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RATINGS: 1848   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 Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottled. Clear copper color with an oxidized hop aroma. Sweet malt flavor with subdued hops. Oaky with lots of vanilla. Sweet aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Lightly hazy amber beer with a stable head. Caramel, alcohol, apple, oak, pear aromas. Slightly oxidized. Sweet and spicy toffee and oak flavor with some vanilla and hops. Warming finish. Fruit flavors come out as it rises to room temp. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Aroma of caramel and mango, with the slightest hint of cask wood. Appears a hazy reddish-coppor color with notable effervescence of small bubbles, and with a small creamy yellow head that dissipates. Flavor is vinous, intensely malty, with some sweet stone fruit; there is a notable hop bite that balances will with the vanilla oak finish. Palate is thick and sweet, and would be syrupy but for the effervescence on the palate. Overall, a truly delightful brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Opulent and complex taste. Better served chilled rather than cold. As others point out, any oak taste is hidden behind the sweet malt and resinous hop.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
I found this beer hidden in my beer collection of bottles. What a nice surprise for me. I think I bought this 4 pk last year sometime. Dark amber color. partical floating around. Smell of oak, citrus, pine, malt, hops, sweet caramel and alcohol. Taste of woody pines, citrus peals, caramel, malt, cinamon, other spices and hops. Alcohol makes you warm and tingly inside with a bitterness that lingers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - SEP 14, 2006
12 oz. bottle from Dilly Deli. Drank on 8/8/06. Very clear, dark copper / light amber. Small rocky off-white head drops quickly to a decent layer of foam and ring. Little lacing. Aroma - big, sweet malt and fruity hops. Really fruity - apricot. Flavor - Pretty high up front bitterness. Fairly well balanced, but towards bitterness. Huge flavors in the swallow and the finish. - A lot going on. Sweet and really fruity - lots of hop flavor and bitterness that balances a big malt backbone. I don’t get much oak though. A little bit of alcohol. Dry. Palate - Solid medium to full body. Good carb., maybe a little on the high side. Overall - Very good, a lot going on. Huge aroma and flavor. Big mouthfeel. The only negatives I can come up with are not a big head, and I don’t get much oak for what is supposedly a partially Oak aged beer. I probably won’t see this one again - at least not this year. I’d like to do a little more "research" on this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Orange, amber colour with a tan head. Malty, caramel and alcohol sweet aroma with hoppy pine and fruit notes. Malty, caramel and vanilla sweet flavor with a hoppy and light wood finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Smooth and semi sweet, more Belgianesque than IPA to me. Lots of spice and fruit with a nice hop finish. DFH never disapoints.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Bottled on 12/29/05. Classic, pale brown color, orange in the background with an almost non-existent, white head. Aroma has a foundation of richly roasted, milky caramel with balancing, spicy, earthy hop and cotton candy-like malt sugar underneath. Flavor is unbelievable but not so much as an 2IPA but more of an incredibly delicious, syrupy, and saturated barleywine. The 10%ABV and availability are the only things stopping me from destroying my liver with this beer. That statement may sound like an oxymoron (atleast the 10%ABV part), but that much alcohol makes you a little more contemplative about chugging a beer like this. It was hard not to splash this beer against the back of my throat in a consumption orgy. This bottling may be peaking right now so drink up or try to forget about it for a few more years and let it oxidize a little.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 17, 2006
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foam with a frothy top fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that was mostly lasting and left behind a transparent typically carbonated dark orange brown colored body. The mild aroma contained hoppy and caramel malt notes. The mouth feel was strongly vinous and tingly at the start and middle with a mellow finish. The flavor was nice with strong vinous caramel malt notes. Very nice and drinkable, but in small quantities! Treat this one with respect!


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