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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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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 196
Photo of Arbitrator
1.88/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle shared by nickd717 (EDIT: I like largadeer's coined nickname. Nick the Tick it is) at a tasting.

A: Pours a clear amber body with a short-lived off-white head. No lacing.

S: Smoked wood, toast, caramel. Honestly, I expected a lot more substance. For the style it's pretty mediocre.

T: Not super flavorful, either. Some smoke, toast, nuts. They pull past the dry finish into the aftertaste. Surprisingly devoid of flavor.

M: Very thin-bodied, and low in carbonation. Watery flavor.

D: Just a very disappointing beer. I didn't expect it to be amazing, but given the pedigree of the Bros and DFH, I expected something with more flavor and substance to it.

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Photo of mothman
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one!

Pours a light layer of fizzy off white head. Color is a clear copper brown. Very light for a brown ale. Not dark at all.

Aroma: Smells very smokey like a rauchbier. Bacon, smoke, roasted malts. Can't really detect any pecans here. Nothing like a brown ale at all.

Taste: Huge smoked flavors. Again, just like a rauchbier. Bacon and lots of it. Seriously confused with this beer. Some malts, but all are smoked. No brown ale flavors at all.

Mouthfeel: Smoked, a bit smooth, and then more smokiness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends smoky and dry.

Overall, an American brown that seems to have taken a different path. Tastes nothing like any brown I have had. The pecans never really showed through me. Not very drinkable at all.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle. Wrath of Pecant pours a clean light red color with a white small head. The aroma is smoky with hints of bacon and salmon. I kind of am not wanting to drink this. The taste is smokey with some residual sweetness. I was expecting some nutty notes but was really dissappointed. No evident taste of plantains or carob. No lacing to mention. Light/medium mouthfeel. Overall, not a beer I would seek out to ever try again.

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2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle aquired in trade, I beleive from jojomdma. If I am mistaken, sorry. This one was shared at the CB 110k #3 release. Review from notes. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Pretty much pure brown color. The pour drops a minimal tannish head that leaves little lace.

A: Very smokey. It has a distinct chipotle in adobo scent. Very woody and spicey. Very little sweetnees in this brew. Quite unlike any Brown Ale I've had.

T: Taste is more smoked wood, I'm guessing it's the pecan wood, but not really getting any pecan flavor. Slightly bitter, with small notes of vanilla and roasted nuts. Finishes spicey but clean.

M: Medium body, good amounts of carbonation. I actually think this is the best part of the beer.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty low here. The spicey and charred wood will limit this emensely. Overall, not my cup of tea. Interesting, but not something I'll bother seeking out again. Skal.

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2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of vacax
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Andrew shared this one, thanks. This wale poured a bright, burnt orange with a medium off-white head with tight beading. Looks really nice. The aroma is intensely smoked with cinnamon and dried bananas. The taste is also intense on the smoke with a phenolic character, a bit of tea and relatively bitter versus what I would expect. Calling this a brown ale instead of a rauchbier is madness, the smoke completely defines both the aroma and flavor. The finish is smokey with a bit of undefined dry maltiness. The malts still get left way behind even when compared to smoke beers. Body is overly light as well and fizzy. Too much smoke and not much else here, and fizzy. If you like fizzy smoke, this is for you. Personally I found it disappointing and not something I'd go for again.

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2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber red color with a thin cap of light tan foam. Lacing and retention look great in my DFH signature glass.

A dark brown sugar note was the most prominent aroma here. Some general nuttiness, woodiness, and earthy spices come through as well. I was most impressed with the plantain character, which was subtle, but was more noticeable than I thought it would be. The spices are a bit overbearing, which prevent it from a higher score.

The flavor is very sweet, with perhaps too much residual body. Wood flavors overpower the fruity, nutty characters a bit too much. Slightly smokey, earthy pecan flavors come through as well. Like the nose, the extra ingredients muddle the beer more than it does to compliment the base. A bit of booziness doesn't help the cause. The mouthfeel, as mentioned earlier, has a bit too much residual sweetness. The high carbonation really doesn't lift this up any more, and it fails to have a lively feeling. Most of DFH's experiments also turn out to be good beers, but I don't find this to be one of them.

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3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Michael for sending me this one.

A: A very nice looking pour--a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy off-white head on top.

S: Not a very intense nose, but a bit of smoke and some sweet toasted malts. A bit of fruitiness to go along with some bread.

T: The smokiness of the beer really dominates the flavor, and prevents the full enjoyment of it. After the smoke fades, a slight banana/plantain sweetness comes through on the finish. There is a hint of bready malt and some caramel in there as well.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation. Maybe a bit thin.

D: Perhaps a nice idea, and nice of DFH to make this beer for EBF, but not quite what I was hoping for. In any event, I'm glad I got to try it.

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3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
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 Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle shared by Nick the Tick a couple weeks back.

The beer has a brownish-amber body, stunningly clear with a small white head that craps out completely in moments.

Light woodsmoke aroma, a little toasted malt and caramel sweetness. Not exactly brimming with aroma, but there's nothing offensive about it. Pretty average.

Exhibits flavors of smoke and nuts, toast, light toffee. A bit grainy with a thin body. Finishes semi-dry, toasty, little bit of lingering smoke. Hints at a fried banana flavor near the finish. Nothing special, kind of bland and uninteresting despite the odd list of ingredients.

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Photo of caresville
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

split this with PaulMPap, awesome looking bottle. not sure who he traded with and got 2 bottles from but thanks!! really excited for this one!!

a- beer pours an amber, copper, brown hue. very little head even with an aggressive pour, basically no lacing.

s- almonds, some brown sugar, pastrami, very buttery, oaky, kinda like a chardonnay... weird for a brown ale.

t&m- not exactly what i expected, most of the tastes i experienced were muted and toned down. muffled hints of cinnamon, cashews, almonds, vanilla and some booze. this one was more pleasant chilled than when it warmed up a little from sitting out.

d- not really what i expected, so i was kinda disappointed and with that being said we all know how hard it is to enjoy a beer when you are ready for something phenomenal and its a shade above average. not a bad beer by any means but i wouldnt trade out the cellar for it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to our good friends Mr. & Mrs. beerloco for this, the lone surviving bottle from an excellent BIF box that arrived in late September. Always up for some DFH weirdness; plenty of hits, plenty of whiffs, but never boring.

Pours more on the amber side of brown, like a red-head who has dyed her hair cocoa, & you're surprised. Smell is just west of indescribable. Not being a connoisseur of plantains or carob - which I had to look up - I'll wager it smells like them. Words fail me. It smell like something I can't place. Oh well.

Wrath of Pecant tastes just as bizarre as one might expect. Nuttiness forms the basis of the beer, & then cleans everything up at the end too. In the middle is a rim-shot of giggling oddness. More pecans, gusts of smokiness, only a smidgeon of malts, plums, brown sugar. But not much of any of those; I'm having to pluck & seek them out. Pecans rule this roost from dusk to dawn. Which certainly cuts seriously into how much of it I want to drink. Split this head-crushing bottle with my wife, & that's good by me.

Not sure this beer should be judged on a conventional scale, it's just too far out there. Pretty good? Not great, certainly not pedestrian, this one stands in its own field. Thanks for the experiment...again.

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Photo of nmann08
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of tubdog13
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wrath of pecant - thanks to my brother for picking this up at the brewpub

A -  brown/golden with minimal head, looks appealing with light bubbles
S - mild maltiness in the nose, light caramel sweetness, little banana
T - carob, malt, wheat come through
M - a bit dry threw the tongue, not chewy, but def not smooth
D - def has some drinkabilty, was easy going down, think this would do well with some age on it

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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/18/10 notes.

a - Pours a transparent amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, chocolate, and smokey malts. Very interesting smell.

t - Tastes of nuts, fruity malts, roasted malts, msokey oak, bitter chocolate, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very interesting smelling and tasting beer. I'm guessing the pecan wood is what it is, and I can't quite put a finger on it, but not something I'd probably seek out again.

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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Lackenhauser, and Thank you FLYERS, got this beer in the stanley cup BIF. I tried to name this beer, but it was a pretty good winner

A - golden amber. Tannish head the doesn't really stick around, slight lacing, but not really

S - smells slightly smokey. kind of warm, and earthy, and has hints of alchohol

T - there is slight smokiness, some nuttiness, hints of peat and bannana. Finishes with more smoke

M - fizzy, not light, but not heavy, and kind of a dry finish

D - this is not a beer that will smack you around, but I can see this best in fall/winter

Overall, an interesting

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Photo of goblue3509
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown reddish orangish color with a one finger frothy head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of plantains up front with some brown sugar sweetness and a woddy smokiness. The taste has a woody smoky backbone with hints of caramel malt and brown sugar along with plantains, there is also a nice biting flavor of something, I have no idea what it is, can't figure it out. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good, it is an easy drink, and with the complexity I want more to try to figure out the flavors.

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3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

HUGE thanks to Steve for this one!

Pours a lovely amber/copper color with a towering 4 fingers of head and some lacing left behind.

The aroma is very boozy for being only 6% ABV....maybe some sort of maple sweetness disguising itself as booze. Lots of tree bark, nuttiness, floral hops, banana, acetone....huge and messy.

The flavor is a bit more subtle. Lots of tree bark and sweet nuttiness. Caramel malt, earthy hops, notes of orange peel and raisin. A bit watery.

The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is at appropriate levels. Drinkability is OK....this goes down easy and is complex for the ABV but overall it doesn't have that exciting of a flavor profile. I'd probably like this on tap at a bar more than I would at home sipping in front of the TV.

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3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta say, the pecan element of this one is a bit of a trick, in my book (of course, perhaps my expectations were the only issue here). Yes, the brew is aged in pecan wood barrels, but the flavor that's actually introduced is far more about smokiness than about pecans or nutiness. Not sure if I had a bad bottle or what, but the smoke definitely overwhelmed all the other flavors (could a bad bottle make that happen), although there were hints of caramel, nuts, earthiness and a touch of molasses. Not a bad beer, just certainly not what I was expecting, and not remotely as interesting as the vast majority of the "big" DFH brews I've had. Too smoky to drink in high volumes.

$7/750 ml/Rehoboth DFH Brewpub

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Photo of Pinto21
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper with 2 finger of just off white head. Not really brown, more of a light ESB color
smelled of lots of smells. yeah i said it. Smokey and sweet. Very nice Kinda burnt caramel maybe. some different odors to it.
Oh man smokey malt taste! that's the strongest taste and lasts the most. but behind the smoke there is more. sweet. and some of the carob. Taste darker than it looks. Goes from sweet to a bit dark flavor to smoke.
Mouth is ok. once you get that it's not a "brown ale" but some other unclassifiable creature. Finishes dry and is not heavy.
Drinkability is ok
It's a well made brew and interesting, but i dont think i'll get another bottle.

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3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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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3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased when I visited the brewpub in Delaware, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a nice brown/amber, with red highlights when held up to light. A three finger off white head quickly forms, but retention is poor. The beer does leave fairly nice lacing down the side of the glass though. Nose is fairly straightforward but not bad, it smells of roasted pecans and a whiff of smoke. The flavor is a little bit more interesting, as splash of caramel kicks things off before giving way to the pecans and finishing with just a bit of smokiness. The body is great for a beer of it's size, enough heft behind it without being too big, but I'd prefer if the carbonation was toned down a little bit. The fairly malty flavor and solid mouthfeel make this a very smooth drinker. I'm glad I had a bottle, as the idea was interesting and definitely well executed, but it's not the kind of beer I could see myself drinking regularly

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3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to WorldWideStout for sharing this interesting beer.

A: Pretty clear, light brown hue with little head and no lace.

S: Subtle smoke, nuts, malt.

T: Decent tasting - a bit too sweet for my tastes. There is a nutty aspect to the flavor, but it's not especially prevalent, given the name of the beer. It's difficult to think of this as a brown ale. A loose interpretation for sure.

M: Too thin, average carbonation level/feel.

D: I'm glad I tried it. It was certainly interesting. One small serving was plenty, though. This is definitely an "off-centered ale".

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks very much to RomanW70 for bringing this back from his trip to Delaware. Pours a translucent copper (extremely bright) with a thin white head that quickly disperses into a soapy skim. Mild nose - the only thing I really detect is a subtle presence of carob towards the back. Taste starts out a bit smokey (not what I expected), almost rauchbier-like in character. A little bit of carob sweetness follows with perhaps a suggestion of plantain to round it all out. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a mild, even carbonation and a slight slickness to the feel. Decent and interesting but not something I would seek out again.

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