slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 2007 Bottle. Aroma is mellow hops and sweet malts. Light alcohol and dark fruit notes. Pours gold with amber hues and no head. Thin ring around edge, light lacing and swirling. Heavy and stong on the palate but very smooth. End is dry hoppy. Smooth malty sweetness and alcohol notes. Dominated by caramel malts, but the hops come in at the end. Hugely successful malt/hop balance.
Re-rate, same batch 9 months later. Flavor has reached a perfect balance. Some of the hops have faded from the finish and moved toward the middle. Intense caramal sweetness punctuated with fruit flavors rolls into a touch of balancing hop bitterness only to fade back to a sweet finish. Really nice at this age. 9/3/9/4/18
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 12 oz bottle dated 1/08/07. Crystal clear reddish orange color with a white 1 inch head. I could taste the 90 minute from the beginning. This beer had a much smoother finish no doubt due to the oak barrel. Hoppy. I am happy i stumbled across this one.
Braudog (6312) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz pour into a nice English pub glass with the dimpled bottom that encouraged a tornadic production of a giant head from the fury of bubbles in the bottom of the glass. Shiny reddish-orange. It’s like a vision of heaven in a glass. This has the syrupy goodness of the 90-minute, but with an added syrupiness ... robust and smooth, like a desert sauce, you could pour this over a bowl of vanilla ice cream instead of a caramel sauce, with it’s own french vanilla creaminess ... the ONLY thing that detracts here is an odd light metallic twinge at the finish that didn’t seem to fit. Otherwise, this is a beaut of a big beer with a light profile. Well done Dogfish! (#2703, 2/14/2007)
rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date on Bottle:1-18-07. Pours gold/ruby. Thin off-white head. Can taste the 90 Min. citrusy hop flavor at first, then dries out w/ the oak character. The beer the 90 min is blended with is very malty and this takes away the hoppiness of the 90 min. Not a bad beer.
MadIndian (2729) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Thanks to Dennis Bell for this gem. Clear orange pour with thin white head. Citrus, grassy/hoppy aroma. Odd flavor. Sweet dry oak/wood taste. Not bad some what complex. Good Brew.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear brownish with reddish hints and a pretty small white head. I though dogfish head was going to bottle condition beers 10% and up now but I didnt see any yeast at all. The aroma had a pretty unique hoppiness that seemed a little earthy and also had a little oakiness. The flavor was very sweet with a mild hoppiness and pretty malt forward. This was actually very drinkable for being 10% and didnt seem harsh at all.
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a steady head, looked like the 90 min. but had a slightly redder tint. started smooth and began to get hoppy, but before the bitterness entered, it went back to smooth. the finish was a pleasing malt flavor. better than i expected.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 I must have had a bad bottle last year because this year is nothing of the same. 2008 bottle. Pours a translucent, dark, orangey-red color with an off-white, average, frothy head which settles to a small, frothy layer and leaves some decent, tight lace. Nose is much different than last year with so much complexity; certainly yeasty with dust and cobwebs, vinous, light pine resins, dried peaches, alcohol soaked oak, light white grapefruit, wisps of alcohol, and some perfumy hops with sweet brown sugar and vanilla notes somewhere in there. The flavor is nice but as intriguing as the nose; dried peaches and raisins, with vanilla, light oak, and light pine resins start the progression of flavor followed by light grapefruit notes, some toasted sweet breads, brown sugar, maybe some maple wood. Finishes long and bittersweet with lots of wood flavors (oak and the maple wood notes), pine resins, lingering vanilla, and with some mild warmth and a moderately high, spicy bitterness. Palate is medium to full, velvety and coating, and nearly lively. This is not the same beer I tried a year ago; not flat or overly sweet and lacking depth or bitterness. This one was interesting and worthy of the IIPA style with DFH creating a memorable brew to say the least. Maybe could use a few months in the cellar, but the intricacies of this one were enormous. A very nice combination of IIPA notes to match oak complexity. DFH never disappoints to create cutting edge, intriguing beers.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.