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RATINGS: 1963   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5264) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Aroma of sweet fruit, alcohol, hops, and a little wood. Pours a golden red with small off-white head. Enjoyable flavor of sweet malt, fuicy fruit, hops, some wood notes, and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2006
12-oz bottle-Poured a clear amber color w/a slight off white head. Somewhat sweet aroma w/some hops. Had some hops & sweetness on the front end w/a little bit of a woodsy follow up. Flavor seemed to kind of wander, was somewhat lost or confusing-too sweet for an IPA but too hoppy for a barley wine. This one kind of confused me. Not really sure what they were going for here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 This beer interests and yet confounds me. Subtle aroma, complex and moody. Starts off smelling rather sour (kinda like a small of fraction of Fort, with more brown sugar and malt) then becomes more caramelly smelling. Enticing so far. Flavors have a wonderful and strong maple sweetness and a dryish woddy hop flavor. The sweetness is slightly sour on the finish, and the 80 IBUs are surprisingly subtle. There’s a bit of acidity in the finish as well. There was some sort of off quality in this beer that I’m kind of new to, but I’ve noticed in other beers before (like Hog Heaven). It was like certain parts of the beer that became creamy also tasted stale. Oxidized? Too phenoly/estery? I’m not sure. This beer would be excellent if not for that. A perfect compromise for those who like IPAs and think the sweetness of Immort Ale (or Samael) should be tamed.**rerate*** Okay, fresh bottles solved my oxidation problems. Very good stuff IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16587) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Bottle at Collins Pub,Seattle. Russet, withthin off white head. Candy sugar and vanilla aroma. Way too sweet. Pleasant, but tastes its strength. Aroma of a barley wine, lots of hop on the end. Some odd black pepperon the end. I would have put this down as more of a barley wine than an IIPA. 635310 2.7/5.0 Re-rate Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Clear orange brown, some hops. Strong in ABV. Good hot hops on finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottled. Clear copper color with an oxidized hop aroma. Sweet malt flavor with subdued hops. Oaky with lots of vanilla. Sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 27, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (627) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
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.

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