jefcon (1376) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding palate on this beer, as it comes back for encore upon encore during the sweet caramel, astringent, oaky finish. The beer itself is a brilliant mohogany/copper. Aromas of oak, caramelization and juniper, and otherwise reminiscent of the 90-minute. The hops and the alcohol are restrained by the oak and other hoppy complexities, and there is a rolling, sweet feel to the beer (even if it is a touch thin). A great addition to the DFH line.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent 50/50 blend of two beers, an old strong ale, that is aged in oak, and their 90 Minute IPA. Pours to a beautiful, bright, deep copper color, with a nice white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with big aromas of citrus and piney hops, paired with aromas of oak, and fruity, estery aroma. The palate is firm, and full on the tongue, with lots of good oaky and fruity flavors, paired with flavors of pale and stewed malt. Burton Baton finishes with more oak, malt, and fruit up front, then ends with a spicy and tangy bitterness that lingers. Very well done, and dangerously drinkable at 10% abv. I really enjoyed the oak character in this beer. It reminded me some what of Greene King’s Strong Suffolk. This is an outstanding before or after dinner drink, and makes for a great beer to just sit and relax with. Impressive.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Copper in color with thin head. Nose is hops, but a distinct oak presence as well. Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. The oak character is noticable. I agree with the other reviewers that this presents more like a BW than an IIPA. I like that because there wasn’t the need to hop the hell out of the beer. This is certainly a very good beer, but if I’m going to drop this much cash for DFH beer, it’ll be Immort Ale or Olde School.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is baked bread,mild malt hop mix. ABV fairly well hidden. Leaves the lips sticky. Like a mildly hoppy barley wine. Not very complex tho and kinda $.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (thanks Rob!). Reddish amber, very clear, with a slight offwhite head. Nose is a blast of hops, with citrus and earthy notes competing for attention, resulting in a strong medicinal quality, much like cherry cough syrup. Noticeable alcohol heat also in the nose. Smooth, full palate, with a nice medium malt sweetness and alcohol warmth, but again something weirdly medicinal from, I’m assuming, the hops, or perhaps the barrel aging. Certainly drinkable, but a bit of a let-down from such a quality brewer, especially in comparison with the 90 minute.
TomDecapolis (4459) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a darker orange amber with a medium size creamy (with small bubbles) off white head that left lacing. Aroma of citrus, oak, vanilla and a general overall sweetness. Flavors were similar with a bit of the alcohol, some darker fruits and some dry hops coming through. I really enjoyed what was going on with this one. Liked how the oak complimented this Double IPA.
MLdragoon (14) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hearty and intense like a barleywine, dark amber with white colored head. Great nose that instantly reminds me of the 90 minute. rather sweet and fruity. Overall i loved the first third but it was tough going from then on, don’t let the IPA tag fool you, this dose pack a punch.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hearty, complex, and rich; the alcohol doesn’t hide. It really does taste like a blend of Raison d’Etre and 90M IPA. Not something I’d plan to drink in significant quantities in one sitting (even if I could). Closer to a barlywine than an IIPA.
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 DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. Tony C. (beer manager at DiCarlo’s) 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...it’s 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.