honeydew melon and some green raisin notes. There is a touch of an artificial smell to the nose, not quite chemical like, but it is something that I can’t quite place; perhaps it is a touch of herbal honey character mixed with some phenolic fermentation character. Despite the complex promise of the ingredients, the nose ends up being fairly simplistic and completely lacking in the interesting ingredient list.

Soft and creamy feeling up front, the beer picks up a light prickle of carbonation as it moves across the tongue. The cocoa nibs / powder are non-existent at first, but then a faint, white-chocolate like note starts to creep in towards the finish. The finish has that sort of phenolic, chemical like note to it that I noticed in the nose. A touch of bitterness is barely noticeable and doesn’t do much to balance the sweetness. There is perhaps a hint of spice / chile heat to the finish; it isn’t noticeable until a couple seconds after the beer has left my mouth, and it is incredibly subtle (though it might be more noticeable to someone that doesn’t enjoy spicy food as much as I do). The sweetness reminds me of honey with an herbal bite, bad apple juice with a chemical aftertaste, and some sulfurous green raisins. While the sweetness isn’t overly excessive here, the lack of balancing bitterness or spice in this beer tends to make this beer lean towards the cloying side of the spectrum.

I was really excited to try this beer as the promise of a mix of cocoa, ancho chiles and ground annatto sounds really exciting, unfortunately both the aroma and flavor are almost devoid of these. The flavor does have the cocoa, and there is a touch of spice in the finish, but both are pretty tame. My expectations of this beer were a bit too much I think, I still think these ingredients could come up with a much more interesting beer. Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy this beer all that much.

Served In: Tulip

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