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RATINGS: 1968   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 Jacksonís rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
almost a drain pour..absolutely cloying in every manner..smells like an old, dead IIPA that is way to heavy in sugar and malt...an almost offensive flavor that is much to sweet..sugar, sugar, sugar, honey,sugar,sugar,sugar.....blech...if i had this again i would pour this shit outside during the summer to collect moths...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Clearish copper body, thin, almost non-existent off-white head. Strong aroma of piney hops, oak, and alcohol. The body was almost sickly sweet with an overabundance of sugars, overwhelming the bitter, citrusy hops. Sugar, oak, and alcohol do not a great beer make. Cloying and highly disappointing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
Very sweet and complex, copper in color and an off white head. Probably will get better with age

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 29, 2007
copper body, with a slightly off white head, mild lacing. Really sweet, actually too sweet. Strong caramel, vanilla, and sugar cane notes with some subtle oak notes. Some hops at the end. Alcohol was wickedly hidden. Good beer, could have been less sweet. Maybe some aging can mellow this out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2007
Not what I expected. Very sweet, with rich and creamy, caramel malt body. Very heavy bodied with somewhat heavy carbonation. Almost Port wine like in with its lingering sweet finish. Where did they put the hops in this drink? Bitterness is drowned out by the malty sweetness, however small grapefruit notes are present. There are lots of peach and fig as well. Very complex but not what one would expect from a IIPA - it tastes more like an American Strong Ale - earily similiar to the Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone. As much as I can complain about the nomenclature (I was really jonesing for a solid IIPA) this is a fantastic brew. Alochol well hid. Pick one up if you see it.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2007
Pours translucent copper with off-white foamy head. The malt dominates the usually pine small in Dogfish IPAís. Itís sweet smelling and has notes of brandy. The beer taste sweet as well all the way through with some bitterness coming in towards the end. A bit syrupy. An interesting beer, but not one Iím dying to buy more of.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
Very sweet double IPA. The complexity of the brewing process is apparent as you take your first sip. Woody and vanila at the same time... hints of itís 90-minute component...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is of mostly sweet caramel malt, some oak and some faint hops. Taste again is sweet caramel, a little vanilla rounded out with a decent bitter hop bite. Finish is bitter. Warming from the alcohol. Interesting brew, the sweetness is there the whole time, but it is not over the top, a little hot from the alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
Nice cloudy, deep amber color with a thin off-white head. Smells earthy with hints of citrusy hops and fruit. Nice and sweet, almost like a Belgian ale with notes of cloves and orangy citrus. A little syrupy with a nice hops wallop in the finish. I could barely taste the alcohol, but it gave me that good warming feeling in the stomach. An exceptional beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IanWalker (6) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2007 does not count
First thing I noticed pouring it was how carbonated it is. Not too much head, but a lot of bubbling. Oak-aging IPAs can, in my experience, be dangerous. But this one turned out well. I found it in 12oz bottles. It has a nice hop aroma, and not too much bitterness. The oak fits nice with the slight carmel of the malt. Good clarity and color. I will buy this again.


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