Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, bottled on date too smudged to read.
Clear amber with a two finger creamy head.
Good retention, thick sticky lace.
Aroma is sweet vanilla, citrus hops, caramel and yellow cake.
Flavor is sweet also, almost sugary sweet. Lots of vanilla and honey. Hops are in there, but you really have to search. After the initial wave of sweetness subsides you get a slight tingly bitterness, barely enough to keep it from getting cloying.
O.K as a desert beer, but I couldn’t drink more than one.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 2006. pours a clear dark gold with a thin head. aroma is sweet with vanilla and hint of fruit. taste is sweet with some fruit, alcohol, oak. almost too sweet... like candy beer.
2007. I do not know what was going on in 06, but the 07 is soooooo much better!!! i did a vertical tasting to make sure, and the 07 is balance and yummy... the 06 is almost drain pour. not sure what was going on there!!!
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Coles in Buffalo, served fairly chilled. Did not realise that this had quite as much alcohol in it when I ordered it! Golden amber body with a small off white head. Very sweet fruity aroma, light alcohol presences. Very mild bready notes to the malt in the aroma. Flavour is also quite sweet, fair bit of fruity esters, light honey notes. Hops are relegated to a secondary level, but are noticable present with a very light touch of pineapple. Light hint at oaky vanilla that I assumed was all in my imagination until I read the description. Medium to full bodied palate is quite smooth, slightly less carbonated than it could be. Alcoholic becomes more prominent in both aroma and flavour as it warms up. It has a fairly boozey character all around but pleasantly so. Simple, but quite pleasant.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 This is a special beer and should not necessarily be compared to other DIPA’s. If you’re looking for a hop bomb...keep looking. But if mellow, vanilla, oak, honey, hoppy is cool with you than this brew is worth it. Perhaps it could just as easily be compared to a good Barley Wine as it has some very interesting and complex malt characteristics. My wife loves it too! ....As the bottle says : " Hoard it from the non-believers." I put a couple in the cellar and will savor them side by side with next years release
mansquito (5468) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours with a good sized tan head and comes into the glass with a nice dark orange colour. It has a very ’sweet’ smell. Some fruity things and caramel are definately there. The beer itself is freaking thick. Maybe even too thick. I had egg drop soup after this beer and it wasn’t even that thick. Anyway, the beer might be too sweet as well, but not too, too sweet. The end is a bitter warmth that is pleasent and the beer does not leave a huge aftertaste in your mouth after you take a sip.
wineno (2) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 12 ounce bottle, Nice head with a hint of sweet hops on the nose, but the hoppiness turns only into syrupy sweetness upon tasting. Not my favorite IPA by far, but still could enjoy one every now and then.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - 2007.
Hop dominated aroma, thick mouthfeel, substantial, both syrupy and filling. Beutiful orange color. It is definitely an extreme expression of DFH style. I found it nicely hopped, but overly heavy and just a tad too sweet. Nevertheless i would never refuse one.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, not all that hoppy aroma. Has a very syrupy taste, too sweet, some nice vanilla, but not enough hops. Warming finish. Not worth 15 bones for a four pack. I prefer 90 minute any day.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear Orange-amber, nice sized head. Sweet fruity aroma. Syrupy mouth-feel, flavors of oak, hoppy bitterness, candy sugar, and alcohol. Nice warming sensation. This is good, but a bit too sweet. Over-priced at $15 per 4-pack.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a little bit too similar tasting to their 90 minute IPA or would get a higher rating. Tastes a bit more syrupy and sweet than the 90 min and definitely has a rounded slightly woody and vanilly flavor from the oak. I enjoyed it a lot but would probably rather drink the 90 min.