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RATINGS: 1926   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.


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2007
Aroma: Hoppy and sweet malt Appearance: Medium, creamy, light brown head, amber hue in color, clear body Flavor: Hoppy then very sweet Palate: Creamy texture, medium bodied, average carbonation Overall: Interesting but I would not buy it again, too sweet

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - APR 5, 2007
12 ounce bottle. This Imperial/Double IPA pours a brilliant, translucent copper-orange. The head is off-white and the carbonation is good tending toward mild. In the nose I catch primarily citrus with whiffs of grass and spice. There is even a hint of wine, but not overly so. The flavor is this ale’s strongest asset. It is rich and complex. Initially, grapefruit is the core, which mellows into more of an orange flavor and then slowly trails off. This core flavor is surrounded by vanilla and a woody, cognac flavor. This is very good. It is also very different from what I normally expect in an IPA, although a wonderful variation. It is less bitter than many, but the sweetness that subdues some of the bitterness works here.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
[243-20070328] 12floz. Hoppy aroma has alcohol notes with some sort of elusive fruit, not much there but pleasant. Clear, orange amber body with small bubbles and a medium-lasting off-white head. Tastes like an overly sweet barleywine with a bit of pineapple and lots of alcohol. Medium body has some hoppy bitterness. Very well put together -- that super sweet booze gives an unexpected kick.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2007
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a frothy off-white head. Orange juice concentrate, candy corn and caramel. Taste is equally sweet. Pineapple and strawberry grow into lemon peel. Brief bittering but malts win out. Fairly light body considering the dense flavor. Alcohol finish with woody drying.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (725) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Cloudy dark orange color with small offwhite head and light messy lacing. Aroma has sweet bubblegum notes and a strong malt presence. Flavor is unique, just slight bitterness, some nice floral hoppiness, sweet banana and various spices. Really good
4/1/07: Very good looking beer, dark orange color with small head and nice lacing. Aroma was hoppy and sweet. Flavor was good, maybe a little too sweet, and the brown sugar was too overwhelming and the hops didn’t come through as strong. 7/5/7/4/15 (3.8)

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 12 oz bottle. Yuck. WTF is with these dogfish head beers? Why are they so damned sweet? This beer looked nice, and had a slight hint of hops, but it’s just too damn sweet. I want beer, not candy. I suppose I could have sipped on this all night, but I have neither the time nor patience. Im embarrassed to admit this, but I took two drinks of this and poured this right down the sink. I simply don’t care for DFH.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (690) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2007
12 oz bottle, bottled on date too smudged to read.

Clear amber with a two finger creamy head. Good retention, thick sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet vanilla, citrus hops, caramel and yellow cake.

Flavor is sweet also, almost sugary sweet. Lots of vanilla and honey. Hops are in there, but you really have to search. After the initial wave of sweetness subsides you get a slight tingly bitterness, barely enough to keep it from getting cloying.

O.K as a desert beer, but I couldn’t drink more than one.

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 (8670) - 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


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