ccex (961) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with small white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is not strong, but complex, alternating between floral and fruity hops, and some caramel candy. Taste is much sweeter than I expected, with bitterness only in the finish. The alcohol warming is not as obvious as I would have expected for 18%, but itís there. Body is full with average carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. A very memorable IIPA, but perhaps not quite up to the hype heightened by its scarce availability.
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours a hazy copper color with a slight head. The aroma is good and bold with hops but nothing over the top like you might imagine with this beer. The taste is big and bold with decent amount of sweetness from the alcohol content and no where near as hoppy as I would have thought. Really flavorful and well made.
Soulbait70 (1) - Granville Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice. Sweeter than I was expecting. Strong alcohol bite. Alternated between bite and an almost candy-like sweetness. Couldnít quite place the aroma...very complex mixture of sweet and sour. Hoppy...as expected.
CpyNPrnT (413) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of lots of sweet fruit and hops. Taste is very very hoppy, nice caramel malt character, lots of bitterness, alcohol warming at the end. Great DIPA!
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"chewy pine and citrus on the nose and flavor. full bodied is an understatement. it may actually have too much body. less hoppy and sweeter than i expected, but i guess you have to have a lot of residual sugar at 21%! glad i tried it a couple times...probably wonít buy it again. 2 years or so later itís still sweet but has matured well. Iím adjusting slightly higher to reflect (believe it or not) the port like qualities of this ipa"
akoeninger (491) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange with white head. Loaded with peach and citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Taste is peach, layers of hop flavor, fruity alcohol. This was just awesome.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Patrickctenchi (4090) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: (on 6/30/14)
Pours cloudy, peach with a thin white ring.
Strong, fruity aroma...boat-drink alcohol, semi-tropical.
Taste is creamsickle and alcohol. Caramel malt.
Marshmallow...mild citrus bitter.
Truly in a class by itself...mind boggling that itís so smooth.
Iíd swear it was not even half the advertised ABV, though it does put out a bit of warmth the more you sip.
Increasingly nectary as it warms.
eduardovl (962) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 330ml bottle served in a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark orange color. Slightly hazy. Forms a one finger creamy, thin bubbled and solid yellow head. Medium retention and lots of spotty and lingering lacings left in the glass
S: Strong caramel and citrus and flowery hops. Caramel malts. Plums and peaches. Oak. Very boozy, like a liquor.
T: Taste is quite good. A sweet and upfront. Strong toffee, caramel malts, dry fruits like peaches. A nice woody background. Warming, as expected. Despite the strong alcohol in the nose, itís hard to believe that this a 18% ABV beer. I would say something between 11 and 13%. The 120 IBU is also quite hidden by its sweetness, unfortunately :)
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Low carbonation and a quite bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Not as good as the 90 Minute. Perhaps a bit too sweet and boozy but still a classic from Dogfish Head
[ BA Review @ 7/25/2013 ]
ajnepple (2551) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared with friends. Thick, hoppy, goopy, juicy, resinous and strongly bitter with medium malty sweetness. Pretty tasty but probably not worth the price tag.
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #2800! "Bottled on 3/3/06" No more sense holding on to this any longer. Big syrupy malt smell under the cap, usual for an older cellar beer. (Ahh! Just saved the glass from being accidentally knocked over! Tragedy averted!). A lot of maple sugar in the nose. Ruddy brown color, poured with very little head. Taste has more maple syrup to it. Very little hop left to this, which is not a surprise. Makes up for it with plenty of sherry and alcohol, and no oxidation. Some bitterness in the back of the tongue helps keep the brew from getting too sweet. So, not the hop bomb that a fresher version of this might be, but it has developed enough character to remain worth saving for 8 years. Good luck me getting hold of a fresh bottle of this for comparison, but not to worry, I have a 2006 90 Minute IPA left to check against some 2012ís I got at $3 a 4-pack. And therein lies a taleÖ