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RATINGS: 1968   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 New 12oz bottle. Clear, deep orange with a medium, rocky head. Damn this smells fine; pine, citrus, oak, vanilla and caramel malt. A little yeast too, I think. Sweet taste, medium body. Lively carbonation. Slight alcohol finish.
I sometimes get a little disgusted at Dogfish’s overpriced art-beer; but this time, I think they have something. Very interesting, and pretty good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 12oz, shared by my roommate, dated 1/8/07. pours amber clear with thin white head. nose has mild floral hops, vanilla and oak. taste is way too sweet and not bitter enough. flavor notes of tons of vanilla, caramel, brown and cane sugar, and fruity hops. alcohol is extremely well hidden. mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is low. i hope this ages well cuz this sucks fresh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Aroma of malts and sugar. Flavor of bitter crisp caramel green apples, very sweet finish. Well balanced hops and malt. I really liked this one a lot. But the 12.99 price tag for a 4 pack is limiting.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2/11/07: Bottle.
Red-brown body with an off-white head. Lace really clings to glass. Sweet malt nose with a bit of plum. Flavor includes alcohol, sugar plum, molasses and brown sugar. Hops allow for some bitterness – but finish is also quite sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Not my cup of tea. Nose is promising, but a touch sweet, making wonder what the flavor is like. WHOA!!! Way to sweet for my liking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear caramel, off white head. Aroma is apricot and hops. Flavor is sweet apricot, caramel, hops, wheat. This beer is too sweet for me. It’s a bit on the syrupy side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2007
poured a thick reddish brown with small off-white head, small bubbles also existed much like that of a champagne….aroma was that of apricot and dark fruit, slightly hoppy…..tasted sweet and hops were subdued, barely any bitterness at all...not bad by any means but i prefer the normal 90min and 120min to this....

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle. Dark copper with a medium sized white head. Aroma is mellow hops, not too strong. Flavor is not that hoppy at all. Medium bodied and sweet. Slightly syrupy and malty. Can taste the effects of the oak aging but I can’t say that heightens anything. It’s still a good beer though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Earthy hops, sweet brown sugar aroma. Dark golden brown in color with a full palate. This flavor is sugary sweet with lotws of brown sugar and not as hoppy as I expected as the sweetness overwhelms the bitter components. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Imperial IPA? That is stretching the definition. The aroma was malt all the way. The taste was sweet. Too too sweet like Dogfish Head tends to do. There are fuity undertones as well as the oak-y presence everyone is so into right now. But guess what? Not much of a hop showing. This is a very complex beer, but calling it an IPA let alone IIPA is pushing it.


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