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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Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For those that wind up enjoying the beer (and whom did not get it directly from Dogfish Head), I highly recommend checking out the "quick sip clip" on the beer at the Dogfish website. It explains a lot of what went into the beer and where it comes from.

What does not get fully told on the site, however, you only learn on the tour of the Milton, DE brewery. Apparently the winner of the contest to jointly make this beer with DFH wanted to call the beer "Wrath of Pecan" as an homage to the Star Trek movie "Wrath of Khan." The FDA decided that they could not say "pecan" in the title if there were no actual pecans in the beer, so DFH cleverly changed the name to "Wrath of Pecan't" as a protest to the ludicrous decision. The FDA came back and said the apostrophe was still not enough, so they removed it and apparently that was good enough to sell under the current title.

The review:
First had this on tap after my tour of the brewery, it was my favorite beer up to that point that I was unable to obtain in Ohio. The review is of a bottle I brought home with me and opened tonight.

Pours a very dark amber color, the color of pecans, actually. :-) There was a nice light finger of head on the beer that quickly receded.

Smells sweet and of aged wood. Sadly as much as I like the taste the smell was not that noticeable.

The taste is rich and full of complexity. It is a very sweet beer, but excellently balanced so that the sweetness does not overpower. I believe they used maple syrup to sweeten, I'm not sure I can tell that's what it is, but it is soft and enjoyable, maybe tasting closer to a mild brown sugar. You can also detect ripe fruit notes, likely due to the proclaimed plantain ingredient. There is definitely a woody taste to the beer, followed by nutty notes of pecan. The pecan flavor is not overpowering either though, because the beer is flavored with pecan WOOD, not nuts. There is an unmasked, but not detracting alcohol warmth as the beer goes down, finished with a dry nutty after taste.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, allowing for this beer to be very drinkable in my book. Man do I wish they were selling this outside the brewery. If you have the chance to try it, jump at the opportunity, this is a very limited release, though it is such a successful beer in my book that I hope they release it seasonally in the future.

***UPDATE August 2010***

Just had a bottle (now approx. 7 months old) and it has held up extremely well! Still very well carbonated, with excellent lacing. Very woody tasting (more than fresh, even), and sweet as ever.

Still one of my favorites by DFH, still hoping to see this re-released in the future...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 robwestcott
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a dogfish signature glass. reddish, amber with a 1/2 finger, very short lasting head. smokier than i expected. nice mix of bitter and sweet. after sitting for a few minutes, a nice caramel flavor opened up. less hearty than other dogfish beers.
have one more bottle, so i'll give it another go sometime soon.

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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 BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a transparent light amber with a small white cap that slowly fades. Scattered streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of bananas, brown sugar, toasted nuts, cut wood, and a touch of bitter cocoa powder.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice flavor that is a slight dip down from the sweet smell but with a touch of smoked meat coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well balanced.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from my buddy 2dogbrew.

Pours a deep copper golden. Brilliantly clear with 2 fingers of off-white head. Thick lacing... A little light in color to be called a brown ale, but very nice looking anyway. Very effervescent.

Smells of smokey caramel and chocolate... Some toffee notes as well as a Belgian dubbel smell. Maybe slight clove/banana as well.

Taste is pretty much in line with the nose. This isn't exactly what I was expecting from DFH... Not the huuuuge flavor bomb I thought it would be, but a nice oaky nuttiness that finishes with a note of brown sugar or maple syrup. A lot of the flavors seem a bit muted. It's as though this beer is still a bit bottle shocked. I will be saving my other bottle for a at least 8 to 10 months.

Feels nicely carbonated and yet it coats your mouth with a syrup like vibe. Very pleasant actually.

Very nice beer to sip on after dinner or with desert.
The 6.3% abv is not noticable at all. Will happily buy this if it winds up being distributed.

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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 Deuane
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear brownish copper with a thin light tan head that transformed to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Nothing outrageous here but pleasant nonetheless. Light malt sweetness up front with support from the pecan addition. Sublte touch of smoke in the background.

T-Light smokiness melds nicely with lightly sweet malt, pecan nuttiness and some brown sugar in the finish. While this all combines nicely into a "good" tasting beer it really did little to Wow! me.

M-Light bodied and a little disappointing. I think the thinness detracts from my ability to really "get into" this one. Feels weak on my palate.

D-Sessionable and certainly interesting but in the end it lets me down. I like the initial flavours but I quickly got bored with it. Nice effort but really not sure what they were aiming for with this brew.

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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 Slatetank
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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 caresville
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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 JRed
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brownish, clear with off white frothy head. Smoked ham, tobacco, spices, and alcohol. Tastes of smoked ham, meat, tortilla chips, plantains. Light in body and carbonation. This is a beer I'd bring to a barbecue and enjoy with ribs and what not. This beer is worth a few tries and worth a few sips before contemplating.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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 aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of pouring this beer for them on cask at NOTB and on tap during EBF. IMO the tap version was quite a bit better.

A: Fairly clear light brown color. Minimal head. I think there was actually more head on the cask version which is unusual. Just a touch of lacing for both versions.

S: The nose on the cask version was super tight. It wasn't bad but you could not pick out individual smells. The tap version was nice. A little bit of smoke. Very subtle. The pecan did come through nicely. Little big of malt but not that much all things considered.

T: The tap version has a nice smokiness that just was not there on the cask version.The pecan came through nicely but it was combined with the smokiness and that really worked well for me. The cask version was all pecan and really was not as complex. Both versions had a touch of spiciness to them.

M: This surprised me. Super light body. It really worked well for what they were going for with this beer.

D: I like what they did. A sessionable extreme beer. This would be a nice daily drinker. Nothing too crazy but with enough flavor to keep you comming back for more. Would love to try the bottled version at some point. Pecan!

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Photo of Lunch
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at NotB/EBF 2010 in Boston, MA into a tasting glass at the appropriate temperature (02/21/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with some mahogany hues capped with a slight off-white head which fades rather quickly.

S: Quite malty with a nutty quality and some oak. A charred character sticks out as well with a hint of sweetness and smoke.

T: Malt and some pecan hit the palate first along with some sweetness and smoke. Wood and some sweet malt as well, but it is a little weaker than I expected.

M: Lighter-bodied with moderate carbonation, a little watery.

D: Very easy to drink and lower abv. of 6% never gets in the way, but not as flavorful as some American Brown Ales.

Overall this beer sounded like a great idea and overall it was nice, but just a little on the weak side.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Extreme Beer Fest the other night and wrote down some notes as I enjoyed a few samples.

The color is an amber/gold with some slight head that is more less a finger and leaves some laving on the glass.

The smell is malty with a burnt flavor and a bit of cashew and other nuts.

The taste is again some sweet malts and a pecan flavor. It was somewhat sweet as well.

The feel was great, the little samples I had. The beer was easy drinking and really did not give you a overload of malt that I do not like.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of jrallen34
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this into a tasting glass at NoTB.

The beer pours a medium clearish brown with a light tan head. The head only rises about a finger and has light retention and lacing.

The aroma is very strong laced with tons of smoke and a hint of bacon.

The taste is similar to the aroma with lots of smoke and a pork finish.

The feel is a little too watery for my liking.

Drinkability is pretty decent for a smoked beer.

Overall, for the first try this is a pretty decent effort. Its too watery right now and needs a tad more balance of flavor to even out the smoke.

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