Wrath Of Pecant!
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Wrath Of Pecant!Wrath Of Pecant!
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Brown Ale - American
3.85 | pDev: 14.29%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Wrath Of Pecant!Wrath Of Pecant!
Notes: 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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nmann08 from Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a dark copper brown with good carbonation with a fluffy off-white head. This is from 2010 and from the smell, hard to believe this beer is over 4 years old. It is very fragrant.

The nose is dominated by banana, caramel, burnt brown sugar, butterscotch. The flavor is a little peat smoke, roasted/fried banana, caramel, chestnuts. There is a little oxidation going on and for only 6%, the booze is biting on the palate. It is very sweet and full of sugary notes.

Overall, ehhhh. It might have been better fresh, but still holds up.

Nov 14, 2014
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear cinnamon color with a one pinky head and mild carbonation.

S - Buttery, pecans, oak, candied caramel malt, maple syrup.

T - Plantains, pecans, brown sugar, oak, candied caramel malt, light maple syrup, earthy, balanced, , mild pine bitter finish.

M - thick, full bodied, sticky, velvety, gentle, and smooth.

O - very, very good, glad I cellared this bottle.

May 16, 2012
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jaysephx69 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Nice dark amber in color, nice head that left some soapy lacing.

S= To me the nose was rather faint, I really smelled the smoke, some nuts in it, and some carmel malts.

T= Nice taste get a little bit of a nutty taste the plantains come out a little and you get a nice smoke taste to it.

M= Medium bodied nice amount of carbonation.

D= Very nice drink really like DFH because they are always trying new stuff overall this beer was pretty good.

Feb 20, 2012
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last pint I got to try at my first visit to the DPH pub. Great smoky aroma to this one. Taste is also smoky but very flavorful. Some great nuttiness and the fruits come through, and the roasted flavors make for a great, well-balanced beer. Not quite as good as the 75 Minute, but was the second best beer I tried and the uniqueness of this one makes it worth a try,

Dec 10, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 750mL bottle to tasting glass at a NoVA Beer Tasting on 10/23/11
*From notes

-- Thanks for supplying this one, Bill --

A: Meh - simple leathery brown hue. A decent pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head and minimal lacing.

S: Smoke. A bit nutty too. Hints of toffee and malt peek through here and there.

T: Just too much liquid smoke for me. All the delicate nuances of what a Brown Ale should be are decimated by SMOKE SMOKE SMOKE!!!! Come on gents, it's called balance. Where are the plantains and the nuttiness from the pecans? It's called "Wrath of Pecant" for God's sake. All I get is smoke and mirrors (see what I did there?)

M: Oddly oily. A bit undercarbed and thin.

O: DFH's Wrath of Pecant was one of the more dissapointing beers at the tasting. There's a total lack of balance here, and for someone who doesn't like smoked beers (but knows a good one when he tastes it), this was hard to get down.

If you're gonna do a smoke/rauchbier, please cut down on that hedache-inducing liquid smoke essence, and find a more complex and flavor enhancing smoky profile.

Nov 25, 2011
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russwbeck from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Oct 27, 2011
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billab914 from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a deep orange amber color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass. Very cool color, the head disappeared rather quickly though.

In the aroma I get a little bit of smoke mixing with some sweeter notes of dark fruits and cherry flavors. Some malty, brown sugar like characteristics come out as well. Pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the malty sweet flavors up front with some dark fruit and brown sugar notes to it. In the finish the smoke really starts to come out and gives it a very nice smoky dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side with carbonation being about average. Overall I thought it was a very solid beer. I especially liked the smoky finish to it. Very interesting and tasty beer overall.

Oct 25, 2011
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to bauermj.
25.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark amber-brown with a huge light tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Dark fruit, plums, brown sugar, ripe bananas.

T - Brown sugar, over-ripe dark fruit, spices.

D - Tons of carbonation, average body.

O - Unique, but I did not love it.

Oct 14, 2011
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jisom123 from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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)

Sep 14, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ark brown in color with a rich look to it. Some light hints of a reddish note poking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice touches of fine off white head forming on the top, nothing extreme though, maybe a half an inch or so. This faded down gracefully and left behind just a touch of lace on the edges of the glass.

The aroma was very nice and quite sweet as well. Rich notes of caramel, nuts, and a hint of brown sugar all playing very nicely. As it warmed up some hints of an earthy hop note started to take shape, as well as a nice underlying layer of grain. The flavor was just really top notch here. Rich and vibrant and amazingly complex. Starting with a wave of smooth caramel malts, evolving with an earthy hop tone that offered a nice balance to the sweet notes that had started it all. This was mellow and super smooth. Easing back down the original path, a nice touch of pecan then rolled across the tongue, mellowing out the finish and providing that last gasp of sweetness before the flavor finished out.

Aug 20, 2011
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koopa from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jazzhead74 for sharing this one at the Hill Farmstead Saison event last weekend.

Appearance: Pours a red tinged brown that is fairly transparent. Head is small, white, shows minimal retention, and minimal lace.

Smell: Faintly toasted pecans, toffee notes, and a dash of sweetness (lightly caramel coated banana).

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied and a touch undercarbonated at this point.

Drinkability: Would be higher if the mouthfeel was better.

Aug 20, 2011
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Aug 18, 2011
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davey101 from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to bobbypaulson over on RB for the hook up! 750ml dated 2010. Poured at 60ish degrees into a DFH signature glass.

A - Very nice brown body with a lasting off white head and some nice lacing.

S - Lots of smokey flavors. Toffee, caramel, and just a hint of sweet earthy bananas. The smell is very savory.

T - Huge wave of smoke and sweet malts. I've eaten plantains before and I get that sense, although its basically just a glorified banana. Carob...I looked it up and Wikipedia said it could be used as a chocolate substitute and is slightly sweet. There is a hint of cocoa nib sweetness which I guess is that carob. Quite tasty. The mouth feel is well carbonated, but still meaty enough for the big savory flavors.

O - I'm not a big fan of smoked beers, which this beer is essentially. It does have the nice smooth nuttiness of a brown ale though. Thankfully the smoke is fairly mellow and blends quite nicely with the other flavors. This is a great collaboration, and it has held up well with age. Its also a bit refreshing to see a DFH beer that doesn't have a crazy high abv and taste like syrup (even though that's part of why I love them so much...)

Jul 19, 2011
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shangwang from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of Wrath during the 2011 Weekend of Compelling Ales at DFH and finally got around to giving it a shot.

Poured a medium brown color with very little white head that disapered quickly. Smells include toffee, banana, and malt. Maybe even a hint of chocolate. Tasted very malty and earthy- I don't know what plantains taste like but I have a feeling that I tasted some in the banana bread-ish highlights. There's some nutty roastiness in there as well. Mouthfeel was watery and there was some carbonation but nothing crazy.

Overall, there were a lot of characteristics you would expect from a brown ale, but the flavor was much more complex and it didn't have the bitterness that you find sometimes, and it deftinitely wasn't flat. I enjoyed it- too bad it's not more readily available or I'd be drinking it with some frequency.

Jul 17, 2011
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oline73 from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that goes away almost completely.

Smell: Mildly smokey with a caramel malt sweetness and some fruity notes.

Taste: There is some bready malt, this beer isn't too sweet at all. There is some smoke, which I really enjoyed. I can just pick up the plantains a little bit. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: I really liked the mild smoke, that together with the bitter finish made the beer. I think this one benefited from a bit of age. A nice offering and I'm glad I got to try it again.

Jul 16, 2011
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calcio360jrd from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Jul 07, 2011
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yeahnatenelson from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a garnet hue with a slim sudsy beige head. A bit ho-hum, but not bad.

Smell -- Carob and plantain sweetness is in the forefront, along with cocoa, toasted malt, and woodsmoke. Nice interplay with the plantain sweetness and the smoke.

Tatse -- The pecan wood smoke is much more evident in the taste, but as the smokiness begins to ebb on the palate, the chocolatey carob and plantain sweetness begin to pronounce themselves more, along with toasted malt sweetness and a bit of dark fruit character.

Mouthfeel -- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels pretty good. Very drinkable.

Overall -- I like it. The carob and plantain really evevate this from a potentially ho-hum smoked beer to an interesting interpretation of the style. A year later and this is still drinking really well!

Jul 06, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was very excited to try this beer last year at the brewpub. Ordered a bottle and gave it a pour. The color was a light orangey brown with a fizzy white head. There isn't much lacing here. The smell of the beer is a bit nutty and slightly floral. The taste is kind of on the sweet side some brown sugar perhaps, some nuttiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light bodied. Overall it was a decent brew but nothing too impressive.

Jun 02, 2011
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claspada from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to syscrusher for the trade and aging this wherever he did for the last year plus.
Aromas of sweet butterscotch and caramel maltiness. As it warms you also get some slight toasted nuttiness and a more pronounced brown sugar aroma. I get no smoke or wood at all but that is understandable considering this beer was brewed over a year ago I believe.
The taste follows the nose but is much more subdued than I expected. I get a lot of sweet burnt caramel and butterscotch again. Not much in the way of nuttiness. There is a slight roasted character in the finish, but very slight; kinda like roasted peanuts (or in this case I guess Pecans). Once again there is no wood or smoked malt flavors (thank you aging).
The mouthfeel is medium with medium to low carbonation (typical Dogfish carbonation for those of you familiar with the brewers' other offerings). Overall I thought this beer was good but I believe would have been better several months ago with more complex flavors; still good none-the-less.

May 28, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Very tasty! Poured thick, reddish-brown with a healthy off-white head. Pungent aroma; malts, caramel, wood, nuts, some sugar and light fruit. All those characteristics carried over into the taste, with a toasty quality, and slight banana bread flavors coming through later on. Medium-light mouthfeel, pretty smooth and nutty, and moderately drinkable. Tasted better after it breathed for a while.

May 03, 2011
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lackenhauser from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

May 01, 2011
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coldmeat23 from Oklahoma

4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Apr 20, 2011
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TMoney2591, shared with Sammy and Steve. 25oz into a tulip.

Pours a dark amber, almost with a dark 'peachy' quality to it in the light; some mahogany highlights. Light tan head leaves a collar of head and mild lace. Nose is smoked wood, some raw plantain/banana peel type stuff and a general woodiness. Taste is smoke initially, almost rauchbier-like at times. Sweet, again with some notes of the plantain again, dry and some slight starch. More nuttiness, sweet woodiness. Good mouthfeel, relatively full and smokey throughout. Good drinkability, and an interesting concotion overall that was well executed.

Apr 10, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy-raspberry coloured body, minimal head.Smoke in the aroma. Sweetish smoke flavour,minimal wood taste, lght and easy brown ale.Works a a brown ale, leans on the sweet side. Decent mouthfeel, good drinkability. Pecan in aftertaste.Liam's bottle.

Apr 08, 2011
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mcann2pu from Delaware

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:1 Pint bottle. Dated: 2010.
Appearance: Pours into pint glass a slightly reddish slightly brown-ish color with some tan head.

Smell: sweet caramel and smokey aromas from this one.

Taste: sweet malt and smokey flavor, slightly nutty, good.

Mouthfeel: smooth slightly creamy.

Drinkability: very enjoyable, glad I have been able to have a few bottles of this one.

Apr 06, 2011
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 197 ratings