johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strong pine and alcohol that gets in and burns the nose. The taste hides the alcohol much better than the nose does. There is a surprising amount of sweet malt that dries out quickly with the obviously bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel to compliment the pine taste. Some honey and a little less sweet fruit than the 90 minute. Bottle was about 6 or 7 months old.
Gachupines (1248) - USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strong of alcohol. Appearance is golden, with a very small head. Taste is sweet, possibly a bit too cloying and almost like a liquer but with a bitter aftertaste. Interesting but not something I would drink often, although I guess its not really meant to be.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep golden with a quickl dissipating head. Aroma of apricots, peaches, pine and grapefruit. Heavily sweet with a balancing, I use balancing as I canít say much of the flavor is defined, hoppiness, with a seriou band-aid phenolic alcohol. Very heavy body. Finishes medium bitter. This has a lot of edges that can be rounded out with a lot of time.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 Pours a deep amber with a very light white head. There is extremely strong smell of alcohol and hops. Knew this one was gonna be strong. Tastes of pine hops with a nice mix of sweet malts. Very strong. Had to drink in moderation. Fantastic IPA, wish it was easier to get.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 vintage 750ml sampled 7/9/05: Clear deep amber body with a small, but present white head. Plenty of alcohol comes through in the nose along with some resiny pine/citrus hops and grass. I expected the aroma to show more bitterness than it did. Tastes spicy with alcohol-soaked hops, grass and plenty of syrupy malt. Very sweet. Will try a non-vintage bottle of this soon an re-rate, but wanted to include these notes for now.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have been sitting down here in Oz watching these beers with a great deal of interest. There seems to be a bit of an aura about them and certainly if there is an opportunity to taste one it is to be jumped at. Sincere thanks to Phil (Haddon90) for bringing this downunder. The initial psssst was a little quiet for my liking and so I was unsure about the head. After bouncing this into a Duvel glass there was enough of a head to last the whole way, and of course because of the viscous nature of this beer the lacing stayed strong and firm as well. This looks great in the glass with a fine amber presentation. The nose is a bit odd in that it is more muted than I expected. Definite whiffs of pine and hop resin donít give a hint to the flavour burst on the palate. This is big and surprisingly sweet, leaning to a certain cloying nature. I think it is a bit unbalanced and the lack of real hop presence is a surprise. Lots of maple syrup and honey overtones here which is a bit OTT. The ABV is well hidden as it does not taste like a plus 20% beer. I like it but canít give it really high marks overall. As an aside I think this would be an excellent glaze on barbecued pork ribs or chicken. Thanks again for the experience Phil.
pineypower (3078) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle at Firewaterís. Pours out a light amber color that you can tell is very, very thrick. The aroma is balanced not too hoppy, not too malty. The taste is suprisingly malty, I didnít believe it myself, but it almost overshadowed the hops. Still has huge hop flavor that packs a nice punch. Decent beer, but only for now and then
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fresh 12oz bottle from Jonathan3584 - Thanks!! - Pours light amber but quite thick with a nice medium offwhite head that laces pretty well all the way down the glass. Aroma is sharp citrus and pine and almost tickles your nose to sniff it. Flavor is surprisingly sweet honey-like over malt with just a touch of the alcohol flavor but not enough to be overwhelming. Finishes with a big warm alcohol effect. On the palate this is the thickest beer of this color Iíve ever seen. Actually feels much like a barleywine on the palate and flavored like one too. Another very unique beer from DFH. I expected more bitterness in the flavor but I enjoyed what I got.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 "Was disappointed in this one. Normally like DFH. This one poured a couldy yellow with almost no head. Beer was way to sweet could taste the malts and wasnít till all the beer was out of my mouth that i got a hoppy taste and it was a weak one at that. Mouthfeel was very thick. Overall not great. And not worth the $$ at all."
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thick, deep amber hue. Nice frothy grey head. Remarkably does not have a strong alcohol taste. I love IPAís which is why I bought this one. Iíll stick with the 90 minute.