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RATINGS: 1973   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 Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Hoppy aroma with lots of oak and caramel and a bit of alcohol. Poured a perfect amber color with a small, off-white head that diminished. Very small lacing. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is quite sweet. Tastes of oak, brown sugar, caramel, and some hops. Not as bitter or hoppy as I had expected. Medium body. Tingly mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Long, malty but lightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI. Pours a deep ruby brown brew with a thin white head. Aroma has herbal hops, caramel, some brown sugar, vanilla and sweet Hawaiian style bread. Taste is on the dry side with a pine/citrus finish. Alcohol is a bit on the wee-heavy side.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Another that I would classify as a beer that, after the first sip, I want to stick my face in. I thought this beer was excellent. Just a beautiful pour, deep copper with red highlights, and a fluffy whit head that lasted. Very malty and sugary and but balanced very nicely. Thick mouthfeel and a slick, velvety finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 The aroma is peach, citrus, caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon. The appearance is a cloudy amber, off white head. The flavor is just like the aroma, more oak-y perhaps, more vanilla. The finish has a boozy warming, pine, citrus. Medium in body, slight;l thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2007
bottle. copper pour with rising bubbles to creamy off white head. great malty aroma with citrus hops and oak aroma. medium body, caramel sugar, candy sugars, some dark fruit, citrus hops. very sweet and sugary. bitterness in sugary finish.

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.


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