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RATINGS: 1964   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5583) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty interesting. Taste is an interesting mix between light oak flavour and some sweet malt reminiscent of a barley wine with some honey and very little hops. Body is above average with low filtration and great carbonation. This is not what I was expected since it is more reminiscent of a barley wine then an IIPA but it was very enjoyable nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz Bottle born on 12/29/05. Pours a beautiful deep ruby with a little white head that fades between the time I check on the chicken and return here (about a minute of actual time). Nose is raspberries, honey, oak, cranberries, and surpisingly not too much hops at all. Has the oak completely taken away the hop aromatic profile in the beer. Must investigate further. I sniff a little more....and there it is. A little bit of hops hiding in there. Oaky throughout with notes of sweet 90 minute malts and less of its hops. Body is thick and almost syrupy. This is closer to many of the barleywines I have tasted than a double ipa.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
120z bottle. Relatively filtered with a honey amber hue. Spotty head. Honey, raisins, nutty, oaky, vanilla, bready aromas. Quite a nose full. Full bodied and a slick smooth body. Nice burn. Toffee notes in the malt side. Sweet and full blown. Lost most of its IPA recognition. Blended? Sure. Strong? Defintely. Crazy complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours a orange amber color with a white head. Aroma is of rich malts with bitter hops. Flavor is woody malts with bitter hops. Kind of a mellow IIPA but very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2041) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2006
12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was a bit of an off-white head that drops off quickly and leaves no lacing. This has an interesting aroma. It is much more like a Belgian than an Imperial IPA. Caramel, fruitiness and some alcohol to the nose. Perhaps a hint of the oak also. The taste has some caramel sweetness to it, as well a slight citric hop taste, but no real bite like you would expect from an Imperial IPA. I am really enamored by this beer. Hard to really classify, but excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2006
12 oz bottle. No visible date on the bottle but I believe it’s about a year old now. Pours a slightly hazey dark copper or possibly orangish color. Small ivory head disipates but offers some temporary lacing. Hints of oak lead to a predominently sweet beer. Butterscotch and toffee are most noticeable. Overall a good beer but the IPA character seems lost but it makes for a good strong ale or barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Very faintly hazy amber with a small off white head.Toffee, citrus, and light stone fruit aroma. Thick and smooth on the palate with very light carbonation. The oak flavor is quite faint, but definitely there, along with a caramel sweetness, and a mildy astringet bitter citrus and spicy hop follow up. Some alcohol noted throughout. Not as hoppy as many double IPA’s, and the oak, the smoothness, fullness, maltiness remind me more of a barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2006
12 oz bottle, no bottle on date on the neck on mine? I bought this over a year ago and evne then I think it was old. Pours a chill haze, murky muddled amber wtih a rocky lasting light creamy head and nice lacing in the goblet. Aroma is initially oxidized with wet paper and old milk, light madiera and grapeskin notes, some oaky woody hints as well. Light oxidation in the flaovr with lots of wierd unique sweetness formt he malts- slick caramel malts, some nuts, subdued and faded hops and a grapeskin astringency and lightly tart in the finish. Good moderate to full mouthfeel with just a bit of hops left over from the aging.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2006
From a 12 oz. bottle with a bottled on date on the bottle neck, 12.29.05. Poured a cloudy golden/orangey hued amber with a small foamy off-white head that settled into a thin lacing. Aromas of toasted grains, a mixture of plums and grapefruit, a tad floral and whiffs of alcohol. Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, alcohol laced, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, a definite sipper. Hop tasting at first, grapefruit, herbal, floral, followed by raisin fruitiness and an oak woodiness, a little grainy alcohol towards the end, the alcohol is presence through out and warming in the palate, and a grapefruity, raisins and malty finish. A very nice DIPA with the DFH twist on the style, well worth seeking out and trying.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2006
12 oz bottle via cornboy (thanks!). Pours an almost clear amber with an average size head. Nose is malty caramel, citrus hops, wood, alcohol. Taste is the same with some added melon flavors. There is some alcohol burn in the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink. I thought i would hate this as the idea of oak in an IPA sounds repulsive. But this is surprisingly smooth and the oak is sublte enough that it is a nice complement instead of stomping on all the other flavors like a lot of barrel aged beers tend to do. 80 ibus? Not my bottle....maybe it has mellowed with age? Nice work Dogfish Head!


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