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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