markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, cellar-aged for 1 year in my buddy Danís cellar, poured into an oversized wine glass
A: this beer just LOOKS evil, a much darker "burnt" orange, very cloudy and with very little head or lacing, though the first few sips do leave some glass residue.
S: I can instantly tell this beer has been aged, the yeast working the sugars have produced a delicious caramelized aroma coupled with some brown sugar scents. I detect not much in the way of hops, but again, that could be from the aging.
T: *eyes bug out* Wow, this is an amazing tasting beer. Itís gone from being a DIPA to something, more transcendental and glorious. Never fear those who say aging a DIPA is "terrible," the hoppiness still makes itself known in the lingering finish, but there is so much robust, complex flavor on the nose and body, I canít even care yet. There is no doubt the malts have taken over the flavoring of this beer (though I cannot be entirely sure, as this was a gift and Iíve never had one fresh), lots of sugary tastes, ranging from sweetbread to honey to caramel. Whatever it is, itís delicious. You would have NO idea this is a 13.6% ABV brew.
M: somewhat thick, not too syrupy though. Very little carbonation makes it pretty easy to take larger-than-normal mouthfuls, a risky descriptor given the high ABV.
D: I scored this one down here simply because itís become very sweet, and as has been mentioned several times has a very high ABV. I could take one of these every so often, it would make a nice after-dinner beer accompanying a tart dessert.
browner (41) - Delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber brown pour and a bit hazy. Very sweet palate with a bit citrus and malt. Goes down easy with little carbonation as hoppy as I would expect from a double but enjoyable.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Ughsmash for the bottle. Lots of thick caramel malt in the aroma--which flows from a very hazy brownish-orange body. Very thick and sticky palate that coats your mouth and throat. Heavy doses of caramel malt and alcohol dominate the flavor. Tastes more like a barleywine for sure. Not a ton of hops, and very hot.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was good but a lot like a barley wine.Aroma was sweet malt and lots of citrus hops.Pours a murky brown with a white head.The flavor was really dominated by alcohol.Mouthfeel was very thick with a very sweet finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with 11026 - Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head that faded quickly. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is resin, citrus, floral and esters. Flavor is sweet caramel and esters. Medium to full body. Nice smooth finish with no lingering bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. A nice 2IPA/Barleywine. Thanks Steven.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 12 oz Bottle via Styles (thanks!). Pours a dark hazy reddish amber with a tiny head. Nose is like a barleywine. Very sweet, lots of fruity esters, especially pineapple. Tastes like it smells. Much closer to a Barleywine than a IIPa. Some fruity esters, wood, lots of caramel malts, some older pineapply and piney hops, and a strong alcohol finish. Perhaps this is an older bottle. Of course at 13.6% ABV, perhaps this is just the effect of so much alcohol and malts. Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.As an IIPA it is not that good, but as a Barleywine it is quite good!************4/9/07-rerate-orig rating was 7/3/7/4/15
12 oz bottle VIA trade (thanks to whoever sent this!). Bottle marked march 06 in sharpee marker. Pours a avery hazy dark orange with a tiny white head. Smells more like a barleywine than an IIPA. Tastes like a hoppy barleywine as well. Lots of fusel alcohol, fruity easters from the yeast, a moderate amount of butterscotch (diacytl), and lots of earthy & citrus hops. Full body with an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. As an IIPA, it is not very good, as a Barleyine, is is ok and within style, and the 13.6% abv is hidden to the point that there is almost no heat (just a bit of warmth), but you do know it is there. I am rating this as to how well i enjoy it, but knocking off a few tenths for style.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very cloudy golden hue with a minimal white head. Aromas of citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is thick with flavors of pine, grapefruit and a smooth finish. For how string this brew is, the alcohol is mellowed.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with Pailhead. Aroma: Strong sweet malt aroma with a strong caramel presence. Yeast and some dark fruits come through strong, as well. Some piney and spicy hop aromas. Alcohol is there, but not hot. Appearance: Coppery-brown in color and hazy. A few floaties spotted. No head to speak of. No lacing. Flavor: Slightly sticky sweet malt with a strong caramel and light honey flavor. Some bready yeastiness. Piney and resinous hops with a touch of spice. Alcohol is more noticeable than in the aroma, but works well. Palate: Full bodied. Medium carboantion. Strong alcohol warming in back of mouth and throat. Overall: This is one of those IIPAís that is more like a hopped up barleywine. Very tasty, and a nice cap to the evening.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to trbeer for the trade...
This bottle is about 1.5 years old.
Appears a transparent, mahogany amber with a creamy, off-white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of biscuity, hoppy, brown sugar, caramel, mild astringency, very mild oxidation(hardly noticable), resinous pine, and honey.
Taste is of the same aromas highlighted by the honey flavored malts jumping out of the sugary, bitter brew.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, barleywine-esque, with a sugary, hoppy mix. This one still seems hot, even after letting it mellow for over a year.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 Popped open one of these babyís on a cool fall night and wow what an expirience it was. Pours a murky orangish color with no head what so ever, but it did have alot of settlement at the bottom . I was expecting the beer to be very over powering of abv, but to my suprise, it was hardly there at all. I detected some grafruit,malt and hops in this beer. I loved this beer. Iím glad I have one more left to save for a while