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Wrath Of Pecant! - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 70
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wrath of Pecant is a collaboration between Dogfish and the Alstrom Brothers of BeerAdvocate celebrating the 2010 Extreme Beer Fest. A 6% abv brownish ale brewed with pecan-wood smoked malt, plantains and carob.
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Photo of pastradul
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light brown with a slight orange hugh and a slight bit of haze. A dense but thin layer of head develops and stays around for a good amount of time. Leaves just a hint of lacing as it subsides.

The nose is incredible. Just a hint of wood in the beginning. Followed be caramelized brown sugar followed with a fruity sweetness. The bigger sniff you take the more plantain you get in the nose and the smoke steps back.

The taste is so complex... first sip you take you get a big flavor fo banana/plantain, followed by toasted sugar and chocolate notes. Just a touch of malt sweetness but not enough to take over as the main flavor. Finishes with a nice dry and mild wood finish. Very drinkable... and at only 6% you could drink a bottle of this by yourself no problem.

Browns tend to pair very well with BBQ dishes...but I think this beer would be great along side a bananas foster! The similar flavors in the dessert would just increase the flavors in the brew so much more!

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Photo of sierrahopdevil05
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up one pint and 9.4 fluid ounces of this impressive brew at the DFH Milton location on the last day of my girlfriend and I's vacation. Was our first time visiting the wonderful oasis that is the brewery and tasting room that lies in the middle of Boringtown, Delaware(sure it's not that far from Rehoboth, but I crossed 80 farms and 20 abandoned farms to get there). So when we entered I noticed the Wrath of Pecant, and was intrigued right away since I have never seen this brew on store shelves before. I was told by the bartender about the smokey taste and smell and use of the plantains and carob. Was also told that I would not be able to pick up this creative concoction anywhere else but in Milton, DE. My curiosity had piqued, so of course I had to buy this interesting ABA.

Poured into the DFH Signature Glass.

A: Pours light brown, nice carbonation, has a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the DFH nucleation laser etch. Had a nice thin white head.

S: Smells tasty. Smokey, like hickory chips. Some dried apricots. A little brown sugar and raisins. Something breadlike too, can't put my finger on it.

T: Tastes even better than it smells. Lots of good woody smokiness. Just like being in front of the grill with hickory chips over top of red hot charcoals. Hints of fruit, probably the plantains. Also some nuttiness. Just a very well executed combination of flavors and aromas for a smokey beer. Some alcohol is noticeable when it gets warm, but when cold not noticeable. Carbonation is low on the tongue. Finishes very nice with even more complex wood and smoke flavors.

M: Feels nice on the tongue, but can coat it, causing it to feel kind of thick at times. It is a little chewy. Overall this beer is a joy to roll around the tongue and pick up different notes of flavor.

D: Very drinkable, especially for a Smokey ABA. Tons of complexity going on here, both in the smell and taste. The slightly low alcohol (6.3%) is a nice change from the high levels the DFH ales usually have. But when it gets warm the alcohol becomes more noticeable and can create a slight warmth. Making it almost seem like more than a 6.3.

This is really an exceptional ale, and another brilliant idea for an ale from DFH(and the Bros) that pushes the envelope on ingredients and flavors they can create. I hope this brew will eventually become more available in the near future, as it deserves to be.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Very light brown ale. Big bubbles, off white head. Good head retention. About half a finger that hangs around. Nice lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S-Yummy! Smoked malts, a little banana and the carob adds a little sweetness that balances this out and makes it smell delicious!

T-Sweet and banana-y with the smoke coming through in the finish complimenting the beer. It's very balanced and definitely the best brown ale I've ever had.

M-Very smooth. Appropriately carbonated.

D-For some dumb reason I took this to a bottle share. Should have kept it for myself! It was delicious and I could of drunk 2 bottles of this.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy light brown with a half finger of head that quickly dissipates to a faint ring of lace that follows the beer down the glass.

Smell is of smoky, earthy sweetness. The plantains are definitely present in the nose.

Taste is very refreshing yet smoky and complex; nutty and earthy. Quite sweet, as well.

Carbonation is adequate and drinkability is easy. Had reservations of tackling this one by myself, but its a perfectly sessionable beer that reveals something new each pour.

Overall, a very appropriate and unique way to celebrate the Extreme Beer Festival 2010-- A huge success.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Extreme Beer Fest the other night and wrote down some notes as I enjoyed a few samples.

The color is an amber/gold with some slight head that is more less a finger and leaves some laving on the glass.

The smell is malty with a burnt flavor and a bit of cashew and other nuts.

The taste is again some sweet malts and a pecan flavor. It was somewhat sweet as well.

The feel was great, the little samples I had. The beer was easy drinking and really did not give you a overload of malt that I do not like.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and clean bronze color. Great nutty and sweet caramel aroma. Nice hop bite right upfront then it melds into a caramel like sweetness with a faint hint of bready/nutty character. Mild spicy notes. Could almost be complex though in a subtle way if that explains it-a nice balance between all that is going on. Finish melds slowly into a faint dryness. Nice mouthfeel-has a touch of sticky sweetness. Really a great beer. It has come a long way in the year since it's release. I was not overly impressed upon it's release but it has really come into it's own. At the abv (bottle says 6.3%) I would not wait much longer. Still very, very well done.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks goes out to slvrmon82 for this awesome hook-up!

This pours a crystal clear, dark amber color. It has light highlights of both ruby and gold. A light and fluffy head of tan colored foam, about two-fingers worth, form and recedes. It leaves a small surface covering film.

Toasted malts. Good touch of smoke. Big nuttiness. Raisins. Nice hints of plantains/bananas. Very nice chocolate presence. Beef jerky.
The nose is quite complex. I can't wait to taste it.

Golden brown sugar hints. Lots of toasted malts. Touches of chocolate. Plantain/banana notes. Hints of lacto sweetness. Toasted nuttiness. Raisin/plum/grape notes. About midway through your palate, it brings out a smokiness that glides on through the finish and lingers for quite a while.

Just slightly less than full-bodied with an almost high level of carbonation. It's smooth enough, but lacks any real creaminess, which I think it would benefit from. The carbonation gives it a slightly sharp finish.

The smokiness would be just a bit too much to promote all night sessioning of this beer. With a couple 'in-betweeners' though, I think that I could polish off several bottles in a session.
Very tasty.

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Photo of Espenoza
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark amber with a nice and thick white head. This has an amazing nose on it. Smokey, faint pecan, banana, with a malty sweetness. Yes... I love this beer. The taste is almost exactly like the smell, but stronger plantains, delicious. This is extremely smooth, medium bodied.

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Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For those that wind up enjoying the beer (and whom did not get it directly from Dogfish Head), I highly recommend checking out the "quick sip clip" on the beer at the Dogfish website. It explains a lot of what went into the beer and where it comes from.

What does not get fully told on the site, however, you only learn on the tour of the Milton, DE brewery. Apparently the winner of the contest to jointly make this beer with DFH wanted to call the beer "Wrath of Pecan" as an homage to the Star Trek movie "Wrath of Khan." The FDA decided that they could not say "pecan" in the title if there were no actual pecans in the beer, so DFH cleverly changed the name to "Wrath of Pecan't" as a protest to the ludicrous decision. The FDA came back and said the apostrophe was still not enough, so they removed it and apparently that was good enough to sell under the current title.

The review:
First had this on tap after my tour of the brewery, it was my favorite beer up to that point that I was unable to obtain in Ohio. The review is of a bottle I brought home with me and opened tonight.

Pours a very dark amber color, the color of pecans, actually. :-) There was a nice light finger of head on the beer that quickly receded.

Smells sweet and of aged wood. Sadly as much as I like the taste the smell was not that noticeable.

The taste is rich and full of complexity. It is a very sweet beer, but excellently balanced so that the sweetness does not overpower. I believe they used maple syrup to sweeten, I'm not sure I can tell that's what it is, but it is soft and enjoyable, maybe tasting closer to a mild brown sugar. You can also detect ripe fruit notes, likely due to the proclaimed plantain ingredient. There is definitely a woody taste to the beer, followed by nutty notes of pecan. The pecan flavor is not overpowering either though, because the beer is flavored with pecan WOOD, not nuts. There is an unmasked, but not detracting alcohol warmth as the beer goes down, finished with a dry nutty after taste.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, allowing for this beer to be very drinkable in my book. Man do I wish they were selling this outside the brewery. If you have the chance to try it, jump at the opportunity, this is a very limited release, though it is such a successful beer in my book that I hope they release it seasonally in the future.

***UPDATE August 2010***

Just had a bottle (now approx. 7 months old) and it has held up extremely well! Still very well carbonated, with excellent lacing. Very woody tasting (more than fresh, even), and sweet as ever.

Still one of my favorites by DFH, still hoping to see this re-released in the future...

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Photo of fear025
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:I get caramel and wood smoke in the aroma.

Appearance:This beer is caramel colored, with big fluffy off-white head.

Taste:The sweet foretaste is of malt, caramel, and pecans. The aftertaste is pleasantly smokey.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a light to medium body, and is a little creamy.

Drinkability:This beer is a real pleasure to drink, with great flavor and tons of complexity.

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Photo of BZero007
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from a friends usually visit to the brew pub. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. This was one of my favorite brews of the year. Poured a lovely golden amber color. Spirals of carbonation spun threw the brew. The aroma was a bit weak though was very nice. The head formation was spot on and brought the brew a great presence. The taste is what took me for a loop and had me saddened that I only had one bottle. Wish this was produced year round or at least yearly.

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Photo of jisom123
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on 09/10/2011

I didn't taste any pecan as I recall. This review is probably a wash though as I didn't take notes and it was my 9th or 10th big sample.

But I do remember it being nice and smooth. Rich malty carmel taste. I wish I had anothe bottle thats for sure. Good stuff. Thanks Goes out to Jeff D (@emelius)

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Photo of ShanePB
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt (mdaschaf) for sending this bottle to me in our first trade. Reviewing from notes, opened on St. Patrick's Day this year. 750 ml bottle, split with Nick on camera and poured into two globe glasses.

A: Semi-hazy medium brown colored body with a slightly off-white head. The retention was pretty nice, leaving a thin film as well as minor splotches of lacing around the glass.

S: Smoked pecans, oak wood, general nuttiness from the pecans and perhaps some carob chips coming through as well. It's very toasted and earthy in nature and does have a certain sweetness to it like sugar-coated nuts. Very diverse, unique and interesting for what could have been a standard brown ale.

T: Initially, roasted wood and some caramel malts come through, followed soon by a slight floral element. The pecans really come through in the finish and as this beer sits and your palate lets everything soak in, the pecans are the dominate flavor. A linger of yam and even the carob comes back for a second.

M: A bit thinner than I expected on the palate, well carbonated although it feels like it still has a medium body -- nothing of a really light bodied nature.

I really did enjoy this beer and wish it was made on a more frequent basis. By no means do I drink brown ales regularly, in fact I almost always pass over them. However, the addition of the pecans and carobs give this an entirely new dimension that is really just well executed. Albeit a bit saddened, this is one Brown Ale I am extremely happy I was able to try. Thanks again Matt!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to mday for the bottle.

Pours a caramel color with an off white head. Single finger to start and has a short retention, but leaves few nice rings. The nose is brown sugar, nuts, and some caramel. The taste is like candied pecans with a nice sweetness and a slightly-dry nutty character. Good body and the pecans do a good job on the beer. Drinks really well and is a really interesting and tasty brown ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Pours a clear amber brown with a finger of white foamy head. No real lacing to speak of forms. The nose is sweet banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, and clove. The taste maintains the banana character, as well as the nutmeg and caramel, and adds a touch of light cocoa powder and a hint of hoppy bitterness. The body is a fairly light medium, with lightly moderate carbonation and a very smooth liquidy feel. Overall, a very tasty, highly drinkable brew that was worth the 2.5-3 hour drive to Delaware to procure it.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure I can rate this to the indicated style. Not really an american brown ale, all the additions kinda take it out of the style. The color, also doesn't match the stated style. I have no frickin clue where this would fit, other than experimental or smoked ale. So, rated accordingly.

A - Pours an amber color with a light tan head. some lacing over the coarse of the tasting. Color was bright, no haze.

S - aromas of smoked malt, very slight though, not overpowering. Some malt sweetness. Some dark cocoa appears in the background, from the carob.

T - smoked malt, some nuttiness, dark cocoa from the carob, slight sweetness, and with a very drying character of pecans.

M - mouthfeel is phenolic from the smoke, some sticky sweetness, medium overall. not cloying at all.

D - overall drinkability is good. Can finish the 750 ml bottle without feeling bloated or alcohol-hazed. would be very good in the winter, by a fire. Would work well with a cigar. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour with hints of yellow and a white head that laces nicely. The oak barrels leave a very nice smell on this. Smokey and malty. Pecan barrels? It shows. The smokiness really takes the taste over. Hints of molasses, malts, caramel, but very smoky. Medium body, although you'd expect it to be lighter. A bit boozey on the backend This was tasty. It wasn't phenomenally good, but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer is great, maybe not for a brown ale, but it glows red and orange hues, as if i'm staring into the bosom of the sun. I'm going to score it high for that anyway. The aroma is over my head in a lot of ways. Plenty of subtle nuance showing smoke and nuts, toffee, and green banana peel. Nice aroma, but it's a touch on the faint side, a shame in that aspect. The taste is sweet and malty with chocolate, vanilla and caramel notes leading to smoky pecans in the finish. These flavors develop as we go on, but still on the distant side. A little more umph is what I would expect here. The carbonation allows for a perfectly smooth body. A neat concept beer.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this baby to celebrate last nite at home! Pours a nice amber/brownish color, very thin though, little bit of lacing on the side of my dogfish snifter. Smell was wonderful, got the carib and the hint of pecan smoked wood, couldn't really figure out the plantain smell, wasn't there in my opinion. Taste was where its at! Lovely going down, nice subtle melding of flavors, actually glad this wasn't a really strong 10% beer, sometimes subtle flavors need to shine. Was going to save some of this for my roomate, but after drinking half of the bottle in 5 minutes, there was no chance of that happening! Glad i got another bottle chilling in the "cellar" aka the big plastic covered bin in my closet!

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Photo of trafordboy
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - copper colored with a thin light tan head that reduced to a thin one bubble thickness sheet, spotty lacing.

Smell (nose) - I love the light smokiness. I'm a huge fan of German rauchier. Light malt sweetness hits next with support from the pecan addition.

Taste - Light smokiness melds nicely with lightly sweet malt, pecan nuttiness and some brown sugar in the finish. Combines nicely.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, I prefer a more viscouis brew, for the style, it is appropriate. I think the thinness detracts from my ability to really get behind this one 100%. Feels weak on my palate.

Drinkability - Sessionable. I like the initial flavors but I quickly got bored with it. Nice effort and creative ingredients.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this fine brew straight from dogfish head, thanks to jrish aka slang the wanginator.Pours an amber copper color with good to large white head and good lacing. soft carbonation. smells fairly nutty. taste is nutty burnt pecan flavor. very smooth and light bodied. long flavor duration with a sweet finish. had my first taste of this fine brew at extreme beer fest, very excited to get my hands on it again.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of pouring this beer for them on cask at NOTB and on tap during EBF. IMO the tap version was quite a bit better.

A: Fairly clear light brown color. Minimal head. I think there was actually more head on the cask version which is unusual. Just a touch of lacing for both versions.

S: The nose on the cask version was super tight. It wasn't bad but you could not pick out individual smells. The tap version was nice. A little bit of smoke. Very subtle. The pecan did come through nicely. Little big of malt but not that much all things considered.

T: The tap version has a nice smokiness that just was not there on the cask version.The pecan came through nicely but it was combined with the smokiness and that really worked well for me. The cask version was all pecan and really was not as complex. Both versions had a touch of spiciness to them.

M: This surprised me. Super light body. It really worked well for what they were going for with this beer.

D: I like what they did. A sessionable extreme beer. This would be a nice daily drinker. Nothing too crazy but with enough flavor to keep you comming back for more. Would love to try the bottled version at some point. Pecan!

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a transparent light amber with a small white cap that slowly fades. Scattered streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of bananas, brown sugar, toasted nuts, cut wood, and a touch of bitter cocoa powder.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice flavor that is a slight dip down from the sweet smell but with a touch of smoked meat coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well balanced.

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Photo of Jayli
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from Jackthebear so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 11/3
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a translucent toffee/copper color with a two finger of creamy khaki colored head. Head recedes nicely leaving sheets of sticky, sudsy lacing.

S: Nose is potent! Caramel malts, fig, plantain, and a smokiness.

T: Taste starts sweet with brown sugars and caramel malt. Middle is slightly bananary and finish continues with a fruitiness. Overlaying smokiness compliments the flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation slick, silky feeling on the tongue.

D: Goes down smooth, nice kick, nice twist on the style, not too filling, definitely a beer to sit with for a bit.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mdaschaf for this. I shared it with some Rochester BA's during our tasting. Review from notes.

Poured a hazy reddish orange with a white head. I immediately gather a whiff of bananas. Seriously, this smells almost like a mix of banana nut bread, tobacco, wood, and black tea. Very interesting and very well done. Bananas in the forefront with a nice caramel and cocoa background. Nuts (hard to discern specifically for pecans) are rather prominent and definitely give the bananas the classic banana nut bread quality. Smoke is noted towards the finish. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. I commend DFH for this very interesting and intriguing beer.

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Wrath Of Pecant! from Dogfish Head Brewery
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