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RATINGS: 1861   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. Light copper with thin head and sparsed champagne-like bubbles. Oaky vanilla nose with sweet malt background. Cognac as well. Taste is really sweet with caramel, light hops, and smoked syrup flavor. Candied flavor as well. Although I couldnít drink more than one at a time because of the sweetness, it is very tasty and keeps me coming back for more. Full-bodiesd mouth feel. Nice lacing. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. The color of a rare hunk of amber, red hues light this beer like stained glass. Thin head with large light bubbles. No evidence of carbonation. Note worthy lacing. This beer is intoxicating before the first sip is taken. The smell is of Fall; brandy, apple, oak, pine, alcohol, and caramel. In the flavor there are notes of cedar that donít present themselves in the nose, along with hops and caramel. Beautiful fulfilling palate; creamy, heavy and full bodied with a dry smooth end. This is the perfect comfort beer. A pint of icecream couldnít take the blues away half as well as this beverage.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. Orange ruby pour with a compact two finger head. Aroma is sweet with vanillas and light hop spice. Flavor is very sweet, mildly spicy with a hint of candied fruit/raisns that hides the alcohol but comes off too sweet combined with the syrupy palate.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2007
(12 oz bottle) Dark gold/light amber. Almost no head. Aroma is malt and pine hops. Flavor is slightly sweet malt, some pine hops, lots of oak and vanilla. Body is a bit thick. Iíd been wanting to try this for a while, and I was somewhat disappointed.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2007
I want to like it, but I donít. Itís too damn sweet, cloying. Doesnít taste like a ten percent beer, the sweetness just overwhelms the alcohol and the hops. The aroma is of an IPA, the taste, well... the taste. Sticky. Looks good, sounds better, but overall, not a strong showing from an otherwise excellent brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottle, pours cleans light amber color, big white lasting head, mild hop and alcohol aroma, very smooth honey flavor, and sweet at first, hop flavor is there but not like a double ipa, sweet candy flavor, vanilla oak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
very clean amber brew from 12 oz bottle. thick foamy off white head. Very sweet hopped up aroma. Mellow, refreshing, inviting. Thick, malty sweet melon flavor, Heavy brew, thick corn syrup like texture with a gentle warming. Bottle says 10% abv but alcohol is not noticable at all. Not as hoppy as I expected for a IIPA. Kind of flat.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Had this on tap at the Summits Cumming East Coast Beer Dinner. super sweet. a ton of vanilla candied oakness. blam-o hop bite. amber color. perfect almond head. this is a huge big beer. lots of alc.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of hops, malt, oaky vanilla, and banana. Flavors of vanilla oak balance the hop character, and there is a pronounced sweetness. Very malty and full bodied, with an excellent finish. Very good beer. Re-rate, 5/8/08, 2007 bottle. Deep orange pour with some white film on top. Aroma is very sweet, sugary malt, oak and vanilla. The flavor is the same, very sweet malt up-front, vanilla, some plum, woody finish, with some hop bitterness lingering. No change in score.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1811) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Nice coppery color with thin white head. Amazing red plum and vanilla aromas are not very IPA esque, but extremely pleasant and floral. Taste is quite rich, with a definite 90 minute presence . At times, it is almost cloying and medicinal, but it remains very drinkable, with alcohol, tannins and peach in the finish. $4/12oz


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