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RATINGS: 1823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2006
pours out of the bottle with a coppertone base and warm dark amber highlights. the creamy white head clings to the room and by the end lines the glass in very thin strips scattered all over. from the first sip you are hit with strong bitterness and malts, malts, malts ~ chocolate, vanilla and roast. all the flavors swallow overwhelmingly sweet. finishes strangely raw and bitter. SO GOOD!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
Bottle. Medium size ivory head that was mostly lasting with poor lacing, fizzy carbonation, transparent, and a copper hue with some ruby in the background. Malty, oak, mildly hoppy, sweet, and caramel nose and ditto for the flavor with mild vinuous. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2006
Another fine beer from DFH . . . pours a two finger, white head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty/hoppy nose. Starts sweet a lot of malt but balanced with a lot of hops, finish has hints of molasses, high ABV is not noticeable. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 23, 2006
More like a barleywine than an IIPA. Nice head amber colr, and a fair bit of maltiness. But not a lot of hops. The oak is there, but not overpowering. A very good beer, but I don’t know that I’d put in the IIPA style.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of hops, caramel malts, alcohol. Flavor is caramel, sweet, barley wine like, alcohol mildly present, i smell the hops, but they are not as present in its flavor, citrus. Damn good brew, not quite a double IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2006
I find it hard to believe that this clear copper beer is really an Imperial IPA. Sticky foam shows the beers high finishing gravity and the alcohol shows it’s strength in the aroma and flavor, although it’s pleasantly masked by the malt and yeast esters. However, the hoppiness expected is completely missing. Maybe the aging process allowed for the dissipating of the hop aromatics, but the bitterness is actually overwhelmed by the malt. In the aroma I get more yeasty fruits than hops and in the flavor I get more sweet malt than bitterness. This is far from a bad beer, but really isn’t what I was expecting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2006
from the bottle. poured a copper amber with a very small light tan head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma malts, with brown sugar all over it a long with hops the alcohol didn’’t show up until it warmed up a bit, light fruits. flavorthe malts and sweetness comes out nicely the sweetness leans towards honey, hops, fruit semm to be almost like apricot. dry this is a good sipping beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
I like brews in oak barrels. And I like this one as well. Flavor is similar to 90 min. but with a nice oak finish. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Overall a great brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
I thought of this as an oak aged 90 minute - seems to be very similar, though I am not sure I can rate it as high as 90 minute. Taste is sweet, oakey, and malty. Rich smooth and very drinkable, this Imperial IPA goes down certainly better than most I have drank. Awesome

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2006
12 ounce bottle. a great brew taste like a nice well hopped beer with the oak aging taking away the hop bite, a bit floral taste in this delish brew. aroma doesnt go too far the finish is smooth, and the palate is well hit


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