talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 I must have had a bad bottle last year because this year is nothing of the same. 2008 bottle. Pours a translucent, dark, orangey-red color with an off-white, average, frothy head which settles to a small, frothy layer and leaves some decent, tight lace. Nose is much different than last year with so much complexity; certainly yeasty with dust and cobwebs, vinous, light pine resins, dried peaches, alcohol soaked oak, light white grapefruit, wisps of alcohol, and some perfumy hops with sweet brown sugar and vanilla notes somewhere in there. The flavor is nice but as intriguing as the nose; dried peaches and raisins, with vanilla, light oak, and light pine resins start the progression of flavor followed by light grapefruit notes, some toasted sweet breads, brown sugar, maybe some maple wood. Finishes long and bittersweet with lots of wood flavors (oak and the maple wood notes), pine resins, lingering vanilla, and with some mild warmth and a moderately high, spicy bitterness. Palate is medium to full, velvety and coating, and nearly lively. This is not the same beer I tried a year ago; not flat or overly sweet and lacking depth or bitterness. This one was interesting and worthy of the IIPA style with DFH creating a memorable brew to say the least. Maybe could use a few months in the cellar, but the intricacies of this one were enormous. A very nice combination of IIPA notes to match oak complexity. DFH never disappoints to create cutting edge, intriguing beers.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 New 12oz bottle. Clear, deep orange with a medium, rocky head. Damn this smells fine; pine, citrus, oak, vanilla and caramel malt. A little yeast too, I think. Sweet taste, medium body. Lively carbonation. Slight alcohol finish.
I sometimes get a little disgusted at Dogfish’s overpriced art-beer; but this time, I think they have something. Very interesting, and pretty good.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 12oz, shared by my roommate, dated 1/8/07. pours amber clear with thin white head. nose has mild floral hops, vanilla and oak. taste is way too sweet and not bitter enough. flavor notes of tons of vanilla, caramel, brown and cane sugar, and fruity hops. alcohol is extremely well hidden. mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is low. i hope this ages well cuz this sucks fresh.
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of malts and sugar. Flavor of bitter crisp caramel green apples, very sweet finish. Well balanced hops and malt. I really liked this one a lot. But the 12.99 price tag for a 4 pack is limiting.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brown body with an off-white head. Lace really clings to glass. Sweet malt nose with a bit of plum. Flavor includes alcohol, sugar plum, molasses and brown sugar. Hops allow for some bitterness – but finish is also quite sweet.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my cup of tea. Nose is promising, but a touch sweet, making wonder what the flavor is like. WHOA!!! Way to sweet for my liking.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear caramel, off white head. Aroma is apricot and hops. Flavor is sweet apricot, caramel, hops, wheat. This beer is too sweet for me. It’s a bit on the syrupy side.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a thick reddish brown with small off-white head, small bubbles also existed much like that of a champagne….aroma was that of apricot and dark fruit, slightly hoppy…..tasted sweet and hops were subdued, barely any bitterness at all...not bad by any means but i prefer the normal 90min and 120min to this....
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark copper with a medium sized white head. Aroma is mellow hops, not too strong. Flavor is not that hoppy at all. Medium bodied and sweet. Slightly syrupy and malty. Can taste the effects of the oak aging but I can’t say that heightens anything. It’s still a good beer though.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Earthy hops, sweet brown sugar aroma. Dark golden brown in color with a full palate. This flavor is sugary sweet with lotws of brown sugar and not as hoppy as I expected as the sweetness overwhelms the bitter components. Interesting.