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RATINGS: 1848   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 Jacksonís rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours a hazy copper with a very generous tan head. Smells of oak, cherries, perfume, pepper and tea. Tastes caramelly and sweet with cherries and subtle citrussy hops. Very nice!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
12oz bottle, bottled on 01/08/07. Pours a clear, brilliant, reddish-orange color; textured off-white head with great retention and lacing. Chewy, citrus and mineral aroma. Overly sweet mouthfeel: plenty of oranges and grapefruit hops; loads of maple syrup and sticky candy sugar; light, oaky vanilla toastiness adding in another layer. But itís just too damn sweet. Lengthy, citrus and sticky-sweet finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4pack of 12ozís $13.57. Smells of sweetened oak then extremely light hops although the hops are extremely present but well hidden. Pours a very bright amber with a thick head and very bubbly; very. The in mouth feel is medium thick and a bit syrupy but all for the better as it is not very thick or even extremely thick. The flavour is amazing and itís complexity is WOW. I taste no hops at all yet this is what I do taste; a possibly charred oak flavour with sweetness and absolutely NO alchohol as it is hidden by a honey-ish wood flavor. The finish is very sweet and and a great thick coating on the palate. Possibly the most complex brew I have had and with absolutely NO taste of bitterness. Will buy again when available. I can have any brew I ask for thanks to Randy my new hookup for craft brews anything at or under 13 ABV% Even if not supposedly available in the entire state.....he is a true hook up. In which I say thanks Randy!! Look for the nuclear green top with the tradiational Dogfish Head Symbol in a black triangle....itíll blow you away....or maybe change your mind. Although he special ordered this for me and there is none available at the time it is amazing!!!!! A perfect 5 rating!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Vanilla and burbon in the nose with hops hidden in the complex aroma. Sweet and hoppy with flair and balance from DFH. Another cant go wrong from this brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 Barely missed grabbing this one last year, so Iím excited to try a DFH that I havenít had. Subdued, sweet smelling with honey, some oak, plus a sweet hoppy aroma. Taste is sweet upfront with quality sweet, sugary goodness plus a really good use of the wood aging. Sticky sweetness gives way to a well hopped brew. Nicely balanced, well done. It seems like many of these experiments by DFH and others come up short - not this one. The use of blended new and old/wood aged IPAs is a really good combo. Too often barrel aging goes overboard and detracts from the original brew. I still think the plain old 90 min is wonderful, but this is a nice take on it

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Red, medium head. Vanilla oaky aroma, with some spicey hops. Tastes very sweet, bitter, more oak. Sweetness lingers in the aftertaste, leaving some unpleasantness. A complex and interesting brew, but not one of my favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Hop nose wasnít assaulting, but laid back. Sweet malt taste, some juicy hops. Again, laid back flavor. Toffee, cereal. Mellow. Something missing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Pours a ruby red color with a medium slightly off white head. Aromas of slight roasted malts, citrus and various fruits. Tastes of lots of dark fruits with a nice balance of sweet malts and hops. Can tastes some wood notes. Velvety smooth mouth feel.... That finishes clean. Another great creation from Dogfish Head.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4232) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
The aroma has lightly toasted malt, leaves, alcohol, citrus hops, and light fruit(like white grapes and apricots). The appearance is amber gold with a three finger head that is nice and foamy. To say the flavor is sweet is an understatement. It has all the aroma elements but the sweetness and the alcohol dominate early with the bitterness developing in the finish. The palate is thick and smooth. I like this one but itís cloying sweetness and high alcohol presence are somewhat of a turn off.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dyetube (1183) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 This beer pours a deep amber with a thin white head. When you take a whiff of this thing, you immediately get a sweet smokey hoppy smell! The flavors in this thing are farily complex and quite good, they emulate the smell! This is my favorite DFH beer to date! I will be buying more of this before it goes away! Cheers!


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