Scary Jesus Rock Star | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale ale brewed with plentiful amounts of Apricots and Chamomile. A collaboration beer with Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions.

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Photo of pat61
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: It pours hazy copper brown releasing streams of bubbles that rush upwards to join a lightly orange tinted 1.5" foam blanket on top. Scores of lighter brown floaties are also suspended throughout the beer.

S: The aromas are somewhat muted with light apricot and chamomile with a hint of caramel and a trace of biscuit.

T: Its creamy, starting with apricot that dissolves into the malt then the chamomile comes forward joined by a moderately high bitterness as the beer moves across the palate. The chamomile is real apparent but it works very well with the apricot and the malt. A light caramel sweetness accents the apricot and chamomile while balancing the hop bitterness. The hop bitterness also highlights some of the chamomile and apricot flavors.

F: The body is just above medium, very creamy with medium soft carbonation.

O: Although the beer is somewhat past its prime and looks gross, it is interesting, fairly well balanced and the various parts work well together.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It isn't much of a horizontal when I only have two beers to review as a part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but every little bit counts.

From the bottle: "Apricot Chamomile Pale Ale"; "A collaboration with Chef Cleetus Friedman".

It was a fresh bottle, but it was getting late & I did not feel like cleaning up any potential messes. As such, I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a very gentle pour. Once it was sufficiently decanted, I conducted an in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of soapy, tawny head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was a tea-like Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a flowery spiciness that I am sure was borne of the chamomile, along with a light apricot fruitiness. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not watery, per se, but light for the style. The taste was less malty-sweet as opposed to perfume-y. I am unconvinced that chamomile belongs in beer. I have had apricot beers before & I seem to remember at least one other chamomile-infused beer, but this just was not making it for me. Where are the hops? This would be better served as a "Gruit" or an "Herbed/Spiced Ale". I was reminded of chamomile tea, which I do not really like, either. Finish was semi-dry, but how do you quantify a tea-like perfuminess? I was suddenly transported to the main entry at Watt & Shand's with its perfume department. Ugh.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


12oz Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: brown with slight orange tint.
Globules of sediment. Small off white head, lasts a while.
AROMA: mildly hoppy and fruity. No strong smells.
TASTE: apricot is subtle and chamomile is more subtle which works good for me.
FEEL: Medium body, easy drinking.

I like the the Scary Jesus Rock Star.


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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have no idea what chamomile is or tastes like for full disclosure. Looks good, deep Amber thick foamy head retention. Smells different, perhaps that's hops or malts on my nose. A tinge of a peach cobbler whiff. Def reminds me of a peach cobbler on taste as well. Very interesting. Sweet, bit of syrupy character. As the head dies down it still holds pockets of thick head..weird. Overall it's worth a try. I would suppose a tea lover may enjoy this crossover. Nice job, not sure I'd buy a pack for myself tho.

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Photo of avalon07
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of apricots, hops, citrus, malt, and some chamomile.

T: Tasted of mild citrus notes (a little bit of lemon), a bit of malt, some caramel, a moderate hops presence, chamomile tea, a fair shot of apricots (especially in the finish), and sugary quality. Definitely one of the more interesting flavors for an APA. The chamomile presence is strong and mixes well with the fruit elements. Very tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This beer's low rating is a little surprising. Yes, it does deviate from the typical APA style, but it's easy to drink and oddly intriguing,

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Photo of jzlyo
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruit, mild/medium sweetness and a hint of pumpkin. The flavor is citrus, fruit/mild apricot, malts, mild sweetness and a bitter/tart/hoppy finish.

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Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: cloudy, amber, big thick tan head
S: spicy and flowery
T: spice, honey, citrus juice
F: light to medium body, but good mouthfeel
O: very tasty, different but enjoyable

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle dated 09.02.16

Pours foggy hazy dark amber copper orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells very fragrant and sweet with tea-like notes of fresh chamomile and fruity apricots, some cinnamon-like caramel malty notes, graham cracker, toffee, honey, brown sugar, melon, berry, with floral herbal earthy grass. Tastes like honey toffee caramel malts, cinnamon-like spice, graham crackery grains, brown sugar, chamomile, with fruity apricot, melon, berry notes, and floral herbal earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice chamomile apricot pale ale.

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

Many beers (Unibroue Apple Ephemere comes to mind) taste significantly different from the bottle vs. in a Belgian-style beer glass. This is the only beer I've tasted that I prefer from the bottle. I'm reviewing it both ways, appearance is a 4 (solid brown) and aroma 4.25 (chamomile, malt and honey) for each.

Bottle: taste / feel (4.5) - full bodied with strong chamomile flavor with lots of honey on the back end, concluding with a clean finish; overall (4.25) - very tasty but not complex, an amped up chamomile tea with honey.

In glass: taste / feel (3.75) - Chamomile with a bit of apricot, relatively full bodied. Very dry, vaguely unpleasant bitter finish that is reminiscent of apricot peel / pits; overall (3.75) - tasty, but apricot (and hop?) aromatics, which mostly enhanced honey elements straight from the bottle, add a peculiar, not great aspect to the finish.

Alcohol is very well hidden no matter how you drink this.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation, moderate to heavy amounts of large dark particles in suspension, and moderate amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chamomile and stone fruit/ apricot over the top of light aromas of pale and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and caramel malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of stone fruit/apricot and moderate to strong flavors of chamomile. There is a light flavor of herbal + earthy hops in the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Interesting, the flavors from the apricot and the chamomile really work together well and the chamomile contribute a lot of flavor without adding any of the herbal bitterness/dryness. Easy to drink but not sure I would have more than one of these in a sitting die to the uniqueness. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of puck1225
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass. Thin head with decent lacing. Golden color. The smell was not strong but slightly sweet and malty. Taste was cinnamony. Being from Texas, it reminds me of Blood and Honey.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried the scary Jesus rock star at pizza parlor I chicago. Was not overly impressed. It poured a clear amber with white head that left some lace. The scent had mostly spice. The taste followed the scent and was a bit bitter. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer had a unique taste....Worth a way.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 8-18-15 into a Belgian tulip. Beer is approximately 3 months old.

Pours an aged copper color with a 3/4 inch, off-white head. Low head retention. Lacing around the glass is different than any I have seen before. Almost looks like little ribosomes at the top of the glass as then traditional lacing, much like a doily.

Smells of sweet fruit, herbs and a hint of booziness on the finish stings my nostrils. Not much my or hoppiness going on at all.

Tastes very sweet on the front end and then transitions into an almost tart flavor but quickly finishes with an herbal bitterness from the chamomile and hop content. This one really plays with your taste buds.

Feels slick on the tongue initially as then plays with your tongue. The beer finishes dry and leaves your mouth with a dryness after a few minutes. You can taste the apricot ever so slightly when you lick your lips.

Overall not my favorite beer, but it's different and worth picking up a bottle to try. Not an agable beer, but it may taste interesting after a year or so because of the chamomile. It would most likely sweeten up significantly and would definitely lose all hop flavor whatsoever.


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Photo of stortore
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a medium amber, more opaque than expected, with a one finger head, foamy lacing. Smells of malt, yeast, chamomile, some apricot, a hint of anise. A spicy, kind of pumpkin pie spice smell when fully warmed. Taste amps up the chamomile; also malt, some apricot, a little vanilla, less yeast than the nose. Some bitterness. Both full bodied and a touch harsh for the style.

I liked this, gives you some different flavors without being over the top. Flavorful. APA's aren't one of my favorite styles, either. You might not want six, but give one a try.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm not explicitly picking up a lot of apricot from the nose; however, chamomile (and other herbal essences) show themselves nicely. As it opens up, the latter REALLY pops vividly. Combined, the two make this beer seem very tea-like - still, the caramel and graham cracker malt notes help keep it in check. The flavor is extremely crisp, like a good tea. Apricot appears at first, while chamomile and more general green tea flavors finish it off. In the middle lies a gently sweet graham cracker flavor. I like the first couple of sips more than the following ones, though. On the other hand, it's dry finishing (and well carbonated) enough to go down quite easily. Honestly, this doesn't excite me as much as a more traditional pale ale (hey, I'm a sucker for hops), but it's fun to drink all the same - this one would be something to pair with a lighter dinner.

3.23/5: This is a cool curiosity, if nothing else

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin spice and everything nice. Loved the smell with the Apricot and spices like a pumpkin pie. Was very enjoyable. Unique in taste and overall very good.

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Photo of tykechandler
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

this beer tastes like sleepytime tea. if you like sleepytime tea, and beers that taste like it, you will enjoy this. if you would rather not drink beer that tastes like tea, i would recommend passing this one up.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hilarious, if not blasphemous, label art.
Cloudy, deep amber in color, with a moderate cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Apricot and chamomile notes
Taste-Spicy apricot and tea-leaf melange. Fruity and refreshing. A great match for Mandarin chicken or Indian fare. Interesting flavor, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Muddy and chestnut brown with a murky dark rust. Got some chunky floaties in there off the pour as well. Head manages an almost nice nitrous classic tan color, easily two fingers, and settles to a nice creamy top. A bit chaotic and crazy, but I like this near nitrous head appearance.

Aroma really seems more like a winter warmer. Cinnamon and nutmeg with fruitcake like aromas. Bready thick malts in a coffee cake like realm as well. Pretty neat, but seems to have lost much of it's herbal like qualities, and certainly don't smell much or any apricot off of this at all.

Palate is a bit more odd. Surprisingly banana like esters and flavors in the mid palate. Sharp prickly carbonation and a surprising hop bitterness of pine on the finish that really comes out of nowhere. Much of the warming and spicy quality really seems to have gone all over the place, and to some degree come in second in flavor. Mouthfeel is perfectly fine, and seems the only thing that was done right here.

This is overly busy, really odd, with not much of the showcase flavors even being found. Comes off as an over estery weird winter warmer that doesn't really deliver. Drinkable, but I'll pass on the next one.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer. Not quite sure where the apricots are. Definately getting chamomile and it's pretty good. A bit on the sweeter side and wish I got some apricot flavor but still pretty good. Glad intried but nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Much darker than one would expect for a pale ale hazy amber brown. Should be ok since its brewed with tea leaves. Head is an impressive 1/2 inch of head settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Mix of apricot and tea leaves. Somewhat muted not tart or strong like a ESB.
T - Strong tea and mix of apricot sweetness on the palate. No hops or pale malts. Somewhat dry finish like sucking on a teabag.
M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall great experimental ale I may get again but I am more of a fan of their stouts.

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Photo of Raime
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark Horse Scary Jesus Rockstar.

What the fuck is a jesus? This beer always sounded nice to me yet I never pulled the trigger at the price tag plus the fact I am an Atheist and not the biggest fan of owning things that refer to anything else. Anyway, I'm not a complete prick so I bought it anyway ( Christians take notice on how NOT to be overly offended and butthurt by something that isn't your fairy tale of choice! ).

All jokes aside, let's dive in.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a snifter because I feel classy. Pours a moderately murked deep amber with a two finger head. After sitting a few minutes the head retains quite well and has already left a good amount of sticky lacing. Carbonation appears to be on moderate levels. Quite attractive thusfar

Smell - Getting a whole hell of a lot of the tea and apricot aspects here. Noticable malt levels but the tea aspect really takes its hold here. What seems like just a bit of ginger spice comes though. Just missing the hot water and you'd have a legitimate tea going on here.

Taste - The apricot and tea is ultimately was controlls the flavor. The malt and hop levels come through here more than in the smell. Overall in this profile the cham tastes like it was pulled straight from a bag of green tea with the apricot backing it up and adding a cooling effect. Hops are still kept to a lower level and the malts are wet white breadlike in nature. Very easy drinking and quite different exactly as expected.

Feel - Bosy is a bit fuller than you may expect with a medium to very heavy level of carbonation as expected for a tea. Look guys, After the flavor I looked more at this as an alcohlic tea variant than an actual beer. It certainly did the job it has promised. Despite the well retained head, the apricot cooling effect somehow manages to negate it and allow it to sit without any noticable creamyness. Swallows easily and goes down like a tea with a low to moderate level of booze.

Overall - Well it was pretty much what I had expected. Very tea like in nature. If you want to introduce somebody to craft beer in general, this is probably the beer to do it with. While it wasn't all that complex, it was still solid drinlink. Maybe the qualities would even help with a sick person trying to drink? Who knows. As always, try it for yourself..

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apparently not a new beer but new in Virginia. Collaboration with a friend from high school so had to pick up a 6er. Interesting smell, almost like cinnamon, apricot comes through but not strongly. Really enjoyed this as it warmed a bit. Taste is a little sweeter than the aroma, but not strong which is good as I generally don't like fruit beers.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had a 4 ounce sample as part of a flight. This was a very distinctive pale ale. As others have noted, the unique flavors seem to be tea and apricot. I had enough that I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy peach juice color with good carbonation with a very thin white head. Smell of sweet Carmel smell and citrus fruit with funk. A very zesty, flowery backing. Taste of Carmel bread. Not much hop taste until finish. Also a hint if cinnamon. A nice finish. With medium body. One of the most unique Pale ales if had. I'm sold. The Carmel/malt/cinnamon combination sold me.

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