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RATINGS: 1815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Definately a little against the grain on this. Pours amber with decent off- white head. Huge sweet malt aroma with faint hops and a big woodsy charactyer to it. Flavor is all sweet malt up front with some hops coming in through the middle and a smoky woodsy finish. While it might be a little off to style, I really enjoyed this nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2478) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Pours out a nice copper color with no head. The aroma is fruity with a note of sweet oak. The taste was not as hoppy as one would expect from a brew with a 80IBU, but none the less a good hoppy taste balanced by sweet oak, caramel and maybe some notes of smoke. I thought this was a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Lightly hazed dark amber color. Smaller beige head. Aroma has hints of kerosene, malt, alcohol, and green hops. Mild sweet malt with mild oak, a cherry sweetness. Full bodied. Leans towards an american strong rather than an IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of BlueDevil0206 via trade. Aroma is mostly fruity with some candy sugar, light citrus, a touch of woodiness, and the slightest hint of hops. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Flavor is very fruity with a moderate apple presence. Slight caramel in the background, Light pine hops in the finish sneak thru the sweetness with an even lighter woodiness. Initially reminds me of a Strong Ale, but the hops get slightly stronger as it warms and the IIPA characteristics begin to come thru a little more. Let it warm a little more and light alcohol starts to show in the flavor. Has a little warming affect but no real alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Hazy amber color, off white head. Quite malty, a little oakey, light fruity hops. Actually quite fruity in most regards along with a bit of vanilla. Medium to full bodied, no alcohol present at all. This may have been a double IPA at one point in time, but as I tried it, no. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7098) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Special thanks to hopdog for this one! Pour was deep ruby/copper and cloudy with a thin spotty head. Very intriguing and aroma consisting of grapefruit, alcohol, some earthy malts, herbs, vanilla, and the distinct 90 Minute smell was in there too. Flavor picked up some candi sugar, somewhat sour grapefruit, alcohol, and pepper. Oak, vanilla, and sweet malts provided a solid backbone. Balance was somewhat lacking, though... as the alcohol and oak seemed a little too prominent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Great copper amber color, very active carbonation, custard color fluffy head and very nice lacing. Aroma has strong grapefruit hops, but also an amazing balance. Malt and an earthy woody aroma is a great counter to the hop bitterness. The flavor is quite full. Bitter floral hop flavors. Very smooth and mild but with a hop kick. Very nice finish, beer has a plesant earthyness and woodyness. Thanks to hopdog for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19216) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2005
Bottled, thanks JCW! Clear amber, small head. Sweet with notes of passion fruit and lychee. There’s candy sugar and peppery alcohol as well as plum brandy and some fruity apples. Intriguing and complex, but too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Thanks to Sammy. Oakey, kind of belgian fruity, spicy. Flavor is fruity with a bit of barleywine going on. Tingly hop finish. Sweet sticky malt. Not a DIPA but nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8384) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2005
Thanks for the trade Squidswillbsquids (shane). Hoppy and smooth, blend of I believe 90 minute and something else. Boozy. Light orange with big head. Nicely carbonated. Crisp, and yet oak ageing. Long aftertaste. Great with a meal. Well balanced, well done.

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