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RATINGS: 1980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2007
The aroma was strongly malty with a citrusy hop character. The malt presence was deep and contained some raisny notes. Alcohol was also presence leading to a lightly phenolic spice character. The amber brew had a lighty hazy particulate appearance and a low off-white head that was hampered in retention by alcohol. The flavor was well achieved with a substantial malt and hop presence which were in balance. The malt was caramel and fruit and the hops were citrusy and a bit spicy. The body full and almost to the point of being viscous. The carbonation was moderate and lead to an almost creamy mouthfeel. A light warming of alcohol was present in this very well achieved brew. 12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/29/05.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Aroma of lovely malts, vanilla, hops and raisins. The oak and bourban come out in the end but it blends well with this beer. Pours out med-dark amber, forms medium head. A nice treat, but somewhat pricey at $4.50 a 12 oz bottle. Good beer, with I could get it at $3.00. Anyways, as usual, frigen Dogfish head does it again, another KICK ASS beer! (yes similar to a BW, but more of a high end IIPA).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Thanks to my friend James for sharing this. 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear orange color with a thick head and soapy lacing. Nice fruit, oak/vanilla nose with an alcohol background. Nice fruit and oak and vanilla flavor in there. Not much an alcohol burn for 10% abv. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours a striking orange-amber color with fairly thick head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, grapefruit and slight alcohol. Strong flavor acheives a good balance between sweet malt and bitter citrus hoppiness. Fruity notes of pear and cherry. Medium-thick palate. Very nice beer right here, with the flavor of a much stronger abv without the alcohol sting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
12oz bottle. Nice creamy head that dissapears right away, light carbonation. Lots going on in this beer! Alcohol burn with first sip but the complex flavors of the oak, malts + hops makes up for it. The flavor of brandy + vanillla with some hop bitterness is what your left with + it is quite good. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle is worth the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Pours amber with a white head which disappears rather quickly. Sweet aromas and flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2007
rich reddish amber appearance with a quickly disappearing white head. strong alcoholic nose with a very powerful flavor that is rich with malts and finishes heavy almost like a barley wine. this may be a beer that could use some time to mature in the bottle, the complexities do come out as the beer warms but the strength of the beer overshadows some of the flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Light amber pour with a nice creamy off-white head. Sweet aroma of vanilla, caramel, peach/mango, and a bit of oak. Flavor is also sweet upfront. Lots of caramel, vanilla, and some alcohol are most present, with a light fruity undertone. Hops hit lightly on the finish, with a bit of alcohol, dessert wine sweetness, and a hint of sourness. Palate is medium, a bit sticky, and bitter-sweet with some warmth. Like most DfH brews, this is very unique and well-balanced. Will love to see how this rounds out with some age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2007
750ML courtesy boboski. Pours a peach light amber with a frothy white head. A lot of sweet malts and fruit in the smell. The bottle was 3 years olf so there was a hint of oxidation in it as well, but it still tasted good. Very sweet in the taste, more than I remember. Alot of citrus, sweet malts, and almost an acidic aftertaste. I get alot of lemons which might account for the acidicness. Finish is pretty smooth. Not bad for a 3 year old bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber color with small off white head that does not last long. Aroma lite hops. Hoppy , oak and sweet taste with middle bitter after taste. very good IIPA.

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