Chateau Jiahu – Dogfish Head, 9% ABV, (Milton, DE)
On the label:
“9000 year old Chateau Jiahu stands apart as the most ancient, chemically-attested alcoholic beverage in the world. Its re-creation is based on painstaking excavation by Chinese archaeologists of Jiahu in the Yellow River basin, state-of-the-art microanalysis of pottery residues by American laboratories, and the inspired ‘Neolithic” brewing of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Chateau Jiahu, then as now, opens a window into the world of our ancestors.”
- My Rating: A
- Why I like: fruity honey beer!
- Where I got it: W. 16th, 2010
- How much: $28, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz.
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
- Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes way
Tasting Notes: pours golden orange, slightly cloudy, smallish head, ringed retention, micro CO2, thicker runny lacing, lots and lots of CO2 streams. A rather muted nose. Drinks really really creamy up front, velvety silky soft CO2, 6/10 tangy fruity green grape, mild 2/10 bitterness in the mids, slightly bitter ale finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, excellent carry, love the transitions, medium length. Very well balanced and doesn’t drink like a beer at all – more like a sparkling fruit wine. Could drink this over and over again. Also the 9% ABV is completely hidden.
Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew – Dogfish Head, 9% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz., (Milton, Delaware)
On the front side label:
“Miles Davis’ seminal Bitches Brew album was a game changer – a bold fusion of rock, funk, and jazz. To honor the 40th anniversary release, Dogfish Head has created a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root. Like the album, this beer will age with the best of ‘em.”
- brewed with honey and gesho
- gesho = shiny-leaf buckthorn = African shrub, used in the same way hops are used. Gesho is used in the brewing of Tella, a traditional Ethiopian Beer; It is also used in the making of Tej, an Ethiopian type of mead.
- My Rating: B+
- Why I like it: full bodied coffee and rounded honey sweetness
- Where I got it: W.16th
- How much: $33, Feb 2011
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
- Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes
Tasting Notes: pours inkjet black, big head, great mix of large and micro CO2, very sticky lacing. Loads and loads of roasted coffee on the nose. Going down, it has a medium-oily mouthfeel, medium-heavy thick viscosity, and silky CO2 with a tingly finish. Initially tastes of honey 6/10 bitter-sweetened coffee, heavy maltiness, and then a slight coffee sourness, and finally a mild aromatic coffee finish. Also some notes of prune in there. Medium complexity, Med-high depth, long finish, full-bodied. I enjoyed it while I had it, but you get the flavour profile after having drunk a 1/3 of the bottle.
Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale – The Tin Whistle Brewing Company, 5% ABV, (Penticton, BC)
On the back label:
“Cascade hopes were harvested in the middle of the night and rushed to the brewery where under a full moon and the smiling countenance of the beer gods a little brewing magic took place. The incredibly fresh hops provide an intense citrus aroma and flavour. The addition of wildflower honey brings even more flavour and bright crisp finish. Only able to be made once a year with the hop harvest, get it while you can. Don’t miss out! -Jeff Todd, Brewmaster”
- My Rating: B
- Why I might like it: sweet, smooth and bitter
- Who I recommend it to: Pale ale lovers who want a twist
- Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
- How much: <$7, Summer 2011
Tasting Notes: amber, smallish head, dissipating head, sticky lacing. Very apparent honey on the nose with a little bit of citrus sweetness. Medium fresh bitter hops up front mixed with some honey sweetness, and then a mild citrus crisp bitter finish. Medium length, medium complexity, med-high depth. Great smoothness and complexity of bitter, sweet, and slightly creamy.