Frank (2222) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured carefully, crystal clear with a dull orange glow. Nose is interesting--some citric and floral hop character with a strong undertone of musty oak. Carbonation is very mild and this poured almost without head. Not as flavorful as I had hoped and definitely not as hoppy as expected. The alcohol burns a bit in the throat but overall this is a rather drinkable for the alcohol content. Some sweetness up front but finishes rather on the dry side. Those eighty IBUís are definitely mellowed by the extended conditioning this went through, this isnít more than slightly bitter in the finish. Nice fruity malt notes play along nicely with some barrel character. Solid. I should mention that this is the second bottle Iíve tried. The first I recall tasting quite a bit like a musty forest after a storm--not entirely pleasant. They were from the same four pack though and this one is good.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bright red-copper in color with a white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is malty and woody with just a splash of hops. Flavor is woody, slightly tannic and winey. Runs toward the sweet side of things. Hops donít really seem to balance the malt. The 10% ABV is hidden well. A little disappointing.
QAWSBeerGuy (15) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from 12 oz bottle.
Golden amber in color with a thin head that dissipates after half a minute. The oak barrel aging is very prevalent in this beer, bringing a nice smoothness and some vanilla/butterscotch that the 120 or the 90 min doesnít have. Good, lasting carbonation, but not overwhelming. The 10% ABV and strong aroma gave me the impression that the alcohol would be overwhelming, but the beer is made in such a way that the carbonation, hop, malt, vanilla/butterscotch and alcohol all blend to complement each other very nicely. Has some minor smoke flavor after you let the finish sit for a minute or two :) Almost as satisfying as a well-made cigar. Worth every penny.
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Sweet and malty aroma with some hops and alcohol. Smells a lot like 90 minute IPA. My first thought is that, since there arenít overwhelming hops in the nose that this must be an "East Coast" Double IPA. Beautiful cloudy amber body with steady visible carb and small, mostly diminishing off-white head. Good lace. Alcohol is prevalent immediately on the tongue. Like the 120 minute IPA, this brew is more dominated by alcohol and malt than hops. This brew is like a cross between the 90 and 120 minute IPAs but more like the 120 minute in overall essence. And, now that I read the description, the fact that it is blended with 90 minute, it makes sense that I was comparing it so much to that beer. 80 IBUs is not enough for a 10% double IPA. Still, it is creamy, oily, butterscotchy and warming and a darn good beer. The butterscotch comes through as it warms. Thanks matta for sending this one my way!
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber color. Medium frothy head. Apricot, hops and earthy nose. Very hoppy and chalky, medium lasting.Alcohol stays nicely behind.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ML bottle sampled @ RB cleveland gathering 2/26/05: Medium amber w/ a lightly hazy appearance and a thin, lasting white head. Grapefruit citrus hops & slightly soapy @ first. Toasty malts and slightly woody w/ some apricot fruitiness. Well balanced & lightly sour at first. Not really sour, more like tart. Finishes lightly bitter w/ some woody oak notes and becomes stronger as the beer warms. Light caramel & toasty malt flavor compared to wood and citrusy hops, medium fruitiness. Alcohol warmth, medium body, and low level of CO2. Itís a bit young and could use some aging to develope more complexities, but itís very drinkable now.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very different than what I had expected. Pours brown/dark orange with a tiny head. Malty, alcohol laced aroma. Taste is malty, alcohol, and the rememberance of where hops used to once lay. I tasted more of the aged portion of this beer than the fresh portion. Taste also has alcohol kick to it with hints of grape like characteristics. Different stuff.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lighter amber color, small white head. Aroma is similar to the 90 minute, with a bit more of a floral bouquet to it. Flavor is very nice, subtle with flora and lighter fruit notes coming through. Very pleasent floral finish. VERY nice!
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was struck by the aroma on this beer - musty ale, well-brewed hops, tannins. Super clear bronze brew, filmy bone head. Congratulations to DFH for finally getting a decent-looking label. Lemony on initial presentation, foam is metallic, sweet orange gel. I couldnít find the oak, but it was an unusual twist on the AIPA-IAIPA formula, mostly in that it isnít strictly dry-hopped all to hell with Cascades. Long twangy finish. ABV is hidden pretty well, but you can taste it.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a very good beer that poured a deep orange color with a nice white head. The flavor was much like an IPA with an apparent oakiness that was nice. Highly recommended.