Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber body topped by a medium thick head with decent lace. Very sweet and fruity hop aroma. Very sweet and fruity hop flavor with an underlying spiciness. Full bodied, relatively smooth, yet very warming.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aspect that stood out to me the most was how subtle (sneaky?) the alcohol presence is. Much more so than the WWS, thank goodness! Clear, rich amber. Hoppy aroma...mostly raisins. Initial burst of flavor mirroring the aroma. White grapes linger. I'd love to trade for more of this.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 This is a huge beer. Aroma of hops with hints of malt. Sweet flavor mixed with a grassy citrus bitterness from the hops. Nice IPA or Strong Ale or just giant beer. I think I can drink a few of these in a sitting but then I after consistering how much alcohol is in it probably not. Cheers.
After drinking 4 or 5 of these over the last several months, the sweetness really start to destroy this one for me. More Hops please!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 Pridominantly alcohol and some floral aroma. Pours gold with nice head. Lacing stay throughout. This stuff is great. Sweet, hoppy (no shit) and warm with a dark alcohol finish. Like a port. Had it on Randall and it was even more fresh than the bottled version. This is a true hop monster.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 Thanks to hopsrus for sharing. Clear oarnge. Minimal head,at first.Quickly fades. Assault of hop aromas,quickly turn to grape,champagne yeast,lightly sweet,malt aromas. Somooth,thick mouthfeel. Strong,smooth,caramel, flavors with a fairly,restrained hop finish.Laughable how drinkable this is at 20%. For the first beer of the night it tasted like a strong Ipa.Great job hiding alcohol,retaining Ipa flavors.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 750ml bottle. I was expecting a lot of hops character. This didn't have any. This is a very good beer. Nice and sweet and high on the alcohol. The alcohol took away a lot of the hop flavor.
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought some from the online source vintage cellar in VA. I just opened a bottle last night and in my opnion it was close to amazing. Nothing like the 24% wws which to me tastes like hard alcohol. The 120 minute actually is not hoppy enough to meet the sweetness but it is damn close to. It is a beautiful beer. Not too carbonated (like most beers that use champagne yeast are). It is actually hard to taste the alcohol. Nothing like earlier reviews from people who tasted the keg and said it was spoiled or too thick or gooky. This beer looks beautiful and professional and it is a joy to taste. I guess this beer proves the theory that at a certain point hops can get more flavorful or bitter in a beer because it still wasn't enough for me. Great job Dogfish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hopscotch and I drank this big bad boy as our capper to a great day and night of beer tasting. This beer is Imperial IPA like none other! Awesome stuff from the bottle. Read HS's review below. We pretty much agreed on everything this beer had to offer. For those who like this style, you have to find yourself a bottle soon. Don't miss out! Sam...is there a 240 in the works? Bring it.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oak aged: Looks like juice - a nice orange, pineapple, apricot juice. Aroma fully of pulpy apricots, mixed with raw hops flowers - amazingly fresh fruit flaoburs - dominated by pineapple, some oranages, a sweet grapefruit. . . Dull subtle hops on the palate, but a lingering bitter flavours do come out. Uncompareable to the 90 minute, something amazing happened in the next half hour, but a 750 would probably be a lot to finish.
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 2003. The re-rate: Bumping my rating up a notch. Completely sober this time around. First beer of Memorial Day weekend 2003. So thick, so rich, so good, so deceptively high in alcohol.Original rating 2003... This beer rocks!... It pours a thick, crystal clear amber hue with a small, creamy white head. Mostly diminishing with no lacing.
The aroma is of black pepper, pineapple, Rome apples, evergreen, apricot... I could go on and on.
The flavor is crazy-rich, malty and sweet... an entire field of barley must have gone into this bottle. Black pepper, pineapple, green apple, caramel and toffee up front. Not quite completely balanced, but a damn nice try with citrus/evergreen/bitter hops. Címon, 21% ABV? A splendid flavor and attempt at balance.
Very full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. A medium-length, piney finish with more spruce and pine at the wee end. An excellent Imperial IPA!