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RATINGS: 1886   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.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Dogfish Head ís in Georgia now!!! Crystal clear copper with a light tan head. Damn that smells good. Cotton candy and hops off the bat, in the background orange peel, banana, and lime? Very sweet immediately on the palate like fruity simple syrup, which develops into coffee and orange peel. The finish is hoppy with a bit of wood. Fairly well balanced, but a bit more sweet than I prefer. The flavors are also a bit unharmonious to me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle. Chestnut brown color with a fine cream colored head. Aroma is nice, but muted. Marmalade and orange sorbet, hops, light malt, nice and subtle. Flavor is cloying, apple juice flavor. Abrupt finish, almost no bitterness. Vanilla and gingerbread notes. This tastes like a fruit beer, something with training wheels. I was excited about this one, but itís not that special.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
shadey (1959) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2007
2006 Bottle. Fresh. Clear dark orange pour. Head is a thin film of creamy white lace. Aroma is alcoholic and overly sweet. Flavor is cloyingly sweet and quite nasty. Undrinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Very nice looking ale. Clear and radiant burnished copper body topped by a small, but sturdy, almond hued head. Island chain and sheet lacing complete the lovely presentation. Aroma is unique. All kinds of melon and tropical fruits tease the nose, joined by notes of oaky vanilla, fresh cedar, and pink grapefruit. Medium body and carbonation. Taste opens with sweetish and syrupy maltiness like candied guava. Solid and oily hop bitterness comes to the rescue with waves of pink grapefruit and pine needles. No hint of the alcohol. Finishes clean and even with some woody oak aftertaste. Very intense! Not unlike the Stone 10th Anniversary in sweetness. Possibly the best DFH brew Iíve sampled. Certainly the most drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (905) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Syrupy thick boozy palate. Woody & vanilla hints of flavor. Despite this being an IIPA it is still pretty darn sweet. Good beer and glad I tried it but donít think it goes into the regular rotation, especially @ $15.49 a 4pk.

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 (2233) - 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.


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