larsniclas (6337) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden with a bubbly head.
Extremely hoppy aroma with hay.
Sweet and warm alco-feel.
Rounded flavour with hay and pomerance. Very hoppy.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks and smells fantastic. If youíve had the 90 though and expect this to be the same style but better youíre in for a shock. This stuff tastes of alcohol and slighly of hops, but not anywhere near the leve of the 90 minute or 60 minutes IPAís they offer. I really like dogfish head brews, but this one doesnít quite live up to itís name. Maybe Iíll age one and see how it is in 10 years since this stuff gets better with age.
rickgordon (3846) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden colour, white sparkling head. Big Cascade nose, with an alcohol note. Big on mandarin, with exotic fruits and new mowned hay in aroma. This is a fullbodied beer but not overly. It actually felt lighter and more balanced than DFH 90 min. Mandarin is also prominent in flavour, with notes of dried orange with a sweetish undertone. The bitterness feels very balanced. Tasty beer!
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden colour, white sparkling head with some lacing. Hoppy, citric, flowery flavour. Excellent bitterness. Thick mouthfeel. Hints of mandarin and orange. A real punch up the bracket. Extreme palte.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 A golden ale with hig carbonation and a stichy white head. Malty sweet, resiny hop, alcoholic aroma. Kind of a biscuty flavor. The 120 IBUs are not very detectable. Neither is the 21% abv for that matter. I canít tell much difference between 120 and 90.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear ruby with a golden tint and a thin off-white head. Aroma is thick, sweet, malty, and sugary. Flavor is very sweet. Alcohol warms quickly but do not really taste it. Bitter finish is almost buried under the sweetness. This bottle is at least one year and maybe two years old. I need to get a fresh one and check the difference. This is still good however if you can take all the sweetness (my wife canít..said it is horrible). Full bodied and sticky.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 I like my beer to be able to take lunch money from Wine so any beer that gets into liquor range gravity has me interested. Iíve had this several times, but I only didnít lose my rating notes from the 2004 version.
Pours very syrupy, but you can tease a head out of it. Smells sweet and citrusy. The alcohol is so high that it really doesnít have much hop flavor in fact it tastes like sweet grapefruit with alcohol mild carbonation. That being said there is just something satisfying about this that only a real geek can appreciate.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2009 2003 vintage shared with Chuck. It pours to a mostly dissipating yellowish head that provides EXCELLENT lacing. The body is very viscous and opaque copper/gold in color. SLOW bubbling. The aroma is still HUGE. There are lots of citrus hops, caramel and doughy malts. OMFG, this aged well. Iíve had it fresh and it seems to get better with age. The flavor is very much a sugary honey malted barley candy. Peaches and mandarin oranges. The palate is thick and viscous, like drinking liquid caramel. Itís still quite carbonated. Iíd love to see this aged to 8 years.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 vintage 2003 aquired in a trade w/ Mike.
a nice cloudy orange color w/ a fairly small white head laces pretty well. The aging seems to have mellowed the hops down as itís a nice pretty sweet malty smell w/ a great citrus blend, hints of carmel, and sweet apricots. Palate is big and creamy and thick coats really well warms after swallow. The aging has really mellowed this beer it is got a huge sweet flavor big carmel and apricots and almost like an overripe pear w/ a big citrus hop finish and a nice subtle kick of alcohol in the swallow. Overall this is just great and should always be aged a couple years as it mellows out incredibly well and tastes much better.
tobias (205) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 750ml champagne bottle: pours a bright glowing gold color with a tiny white head that faded fast. most of the hop aroma has faded during its 2 years in the bottle, but there are remnats of citrusy fruit under the the sweet honeyish carmel malt backbone. the flavors is very sweet yet blanced. man its been a long time since ive had this but it seems to have aged quite nicely. very mellow.falovrs of candied apricot and peaches hit the palate first, followed by flavors of sweet caramel. the only downside to this beer is that that hop flavors has faded. its really amazing how well balanced this beer is to have the initial sweetness that it does.