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RATINGS: 1834   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 Jacksonís rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle poured a hazy copper with a creamy looking light amber head. Aromas of light hops, leather, hint of oak, and some unidentifiable vegtal smell. Very smooth palate. Flavors of carmel, light hops, pepper with a dry mellow bitter finish. Didnt really notice any oak character. Should have used American oak.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Nice reddish gold. Creamy off-white head. Hoppy cherrywood aroma with strawberries. Smooth leather and light DFH 90 hops. Really nice and smooth version of the 90. Update 3/19/2006 - I updated my numbers.... but need to update my description since Iíve swilled a couple since my original rating. This beer is great. Iíll be buying it every year its available.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle, clear amber pour. Nice hoppy aroma with hints of burbon, oak, tiny bits of vanilla, and alcohol. Sweet medium body, with lots of malt and more of that oak and wood. Really nice mouthfeel - a very dangerous brew. Man is it smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Deep amber golden. Light oaky hop aroma. Medium-low intensity. Some vegetal stink there as well. Oak is much more prominent in the flavor. Doesnít come across as particularly hoppy (or alcoholic for that matter) Sweetish finish. Not particularly cohesive or well-integrated. Not offensive by any means, but Iím not thrilled either.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Pour clear amber with a nice tan head...smell is hoppy with resin, definate oak, some citrus...taste is intensely sweet with citrus, vanilla, alcohol...not as impressive as Iíd thought...sticky finish...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Crystal clear amber coloured body with an orange tint, and having a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of fresh hops with vanilla, oak, malt, curacao and alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Sweet malt, curacao, alcohol and a bit of hops noticeable in the taste...more bland than I expected. Aftertaste subtle, but still showing the alcohol and spicey characteristics. Overall, a good beer-thanks VERY much to Phil (Haddon90) for picking me up this twelve ounce bottle from the Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle on 06-February-2005, Super Bowl Sunday.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 16, 2005
12oz bottle-thanks to Hopdog for this one. pours a deep orange hue-clear with a sudsy white head. aroma of "beer", wood, some sweet hops and some similar malt/sweetness to the 90 min. I think the aroma is pretty damn nice actually. I dont really smell any oak notes-not the aroma i was expecting. Ok, this is where the beer takes a turn for the worse. Flavors are lactic sourness, vineous with some twangy hop zest akin to the 90 min. Cloying sweetness made this pretty hard to drink. Palate is pretty full but fizzy. Some green apple notes come out in the finish. There is alot going on in this beer, but thats not a good thing. Has that characteristic DFH yeast dryness/note that i have never liked. Alcohol is very well hidden i must admit. Some oaky flavors come out in the long finish as it warmed to 60degrees. worth a try,but not a revisit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Thanks John! Clear amber body with a short-lived white head. Cookie caramel malt backing with subdued pine sol / lemon citrus hops. Bitter oaky notes in in the flavor. A subdued IIPA but unique in its own right.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Translucent orange in color with a skittish head. Aroma has a small hoppy sense too it but itís mostly overshadowed by oak and honey. Flavor is so much smoother than 90 minute, so much that this doesnít hold up to Imperial IPA standards - better suited for American Strong Ale. Cedar, oak, honey, maple and vanilla fudge round it out ever so smoothly. Thanks to CaptainCougar for sharing this rarity!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Poured from a 750 brought by CaptainCougar, thanks! Super cloudy, golden hay color. Aroma had celery, faded hops, some malt and a touch of spice. Nice and malty with a leathery-celery flavor. More malts come through than in their 90 minute. Creamy with soft carbination, pretty enjoyable.


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