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RATINGS: 1954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 Pours a nice ruby color with a small white head. The aroma is overwhelmingly piney and amazing! It’s got some real sweet malt aromas with a nice hoppy zest to it. There’s a malty sweetness with some residual sugar taste. Very sweet with a quick snap of bitterness. The mouth feel is really nice, its medium bodied in your mouth but feels like it almost expands. An amazing beer that is great for sipping.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
I am not really sure about this beer. I think it is too sweet for my palate, but it IS very complex. There is an sticky sweet aroma of dark amber malt and citrus with a slight oakiness in the taste to match the sickly sweet malt and moderate hop bitterness (which is off set by the body).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
pours deep golden. aroma strongly sweet citric. taste is citrus hops surrounded by very sweet malt (some raisin) and oak notes. the finish fruity fading into somewhat dry citrus bitterness. very unique ale that i feel should be listed as an american strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
The beer pours a dark copper with very little head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of vanilla. My first sip is not at all what I expect, so I try again searching for the hops. This beer tastes much like an eisbock with sweet maltiness riding the strong but balanced alcohol. Hints of vailla come thru in the taste. There is just a hint of bitterness in the background of the finish of the taste, but even this fades as it warms into malty goodness. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol strength was nicely balanced and left me feeling quite content. A very unique beer from Dogfish Head, not what I was expecting at all, but I was very pleased nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Pours dark amber with a fruity aroma with plenty of hops and a hint of citrus First sip is very sweet and full of hops... ends with a warm feeling of alcohol...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2007
on tap at Andy’s, DFH promo night. Clear dark orange/amber in color. Aroma is fruity, peach, citrus, oak, lightly earthy with a good amount of sweet malt. Taste is very sweet initially then changes rather quickly to oaky, and citrus, earthy hops. Light hop bitterness in the finish some warming alcohol notes. Thick, syrupy body that I found to be a bit cloying. Interesting beer though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
This beer pours a dark amber color with a nice off-white head. The smell of this beer was just a little hops with malt and a sweetness that I don’t remember smelling in any other beer. The nose is dominated by a syrupy scent. The taste was of alcohol, mild citrus and molases. The sweetness really dominates this beer as it sticks with you after a while.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - APR 12, 2007
Amber color with nice head for an IPA. Strong hoppy aroma. Flavor is hoppy but also sweet. Decent.

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.


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