A big #beer from Delaware to ease some pain…


adjective \ˈnō-bəl\

Definition of NOBLE

a: possessing outstanding qualities : illustrious
b: famous, notable <noble deeds>
: of high birth or exalted rank : aristocratic
a: possessing very high or excellent qualities or properties <noble wine>
b: very good or excellent
: grand or impressive especially in appearance <noble edifice>
: possessing, characterized by, or arising from superiority of mind or character or of ideals or morals : lofty <a noble ambition>
: chemically inert or inactive especially toward oxygen <a noble metal such as platinum>

There’s a family in Delaware that’s going through some “things” right now.  Hell, not just one family, but an entire state, really.  I mean, this is a giant shot to the eye for the state of Delaware itself.  When something this unexpected and tumultuous happens, when things are rushing down the shitter at an incredible speed, it helps to take some time to step away (as much as you can) and “pull out” from the current situation.  What better way to accomplish this feat than by cracking open a bottle of Dogfish Head’s Noble Rot.  Brewed right in your backyard, this beer is a heavy hitter.  Weighing in at 9.00% ABV, quaffing a couple of these will have you forgetting that ugly hotel room bedspread that is haunting your subconscious in no time.  I highly doubt you will be focusing on the finer details and intricacies of this fine brew, leaning yourself more on the alcohol component, but for the rest of my faithful readers, let’s delve into this beauty a little deeper (oooh…bad choice of words, I suppose).

photo taken by newsviewsandbrews.blogspot.com

photo taken by newsviewsandbrews.blogspot.com

The most recent time I had the pleasure of enjoying this brew, it was poured on-tap and served in a snifter.  The beer is a bright, vibrant, almost clear yellow coloring with a healthy, white, fluffy, frothy head. Aromas are rich in vino characteristics, with a white grape and boozey blend that is light and effervescent. Flavors are also wine-like, as is the body. This is borderline pinot gris. Sweet, smooth, and slightly dry grape characteristics with a rich, sugary body that avoids cloying. It really is like drinking a glass of carbonated wine. Slick, loose film along the glass as you drink. The aftertaste is tart, and slightly drying. A sweet, heavy finish that is slightly tart, leaving a bit of a pucker feeling in the mouth. Very unique, that is for sure.  This is a fantastic option for wine drinkers looking to venture into the ever-growing beer world.

"Oh, I lost my crown!"

“Oh, I lost my crown!”

I realize that reading through the review, some might ask “why the extraneous use of ‘tart’ as a descriptor?”  Well, once you piece together the not so subtle underlying joke throughout this review, you will realize that ‘tart’ is insanely appropriate.  That being said, to get back on track, DFH makes some incredibly unique styles of beer, almost pushing the limits of the definition of beer itself.  This particular brew embodies their style and flair, and it should be one you look for.  As I said earlier, it’s a good transition for wine drinkers into the beer foray, but that door could easily swing both ways (hehe), serving to bridge some beer drinkers over to the wonderful world of wine.  Flavor is flavor, and to only focus on one avenue means missing out on entire worlds.  Keep your minds and palates open, and as always, drink educated my friends!



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