mmhnto (31) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 Oz. Bottle courtsey of the Nugentís. Earthy, pine hops aroma with some higher alcohols present. Small head which leaves a very nice lace. Sweet finish with mild hop flavor some caramel malt. This beer has aged quite a bit, but oxidation notes are not very strong yet. Great stopper for the night.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 12oz Bottle. Pours a milky, rusty honey color with a thin layer of creamy marshmellow head that quickly diminishes to a small ring of icing. Rich, thick aroma of sherried apricots and red pine sap, although it could be the crimson notes in the body talking. This smells delicious grom a reasonable distance, but the alcohol takes on a sharper, more astringent character the further I plunge my nose into the snifter glass. Coming up for air, I notice some more subtle, bready, nutmeg spiced fruitcake and some caramelized pecans. The malt profile is intriguing, but the one-dimensional piney hops are preventing me from enjoying it to its fullest potential. The body is a touch thin and has quite a bit less carbonation than I was expecting for the style. Perhaps a bit more fitting for a barley wine, but then, so is the malt profile. My initial impression is of an overly hopped barleywine. Wow, I canít get over how nutty and spicy this beer tastes. Its almost like somebody overhopped a Belgian/Barleywine hybrid. At first, a medley of green raisins, apricots, and slivered almonds warm the tongue, backed by a firm army of hops softened by brown sugar and salted butter. Next comes a nutty parade of crushed walnuts sprinkled with fresh nutmeg. This gives way to the grand hops finale, where my only complaint lies. I wish the hops were a bit less piney and a bit more citrusy. Regardless, a very enjoyable and thought provoking brew. Thanks, Tom!
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
<!-- b --> 12 Oz Bottle <!-- /b --> Deep henna pour, as the sailing clouds of a passing Noríeaster on a warming May evening. Wisps of tannin drenched head rim the top and sheet the glass. A light haze and bottom fringe of gold. Enticing strong aroma of stewing fruits amongst the tendrils of glowing resin embers and toasted vegetal ends, amongst the leaves of Kaffir, lie a sultry basket of blood oranges, meyer lemons and fresh ruby red. The eyes close and a stream of pure body warm milk glides down the throat. Thereís supple alcohols and dancing perfumes. What an aroma. The flavor is more astringent and surprisingly more thin bodied than the aroma lets on. A bit of a tease, the thinner slightly watered malt carries a current of tantalizing pine and citrus, backed with the rise of a fresh Cat Briar shoots on a drenched east coast morn. Finish with a light buttery coating and a heavy vegetal smack and you got a somewhat lesser form of an IIPA. The hops do make it a little bit to that warm bready yeast spice, but not quite enough. The grassy plant flavors are just a little too heavy on the back end to make this an all around winner.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 12oz - 2006 - Aroma is strong earthy hops, brown sugar, and carmel. Pours muddy brown with small head and good lacing. Flavor is carmel, hops, and alcohol. Palate is tart and sticky. Very drinkable 13.6% but still a bit hot.
Same batch as above with a year of cellar on it. This tastes just like a barleywine now and not a DIPA. Strong caramel, plum and raisin fill th e nose and mouth. Hops and alcohol (13,6^!).
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 Bottle courtesy of Silphium. Re-rating. Alcohol and hops hit you in the face the minute you open this one up. Huge spicey, piney hop flavor w/ a lingering alcohol burn in the back of the throat. This is a very good IIPA. Different hop profile and higher alcohol than most. Definitley a different version of the style.
patrick767 (3238) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 bottle sample at the Hampton tasting - This powerful beer has a wonderful, sweet, citrus aroma. It pours orange and a bit cloudy with a small head. Then I took my first sip. Hot! Granted I didnít know it was 13.6% ABV at the time, but damn. This one is all hops and burn. Itís a memorable drink, but it would probably be better if it ages a couple more years.
tap at the brewpub - Says 55 IBUs on the menu. I donít believe them. The 98 in the commercial description above seems closer to the intensely hopped taste of this beer. hazy amber orange, big grapefruit hop aroma, huge hop flavor with citrus and a little pine. The malt is pushed to the background. Finish is very bitter. Doesnít taste as high as 13% abv, but itís definitely up there.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-DLD06 Thanks to whoever brought this one from MI. I have been waiting to try this one for many months. This IIPA poured thick bright orange with a small soapy white head with lots of big bubbles. Wonderful dry hop boquet of pine, peach, citrus accents and lots of green hop character. Big citric flavors dominate the palate at intial sip, but the onslaught of alcohol follows. Fairly burning in the finish. Not much malt presence here, just hops and alcohol. Really tastes like a IIPA, not a barleywine like Founders Devil Dancer. Finish is citric with some pine resin notes with alot of alcohol. I had hop bealches 3 beers after one at DLD. that will give you an indicator of how much hops are in this one!
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 I was very surprised at how easy to drink this beer is. For a double, it is surprisingly tasty! Very citrusy taste and aroma, yet very smooth. Do not under-estimate itís strength! Alcohol is definitely present, but címon, itís beer, not sprite. Maybe rate cola is a better site for you if you dont like tasting alcohol.
railcat1 (672) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 Had on DLD FFF parking lot.good taste and well hidden alcohol.I did not realize how strong it was till today.thankfully i had small sample and would love to try this again.I had it today(10/25/06) again thanks to SPINKLE and was very happy and grateful to him .Great beer hoppy and sweet just like a a double ipa should be.CHEERS
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled off of the picnic table at Dark Lord Day - whoa, Iím glad I only got a taste of this - I would never have guessed itís strength - cloudy, yet bright orange in color at the same time - there is everything happening that one would expect in a double IPA, so it would be redundant to explain - very chewy and mouth-coating - I love this brewery.