adamjackson (1734) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Purchased the 1st week of December during a trip to Cape Cod. Paid $14. Bottled in 2011. Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass at 40 Degrees F. Allowed to sit for 15 minutes until it hit 50 Degrees F.
A - I poured this pretty carefully but not glass-sideways carefully into the glass. No head was produced. The color of the beer is medium brown. Not quite amber but itís a pretty light beer on appearances. Thereís a lot of sediment in this beer floating around.
S - Bitter, sweet, hoppy with some kind of citrus in there as well. Iím getting some honey tones. Really low sweetness with nice hop and bitterness.
T - Whoa. This beer packs some serious heat! I taste a ton of alcohol in this beer it just hits you right in the mouth and sticks around for a while! Lots of woodiness..maybe pine? I get that slight honey + citrus taste as an after thought. Compared to a lot of Double IPAs, the hop isnít that strong considering I havenít had it that long. Itís a very strong beer and the taste does not try to hide that. Wowzerz.
M - medium bodied. The carbonation isnít too intense and itís fairly palatable. The aftertaste isnít off putting but itís certainly there and you notice it more than other beers.
O - For the price...itís a bit too expensive to have weekly. If it were easy to get, Iíd probably have 12-15 of them in the cellar sitting around for nights when I wanted to show friends what a high ABV beer was like and weíd split one beer into two snifters. This is a sipping beer for sure!
Iím going to buy some more of these as I see them but will remain reserved on when I drink it."
joeworrall (41) - USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a bottle, itís a hazy orange color with a distinctive citrus aroma. The flavor is intense, powerful... You donít chug thus, you sip it to savor the flavors!
Barrelbelly (568) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lychee and orange blossom aroma and taste. Sweet caramel and candy sugar. Mostly lychee
Abio (1479) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged bottle. Orange coloured brew. No head. Very siropy. Lots of different fruits gets trough. Mostly sweet, slightly sour. Decent brew for sure.
Loineshawn (3003) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle aged in rotbox for 4+ years. fortunately the bootle notes that this 1 "AGES WELL".
Looks like swampwater dump sludge. pics are pics:
aroma of big huge sweet green raisins, cane sugar, boozy melon, sugared cola and pineapple. not too offensive, but not very inviting either.
taste: big sweet booze boost juice. leaves bitter boozy pineapple. not the most subtle of brews. rather, knocks one over the fucken head.
low marks on the budlight drinkability index. but booze more mellowed than expected. sticky mouthfeel. fine.
shelf turd status: unknown, scroll past
gross, but better than expected.
Joakgust (687) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 355ml - Clear amber beer with s large head. Aroma is fruity with notes of peaches, citrus, caramel, cactus fruit, pungent hops and pine needles. Flavor is fruity with notes of peaches, citrus, pineapple, caramel, oranges and alcohol. Wow, this is truly a DIPA in its rightful form.
Mastelefish (18) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fairly fresh from 7/26/1992, pours a rich copper color with a little head. So much smell: hops, boozy, somewhat floral. Taste is extremely bitter and has a tiny burn from the alcohol content. Definitely something I would drink without food and with a friend or two.
valpoaj (593) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 06 or 07...plenty of age on this...pours a viscous goldish-orange with some decent head given what it is. Aroma is intensely sweet, boozy, mildly hopped...very in-your-face. Flavor is syrupy sweet with a heavy dose of booze...honey-forward, candied malts and some bitterness throughout the ride. Palate is very resinous and smooth. I must say, this was an interesting drink, and I think Iíll let the second one I have sit for a number of years, but I probably wonít rush out to buy any more.
Homer321 (535) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft. into a mini snifter. Wow, straight up nail polish aroma with a touch of hops. slightly hazy with a small white head. taste is sweet with a firm bitterness. moderate hop flavor, but underwhelming. disappointed in this batch. Had it in the past and was much better.
mverity (113) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from 11-26-08. Poured a deep orange with some whitish head. Very little lacing. Aroma was mostly boozey nail polish. Taste was about the same; really boozey, some citrus, some vanilla, some medium malt sweetness. Ended up drain pouring this. Sad, because this beer is great fresh, and great with 2-3 years on it. Iíll be cracking the rest of my old bottles soon to see how theyíre holding up.
AWISLguy (915) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Bottle from The Art of Beer in Highwood. Pours a very clear orange with a white head. Some light lacing. Aroma has super overhopped spicyness and citrus. Heavy pine. Heavy resin. Essentially the result of huge overhopping. No discernable malt presence. Taste is of overbitter citrus, sour fruits, spicy pine and strong resin; quite rough. Champagney-alcohol presence. Full bodied and very chewy. Finishes salty bitter, with alcohol. Shrug? Too over-the-top so the flavor disappeared. No bottle date, so that could have an effect. Of course, the argument could be made to age this another few years to mellow it.