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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 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 jsanford
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of gskitt
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a DFH fan but have been disappointed as of late as I work my way through their line-up. Wrath of Pecant came as a welcome surprise. Smells of a pungent tropical ground clutter? Whatever, but somehow not in a bad way. Plantains and raw brown sugar on the front, balanced and a taste that made me want to keep drinking. This one I'll be looking for again.

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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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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 DmanGTR
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mdaschaf for this. I shared it with some Rochester BA's during our tasting. Review from notes.

Poured a hazy reddish orange with a white head. I immediately gather a whiff of bananas. Seriously, this smells almost like a mix of banana nut bread, tobacco, wood, and black tea. Very interesting and very well done. Bananas in the forefront with a nice caramel and cocoa background. Nuts (hard to discern specifically for pecans) are rather prominent and definitely give the bananas the classic banana nut bread quality. Smoke is noted towards the finish. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. I commend DFH for this very interesting and intriguing beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful reddish colour. With a good amount of head. Smells smokey and malty on the nose. Tastes smokey with lots of plantain actually. Im not sure what carob tastes like but i think i can taste it. Smooth and very very malty. Overall fairly good.

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Photo of udchemist
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really Beautiful beer, reddish brown, nice head retention. Thanks urbancaver. Smells like the peat but really tastes the smoked malts (not my cup of tea personally). Don't really ttaste the plantains :(
Drinkability is decent
Mouthfeel is good, enjoyed the roller coaster ride through and throguh :)

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Photo of brew3crew
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a dog fish head tasting
A-light brown with white lacing
T-very smoky. It really comes out in the taste rather than the smell. Once past the smoke you can pick up on a nice malt backbone.
M-medium bodied and goes down smooth.
D-very drinkable. Pleasantly suprised

Thanks cam!

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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 BZero007
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from a friends usually visit to the brew pub. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. This was one of my favorite brews of the year. Poured a lovely golden amber color. Spirals of carbonation spun threw the brew. The aroma was a bit weak though was very nice. The head formation was spot on and brought the brew a great presence. The taste is what took me for a loop and had me saddened that I only had one bottle. Wish this was produced year round or at least yearly.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

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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 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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL capped bottle.

color is a clear dark amber. head fades fast. aroma is sweet, very smokey. can't quite describe, but different that any smoked porter or rauchbier that I've had.

taste is a combination of brown sugar, smoke, and a nutty, spicy finish. flavors are mellow enough to not be overpowering.

higher carbonation, body on the thinner side.

definitely unique, but could see it being a "love or hate" it type. good experiment, but the two glasses are probably enough for me.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy light brown with a half finger of head that quickly dissipates to a faint ring of lace that follows the beer down the glass.

Smell is of smoky, earthy sweetness. The plantains are definitely present in the nose.

Taste is very refreshing yet smoky and complex; nutty and earthy. Quite sweet, as well.

Carbonation is adequate and drinkability is easy. Had reservations of tackling this one by myself, but its a perfectly sessionable beer that reveals something new each pour.

Overall, a very appropriate and unique way to celebrate the Extreme Beer Festival 2010-- A huge success.

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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 jeffthecheff
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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Photo of Jayli
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from Jackthebear so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 11/3
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a translucent toffee/copper color with a two finger of creamy khaki colored head. Head recedes nicely leaving sheets of sticky, sudsy lacing.

S: Nose is potent! Caramel malts, fig, plantain, and a smokiness.

T: Taste starts sweet with brown sugars and caramel malt. Middle is slightly bananary and finish continues with a fruitiness. Overlaying smokiness compliments the flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation slick, silky feeling on the tongue.

D: Goes down smooth, nice kick, nice twist on the style, not too filling, definitely a beer to sit with for a bit.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into 2 snifters. The pour is amber/brown with a 1 inch white head, decent lacing. The aroma is sweet, fruit notes, bready. The flavor is sweet with molases, being predominant. It mellows out and has a nice finish. The body is light and easy drinking. An enjoyable beer, not sure if the plantains and carob add much. Worth seeking out.

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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 SiepJones
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Snifter

A: Pours a clear amber with a half inch of head on top. The head disappears very quickly and I am left with a sliver of bubbles around the edge.

S: Very sweet aroma, with some smoked nut on the finish.

T: Bready malt, with plantain. A touch of pepper followed up with the nutty pecan flavor and the smokey finish.

M: Lots of carbonation on the tongue, with a chewy mouthfeel.

D: Complex flavor and low ABV make this a good beer to drink, however it's not my cup of tea (or beer). I am happy I had it but one is enough for me.

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

Thanks to stakem for sharing this 750ml at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A - Poured a clear medium copper body with a creamy beige cap that reduced to a small patch and stringy lacing.

S - I definitely get a sense of the plantains as well as the obligatory DFH yeast aroma. Light cocoa notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit, as well as a hint of nutty malt.

T - Nutty and malty up front with a hint of fruitiness suggesting banana and citrus notes. The house DFH yeast imparts a mild smokiness in the middle. Finishes with a hint of chocolate sweetness and minimal hop character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and low carbonation. Semi-sweet, semi-dry finish with minimal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Leave it to DFH to brew a beer with plantains. Interesting brew but ultimately not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

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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 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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