NachlamSie (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The concept of a barrel aged IPA or IIPA is a precarious one, but this one maintains most of the edginess of the style and balances well with some mellower notes of an aged beer. After reading the description, I see this is actually a blended beer. Great concept. The pour is pretty much like their 90 min, a slightly hazy, amber/copper color with a pretty good off-white head. The aroma is sweet of bourbon, just slightly, with brighter notes of pineapple. The mouthfeel is just medium heavy and slick with moderate carbonation. Fruity, citrusy notes stand out. Thereís a remarkable depth of floral and fruit in the flavor and not much in the way of a pine or really spicy hop taste. The oaken note adds a constant savory balance and is present without being in the foreground. DFH tries many crazy things, some of them are magnificent, some of them not so much. This is definitely a winner.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy copper with a very generous tan head. Smells of oak, cherries, perfume, pepper and tea. Tastes caramelly and sweet with cherries and subtle citrussy hops. Very nice!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, bottled on 01/08/07. Pours a clear, brilliant, reddish-orange color; textured off-white head with great retention and lacing. Chewy, citrus and mineral aroma. Overly sweet mouthfeel: plenty of oranges and grapefruit hops; loads of maple syrup and sticky candy sugar; light, oaky vanilla toastiness adding in another layer. But itís just too damn sweet. Lengthy, citrus and sticky-sweet finish.
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
4pack of 12ozís $13.57. Smells of sweetened oak then extremely light hops although the hops are extremely present but well hidden. Pours a very bright amber with a thick head and very bubbly; very. The in mouth feel is medium thick and a bit syrupy but all for the better as it is not very thick or even extremely thick. The flavour is amazing and itís complexity is WOW. I taste no hops at all yet this is what I do taste; a possibly charred oak flavour with sweetness and absolutely NO alchohol as it is hidden by a honey-ish wood flavor. The finish is very sweet and and a great thick coating on the palate. Possibly the most complex brew I have had and with absolutely NO taste of bitterness. Will buy again when available. I can have any brew I ask for thanks to Randy my new hookup for craft brews anything at or under 13 ABV% Even if not supposedly available in the entire state.....he is a true hook up. In which I say thanks Randy!! Look for the nuclear green top with the tradiational Dogfish Head Symbol in a black triangle....itíll blow you away....or maybe change your mind. Although he special ordered this for me and there is none available at the time it is amazing!!!!! A perfect 5 rating!
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vanilla and burbon in the nose with hops hidden in the complex aroma. Sweet and hoppy with flair and balance from DFH. Another cant go wrong from this brewery.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 Barely missed grabbing this one last year, so Iím excited to try a DFH that I havenít had. Subdued, sweet smelling with honey, some oak, plus a sweet hoppy aroma. Taste is sweet upfront with quality sweet, sugary goodness plus a really good use of the wood aging. Sticky sweetness gives way to a well hopped brew. Nicely balanced, well done. It seems like many of these experiments by DFH and others come up short - not this one. The use of blended new and old/wood aged IPAs is a really good combo. Too often barrel aging goes overboard and detracts from the original brew. I still think the plain old 90 min is wonderful, but this is a nice take on it
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop nose wasnít assaulting, but laid back. Sweet malt taste, some juicy hops. Again, laid back flavor. Toffee, cereal. Mellow. Something missing.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.