SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 Jan. í05. Very similar to the 90 min IPA, but with oak undertones. Iíd like to try this before they blended it with the 90 min. (9-4-9-4-17=4.3) Dec. í05. Clear amber. Frothy tan head. Smells like resinous oak aged grapefruit pulp. Pungent aroma. Huge oak in this version. Exactly what was missing in the last release. Same huge hops and rich malt, only this time itís like tapping the side of an oak tree and finding 90 min. inside. Big, balanced body. Alcohol is only faintly detectable in the aftertaste. One DFHís best yet.
DogfishKing (22) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is possibly the best Dogfish Head yet. I love the 90min and this is even better. Excellent mouthfeel, distinct oakyness and sweet at times but does not overwhelm the destinctive Dogfish dry hop. I would even go as far to say it is actually worth the 14 bucks/4pack. Absolutly Excellent.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear golden with a dense creamy head sitting on top. Aroma is soft and candied, with sweet citrus hops. Taste is sweet malt with a round, easy going hoppiness. Hints of oakyness in the finish. I am most impressed by the mouthfeel though. Very soft and approachable, but stays thick and cloying. This is the type of mouthfeel I would expect from an eisbock, only more creamy. Velvety and smooth. Great beer.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 This is a very different DIPA. Translucent and bronze colored. Large white head for the style. Aroma is caramel, earthy(like rotting twigs), slightly bitter, with underpinning of vanilla from the wood aging. I donít recall ever tasting anything similar. Iím sure that all those flavors work together for me, but again something different or unusual the is drinkable I commend. Balance finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber, thin white fizzy head. Interesting nose of wood, earth, pineapple, light citrus, a tiny shot of vanilla, with a slight funky undertone. Basically, the flavor IMO, is a muted version of the 90 Minute on wood with just a hint of citrus showing up. Really not that much more going on here, but then again maybe my hopes were too high. Full bodied, prickly carbonation, drying semi-bitter finish. Itís good and certainly worth a try, but Iíll stick to my standard 90 Min any day of the week...
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper appearance with a small white head and some nice lacing. Woody, but not overwhelming, aroma followed by roasted malt. Initial taste was almost barleywineish, with sweet malts toward the front and sides of the mouth before turning more hoppy toward the back. Balanced finish. Nothing forceful about the alcohol content.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good aroma consisting of a lot of malts , hops and oak. Pretty sweet in terms of the aroma. The taste was very sweet with a lot of oak in it obviously. The palate was bitter, but I liked it. This is certainly good stuff, just not great. It was cool to be able to find this because it is quite hard to find.
BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from World of Beer, Clearwater FL. Pours a bit cloudy, but basically like the 90 min IPA. Has a nice aroma, a little sweet, some hops, with a touch of oakiness. I enjoyed the flavor, but didnít find it much different from my aging collection of 90 min IPAs. Compared to a fresh 90 you could definitely sense the effect of the oak aging....hops no longer dominated the scene. Maybe it was just my palate, but I still felt the 90 min IPA part of this brew was in the forefront. Again, I liked this but just feel it isnít substantially different from the 90. Just my opinion.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber. Aroma of roasty wood and slight hops. Flavor of wood, a slight malt, mild hops. I think that the unblended "Woody" was a bit better then this blended version.
kane (111) - USA - FEB 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a 12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. Label claims it is an oak-aged Imperial IPA. Well I have yet to try an oak-aged IPA that works in my many travels and this does nothing to dissuade me of that opinion. Maybe if they used the old 90min recipe and it was in a corked 750ml it would stand a chance but this stuff is a mess. The oak dominates the aroma and taste. This has a musty wood smell with a medium acidic grassy taste. Medium bitterness with a very dry finish. Thin body with slight lacing and not as much hoppiness as I was expecting. This should of stayed in the Rare Beer Club and kind of makes me glad I did not join. At $12.99/4 in CHI this is a bad deal( hell it makes the Dreadnaught seem like a good deal).
Reminds me of the bottles of G.L Nosferatu I had, tasted old and funky.