merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, green wax coated, pours a mostly clear copper body with a sturdy beige head. Lots of chain lacing. Aroma is quite bold. Pink grapefruit, orange, caramel, toffee, alcohol, and some earthiness here. Smooth medium body is slightly syrupy. Taste is citrusy bitter hops. Grapefruit rind and Valencia orange join with a solid caramel and toffee malt backbone. Warming alcohol is not intrusive. Very engaging effort that borders into barleywine territory.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 More an APA than an IPA and could use more carbonation but the nose and flavor are devine. 13.6% is alot to hide but this doesnít have any harsh burn.
Lothore (597) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Pours a deep mahogany/amberish hue with little to no head, very murky.
S- Smell is really dominated by piney hops, perhaps a bit of sweet fruit.
T- While this is a beast abv wise, it has an incredibly balanced taste (obviously dominated by hop). Starts out biscuity and moves into a grapefruit bitterness. A bit perfumey at the end. Alcohol is present all the way through but is hidden very well.
M- Thick with little carbonation.
D- For such a high abv beer it is very easy to sip on. In my opinion it just suffers from being a bit one demensional. While it is extreme in the amount and intensity of the taste, nothing in the flavor profile is very diverse. A good brew that I will probably try again at some point.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, thick dark orange pour with a one finger white head. Nice hoppy aroma & flavor with a creamy malty finish. 13.6% abv? I donít taste it. I guess it will hit me in about 20 minutes.
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 [fresher 08 bottle rated 4.24.08] Interesting... pours clear dark brown/red with no bubbles and basically no head. A very very malty IIPA. Smells sort of like an old ale and IIPA, also lots of alcohol in the aroma. The 98 IBUís are well masked by the rich, but smooth, dark caramel malt. Tastes somewhat oxidized (my bottle is only a month old). The "pineyness" of the hops really sits in nicely with the rich malt. Doesnít really need the aging... the hops are already overwhelmed. Flat body, a little bit oily. A very rich beer... covers the 13.6% nicely. Strange strange strange... 126.96.36.199.16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate 09 bottle rated 6.22.10] So, after my experience with this beer I figured this would make a better barley wine than IIPA, not sure if Iím right yet but signs point to possibly yes. On that note I canít believe I somehow missed the 10 release... was it not distributed in IL? Pours an absolutely gorgeous rich glowing slightly darker red, viscous again, with a minimal fizzy off-white head. Aroma is huge pine needles, green and resinous, wonderful, touch of nuttiness, a bit of hop oxidation but that really wares off after a few sips, delicious piney tree sap, rich caramel. Flavor follows, first sip is big hop oxidation but also an equal amount of beautiful piney hops, rich caramel, not rich in a cloying way but with more depth and seemingly sophistication, not cheap caramel at all, bit toasty, just a hint of a medicinal note but not anywhere near what it was fresh, so the extreme bitterness and sweetness have decided to play nice together, a very faint plastic note probably from the booze and bitterness, some really nice full fruitiness, aged nicely, lots of not so pleasant oxidation notes but there are lots more of the really good flavors, lasting resinous piney sappy aftertaste, extreme but in proportion now, an even longer aftertaste that is slightly medicinal and of paper, hop and malt oxidation. Medium bodied, not syrupy anymore thankfully, faint large soft carbonation, not nearly as viscous or sugary sweet. I suppose Iíll have to wait until 11 to try this fresh again, but my BW experiment seems to have not been a failure, yet... oh yea... again the 14% is great!
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was/is the easiest drinking IIPA I have EVER had. And it scales in at a whopping 13.6 percent! I had no idea until I was getting ready to plug this rating in and realized what a big boy it actually was. When held up to a light its certainly one of the better looking IIPAs around with a nice auburn fire red glow. Nose is huge hop with a terrific fruitiness topping a potent citrusy pine. Silky smooth fantastic drinking. Wow. Watch out as this one could easily sneak up on you if you have a couple laying around.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 Draft at Rich Oís/New Albanian. Pretty standard orangish amber color. Aroma of caramel malt and piney hops. Flavor begins malty, with a solid burst of hop bitterness. The hop flavor is very resiny and finishes long and dry. The mouthfeel is substantial. I enjoyed this beer very much! We should be able to get Dark Horse beers in OHIO!!!!!!!
sunevdj (3519) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Smells nutty. Quite bitter. Very full flavored of hops and has strong alcohol notes. Vanilla hint. Full bodied, slightly creamy. Medium carbonation. Long bitter finish.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 edition. For all the IBUs in this beer, the hops are not all that prevalent. Flavor, and a bit "bigger" than the IPA, but not better.
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Wow, this one is definitely a bruiser. Pours a nice burnt orange color with a small white frothy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is a nice mix of malts, grapefruit-like citrus hints, and piney hops. The taste is a blast of hops and citrus with a malty bitterness lingering in the background. This was a very full-bodied beer that left nice lacing on the side of the glass. The wonderful mixture of flavors masked the 13.6% ABV. This is my first experience with Dark Horse Brewing... I am looking forward to trying more of their beers!