Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) poured into a snifter. pours a shiny clear amber with a frothy white head that sticks well to the glass. has a smooth, sweet hoppy smell. taste is smoother than you may think and not too hoppy/bitter. the oak really pulls out the hops. has a smooth front, sweet middle, and light hoppy finish that is slytly metalic. on initial smell you would think it to be hoppier but it is not present in the taste because of the oak. this beer is very complex, fruity hoppy. it is fun to find an oak aged that is not a stout. good stuff.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Picked up a four pack from riversbend today. Pours a nice copper color with a small white head. Smell seems malty, with hints of citrus hiding in the background. Smell is smooth, maybe some syrupy flavors, maybe a hint of vanilla. I do taste a hint of bitterness though. I do enjoy this flavor in here. Very nice drinking. Not a huge fan of syrup, but it seems to fit in here well. Very delicious.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malt,alcohol and some slight hops in the aroma.Pours a medium copper with a medium white head.Lots of sweet malt in the flavor.Thin mouthfeel with a big alcohol finish.
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Bottled 1/08/07 - Pours an orangy copper color with a bright white head that forms just a thin ring around the surface of the beer once it has dissipated. Minimal lacing lasts after. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of maple syrup, sugar cookies, and vanilla with some mild flowery hop notes. The flavor is very sweet. Honey, vanilla, and maple syrup all come through on the tongue as well with the flavor of well aged, mellowed out hops. Apparently 1/2 of this beer spends a couple months in barrels, but it tastes like much longer. Almost a little too sweet, but still very tasty and almost a little out of balance. Very tasty and not as sticky as it seems like it would be for such a sweet high malt beer. Very nice. Despite what DFH says I doubt this would age that well.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz brown bottle from Florian’s. Dark copper-red translucent body with a half an inch of light tan head. Hops dominate the aroma though there’s a generous dallop of malt to support - reminds me of 90 minute but with more malt. Tastes hoppy and sweet, with vanilla, alcohol and a hint of metalic twang. A bit lighter bodied than expected with a bit of syrupyness to it, though not thick enough to be sticky. Becomes more balanced as I get more used to it. Fairly drinkable for the ABV. Not a bad beer, though I think I’ll be sticking with the 90 minute (or 60 minute for that matter).
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was strongly malty with a citrusy hop character. The malt presence was deep and contained some raisny notes. Alcohol was also presence leading to a lightly phenolic spice character. The amber brew had a lighty hazy particulate appearance and a low off-white head that was hampered in retention by alcohol. The flavor was well achieved with a substantial malt and hop presence which were in balance. The malt was caramel and fruit and the hops were citrusy and a bit spicy. The body full and almost to the point of being viscous. The carbonation was moderate and lead to an almost creamy mouthfeel. A light warming of alcohol was present in this very well achieved brew. 12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/29/05.
CelticBrew (775) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of lovely malts, vanilla, hops and raisins. The oak and bourban come out in the end but it blends well with this beer. Pours out med-dark amber, forms medium head. A nice treat, but somewhat pricey at $4.50 a 12 oz bottle. Good beer, with I could get it at $3.00. Anyways, as usual, frigen Dogfish head does it again, another KICK ASS beer! (yes similar to a BW, but more of a high end IIPA).
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my friend James for sharing this. 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear orange color with a thick head and soapy lacing. Nice fruit, oak/vanilla nose with an alcohol background. Nice fruit and oak and vanilla flavor in there. Not much an alcohol burn for 10% abv. Good beer.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a striking orange-amber color with fairly thick head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, grapefruit and slight alcohol. Strong flavor acheives a good balance between sweet malt and bitter citrus hoppiness. Fruity notes of pear and cherry. Medium-thick palate. Very nice beer right here, with the flavor of a much stronger abv without the alcohol sting.
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Nice creamy head that dissapears right away, light carbonation. Lots going on in this beer! Alcohol burn with first sip but the complex flavors of the oak, malts + hops makes up for it. The flavor of brandy + vanillla with some hop bitterness is what your left with + it is quite good. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle is worth the price.