OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle a dark amber color with a small beige head. Aroma was of caramel malts and hops. Flavor was caramel with a touch of hops in the back ground. The alcohol was well hidden, but there is a very nice alcohol warming as it goes down.
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. I am very impressed with this beer. It has a wonderful gold color with a lasting head. The nose has a large hop characteristic, and the oak aging just makes this beer go down smooth. The 10% alcohol isnt apparent in the mouth. Great flavor, again the oak comes through big time. This beer makes it into my top 20 beers easily. Dogfish does it again.
Funknmilla (729) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 2008 Bottle rating...Copper body, head dies, it was beige...smells quite hoppy-a sugary floral malt, a little honey also...thick creamy body, a bitter raisin honey flavor, not overly bitter but the burst comes mid-palate...its good, but muddled a bit...low carbonation...hoppy malt finish-bitter...some alcohol in the finish as well---->
2006 rating----->>>Very surprisingly no harsh alcohol taste, dark amber color with a solid head. The foam actually has a silky appearance. The oak is subtle and in no way unpleasant. Underlying citrus muffled in the thick creamy texture. Pretty clean finish; ending with a mild hoppy bite.Aroma=7, App.=5, Flavor=8, Palate=5, Overall=17
eaglefan538 (2960) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an amber color with a nice little head that provided only average lacing. Carbonation was low but upon agitation, included nice slowly rising bubbles amidst the syrupy thickness. The aroma was musty, oak-like, citrus, resinous. The flavor was also musty, somewhat resinous hoppy flavored, grapefruits. Quite nice, alcohol hid well. The DIPA’s are fantastic and this one is in the top of the class for me. Mouthfeel full and thick with a somewhat sweet finish.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricot, Peach, hops, bit of alcohol in the aroma. Ruby with a thin white head. Taste is sweet with black cherries and alcohol warming.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 Great hoppy aroma. Nice dark color with a decent sized head. Interesting flavor. Like an IPA meets a liqueur. Almost like candy at the finish. Definitely makes you want another sip. A little too sweet for my IPA loving taste, and certainly not dry enough, but I like the complexity. I recommend this to any IPA lover looking for something similar but not the same old same old.
IrishBoy (3967) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, clear dark amber small beige head. Oaky roasted malt aroma; flavor of roasted malts with small rasiny notes and only the tiniest hop bite in the finish.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very different example for the style, nicely complex and interesting with a woody tinge to augment a fruity malt character and hoppy finish. Quite enjoyable.
Beerdedone (3003) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of hops, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, sweet, alcohol, citrus. usuallty not my thing with IPA beers, but this was excellent, if more of them tasted like this i would love the style, not overly hoppy.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmmm. Beautiful aroma of mostly floral and piney resin hops. This was again pretty sweet and the bitterness was not really there. Regardless, I think this was pretty good. Lots of sweetness with complex hop flavours, sans bitterness, filled my mouth. There was a great yeasty flavour in this that lead to some fruity and maybe even banana like flavours.