acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy deep orange-amber, with a thin qhite head. Very pungent aroma of citrus, mulling spices, malt (almost like a barley wine). In the mouth itís very thick and not very carbonated. Itís by turns malty sweet and hoppy bitter with caramel and various dried fruits.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark, opaque amber color. Piney, hoppy aroma as well as strong malt/booze aroma. This was a bit overdone for me. Woody, peat-like flavors along with the obvious grapefruit and piney hoppy flavors. Interesting IIPA, but Iíll stick with Crooked Tree if I want an IPA from Dark Horse.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hearty thanks to Beerdrenched for pickin this jewel up for me. Poured dark bronze with a small tan head. Aroma is very thick piney / woody hops along with a boatload of musty caramel malt - huge aroma. Medium / full bodied that is smooth and oily with a good amount of carbonation. Starts off with thick rich malt alsong with a floral woody presence. The finish is a hop blast. Lots of forceful piney / woody / spicy hops - very resiny. The alcohol is definitely felt and tasted, but this goes down far too easy for the strength it has - this one could get scary quick. Excellent IIPA.... or should it be IIIPA?
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with Hopdog! Thanks Steve! - Pours cloudy dark amber with a short offwhite head that fades quick. Aroma is good grapefruit, apricot, and caramel. Very hoppy in the aroma though and something that you want to hold up to your nose for a while.. Flavor is starts out with peach and apricot and then gives way to warm caramel malts, and the finish is actually slight bitter with pine and grapefruit. Big and sweet in the mouth almost syrupy.. Good solid malt background and plenty of hops.. This is a good IIPA
argo0 (11123) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Small off-white head that doesnít linger, atop a yeasty filled opaque nut brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit, peach/apricot, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit, light apricot, some alcohol warming and light burn. Full, resiny body, some stickiness. Given the ABV, the alcohol characteristics are held reasonbly in check. Has some barleywine characteristics.
thedm (4853) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of finely sized off-white colored bubbles that was long lasting and left behind a typically carbonated brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy and brown malt. The mouth feel was strongly tingly from start to finish with a lingering caramel hop aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of hops and caramel. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the Columbus gathering, brought by bgburdman9 and sliffy. Murky brown-orange color with an off white head. The aroma was pretty damn malty, huge amount of bread, toffee, rasin, and caramel. The flvor held a good bit of those sweet notes with some vanilla and oak. Nedless to say this beer was weet and malty, with some woodiness and a small hop profile. The mouthfell was pretty thick and bit grainy at times...a pretty damn big beer overall. I donít know how much age was on this one, but this was one of them IIPAs that went the way of the barley wine...which isnít a bad thing mind you.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle got mine from northerntimber: Dark brown pour with a loose off white head. Aroma of rich caramel malts, earthy hops and some fruit. Flavor, caramel, a dry hoppiness, it was medium bodied and a little chewy in itís mouth feel. The alcohol doesnít really come through at all. Surprised to see itís actually that high.
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Columbus gathering beer#8. Brought by me and Sliffy. Mix of strong hops, malts, and alcohol. Bready raisiny flavor. Very sweet but not overpowering at all. Had a lot of bitterness but it was not too much. This is one of my favorite all time DIPA and would love to try this again.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is deep murky amber with HUGE yeasty floaties and a nice thin dense tan head...smell is sugary sweet with some nice citrus too...taste is strongly sweet with a light mouthfeel...alcohol is present, but not 13+% flavors...much more bitter than I would have thought for some reason...