cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Let me just say, this is the first time I paid ten dollars for a twelve-ounce bottle of beer. But it was quite worth trying. The bottle we tried was brewed in 2004; I donít know if I have the patience to age it for a decade, as the label suggests. It was quite tasty. Its texture was smooth and silky; it slipped on the tongue like Drambuie. It was quite sweet and packed a wallop. The overabundance of hops might have been overwhelmed by the sweetness or alcohol content. This is the brandy of beer.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear glossy amber color, almost no head - thin, off-white and rapidly diminishing. ephemeral lacing too. alcohol, hop liqueur, malty aroma and flavor. cloying. too sweet and to high abv for me. light but sparkly carbonation. cloying, alcohol hop finish.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Deep orange colour with a brandy-like, almost still appearance. Sweet vineous malt character, ice wine aroma, cookie dough and toffee malts. Some berry fruitiness. Flavour is very sweet showing toffee, caramel, white grapes with a light white pepper spiciness in the finish. Very sticky and chewy.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow, really heavy. a nice golden color that hides the strength. the ipa is so thick that it reminded me of german malt beers. the tastes seem to be a mix of dessert wines and a bland ipa. there are hints of grape apple and apricot. while very alcoholic, it does not taste like a 20% beverage
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one is an absolute devil! I had no clue that this one packed such an enormous punch, it hides the alcohol content extremely well. This was insane. The flavor was an assortment of hops, with grape / wine flavored body, and a powerful aftertaste of fruit infused with whole leaf hop. Simply a dynamite combination of flavors and attribute makes this one a keeper.
I can definitely see how this can age well, itís like fine wine. I should probably buy a case and let it sit around for years, enjoying it well into the future. Extremely recommended.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours beautifully--deep amber with a medium bright white head. Lots of bubbling going on. Nice IPA aroma of citrusy hops, surprisingly no alcohol. Flavor is much sweeter than I had expected--almost feels like a barley wine until the hops hit you in the back of the throat. The alcohol somewhat overpowers what would otherwise be near-perfect flavor--I almost had to chase this thing with an imperial stout--but the 20% becomes less noticeable as the beer progresses. I think it goes without saying that this is not a very drinkable beer. Still, pretty darn good.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, lots of strong opinions on this beer...because it is a beer to be reckoned with for certain..
Letís start with the first impression...
A small head tops this golden orange pour...Great citrusy hops evolve from the tiny head...then a floral hoppy aroma tags behind...and the final wave of the complex aroma is the smooth malt that tries to real in the wild hops...
...my tounge was then met with this very sweet yet spicy concoction of montounaous monstrous malts and humungus herculean hops...
these two amazing strengths of flavors balance each other, but to an awfully intense level...
the high alcohol content is very well masked
Palate has a creamy a very good mouthfeel...This certainly is not for the faint of heart...I like strong flavors and lots going on in the aroma and taste so this one went over fairly well with me....still I would choose their 90 min IPA over this one.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!Smells of dirt and hops.I knew that i now have to try it.Full flavor of hops overload.This is one heck of a beer.At first the alcohol was hidden and then wham it crept up on you.You must respect this beer and its brewers.Next time i drink this delicious brew I will bow before it.Dogfish HEad does it right again.MAybe they need to give lessons to their friends in Boston on how to brew high octane beer.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Pours amber, no head. Almost wine like the alcohol is completely here. Nothing but hops with a sweet barleywine like taste and a cringing amount of alcohol. It is what it is.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber with almost no head. Strong piney hop aroma. Sweet malt taste up front fades in and out with the hops. Flavor is everywhere. Big hop bite at the end with an aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Reminded me of Dreadnaught in a way. Canít understand how this beer only has a 3.8 average. Even at $9 a bottle it is worth every penny.