RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Aroma: Very sweet maltiness, pine and resin, oak, light maple, vanilla, and some light alcohol. Appearance: Light red in color and clear. Off-white head was full and foamy with great retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Nice caramel and malt, pine and resin, oak, vanilla, some citrus and stone fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. The vanilla, oak, and caramel combine into a strange creme brulee like flavor. Medium bitterness. Some sweetness lingers past the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Really liked this one. Not sure about it being an IIPA, though. More like a Strong Ale. Either way, this was delicious.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle: beautiful clear red colour with very small white head. aroma is alcohol, oak, sweetness i cant describe maybe maple and grape with some vanilla too. flavour is very sweet of maple syrup and vanilla. some oak flavour and alcohol. does not taste like a IIPA to me at all. i taste no hops. a very complex beer that i cant seem to figure out. the apperance and aroma seem to be the best part of this beer for me.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep amber/reddish color with a thick foamy head. Nose is a bit difficult Ė slight piney hops, malty sweetness, and a small amount of oak. Palate is slick and silky smooth, light carbonation. Very sweet flavor with a slightly bitter finish.
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma on this is very nice. Hints of oak, nice hops, maple syrup, cream, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and maybe even a little bit of orange. The pour is beautiful clear dark copper color, with nice big bubbles. Flavor has some oak and vanilla, but mostly just very sugary and almost no hop flavor. Mouthfull is syrupy and a bit sweet, but the alcohol does help cut the sweetness a bit. Pretty good overall, and definitely not a standard DIPA
thornecb (5010) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Pours a crystal clear garnet into a snifter. Fluffy conglomerate off-white head with excellent retention leaves no lacing. Pine and resin aromas. Thin, sweet caramel and oak. Lasting slightly bitter finish. Sweeter than expected. Tried fresh and aged to same effect.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Donít do into this brew thinking imperial IPA. It isnít. Itís more like the Immort thinned with a bit of white grape juice and topped off with a teaspoon of confectioners sugar. There are some wonderful oak, Martinelliís cider, cotton candy, pound cake, vanilla cream truffle notes in this brew...but the sugars end up obfuscating this complexity. Like the Immort, this should get better with age--as the sweetness wanes and a more full range of flavors waxes....though, unfortunately, youíll probably lose a bit of this brewís exceptionally silky, moussey mouthfeel.
Suttree (5682) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I really wanted to like this one. Smells great - Pine, white wine, maybe a touch of whiskey. But man is it cloyingly sweet. Is it supposed to be like this? Well made and interesting, but certainly not to my taste.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 Pours a deep amber honey color w/ a full, semi creamy froth that slowly recedes exposing itís clingy residue on the sidewalls. Theres a nice residual canopy w/ full lacing. Aroma is sweet w/ ripe stonefruit. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Bam! This is sweet. This is the sweetest IIPA Iíve ever had. Big juicy apples and ripe nectrines joined by carameled cherries, honeycomb, and molases. The only trace of hops is the asprin burn that sets in on the lips and tongue on the finish. Like a fine habanero, this asprin kicks and screams at me, setting the world ablaze. I wonít soon forget it. Made my lips swell. The finish is long and bittered only slightly. If you ask me, itís a barley wine. Whatever you call it, it defintely has character. Remember the Habanero Hops! Highly recommended.
tmfi (27) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not what I was expecting by far, copper pour with small to non-exsisting head, smells of good esther and oak. Slightly fruity flavor almost no hop bitterness considering the style/brewery. Probably my favorite of the DFH line-up but I donít generally like tons of hops for the sake of hops i.e. DFH 90 min. As it warms in the glass it develops this sticky sweetness that is sorta not so great, still a nice beer.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dogfish Head ís in Georgia now!!!
Crystal clear copper with a light tan head. Damn that smells good. Cotton candy and hops off the bat, in the background orange peel, banana, and lime? Very sweet immediately on the palate like fruity simple syrup, which develops into coffee and orange peel. The finish is hoppy with a bit of wood. Fairly well balanced, but a bit more sweet than I prefer. The flavors are also a bit unharmonious to me.