roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 Pours a nice hazy bright orange color with a perfect amount of foamy white head and lots of bubbles up the sides. Aroma is a nice sweet mellow citrus/hop smell with a bit of an alcohol undertone. Flavor is very sweet to start, then you are hit with a hoppy bitter taste and finish. Really covers the 21% abv bigtime. Tastes more like an 8 or 9%. Mouthfeel is very heavy and almost syrupy. Overall, Im a fan.
SudsMcDuff (7977) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 This is actually very very nice........FULL is the word...good smooth ?creamy? mouthfeel...sweet but not sweet or syrupy....4 me at least, i’m a hophead and a barleywine addict and this is just wonderful! Great lacing and ample head to go with with the sunset! orange ...this is a fine powerful brew and needs to be respected for its smoothness, its crazy good sweet bitter 1-2 combo, and its massive and almost completely masked alcohol! If this wasn’t so hard to find and so expensive i’d have this in my fridge always! u crazy shark! jungle massive!
rerate: drank close to a case while working at The Near Sighted Rabbit, backroom-- loved this beer back then too. 2008-2009. was in my top 10 of beers. but....
well, 2013. had this beer quite a few times since 09. .. like it best fresh but why do people age this?? .. . my love has disappeared for this. sweet alcoholic garbage. and the way people (new to craft mostly) hold this beer, is pathetic.. . hate this beer now, funny how tastes change over the years... .. .. . katie has some big ass titties!
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very pleasent citrus aroma with a creamy ivroy head. While having 120 IBUs the huge amount of sugar in it result in a far lower practical IBU. A very nice beer that can be enjoyed with or without food.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 On tap through double Randalls at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 06/04/2009. Cloudy orange body with a medium frothy white head. Huge citrus aroma dominating everything. Chewy hop flavor with lots of citrus and resin. Full body with low carbonation. 8/3/8/3/16 - 3.8
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/28/2008. Poured through a randal filled with simcoe, cascade and summit. Very cloudy orange body with a medium creamy off-white head. Big caramel and molassas aroma with a bit of alcohol and a hop kick. Huge hop flavor, lots of caramel, molassas, and alcohol. Full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a chewy hop finish. 8/4/8/3/15 - 3.8 (Not included in overall rating)
11/15/2005: a light brown ale, with a thick white head. A very hoppy aroma with this beer. The sweetness of the high alcohol content overwhelms the hoppiness of this beer. Overall this beer is not anywhere near as bitter as you’d expect, but holds its place in Dogfish’s lineup 9/4/7/4/14 - 3.8
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’m a big fan of all the DFH beers I’ve tried, including the 90-minute IPA and the WW stout, so I was very excited to give this one a try. The aroma coming from the glass was wonderful, with strong hop and fruity smells. Once I got it in my mouth, though, I was disappointed. The feeling on the mouth is syrupy, and the taste is overpoweringly sweet and alcoholic. To me, anyway, the taste of this one is very similar to the WW stout, but without a lot of the complexities. What works in a stout doesn’t, for me at least, in an IPA.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Got this one courtesy of the best liquor store in Tucson, nay, the world, Plaza Liquors.
Appearance: Slightly reddish hazy yellow, almost copper in color.
Aroma: Super nearly sicky sweet hops.
Flavor profile: Thick, rich, hoppy, intense, not for the weak of heart. Almost Brandy-like characters.
Palate: Thick and rich, hot, aggressive, definitely a sipping beer, very nice!
Overall: If IPA were distilled into a spirit, this is pretty much what you’d get. Its a big intense awesome beer that becomes amazing as you age it.
ABUSEDGOAT (2566) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Clear amber, small head which is more than I expected. Aroma is strong citrus with pine and lesser grapefruit. Huge malt backbone present as well. The alcohol is there, but you’d never come close to guessing 21%. Very sugary malts overpower the hops, but everything is so big. This beer bludgeons the palate, and I like it! Very balanced for its size.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brewed 03 04 05. Light aroma of warm alcohol and hops. Sweet liquer of alcohol, malt, hop oil and hops. Orange with thin foam. Hops are more noticeable in the hop oil and body than in flavour. Alcohol comes across more extreme than the hops. Alcohol comes across too much to qualify as a top beer for me.
pmbigger (6) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle. No head to speak of, a dark copper. Starts with a bit of hop flavor, then gets really sweet. Real thick, elixir like. Pretty good overall, not worth the price tag.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
mmm, makes me tingle inside. pours nice ambar color with almost no head, kinda syrupy. smells really nice to me. lotsa flavor. i get alot of fruit flavors. tastes almost like a fuity liquore. very sweet. i would recomend this for only special events, not regular drinking.