Nephilium (1702) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 The aroma of this beer is a sweet, oaky aroma with an underlay of citrus hops. It pours a reddish amber, with a nice off-white head. Definitely not what I was expecting taste wise, it is a sweet beer, with an underlying oak and apple flavoring, and just a bit of hops at the end. Long finish on it, and the alcohol is very well hidden. An interesting beer, but not worth the cost in my opinion. I do have several bottles cellared, and will re-rate when they are opened. (Cellared bottle) The oak notes have faded a bit, sweetness and vanilla have strengthened up in the aroma. The hops have completely fallen out. It pours the same, but the flavor has gone much sweeter. Not a fan of this one even after the aging.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Clear garnet/orange with a frothy cream colored head. Spotty lacing. Oak, vanilla, caramel, toast, alcohol, orange and peach aromas. Very sweet rock candy, toffee and orange flavors. Moderately hoppy bitter/spice finish. Overly sugared, almost cloying. Iím sure all the hops are there, but they seem smothered in all this syrupy sweetness.
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the big syrupy kinds of doubles. Clear ruby red color. Thick white head. Sugary, malty, fig aromas. Full bodied and candy sugar again in the taste. Slight alcohol and bitterness on the back end. Good, thick, malty beer.
jcp23 (54) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Blech!! One of the worst tasting "serious" beers(or any beer for that matter) Iíve ever had the displeasure of trying. God-awful! What a disappointment. Was really looking forward to this one. No discernible aroma other than some booziness, which is a bad omen to me. Sticky, sickly syrupy sweet, boozy, vanilla nastiness. Iíve had cough syrup that tastes better than this muck. Is it possible that this could become drinkable with some aging, because Iím struggling to get through this one. Only redeeming quality I can muster for this is the 10% buzz, but it doesnít mitigate the vileness of the flavor. Anybody interested in trading for this "elusive" brew, let me know.
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish brown color. Large amount of alcohol detected in taste. Some hints of vanilla and oak. Hops are present. Worth trying
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle: Pours a clear deep orange with a tan head. Buttery, orange hop aroma. Plenty of alcohol and a huge vanilla sweetness, along with light notes of oak. The flavor is predominated by a vanilla syupy sweetness. Thereís also some astringent alcohol burn on the palate. Itís somewhat big, but simple simultaneously. Hops are evident, but swamped by the vanilla syrupy sweetness. Subtle honeyish wood-like notes. Dogfish Head always has these ridiculously malty brews, and I usually enjoy them, but this stuff didnít work for me. I like more hops in my IIPAs, and a solid, balancing malt chewyness; not that viscous artificial sweetness. I feel like I came down hard on this one, so Iíll conclude by saying it has a high drinkability for the ABV, and is still somewhat tasty as an apertif brew. Cheers!
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
this beer was a huge dissappointment. Overpowering alchol flavor and a ultra bitter finish. 90 minute IPA is MUCH better than this beer.
one of the few bad experiences with Dogfish Head.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pungent, boozy aroma. Hints of oak and vanilla donít do the hops well. Flavor is sickly sweet, weird hops and vanilla-y oak. Astringent and painfully boozy. Couldnít even drink this.
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel and resin hop aroma. Clear red color. Medium white head that dissipates. Strong cotton candy sugar taste. Incredibly sweet. Palate is heavy from the sugar. Iím saving one of these to try later.
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím going to let this one age a while and get back to you, but as for now, this is one damn good beer.