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RATINGS: 1919   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The elusive brew is made from pilsner malt and amber malt with an original gravity of 26.5?P, yielding an 11% abv. It's hopped with Warrior and Glacier varieties. Primary fermentation takes place in open vessels using two yeast strains, one American and one English. For added complexity, the beer is conditioned on barrel staves of French Oak for four months before being dry hopped with Glacier at the rate of a half-pound per barrel. This elixir is then blended 50/50 with 90 Minute IPA. After blending, the beer will measure 80 IBU and 10% abv. Bottled in corked bottles through Michael Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 2006. pours a clear dark gold with a thin head. aroma is sweet with vanilla and hint of fruit. taste is sweet with some fruit, alcohol, oak. almost too sweet... like candy beer. 2007. I do not know what was going on in 06, but the 07 is soooooo much better!!! i did a vertical tasting to make sure, and the 07 is balance and yummy... the 06 is almost drain pour. not sure what was going on there!!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle @ Coles in Buffalo, served fairly chilled. Did not realise that this had quite as much alcohol in it when I ordered it! Golden amber body with a small off white head. Very sweet fruity aroma, light alcohol presences. Very mild bready notes to the malt in the aroma. Flavour is also quite sweet, fair bit of fruity esters, light honey notes. Hops are relegated to a secondary level, but are noticable present with a very light touch of pineapple. Light hint at oaky vanilla that I assumed was all in my imagination until I read the description. Medium to full bodied palate is quite smooth, slightly less carbonated than it could be. Alcoholic becomes more prominent in both aroma and flavour as it warms up. It has a fairly boozey character all around but pleasantly so. Simple, but quite pleasant.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 This is a special beer and should not necessarily be compared to other DIPA’s. If you’re looking for a hop bomb...keep looking. But if mellow, vanilla, oak, honey, hoppy is cool with you than this brew is worth it. Perhaps it could just as easily be compared to a good Barley Wine as it has some very interesting and complex malt characteristics. My wife loves it too! ....As the bottle says : " Hoard it from the non-believers." I put a couple in the cellar and will savor them side by side with next years release

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (4105) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2007
This beer pours with a good sized tan head and comes into the glass with a nice dark orange colour. It has a very ’sweet’ smell. Some fruity things and caramel are definately there. The beer itself is freaking thick. Maybe even too thick. I had egg drop soup after this beer and it wasn’t even that thick. Anyway, the beer might be too sweet as well, but not too, too sweet. The end is a bitter warmth that is pleasent and the beer does not leave a huge aftertaste in your mouth after you take a sip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wineno (2) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2007 does not count
2007 12 ounce bottle, Nice head with a hint of sweet hops on the nose, but the hoppiness turns only into syrupy sweetness upon tasting. Not my favorite IPA by far, but still could enjoy one every now and then.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2007
12 oz bottle - 2007. Hop dominated aroma, thick mouthfeel, substantial, both syrupy and filling. Beutiful orange color. It is definitely an extreme expression of DFH style. I found it nicely hopped, but overly heavy and just a tad too sweet. Nevertheless i would never refuse one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Sweet, not all that hoppy aroma. Has a very syrupy taste, too sweet, some nice vanilla, but not enough hops. Warming finish. Not worth 15 bones for a four pack. I prefer 90 minute any day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Clear Orange-amber, nice sized head. Sweet fruity aroma. Syrupy mouth-feel, flavors of oak, hoppy bitterness, candy sugar, and alcohol. Nice warming sensation. This is good, but a bit too sweet. Over-priced at $15 per 4-pack.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
This beer is a little bit too similar tasting to their 90 minute IPA or would get a higher rating. Tastes a bit more syrupy and sweet than the 90 min and definitely has a rounded slightly woody and vanilly flavor from the oak. I enjoyed it a lot but would probably rather drink the 90 min.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2007
bottle- pours a seemingly very carbonated pale copper color with an off-white head. smells hops, pine, some cherries, and a caramel maltiness. also some wood in the background as well. tastes very different than it smells. extremely complex. malty and sweet, syrupy mouth feel. coats the back of the throat with alcohol and warms like cough medecine. now that ive made that connection i cant get the taste of nyquil out of my mouth. The hops seem very subdued in this one maybe it is the barrel aged thing. I think i would enjoy seeing how this one tastes in a year or two.


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