cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/25/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Times Wine in Costa Mesa, CA 4/23/04. Pours a dark golden amber, extremely syrupy looking with a fluffy but rocky and somewhat diminishing off-white head. Lacing is very good, and this beer just looks decadent. The aroma confirms-- you're in for a ride. Slight hint of whiskey with the apparent alcohol, and just a rich, caramelly hop syrup scent all around. Not as strong as I'd hope for, but the aroma is wonderfully complex. First sip, the ride begins-- ridiculously rich, sweet hops and slight porty flavors, alcohol and kayo syrup. A little oversweet, perhaps, but I definitely likes. Mouthfeel is super-full and so thick it almost feels like you're eating it. Finish show the alcohol as well as the hops, but it's definitely not as interesting as the 90-minute. Quite an ass-kicker, this beer-- you drink it and feel almost immediately everything that it has to offer, but it's very pleasureful if you can dig it. I definitely can. Hard to drink it in large quantities, although I knocked down a 12 oz. in the same sitting as a bottle each of the 90- and 60-minutes. I think it's not as elegant as the 90-minute, but still a damn fine and certainly amazing, over-the-top beer. Rich and decadent, it has many of the properties I look for in a special occasion beer. Buyer beware! You cannot handle this beer.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 release. This beer almost killed me. Such a thick, syrupy palate which reminded me of a barleywine such as Old Guardian. Bountiful hops in aroma and taste, yet the extreme pine bitterness is countered by sweet luscious malts. The alcohol lovingly burns with each swallow. After about 3/4 of a 12oz bottle, I had a mild break out of hives on my skin. This beer caused some sort of alergic reaction...perhaps from the insane amount of hops. I have never before experienced this...but I love it! This shit really did kick my ass!
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I scored one of these(at 17 bucks I couldn't convince myself to get more)while on vacation in Virginia. This beer poured a clear copper amber color and formed a huge foamy white head that left laticed lace as it subsided. Very little carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and malt, but surprisingly balanced. I thought the hops would have been more dominating with the usual Dogfish experimenting, but I was wrong. A slight hint of caramel is also present with a touch of pine. The flavor was of malt and hops with a medium caramel like taste with a warm aspect of the alcohol present. The finish was a medium creamy body with a sweet finish and warming alcohol. After Imperials, IPAs are one of my favorites. As with World Wide Stout, while this was a good beer, the pushing of the limits pushes it out of the top contention for IPAs if it can even be called that anymore.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big piney/citrus hop aroma, some caramelly sweetness as well. Poured a medium amber color, thin head, with a bit of lace. Flavor is predominantly sweet, much to my surprise. Tasted like an aggressively hopped barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and some hops round it out. Big body, but alcohol is not very well hidden. Although hoppy, not anywhere near as hoppy as I expected. Pretty good, I just think they'd be better off calling it something other than an IPA because the hops just don't bite.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep rich amber color with a small off white head. Strange oily, floral, citrus nose. Flavor starts very rich, sweet and flowery hiding the alcohol and extreme hop bitterness all to well. The finish is light orange peel bitter, lingering and somewhat dry with a mild alcohol burn in the throat. Rich smooth palate, but this brew is over-rated, over hopped, overly sweet and way over priced IMHO. The 20% ABV does, however, serve it's purpose !!!
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to agree with Matta, though my ass is more cream colored than white. There are definitely hoppier beers out there. Extremely heavy bodied with plenty of sweet malt flavor. Alcohol is astonishingly well concealed for such a beefy beer.
bigbish (528) - California, USA - APR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good beer. Not as hoppy as I expected, but more of a sweet syrupy flavor. Definatly worth a try if you can find it. Not worth the $8 a bottle I had to pay though.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Hopasaurus Rex of beers. I was scared to try this beer being 21%, but I loved it. I was expecting "brown water" but got far more flavor than I expected. This beer hides the alcohol fairly well. Thumbs up!
garrison (767) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 I had a 4 pack of this one as payment for fixing a friend's wife's computer... it poured a dark, reddish hue, with a small, quickly fading tan head, and had a very thick, sticky body. The aroma was one of citrus and grain, and the taste was full-bodied, complwx, and quite striking! I like this beer!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Rating # 441
This beer is truly a work of Art! How ever did DFH create a beer this potent and dangerously drinkable, I will NEVER understand? After all the bottles that I have opened in the past few weeks; my former 3.7 rating will be taking a bump up!
Yet another brew that BeanDip and the Monkey supplied at our Friday night tasting.
Poured with a golden bronze body and a fat rocky white head that stuck around for the party. The aroma… as my girlfriend suggested, “That smells like Cheesy Bread,” and it did to some extent. I noted a rather sweet and sourness to the beer, somewhat liken to apple vinegar, vanilla, and a molasses combination.
120 IBU’s My White Ass! The flavor had a considerable smokiness to it, very syrupy and molasses like, IMO. I detected some bitterness in the initial finish, but this beer was very sugary sweet overall! Massive suggestions of caramel takeover and make this cousin to a liquor. The palate was very slick and creamy which was very nice……. but come on, what’s going on with this brew? I suppose I need to sample it again…. I distinguished less IBU’s in the 120 than I did in the 60 min IPA?
Thanks again to BeanDip and Michael for having us over!