cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with JCapriotti - Pours a deep clear amber color with a small off white head. Very light lacing. Has a very nice toasty malt aroma. Flavor is sweet malt and full of esters. Medium to full body. A very good beer. Thanks Jason.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Clear copper color with an oxidized hop aroma. Sweet malt flavor with subdued hops. Oaky with lots of vanilla. Sweet aftertaste.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazy amber beer with a stable head. Caramel, alcohol, apple, oak, pear aromas. Slightly oxidized. Sweet and spicy toffee and oak flavor with some vanilla and hops. Warming finish. Fruit flavors come out as it rises to room temp. Very nice.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of caramel and mango, with the slightest hint of cask wood. Appears a hazy reddish-coppor color with notable effervescence of small bubbles, and with a small creamy yellow head that dissipates. Flavor is vinous, intensely malty, with some sweet stone fruit; there is a notable hop bite that balances will with the vanilla oak finish. Palate is thick and sweet, and would be syrupy but for the effervescence on the palate. Overall, a truly delightful brew.
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opulent and complex taste. Better served chilled rather than cold. As others point out, any oak taste is hidden behind the sweet malt and resinous hop.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found this beer hidden in my beer collection of bottles. What a nice surprise for me. I think I bought this 4 pk last year sometime. Dark amber color. partical floating around. Smell of oak, citrus, pine, malt, hops, sweet caramel and alcohol. Taste of woody pines, citrus peals, caramel, malt, cinamon, other spices and hops. Alcohol makes you warm and tingly inside with a bitterness that lingers.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - SEP 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Dilly Deli. Drank on 8/8/06. Very clear, dark copper / light amber. Small rocky off-white head drops quickly to a decent layer of foam and ring. Little lacing. Aroma - big, sweet malt and fruity hops. Really fruity - apricot. Flavor - Pretty high up front bitterness. Fairly well balanced, but towards bitterness. Huge flavors in the swallow and the finish. - A lot going on. Sweet and really fruity - lots of hop flavor and bitterness that balances a big malt backbone. I don’t get much oak though. A little bit of alcohol. Dry. Palate - Solid medium to full body. Good carb., maybe a little on the high side. Overall - Very good, a lot going on. Huge aroma and flavor. Big mouthfeel. The only negatives I can come up with are not a big head, and I don’t get much oak for what is supposedly a partially Oak aged beer. I probably won’t see this one again - at least not this year. I’d like to do a little more "research" on this one.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange, amber colour with a tan head. Malty, caramel and alcohol sweet aroma with hoppy pine and fruit notes. Malty, caramel and vanilla sweet flavor with a hoppy and light wood finish.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth and semi sweet, more Belgianesque than IPA to me. Lots of spice and fruit with a nice hop finish. DFH never disapoints.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Bottled on 12/29/05. Classic, pale brown color, orange in the background with an almost non-existent, white head. Aroma has a foundation of richly roasted, milky caramel with balancing, spicy, earthy hop and cotton candy-like malt sugar underneath. Flavor is unbelievable but not so much as an 2IPA but more of an incredibly delicious, syrupy, and saturated barleywine. The 10%ABV and availability are the only things stopping me from destroying my liver with this beer. That statement may sound like an oxymoron (atleast the 10%ABV part), but that much alcohol makes you a little more contemplative about chugging a beer like this. It was hard not to splash this beer against the back of my throat in a consumption orgy. This bottling may be peaking right now so drink up or try to forget about it for a few more years and let it oxidize a little.