tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet hop nose - orange, biscuity pine, slightly scorched smelling. Itís hoppy, what would you expect? but it is very well-balanced. Clear orange with white head that diminishes to ring. Alcohol is apparent as is plenty of hop flavour and bitterness. Fantastic supporting maltiness. Very well-balanced although it is perhaps overly sweet. Mouthfeel is somewhat still. Medium-full body. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly very clear light amber without much head, but still a considerable sticky white ring. Deep alcohol heat hits the nose and supervises a very malty base, extremely sweet, caramelic and fruity, it made me think of pale molasses if it existed. Huge hop profile is mostly floral and grassy. Fatiguing sweet alcoholic palate, burning like a strong scotch when you keep it in mouth a minute or 2. Made me think of a sunny day, floral and skin burning. Very bold, yet pretty clean. Huge creamy body with smooth carbonation. Interesting, but ultimately not very enjoyable to me.
PorterPounder (5654) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tough call on this one - I would not like this if I was not a beer geek and ratebeerian - but I need to put that into perspective. More and bigger is not everything. Light copper appearance - very sparkly. Light white head - good lacing though. Strong aroma - first reaction is cat urine! But after reconsidering - I figured it must be processed hops! What do I know - Iím not a brewer! For a 20.04% ABV - this is extremely smooth - alcohol is hidden extremely well. Flavor has elements of sweet candy, overripe bread and stale citrus. Not an everyday beer - but glad I had a chance to sample one. Very smooth finish considering the ABV.
Aurelius (4317) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like cat urine and eggs. Intense citrine coloring, health food store label. Tastes like over-fried eggs, moderately sweet, tangy. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth considering the high hopping and ABV. This was just a hard beer to drink. Technically good but unenjoyable.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 very interesting brew. It knocked my socks off with both the alcohol, and flowery taste. I expected a bit of both obviously-hence the 120 min title and 20.% + abv, but i was blown away at how strong both were. I was already a bit under the booze by the time i got to this one, so i didnt get to finish it, but i know its not my favorite. Too strong, and not enough citrusy flavor as one would expect in a ipa. have 2 stored away to see what time will do to a 20% ipa.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
incredibly strong. smelled a slight but of skunk at first(no idea where that came from) but that quickly went away. not as interesting as the 90 minute can taste the hops. hid the alcohol well for 21%
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#300 - Save the best for the milestones. Been very excited since I received this bottle to sample it. Here it goes: Potent, Sweet, Hoppy, not much head out of bottle but it has been sitting awhile. Very tasty, very sugary. Its also very smooth while being sweet and hoppy. Very interesting tasting experience. Another dark amber beverage that has some potent effects. Allot of these east coast beers of late Iíve been detecting a Sweet tea undertone. Itís here but very faint. Not as citrusy as one might think. Not exactly what I expected but very interesting experience.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Pours a nice dark hazy amber. A slight head develops but dissapates quickly. Interestingly, I get a slightly hoppynose..well, maybe there is more there....itís just different. A bit malty, but I guess I thought it might be more aromatic. Fortunately the taste makes up for it. Much sweeter than anticipated, and I like it. A nice syrupy mouthfeel is followed up with a very sweet hoppy taste that throws in quite a nice alcohol bite. Very interesting. Iíve got some 90 min IPA on the way so Iím anxious to see how that one differs. This is a nice ale to sip, I mean sip slowly, late at night before I crash. Iíve got some friends who love Alesmith IPA and Stone Ruination IPA, and I know they wonít like this. The hops take too much of a back seat to the malty sweetness for them. As for me....Iím flexible. I love chewy hoppy IPAs, but this one I love despite the incredible sweetness. The Dogfish folks are amazingly creative with their ales and this merely emphasizes that thought.
This re-rate is the culmination of my thoughts from last years tasting of some 2 yr old stuff along with this 2006 batch. I really really like it.....once folks grasp the fact that despite being listed as a double IPA itís really a huge-ass barleywine theyíll realize its worth. Great stuff.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very transparent copper color with a slight off-white head. To quote a fellow rater "I must say this is the very best IPA I have ever had." (even though thereís a lot of sweet for IPA). The alcohol was low key and didnít over power.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 Dogfish plays another game of hide-the-alcohol and does it well. Huge malty nose with a bit of sweetness. Darker color but not opaque, almost looks like a white dessert wine. The flavor for me was dissapointing, very malty and sweet. An interesting aftertaste reminding me of that of a scotch or dry bourbon, nice feeling on the tongue. Good beer, but I canít really think of when Iíd want to have it. Gonna try it on tap at my local through the randalizer regardless, see if it gives it a bit less sweetness. (7/4/5/4/14)
RERATE: I have to agree with my last rating except with my new fixation on barleywines, this beer should score higher. This reminds me of a barleywine on roids. Not so much a super-IPA, but an Imperial Barleywine! Silky smooth, alcohol everywhere on the nose and in the lingering aftertaste, but the tongue feel is of bittery hops, grass, and cream. Impressive.