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RATINGS: 1873   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of hops, malt, oaky vanilla, and banana. Flavors of vanilla oak balance the hop character, and there is a pronounced sweetness. Very malty and full bodied, with an excellent finish. Very good beer. Re-rate, 5/8/08, 2007 bottle. Deep orange pour with some white film on top. Aroma is very sweet, sugary malt, oak and vanilla. The flavor is the same, very sweet malt up-front, vanilla, some plum, woody finish, with some hop bitterness lingering. No change in score.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1818) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Nice coppery color with thin white head. Amazing red plum and vanilla aromas are not very IPA esque, but extremely pleasant and floral. Taste is quite rich, with a definite 90 minute presence . At times, it is almost cloying and medicinal, but it remains very drinkable, with alcohol, tannins and peach in the finish. $4/12oz

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
12 oz bottle. Copper-brown, with a one inch off white head that seems quite durable. The aroma is a woody hop aroma, with a hint of alcohol. Sweet, with a massive, heavy syrup mouth feel. The sweetness and body covers almost all of the hop bitterness. I like the blending of an aged ale and a fresh ale. The two beers are a definite compliment. I canít get over how sweet the beer is. It must have condensed significantly in the barrels. A truly remarkable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3349) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Rerate; my previous thoughts are below. Really enjoyed the aroma picking up some really nice sugary elements. Flavor wasnít quite as good as I remembered, but still really good. Overall, dropped it just a bit from a 4.5 (Poured a really nice auburn, with hints of brown and orange. Smallish head. Aroma is one of the best Iíve had; oak, brown sugar, hops, vanilla. Very impressed with the flavor. Body a little too light, and would have liked some more oiliness. But minor complaints. Flavor was much of the same as the aroma, kept picking up on a brown sugar like ending. Sweet, but not overly. Some dark fruit and floral hints as well. Very impressed, one of my new favorites.)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2831) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle. The concept of a barrel aged IPA or IIPA is a precarious one, but this one maintains most of the edginess of the style and balances well with some mellower notes of an aged beer. After reading the description, I see this is actually a blended beer. Great concept. The pour is pretty much like their 90 min, a slightly hazy, amber/copper color with a pretty good off-white head. The aroma is sweet of bourbon, just slightly, with brighter notes of pineapple. The mouthfeel is just medium heavy and slick with moderate carbonation. Fruity, citrusy notes stand out. Thereís a remarkable depth of floral and fruit in the flavor and not much in the way of a pine or really spicy hop taste. The oaken note adds a constant savory balance and is present without being in the foreground. DFH tries many crazy things, some of them are magnificent, some of them not so much. This is definitely a winner.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours a hazy copper with a very generous tan head. Smells of oak, cherries, perfume, pepper and tea. Tastes caramelly and sweet with cherries and subtle citrussy hops. Very nice!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
12oz bottle, bottled on 01/08/07. Pours a clear, brilliant, reddish-orange color; textured off-white head with great retention and lacing. Chewy, citrus and mineral aroma. Overly sweet mouthfeel: plenty of oranges and grapefruit hops; loads of maple syrup and sticky candy sugar; light, oaky vanilla toastiness adding in another layer. But itís just too damn sweet. Lengthy, citrus and sticky-sweet finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4pack of 12ozís $13.57. Smells of sweetened oak then extremely light hops although the hops are extremely present but well hidden. Pours a very bright amber with a thick head and very bubbly; very. The in mouth feel is medium thick and a bit syrupy but all for the better as it is not very thick or even extremely thick. The flavour is amazing and itís complexity is WOW. I taste no hops at all yet this is what I do taste; a possibly charred oak flavour with sweetness and absolutely NO alchohol as it is hidden by a honey-ish wood flavor. The finish is very sweet and and a great thick coating on the palate. Possibly the most complex brew I have had and with absolutely NO taste of bitterness. Will buy again when available. I can have any brew I ask for thanks to Randy my new hookup for craft brews anything at or under 13 ABV% Even if not supposedly available in the entire state.....he is a true hook up. In which I say thanks Randy!! Look for the nuclear green top with the tradiational Dogfish Head Symbol in a black triangle....itíll blow you away....or maybe change your mind. Although he special ordered this for me and there is none available at the time it is amazing!!!!! A perfect 5 rating!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Vanilla and burbon in the nose with hops hidden in the complex aroma. Sweet and hoppy with flair and balance from DFH. Another cant go wrong from this brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 Barely missed grabbing this one last year, so Iím excited to try a DFH that I havenít had. Subdued, sweet smelling with honey, some oak, plus a sweet hoppy aroma. Taste is sweet upfront with quality sweet, sugary goodness plus a really good use of the wood aging. Sticky sweetness gives way to a well hopped brew. Nicely balanced, well done. It seems like many of these experiments by DFH and others come up short - not this one. The use of blended new and old/wood aged IPAs is a really good combo. Too often barrel aging goes overboard and detracts from the original brew. I still think the plain old 90 min is wonderful, but this is a nice take on it


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