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RATINGS: 1843   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2006
Poured amber with ruby red look in the light with a tan head. Aroma is an earthy malt with dirt notes mostly. Flavor is highly sweet, malty, and carmel. Has a milky carmel sweetness that is a little too much. Medium to above average body with a milky feel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4407) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Dark copper color with a thin head. Very nice aroma that struck me as Fuggles and Cascade, though I’m obviously wrong. It had a nice citrus American hops blended with earthy English hops flavor. Bone dry and sucks out all moisture in your mouth immediately. Strong malt base that balances out the bitterness well. Slight apricot on the finish. Outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2006 Bottle courtesy of DavidP. There is virtually no aroma here. If there were, this beer wouls be a 4.4+ rating. Not overpowering w/ the hops. Very subdued. Oaky hop finish. Rather dry. Hops are in the aftertaste and are spicey rather than piney, citrusy, or flowery. Extremely drinkable. Hides the alcohol well. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Deep ruby edges that fade into an aberish brown. Fizzy foam ring with creamy edges. Wonderful herbal hoppy nose, malty caramel and graham cracker aroma. Woody oak flavor, toffee maltiness with just a touch of vanilla. Bready, biscuity malts, cookie dough and pie crust. Very tasty hops are definitely in the background, English style maltiness with bittering hoppiness in the finish

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2006
RFD tasting with MJ himself. Redish brown beer with citrius and wood flavors. Also a very nice toasted flavor

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
Shared with dickinsonbeer and beastiefan2k at Spuyten Duyvil. Light amber coloured brew with a thin white head. Aroma is very nice, clean pale malt, apricot/peach esters, a bit of appley notes as well. Light chewy malts and a bit of toast. In the mouth it comes across light-tasting for something so big, nice fruity hop flavour, sweet citrus and a bit of spiciness as well. I enjoyed this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Dark amber in apperance, light carbination. Thin creamy head which dissapates quickly. Mellow smoothness of the 90min ipa, but more of a alch bite. Mouthfeel is medium and is nearly perfect. Sweet malty introduction with noticed hop presence in the middle followed through with alch retention.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5003) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
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Pours a deep dark orange color with a light head. Gives off a wonderful aroma. Must have a fresh bottle. Has a very plesant flavor at the first and then it grabs you. Very sweet malty flavor with a great finish this is a sipping beer. This will grab you if you are not careful you do not taste it at first.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2441) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Using notes from last night, split this with Dinkinsonbeer and JoeMcPhee and Spuyten Duyvil. Pours a clear copper, can see through the beer. Aroma is very present but not strong like one would expect from a strong beer like this. I was dissappointed by the flavor (as opposd to my fellow ratebeerians who enjoyed it). Thin body for me, not enough flavor, too subdued. Finishes smooth though with no bitterness. If you want high alcohol but light body this may be a good one for you.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Orange amber ale with a thin off white head. Bizarre, I couldn’t discern any hops on this one, although you could make out some orange citrus notes over the rather sweetish malt. In mouth, big deception, with a cloying sweet malt with strong phenolic opvertones, and boiled corn. Medium bodied. Sad. At EBF 2006.


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