PilsnerPeter (3032) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle: Pours a clear deep orange with a tan head. Buttery, orange hop aroma. Plenty of alcohol and a huge vanilla sweetness, along with light notes of oak. The flavor is predominated by a vanilla syupy sweetness. Thereís also some astringent alcohol burn on the palate. Itís somewhat big, but simple simultaneously. Hops are evident, but swamped by the vanilla syrupy sweetness. Subtle honeyish wood-like notes. Dogfish Head always has these ridiculously malty brews, and I usually enjoy them, but this stuff didnít work for me. I like more hops in my IIPAs, and a solid, balancing malt chewyness; not that viscous artificial sweetness. I feel like I came down hard on this one, so Iíll conclude by saying it has a high drinkability for the ABV, and is still somewhat tasty as an apertif brew. Cheers!
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
this beer was a huge dissappointment. Overpowering alchol flavor and a ultra bitter finish. 90 minute IPA is MUCH better than this beer.
one of the few bad experiences with Dogfish Head.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pungent, boozy aroma. Hints of oak and vanilla donít do the hops well. Flavor is sickly sweet, weird hops and vanilla-y oak. Astringent and painfully boozy. Couldnít even drink this.
rocbyter (1980) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel and resin hop aroma. Clear red color. Medium white head that dissipates. Strong cotton candy sugar taste. Incredibly sweet. Palate is heavy from the sugar. Iím saving one of these to try later.
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím going to let this one age a while and get back to you, but as for now, this is one damn good beer.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
After getting use to this beer it was very enjoyable,a little different style for me but this was a malty ipa and not as hoppy as i like but over all not bad.CHEERS! 12 oz bottle thanks to archer liqours.
SSSteve (4007) - - MAR 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 clear reddishamber with a small off-white head. hoppy ipa aroma. has a sweet vanilla, woody character. lots of bite and some alcohol. hint of cream soda. mellows as it warms. unique and enjoyable. impressed. -
2011- flavor has a lightly smoked note with some cereal grains (like wheaties or something) with some brown suger and honey.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to DrBayern! Pours a clear light reddish brown with a white head on top. Aroma is pine, oak, vanilla, sweet malts, honey, and citrusy notes. Flavor is a mixture of pine, citrus, and oak. The oak flavor takes on different flavors mixing between honey, maple, and vanilla. The first initial touch to the tongue presents a piney citrusy IIPA, the beer then goes on to the oak-aged characters immediately afterwards. The beer starts quite sweet and finishes with a bitterness brought on by the hops and the oak. A slight sweetness is in the finish too but not as dominant as the bitterness. Alcohol is in throughout as well. Definitely a very interesting beer that brings out several different flavors. This is a beer that would be hard to drink often but is a nice treat to have every couple of months.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I got ahold of a 2005 bottle of this fine beer at a little mom and pops store that went out of business. Sweet malty complexity that refurbishes my opinion with each sip. Very big "IPA" that aged into more of a barleywine with sweet and dry oak on the pallet and hints of the 90 minute IPA. I shared this with a dear friend who also loves good beer. It was a real treat!
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this beer once I got paste the initial few sips. I say that because I expected it to taste like an imperial ipa, but instead it tasted like an old ale or a barleywine. It was good, and very enjoyable, but if I hadnít seen the label, I wouldnít have thought it was an ipa.