beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(01.31.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarloís, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. Tony C. (beer manager at DiCarloís) put a 4-pack aside for me because he knew that I would like this one. The man must be clairvoyant! Clear red amber hued oak-aged IPA with small white head. No discernable carbonation. Good hoppy aroma. Full bodied ale with mouth-coating oiliness that starts with light malt sweetness and intense hop flavoring. Notable wood flavoring but not overwhelming. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness. Well-balanced with a pronounced hop flavor profile. Thick and lush. Simply delicious.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of 90 min but with some wood and smoke. Not as much earthy/grass aroma as 90 min either. Pours a dark amber with minimal head. Flavor is intersting and not what I expected...itís dynamic and fast, with flavors coming in and out of the scene very quickly. The primary characters were a mild bitterness, minimal malt, some paper/malt liqour qualities, and a bunch of sweet fruit. Mouthfeel was syrupy and with an killer dry finish.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark gold body with a minimal head. Musk and sweets in the aroma. Heavy oak accents with an almost mead quality in the body. Very pleasent ending.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper/amber, with a small, white head. Aromas are subtle, hops, and some malt. Flavors are also subtle, with hops, fruit, sweet malt, and caramel. Not at all what I expected, but very nice.
Certainly not a double ipa, though.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I expected much more of this, since the Dogfish 90 minute is an almost perfect IPA. This one might be called 90 minute meets Raison díetre or Son of Barley Wine, or something. Too cherry, too bubblegummy, too alcoholic in its taste. at 10% ABV itís hard to think of a time when I would drink this, and the flavor is pretty disappointing. But the story is so good, it will make wonderful gifts for my beer geek friends. And it looks so great and smells so inviting that Iím sure the gifts will be much appreciated.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared this with some cousins. pours a dark ruby ambar color. smells slightly hoppy but not as much as one would expect from a double ipa. the oak flavors are very nice, this is my first barrel aged beer and i enjoyed the unique flavors. the hoppyness is well balanced, not as prominent as i would expect from an IIPA, which is not a bad thing in my book. goes down smooth and warms the belly
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dissapointing really. I expected almost too much of this and maybe that is why I am rating it so low. Dark ruby with a small quicly discipating white head. Sour hops in the nose... almost metallic. In fact, this nose is usually an open that I will not like the beer. Copper in taste, more sour than anything else. Im not sure what it was aged in but I dont really like it.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If they classified this as an American Strong Ale I would give this bad boy a 4.9...but as is it is not the perfect double IPA...but pretty freaking awesome. Elegant copper beer. Ruby dark at the edges brassy copper in the middle. Powerful looking beer. Sticky head. Nose is characterized by a creaminess rather than the usual abrasive double IPA hoppiness. Hops gild the edges. Aromatic bitterness. Faint oak. Bourbon edge. Cotton floss. Flavors are perectly different. Primary attack is sweet with an edgy bitterness that surrounds the cloying center. Oak lingers in the aftertaste as a hot raisin bread pudding sort of flavor. Sweetness lingers. IPA dryness is apparent but not dominant at all. All in all I think this beer is excellent in and of itself. As a double IPA not the best Iíve ever had but if I could drink this all the time I most certainly would.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What does love taste like?...... This. Wow what a cool brew, this has all the complexity and character of old ale and the exhuberance of young ale. Excellent hop nose, mouthfeel and finish. I just canít get over how big and gentle this beer is. I canít what to see what these will taste like in a year.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The smell is very inviting, citrusey herbal notes, appearance is as orange brown as a beer can get, head doesnít take no prisoners, beefy head. The only problem with this beer is that it actually has too much going on. Itís like drinking a dirty gin martini with a lemon twist and a couple of cocktail onions. It just confuses my mouf. P.S., since when can I drink an 80 ibu beer without feeling like Iím undergoing Chinese water torture? P.P.S., this beer would probably get perfect scores from me if I aged it 10 months in my beer cellar. That is if I had that kind of patience and if my beer cellar wasnít the coat/vacuum closet.