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RATINGS: 1839   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 Jacksonís rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2006
An interesting Imperial IPA...not nearly as hoppy or sweet as I expected, although the alcohol is plentiful. It looks great, with a crystal clear dark amber body and a dainty little head around the sides of the glass. Very rich caramel and malty aroma, and ever-so-slightly fruity. This is a very interesting and complex beer...I donít really taste the 90 minute, but with only a small dose of hops. Nice, slightly spicy finish and highly earthy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Bottle Pours a clear amber with a large creamy off white head that produces good lacing and is lasting. Has a great hoppy aroma of spruce and pine. Has an oily scent as well. Taste is a crisp mild IPA. Not overly bitter. Has a good mouthfeel. Is on the light bodied side. The high abv is very well hidden. Carbonation is a little light but not bad. Overall another winner from Dogfish Head, I really love the beer these guys make.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2084) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Pours like liquid pennies with a thin grayish ring of a head that looks inviting in my Busch goblet. Sugary candy nose that is just full of sweetness. There is no way this is 10 percent. Too damn smooth. Wonderful little sweet flavor that just blossoms. Vanilla marshmallow crŤme finish that I really dig. The oak is there too. Very light but complimentary. Oh ok now I can sense the alcohol now that I am halfway through this. A bit of lingering oil on my tongue. Caramel and sugar daddies come to mind here. I like this brew I will have more. Ap-4 ar- 6 tas-7 pal-3 ov-17

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2006
(Bottled 12/29/05, <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Pours a goldish amber, with an off-white head. Aroma is pure raw hops. Pretty good lacing. Mouthfeel pretty smooth and full, seems not to have stickiness of 90 or 120 Min. DFH. This tastes sweet and hoppy but not sharply so. Definitely has a mellower feel than 90 or 120 Min. Some vanilla notes. A bit of astringency. The aging/blending seems to take some of the harsh edge off the 90 Min. so I prefer this (still would probably take the 60 Min. over any of them). Alcohol pretty well-hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with good white head minimal lacing. Interesting boozy aroma along with some fruity, toffee, toast, and pilsner notes. I definitely pick up the 90 min IPA flavors, but they are in the background. The floral flavors of the glacier hops and the oak aging mix well. Once you combine all of that, it makes for an interesting flavor combination. Like marrying top shelf bourbon and water withDFH 90 minute. Warm, peppery, and bitter finish that gives you a flash of sweet maple before it goes down the throat. This one is hard to classify. But if I had my choice, I would put it in the american strong ale category, not IIPA. Excellent

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Clear amber in color, with decent head/lace - slightly woody aroma, with caramel, light berry and a much smaller hop smell than expected - very fruity, barleywine-like flavor, with strawberry, toffee - just a hint of wood; I would not guess that this was even 50% of barrel-aged beer - smooth, toasty finish - a strong ale that drinks like a session beer - dangerous - pretty tasty, but at 20 dollars a 4-pack, itís not really worth it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Poured a clear copper, with a decent off-white head. Light citrus notes on on the nose along with wood and maybe even caramel. Medium bodied. Hard woods, pine sap, lemon, caramel, and perhaps some vanilla on the tongue. Decent bitter hop finish. Not a bad beer. Not as hoppy as I would have thought but it was still a good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 [bottle, date 12/29/05] Nice aroma of hops and slight alcohol. Almost smells earthy. Looks great- a clear amber color that almost seems a bit syrupy. Flavors are nice. Quite mellow hops, but still present, especially in the finish. This definitely has a unique character to it. Oaky, slighty more emphasis on vanilla, and definitely sweeter than the 90 minute. This is a great beer, I like it a lot, but I think it lacks character of its own. Iíd like to try an unblended version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2006
An aroma of wellblended malt and cirus hop,did have a distinct oaky overtone. Orange amber color, creamy thin head, Sweet and malty up front, juicy citrus bitter hop in the back. Didnít get much oak or wood in the taste. Did seem to have a nice smooth texture. Donít see why I would pay more than 90 minute for this

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
from a 12oz bottle. pours like syrup with a very small white head. beautiful crystal clear dark orange in color. very complex aroma dominated by sweet toasty malt with some citric hops, slight funky barnyard aroma and some vanilla. nice ballanced bittersweet flavor with some alchol burn on the finish. thick and creamy on the palate. not as hoppy as i would have liked but still a very good beer.


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