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RATINGS: 1850   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2007
12oz bottle, poured into DFH chalice. Dark amber, with a big off white head. Aroma is sweet, with notes of oak, alcohol, vanilla and malt. Big, sweet malty flavor, with oak and hops coming through in the finish. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KidA (19) - Morristown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Tree sap amber hue with a frothy head and beautiful inverted waterfalls of bubbles. Woodsy oak and brandy scent. Surprisingly sweet and rich with plenty of that campfire oak flavor. Thick syrup consistency thats maybe a bit cloying. Sap and hop aftertaste clings to the tongue long after each sip. Unique and definitely worth a taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 Pours a ruddy orange tinted amber with a tall off white head. Aroma is huge oak barrel with a resiny hop coating, boisterous grapefruity hops, assorted citrus rinds, very rich malt, a little toastiness. Flavor is much the same, solely focused on the interplay between hops and oak, with the hefty malt bill sustaining a sturdy but unintrusive backbone. Very well balanced and alcohol is deftly hidden. Palate is slightly stinging from hops and cooling and crisp from the heady oak, all at once. Rich and sweet, the finish is a little peppery, with lingering hop biterness and a substantial warming from the alcohol. I like this less than 90 minute, but it’s very nice in it’s own right.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
The appearance is slightly more ruddy than a typical double, but I suspect that is from the wooding. The smell is very balanced, a light nuttiness mixed with mature floral hops. Just beautiful. The taste is a fruity hops with a little pineapple, some light pine, and a good amount of wood sense, but not at all overpowering. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with ultra chewy lacing. If you can find it, get it, this beer is awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Pours a deep, lightly hazy amber with a 1/4 inch ivory head. Smells malty and of fruit, dark berry and such. Also some citrusy aromas from the hops. Alcohol and toffee back there somewhere. Hints of sweet vanilla. Taste is malty, some dark fruit and toffee. Vanilla is stornger here. Strident hops as well but they don’t take over and it balances the sweetness. Mouth is still lightly sticky and full bodied. No hint of alcohol in the taste. Very tasty and drinkable. An experiment that works!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2462) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Aromas of pineappley hops and caramel malt linger above a clear copper pour that has a one finger foamy head. Quite a bit of effervescence, but the bubbles are really tiny. The fruity hops and caramel come through fairly strongly, but like last time I visited Burton Baton, there is way too much unbalanced alcohol roaming about, and the sweetness is slightly cloying. I like this a lot better than last time, but it still won’t make my favorites any time soon. Original Rating: Ar: 7 Ap: 4 Fl: 6 P: 3 OA: 12. Bottle. I had this a while back, and while the pour was nice and the aroma pleasant, all I can honestly remember is an acrid rubbing alcohol burn as it went down. There were hops and malt flavors there, but it was pretty mediocre in the way in which the 10% ABV was balanced with the rest of it. I really wanted to get ahold of another bottle in order to let it sit for a year or two... but alas... sold out. Basically it is a 90 Minute with a whole lot more oak flavoring and a bunch more of the antiseptic flavoring coming through to take away from the pleasant hops notes that are so lovable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty interesting. Taste is an interesting mix between light oak flavour and some sweet malt reminiscent of a barley wine with some honey and very little hops. Body is above average with low filtration and great carbonation. This is not what I was expected since it is more reminiscent of a barley wine then an IIPA but it was very enjoyable nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz Bottle born on 12/29/05. Pours a beautiful deep ruby with a little white head that fades between the time I check on the chicken and return here (about a minute of actual time). Nose is raspberries, honey, oak, cranberries, and surpisingly not too much hops at all. Has the oak completely taken away the hop aromatic profile in the beer. Must investigate further. I sniff a little more....and there it is. A little bit of hops hiding in there. Oaky throughout with notes of sweet 90 minute malts and less of its hops. Body is thick and almost syrupy. This is closer to many of the barleywines I have tasted than a double ipa.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
120z bottle. Relatively filtered with a honey amber hue. Spotty head. Honey, raisins, nutty, oaky, vanilla, bready aromas. Quite a nose full. Full bodied and a slick smooth body. Nice burn. Toffee notes in the malt side. Sweet and full blown. Lost most of its IPA recognition. Blended? Sure. Strong? Defintely. Crazy complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours a orange amber color with a white head. Aroma is of rich malts with bitter hops. Flavor is woody malts with bitter hops. Kind of a mellow IIPA but very good.


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