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RATINGS: 1913   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Red, medium head. Vanilla oaky aroma, with some spicey hops. Tastes very sweet, bitter, more oak. Sweetness lingers in the aftertaste, leaving some unpleasantness. A complex and interesting brew, but not one of my favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Hop nose wasnít assaulting, but laid back. Sweet malt taste, some juicy hops. Again, laid back flavor. Toffee, cereal. Mellow. Something missing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Pours a ruby red color with a medium slightly off white head. Aromas of slight roasted malts, citrus and various fruits. Tastes of lots of dark fruits with a nice balance of sweet malts and hops. Can tastes some wood notes. Velvety smooth mouth feel.... That finishes clean. Another great creation from Dogfish Head.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
The aroma has lightly toasted malt, leaves, alcohol, citrus hops, and light fruit(like white grapes and apricots). The appearance is amber gold with a three finger head that is nice and foamy. To say the flavor is sweet is an understatement. It has all the aroma elements but the sweetness and the alcohol dominate early with the bitterness developing in the finish. The palate is thick and smooth. I like this one but itís cloying sweetness and high alcohol presence are somewhat of a turn off.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dyetube (1313) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 This beer pours a deep amber with a thin white head. When you take a whiff of this thing, you immediately get a sweet smokey hoppy smell! The flavors in this thing are farily complex and quite good, they emulate the smell! This is my favorite DFH beer to date! I will be buying more of this before it goes away! Cheers!

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2007
looks like a cross between an ipa and a barleywine. smells like a hoppy barleywine. the taste is mellow really but with an alcohol kick. and some honey sweetness. i dont really have to drink this one again. it kinda screws the pooch. i have a feeling this might be sexy with less alcohol. but than it may just be bland

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2007
12 oz. bottle, 2007. Pours medium brown with a thin off-white head. For an DIPA, this is balanced. Aroma of floral hops and caramel maltiness. Malty oak flavors complement the hops in this one. 10% shows but is not overwhelming. I couldnít drink more than 3-4 of these, but that should be all that is needed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 2007 Bottle. Aroma is mellow hops and sweet malts. Light alcohol and dark fruit notes. Pours gold with amber hues and no head. Thin ring around edge, light lacing and swirling. Heavy and stong on the palate but very smooth. End is dry hoppy. Smooth malty sweetness and alcohol notes. Dominated by caramel malts, but the hops come in at the end. Hugely successful malt/hop balance.

Re-rate, same batch 9 months later. Flavor has reached a perfect balance. Some of the hops have faded from the finish and moved toward the middle. Intense caramal sweetness punctuated with fruit flavors rolls into a touch of balancing hop bitterness only to fade back to a sweet finish. Really nice at this age. 9/3/9/4/18

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 12 oz bottle dated 1/08/07. Crystal clear reddish orange color with a white 1 inch head. I could taste the 90 minute from the beginning. This beer had a much smoother finish no doubt due to the oak barrel. Hoppy. I am happy i stumbled across this one.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2007
12 oz pour into a nice English pub glass with the dimpled bottom that encouraged a tornadic production of a giant head from the fury of bubbles in the bottom of the glass. Shiny reddish-orange. Itís like a vision of heaven in a glass. This has the syrupy goodness of the 90-minute, but with an added syrupiness ... robust and smooth, like a desert sauce, you could pour this over a bowl of vanilla ice cream instead of a caramel sauce, with itís own french vanilla creaminess ... the ONLY thing that detracts here is an odd light metallic twinge at the finish that didnít seem to fit. Otherwise, this is a beaut of a big beer with a light profile. Well done Dogfish! (#2703, 2/14/2007)


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