Wrath Of Pecant! | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Wrath Of Pecant!Wrath Of Pecant!

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jrallen34 on 02-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 110
Reviews by pastradul:
Photo of pastradul
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 tuckevalastin
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: translucent amber with a foamy tan head

S: Has a smokey aroma with some nutty notes and some light sweetness. Not an overly strong smell.

T: The smoked wood comes through as the dominate flavor. Some sweet caramelly malt flavors come through as well. Again the taste isn't incredibly strong.

M: light-medium bodied beer with no heat, spice, or bitterness present. Very smooth beer.

D: Extremely drinkable

Overall, if DFH would bottle this is standard size bottles it would be a great everyday drinker. The flavors won't amaze you but they are easy to enjoy.

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Photo of jisom123
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is lots of orange and other citrus along with caramel malt and pecan smoke. The flavor is quite a bit of smoke with some pecans, oranges and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an 8oz imperial style glass.

Pours a rich but clear brown with a small slighty brown thin head that fades. Nos is plesant and has a very light smokiness to it.

Taste is light and smooth, very. Easy drinking. It has a ver subtle smoke flavor that's quit unique. Crisp with a light sweetness and the smoke lingers on the finish.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with THECPJ.

A:Pours a light brown with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Plantains right off the bat. There is some wood, smoke, a little banana, and a buttery aroma as well, almost like popcorn butter.

T: I get the bananas/plantains in the beginning and then some brown sugar, a little smoke flavor, and some caramel malt. There is also a nutty flavor, maybe the from the pecan chips.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with a slightly creamy texture. Has nice carbonation, especially after a year. A very interesting beer, I really like the flavors and the smoke, but its not something I would drink all the time for sure.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a firm cap of foam that sticks around for the duration, and it sits atop an amber/copper/bronze color that is just entrancing.

Aroma brings in a nutty smokiness (no surprise, as pecan wood-smoked malt was used here) and something akin to maple, but not quite. Interesting, unique, nothing like any aroma I remember in any other beer.

Same goes for the flavor. A little more maple, a bit of honey, toffee, caramel, with the smoky pecan wood character even more prevalent than in the aroma. It's still a subtle layer among various layers of flavor, and one that thankfully tastes about as natural as grandma's pecan pie. Really nice. Carob and plantain were used in fermentation, and those are here, but only as an even subtler layer than the pecan wood. A hint of vanilla? Maybe. Really interesting.

Smooth and slick, the mouthfeel is just right and brightens up Wrath Of Pecant's interesting web of flavors.

This sample was half of a big bottle, enjoyed with a good friend who was kind enough to share this rarity. I was wishing there was more to go around, as this is one of those that's so unique that it's tough to get your head around from just one meeting. Way to go, DFH and the BA Bros...

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle via trade thanks to soulforpeanuts. This sounded like a weird beer, a collaboration between DFH and the all-powerful Bros of BeerAdvocate. Apparently they wanted to call this Wrath of Pecan, but then some legal person came in and said they pecouldn't call it that, so it became Wrath of Pecan't. Cool story, Bros.

Brilliant clear reddish-amber color with a small lasting off-white head.

Aroma is really smoky with caramel, roast, chocolate, and pecan (or maybe pecan't). A little sweet plantain as well.

Flavor is decent. Smoke, roast, caramel, pecans, plantains, chocolate, and earth. Not bad, but not too well integrated.

Medium-bodied and smooth with lasting smoke. Drier than I expected - this does not have DFH's classic underattenuation. It is only a 6% beer I guess.

Solid overall, a little weird, but pretty good. Others at the tasting panned it, but I thought it was a worthy effort.

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Photo of gezondheid
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of trafordboy
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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 HuaiDan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mfunk9786
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My fiance picked me up a $7 bomber of this when she was down in Rehoboth, fresh from the brewery. Awesome to have this rare brew in hand.

A: Pours a light brown with plenty of carbonation in the glass (there's lovely bubbles cascading up the glass at all times, a very lively brew) with a perfect one finger head that didn't dissipate an iota through my entire glass.

S: Not a lot going on on the nose, which I found surprising. Slightly smoky, but really just an autumnal brown ale aroma dominating the nose. Does not give much of a clue as to how it'll taste.

T: Here's where the beer shines. It could certainly be a bit more over the top in terms of the flavor, especially because it was brewed for the purposes of being unusual, but the earthy sweetness of the plantains and the nutty pecan smokiness on the aftertaste make themselves known. A very clean finish, and no alcohol presence whatsoever. Goes down like cold water. Certainly lacks the assertive robust flavors of the Indian Brown ale or the bizarrely over-the-top qualities of something like Immort Ale.

M: Lovely. Smooth, goes down easy. A shame this isn't going to be a staple for Dogfish Head, because if it were sold in six packs it'd totally be a session beer (but don't get any ideas guys - your Indian Brown is a WONDERFUL beer).

D: Doesn't get any better than this. Tastes great, goes back easy. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Espenoza
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worthy of tightly packed slightly fizzy batter-like light khaki colored head... Modest retention give way to rich frothy lacing with an even thicker collar... A light rich caramely brown color with a faint orange hue... Small bubbled sluggish carbonation throughout...

S - Pastry dough... Diacytel... Bread pudding... Faint banana... Faint brown sugar... Golden raisins... Very mild touches of wood... Quite pleasant, but a tad on the subdued side...

T - The taste is exactly as the nose would lead you to believe... Light brown sugar... Golden raisins... Banana... Faint caramel... Sweet bready malts... A vague nuttiness... Subtle wood characteristics... The finish has the slightest hop bitterness deep on the back of the tongue...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly sticky... Even and consistent... Slightly lush... Minimal carbonation... A tad on the rich side... Slightly creamy...

D - Super quaffable... A tasty slightly unique offering from Dogfish which should come as no surprise... Shares a lot of characteristics with the Marzen style... I recommend and would gladly drink again... Loaded with flavor and personality, especially considering the 6% ABV...

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Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another rarity received in a great trade with Tiklmelmo.... Thanks Jason.... Cool to do this in the same trade as the LDM.... Shared this with the Boise peeps during the Derby party.

Deep clear copper... but certainly not brown... frothy white head... good lacing.. but the head dropped quickly.

Aroma is like a big-boned Newcastle combined with minor smokey elements.... "smells brown" ... toasty ... nutty??? not alot going on here.

The palate is thin .. lite "brown beer" .... presumed mild maltiness.... some toasty sweetness shows.... the smoke is there, but again, in the background...

I've had "fried" plantains quite a few times, but really I'm getting nothing that shows plantains.

Overall, I appreciate the beer for what it is, but am still pretty disappointed .... "Wrath of Pecan".... hit me with the nuts... hit me with the smoke... hit me with the brown malts... Just hit me!!!

Thanks again Jason... I had higher hopes than DFH could deliver.


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3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

750mL bottle to pint glass. Bottled in 2010, released in February & sampled 9/6/10.

A: A semi vigorous pour produces 3 fingers of creamy/frothy light-brown head with lasting retention. The body is med-dark mahogany brown and magnifyingly clear. BB shot sheets of lace around the glass. Good looking brew.

S & T: I was taken aback by the aromas of this brew. To enjoy it, I needed to appreciate the individual aromas before I could appreciate them as a collective. It is a complex and unusual combination of aromas & flavors. Even though it works and it's growing on me, I can already tell that this brew isn't for everyone. Hell, most days, this brew isn't even for me.

Heavily toasted malts including chocolate (from the carob), the crust of very dark bread & nuts. Hop contribution is lightly herbal, if anything, since the malts bury all else. Hickory smoke hits my nose first, then chocolate, then the plantain chips. It isn't until I smell the plantains before I can start to appreciate the nose as a whole. This is BIG FLAVOR BEER. In addition to what's already been mentioned, wood, tobacco, powdered chocolate, beef jerky, and menthol. There is also an underlying dark fruit component throughout, namely raisins and prunes. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter. Wrath of Pecant! is probably a little smokier than it needs to be.

M: Excellent. Full body with a slick texture as it hits your tongue and creamy as it grazes over it. The carbonation level is perfect, fizzy first, lively second. Light astringency on the back end.

D: Sort of like rauchbier meets barlewine, especially towards the end when the effervescence has died down and the temperature has warmed. Unfortunately for me, this is not highly drinkable beer. But I'm pretty sure it wasn't really meant to be. If it's any indication (and it should be), it was brewed by Sam Calagione and it was debuted at Extreme Beer Fest... Overall, good beer, better experience.

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a DFH Pint Glass. Part of a lovely DFH tasting with 5 friends.

A - Pours a clear reddish-brown with a creamy off-white head that recedes to a slight haze.
S - Strong caramel and toffee aromas with a bit of roasted banana and a nice smoke presence. Really digging the smoke here, and somehow I overlooks that ingredient on the label, so it was a nice surprise.
T - More sweet caramel malt, roasted plantains, toasted pecan, and smoke. I can really tell that pecans were used for the smoking process, it's such a unique smoky quality that really makes the beer.
M - Slightly creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - Really enjoyed this one, could have easily drank this bottle by myself. I had been looking forward to this one for some time, so glad it didn't disappoint!

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