jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber. Aroma of roasty wood and slight hops. Flavor of wood, a slight malt, mild hops. I think that the unblended "Woody" was a bit better then this blended version.
kane (111) - USA - FEB 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a 12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. Label claims it is an oak-aged Imperial IPA. Well I have yet to try an oak-aged IPA that works in my many travels and this does nothing to dissuade me of that opinion. Maybe if they used the old 90min recipe and it was in a corked 750ml it would stand a chance but this stuff is a mess. The oak dominates the aroma and taste. This has a musty wood smell with a medium acidic grassy taste. Medium bitterness with a very dry finish. Thin body with slight lacing and not as much hoppiness as I was expecting. This should of stayed in the Rare Beer Club and kind of makes me glad I did not join. At $12.99/4 in CHI this is a bad deal( hell it makes the Dreadnaught seem like a good deal).
Reminds me of the bottles of G.L Nosferatu I had, tasted old and funky.
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 This beer is growing on me like a fungus. When I first rated it, it was way too cold and I gave it a 3.4 or something. I then drank it at about sixty degrees F. Only then did it stop smelling and tasting funky and start smelling and tasting like the quality oak aged Imperial IPA it is.
12 oz bottle... Lightly hazy, orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Terrific retention and excellent Brussels lacing. Earthy aroma with notes of apple, wood and light whiskey (a Scotch/bourbon blend). Interesting malt profile and mellow hops. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter, dry finish. Best enjoyed at around 60 degrees F.
lamas (1201) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a nice orange with thick bubbly off-white head. Aroma is strongly of hops and some grapefruit. The high ABV is hardly apparent in taste. This is a smooth hoppy beer. Spices are present at the beginning. They give way to a finish of some bland hops and citrus fruit. A warming sensation of alcohol at the end. This could’ve used more of a kick.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shining light copper. The aroma, though subtle, is very unique and enjoyable giving hints of wet wood, tobacco and peach, while the warrior hops contribute a distinct spicyness along with a touch of tangerine and lemon. The wood contribution is very lovely, mellowing out the bitterness, yet retaining the hop flavor, and also adding notes of vanilla and wine. Very dynamic, complex and interchanging flavors. The malt provides an adequate backing, but are easily conquered and beaten by the pleasing hop flavor. A very unique beer and what makes it even better is that it touches a little bit of history that I never knew existed. Top notch stuff and do I dare say that I think Ernest might actually like this DIPA?
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hpoppy aroma, and a hint of wood behind it the lemon, pineapple and star fruit. At first I couldnt really taste the cask conditioning, but it comes through nicely in the aftertaste. It isnt overly hoppy overall, suprising from a dogfish strong ale, but this is relaxed enough to make a good impression. The end taste is a strong musky roasted feel with a chocolatey underbelly. The flavor of the hop is rather present at the end as well, but not the bitterness. I enjoy this beer quite a lot, but its not that interesting, maybe the unblended is better.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from brickskeller. oaky aroma, pours clear amber with small tan head. The oak is definitely major in the flavor as well, but there’s also sweet maltiness and a little less than expected hop bitterness. A weird flavor at the end, makes it not my favorite dogfish offering, though still very good, especially considering the 10%.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clean coppery hue with a small but lasting frothy off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of oak, vanilla, clove, pinesap, citrus and apple, bready malts and noticeable phenols. The taste starts with muted malt sweetness under a heavy dose of bitters and pine (but not the sharp pine found in the 90 Minute IPA), plenty of woody notes too. Quite dry as well with a hop spicy finish. The alcohol is hidden well on the palate and the feel seems oily and very metallic. Wow, the beer lacks final direction and is a step away from greatness. Another disappointing beer from DFH, which seems to specialize in, experiments run amok.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ CT Real Ale Festival. Vinous sour acidic aroma with citrusy sweet hop notes as well. Kind of funky aroma. Hazy copper colorwith a small whitish head. Sweet start turning mildly citrus-hopped in the middle that is also somewhat sour and astringent. Finishes extremely woody and earthy. Slightly thin. An interesting brew...not sure if I like it, but it’s definitely unique.
Dogbrick (6008) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Funny they use the term "elusive" in the description of this beer, because it does have flashes of greatness, but just falls a bit short. Dark copper color with a compact white head. Thin, spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty bright, with hops, grapefruit and caramel. The oak presence is there as well. Medium-bodied with a flavor profile on the verge of being spectacular, it just appears there is one piece missing somewhere. Subtle woody character, with hops, citrus along with a creamy sweetness. The finish is sweet fruit and fresh hops. Lots of pieces to the puzzle here, and if they came together perfectly this beer would be world class. Even with that I enjoyed this one a lot. Great potential here.