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RATINGS: 1848   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 Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
Clear orange, limited off-white head. No oak apparent in both the aroma and taste whatever the label claim, the hops are not very aromatic either for that matter. We are left with a nutty maltiness, toasty and quite a match (as in being too big) for the sprucey, spicy lime like hops. Honest doughy yeast surprises, apparently unfiltered bringing pear and pineapple esters among the mix. Swallowing, you realise what might have been going through their heads when brewing this, it feels peppery, sherry-like and kinda oxidized, procuring wet paper and spoiled apples hints. Medium bodied, gentle bitterness. The alcohol level is well contained, but the aromatics are so muddled that you can’t help, but being disappointed, the label is kinda pretentious, the price is certainly that of a top shelf product and the base beer that’s been blended with 90 minute feels poor, simple and oxidized, after less than 1 yr in the bottle, at 10%. Sorry if it’s not DFH’s fault, but that doesn’t pass the test with all the good products out there. Weird soily dryness, slightly woody at best, astringent finish. Poor stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 rerate 27 May 2006. Thanks to elnadeau & chilehead for sharing. For whatever reason, this was far better this time. Great balance between sweet & hoppy I had this brew at Dr. BIll’s 12 Hour Beer extravaganza in Anaheim, CA on August 20, 2005. Thanks, Dr. Bill. For a double IPA, this is a bit sweet. Not quite what I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2005
My thanks go to Haddon90 for bringing this over from the states on his recent visit. It had been sitting in the fridge for a while contemplating when it would be consumed. I sampled the 120 minute a little while ago and wondered if this one would be as cloying as that. When poured it certainly looked like a viscous cousin of the 120, but presented well with a lasting cream head over the coppery orange body. Aroma is a definite resinous sweetness with a promise of a hop presence but not overwhelming. The flavour is quite agreeable, a definite hint of sweetness and perhaps slightly unbalanced but it is a pleasing beer. It certainly doesn’t appear to have the 80IBU strength but this is not a bad thing as it is eminently drinkable. I would like to try a lot more of this one and at varying ages to see how it mellows. Thank you again Phil

   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 (2523) - 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 (4897) - 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 (7154) - 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.

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