puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pungent, boozy aroma. Hints of oak and vanilla donít do the hops well. Flavor is sickly sweet, weird hops and vanilla-y oak. Astringent and painfully boozy. Couldnít even drink this.
rocbyter (1935) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel and resin hop aroma. Clear red color. Medium white head that dissipates. Strong cotton candy sugar taste. Incredibly sweet. Palate is heavy from the sugar. Iím saving one of these to try later.
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím going to let this one age a while and get back to you, but as for now, this is one damn good beer.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
After getting use to this beer it was very enjoyable,a little different style for me but this was a malty ipa and not as hoppy as i like but over all not bad.CHEERS! 12 oz bottle thanks to archer liqours.
SSSteve (3917) - - MAR 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 clear reddishamber with a small off-white head. hoppy ipa aroma. has a sweet vanilla, woody character. lots of bite and some alcohol. hint of cream soda. mellows as it warms. unique and enjoyable. impressed. -
2011- flavor has a lightly smoked note with some cereal grains (like wheaties or something) with some brown suger and honey.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to DrBayern! Pours a clear light reddish brown with a white head on top. Aroma is pine, oak, vanilla, sweet malts, honey, and citrusy notes. Flavor is a mixture of pine, citrus, and oak. The oak flavor takes on different flavors mixing between honey, maple, and vanilla. The first initial touch to the tongue presents a piney citrusy IIPA, the beer then goes on to the oak-aged characters immediately afterwards. The beer starts quite sweet and finishes with a bitterness brought on by the hops and the oak. A slight sweetness is in the finish too but not as dominant as the bitterness. Alcohol is in throughout as well. Definitely a very interesting beer that brings out several different flavors. This is a beer that would be hard to drink often but is a nice treat to have every couple of months.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I got ahold of a 2005 bottle of this fine beer at a little mom and pops store that went out of business. Sweet malty complexity that refurbishes my opinion with each sip. Very big "IPA" that aged into more of a barleywine with sweet and dry oak on the pallet and hints of the 90 minute IPA. I shared this with a dear friend who also loves good beer. It was a real treat!
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this beer once I got paste the initial few sips. I say that because I expected it to taste like an imperial ipa, but instead it tasted like an old ale or a barleywine. It was good, and very enjoyable, but if I hadnít seen the label, I wouldnít have thought it was an ipa.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Aroma: Very sweet maltiness, pine and resin, oak, light maple, vanilla, and some light alcohol. Appearance: Light red in color and clear. Off-white head was full and foamy with great retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Nice caramel and malt, pine and resin, oak, vanilla, some citrus and stone fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. The vanilla, oak, and caramel combine into a strange creme brulee like flavor. Medium bitterness. Some sweetness lingers past the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Really liked this one. Not sure about it being an IIPA, though. More like a Strong Ale. Either way, this was delicious.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle: beautiful clear red colour with very small white head. aroma is alcohol, oak, sweetness i cant describe maybe maple and grape with some vanilla too. flavour is very sweet of maple syrup and vanilla. some oak flavour and alcohol. does not taste like a IIPA to me at all. i taste no hops. a very complex beer that i cant seem to figure out. the apperance and aroma seem to be the best part of this beer for me.