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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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 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 oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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,

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wrath is a standard Dogfish Head experiment. Though good, I tire of the exotics a bit and would like to see more focus on quality beers like 90 Minute. They don't really need the gimmicks. I mean what's next, a gruit make with cat food and eye of newt? Maybe a collaboration with Vick's 44?

Meahwhile, back at the ranch... Wrath looks very nice with a bright copper color, edging toward the darker side of amber. Slightly off-white highly froathy head doesn't erupt with volume but resides on a medium blanket that coats the glass well while leving good lacing behind.

Sweet and hearty malts give deep caramels, toffee, and a good dose of brown sugar, maple syrups, and sorghum. Obvious fruit aromas seem very raisony and with a plethera of non-descript fruit scents. Forced spiciness give a Christmas Ale-like impression: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice...

Extremely sweet flavors of those malts, caramels, and sugars have very little buffer to balance. Light hop bitterness struggle to give any repreive from the sweetness, any hop flavor gets burried by spice and fruit. Raisons, dates, figs, grapes, and other stone fruits seem all over the place and dominate the beer. Still, spices give a compliment to the sweet and fruity sides but also give a bite, astringency, and distraction from the more beer-like aspects.

Expecting a full and cloying mouthfeel, Wrath starts medium and has a well-attenuated, drying finish while remaining sweet.

Wrath is a nice beer, especially for for malty lovers and fruit fans. No real plaintain flavors (and I'm not sure what the hell a corob is) but the mouthfeel saves the beer.

Thanks Pwoody!

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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 oline73
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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 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 jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at dive bar in Worcester, MA.

Lighter creamy bubbly head over slightly hazy golden orange brown color.

Nose of brown sugar and sweetness like toasted brown sugar pecans. Lighter dark malts. Belgian malts and dark german wheats.

Taste is sweet some fruits, white riasin, plum, banana, brown sugar pecans toasty some belgian malts little syrupy sticky sweet little light hops and creamy. Some bready darker malts too. Finish is drier with lingering sweet brown sugars and pecans, and hint of smoke.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is OK, nothin special. NO real alcohol but being 6% it shouldn't, and dries a bit on the finish, but leaves the mouth a little startchy feeling, kinda weird.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to froggyfrog for sharing this bottle and Heezee for picking this up in DE. Poured chilled from the 750ml into a mug 4.5-A 4.5-S 4-T 3.5-M 4-D

A - A golden amber - very attractive color like bourbon w/ great clarity and a thick ecru cap from a vigorous pour. The ale has tight beading and lace sticks in spots

S - A sweet nutty and slightly smokey aroma - hints of wood and earth w/ a light malt essence has a gentle spice aroma too - nice complexity of the pecan smoked in there

M- A med body and slight nutty feel w/ moderate carbonation w/ smokiness and mild sweetness w/ subtle alcohol as it finishes

T - A taste that has nice malt and wood blend of flavor w/ subtle smokiness in the taste and light woody and earthy flavor perhaps carob is there, but it seems like the pecan wood dominates w/ mild spice and hints of hops. The malt has a light caramel quality w/ slight nutty/light biscuit and finishes slightly sweet w/ hints of hops and alcohol lingering

D - This is a very drinkable beer -I enjoyed the smokiness and malt profile made it something I would certainly want more than 1 serving of - I am glad I got the chance to try it - thanks again froggyfrog!

thanks to Stakem for sharing this 10/16/10
Poured chilled from the 750 into a tulip -
A-3.5 S-4 M-4 T-4 D-3.5

I found the first taste of this to be better than the last, not bad, just ok. A light brown color w/ pale cap and tight bead, spotty lace clings. The nose is slightly odd, in a good way with smokey peaty scents w/ mild sweet notes and musky meaty nutty aromas -very earthy yet with some mild dark dried fruit. The feel has mild toasted and light bitter elements with a subtle sweetness in the middle w/ moderate carbonation throughout and a slight dry roasted finish.

The beer has bits of nuts and dried fruit in the flavor w/ a subtle candied nut flavor and caramel -carob?. The plantain makes the light sugar tinge and woody taste surface w/ mild hop note in the peripheral - the pecan smoked wood seems to impart the most flavor and aroma which is good. A tasty brown with some subtle earthy and unique tastes - very different but not really worthy of repeated tastes

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Photo of womencantsail
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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Photo of mdfb79
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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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 Huhzubendah
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 stakem
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 2/23/11. Shared with wishuwerebeer.

750ml bottle I secured quite a while ago at the DFH rehoboth location. Poured into a couple of snifters, this brew appears a beautiful color of clear ruby copper. A finger of yellowish tan head appears and slowly recedes leaving a thin film of lacing across the top that edges its way towards the walls of the glass. A webbing of lacework clings to the glass. Closer inspection reveals some faint particulate floating through the body of the brew.

The aroma of this brew is smokey with a nutty scent of pecans. Somewhat reminiscent of bacon in a rauchbier sort of way. The smell of this brew overall is quite appealing and the pecans really come through with a unique enjoyable smell. My only gripe is while the smell of pecans and smoke is enjoyable, it stops there without much depth or other characteristics to take in.

The taste is lightly sweet with caramel malt flavoring and a bit of herbal bitterness before the smoked aspect comes in and overtakes and dominates the flavor profile. It lasts and lingers into the finish with a light tingle of alcohol that increases as the brew warms.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a well put together brew that is easy drinking. The unique smokey and nutty aroma transcends perfectly into the flavors of this brew but it kept me looking for just a bit more depth. Well balanced and not over the top, this is an easily approachable brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of samples of this beer at NotB on cask. I love all things DFH so I had to go out of my way to get some of this.

Beer is amber in color and has a slight haze to it. There is a little bit of carbonation to the beer but the head doesn't stick around much and there isn't any lacing. Beer looks fine.

I know its currently classified as a brown ale but I'm just going to review it as a stand alone beer. The aroma is slightly sweet with some smoke in there.

Beer is medium bodied, good carbonation in the mouth, the dominant flavor is the smoke but its overall a little weak. There is asome sweetness to it but the carob is totally lost on me. Mouthfeel is good, the smoke builds the more you drink, making drinking this beer a little difficult.

I got a small sample the next day at session one when it wasn't on cask. I could taste the carob more and the smoke was better balanced.

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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 liamt07
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to warriorsoul for this brew.

Bottled: 2010

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass a nice golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy tannish head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, very slight oak. The taste is malty, pretty sweet, some carob, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orangish/amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pecan scent, but nothing too pronounced. It's not overly complex in the nose; sweet malts, mild pecan, light wood aroma. The taste is much the same. It's light and easily quaffable. There is a mild pecan wood flavor as well as a faint smokiness. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker, but I can't say I'm a huge fan. Hey, big props for the effort.

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