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RATINGS: 1894   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 Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Clear deep amber/reddish color with a thick foamy head. Nose is a bit difficult – slight piney hops, malty sweetness, and a small amount of oak. Palate is slick and silky smooth, light carbonation. Very sweet flavor with a slightly bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
12 oz bottle. Aroma on this is very nice. Hints of oak, nice hops, maple syrup, cream, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and maybe even a little bit of orange. The pour is beautiful clear dark copper color, with nice big bubbles. Flavor has some oak and vanilla, but mostly just very sugary and almost no hop flavor. Mouthfull is syrupy and a bit sweet, but the alcohol does help cut the sweetness a bit. Pretty good overall, and definitely not a standard DIPA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4689) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Pours a crystal clear garnet into a snifter. Fluffy conglomerate off-white head with excellent retention leaves no lacing. Pine and resin aromas. Thin, sweet caramel and oak. Lasting slightly bitter finish. Sweeter than expected. Tried fresh and aged to same effect.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Don’t do into this brew thinking imperial IPA. It isn’t. It’s more like the Immort thinned with a bit of white grape juice and topped off with a teaspoon of confectioners sugar. There are some wonderful oak, Martinelli’s cider, cotton candy, pound cake, vanilla cream truffle notes in this brew...but the sugars end up obfuscating this complexity. Like the Immort, this should get better with age--as the sweetness wanes and a more full range of flavors waxes....though, unfortunately, you’ll probably lose a bit of this brew’s exceptionally silky, moussey mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5369) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2007
I really wanted to like this one. Smells great - Pine, white wine, maybe a touch of whiskey. But man is it cloyingly sweet. Is it supposed to be like this? Well made and interesting, but certainly not to my taste.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 Pours a deep amber honey color w/ a full, semi creamy froth that slowly recedes exposing it’s clingy residue on the sidewalls. Theres a nice residual canopy w/ full lacing. Aroma is sweet w/ ripe stonefruit. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Bam! This is sweet. This is the sweetest IIPA I’ve ever had. Big juicy apples and ripe nectrines joined by carameled cherries, honeycomb, and molases. The only trace of hops is the asprin burn that sets in on the lips and tongue on the finish. Like a fine habanero, this asprin kicks and screams at me, setting the world ablaze. I won’t soon forget it. Made my lips swell. The finish is long and bittered only slightly. If you ask me, it’s a barley wine. Whatever you call it, it defintely has character. Remember the Habanero Hops! Highly recommended.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmfi (27) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Not what I was expecting by far, copper pour with small to non-exsisting head, smells of good esther and oak. Slightly fruity flavor almost no hop bitterness considering the style/brewery. Probably my favorite of the DFH line-up but I don’t generally like tons of hops for the sake of hops i.e. DFH 90 min. As it warms in the glass it develops this sticky sweetness that is sorta not so great, still a nice beer.

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 ’s 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 it’s not that special.


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