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RATINGS: 1863   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Light amber pour with a nice creamy off-white head. Sweet aroma of vanilla, caramel, peach/mango, and a bit of oak. Flavor is also sweet upfront. Lots of caramel, vanilla, and some alcohol are most present, with a light fruity undertone. Hops hit lightly on the finish, with a bit of alcohol, dessert wine sweetness, and a hint of sourness. Palate is medium, a bit sticky, and bitter-sweet with some warmth. Like most DfH brews, this is very unique and well-balanced. Will love to see how this rounds out with some age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2007
750ML courtesy boboski. Pours a peach light amber with a frothy white head. A lot of sweet malts and fruit in the smell. The bottle was 3 years olf so there was a hint of oxidation in it as well, but it still tasted good. Very sweet in the taste, more than I remember. Alot of citrus, sweet malts, and almost an acidic aftertaste. I get alot of lemons which might account for the acidicness. Finish is pretty smooth. Not bad for a 3 year old bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber color with small off white head that does not last long. Aroma lite hops. Hoppy , oak and sweet taste with middle bitter after taste. very good IIPA.

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 itís very nice in itís 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 donít 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 (2509) - 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 wonít 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 (4868) - 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.


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