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RATINGS: 1823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2005
A murky orange appearance with a yellow tint. A strong perfume aroma with some lemons and oranges. The flavor is well balanced with just a hint of whiskey. The flavor contains orange peel, pears, pine, and vanilla. Its a bit on the sweet side but hides the alcohol well. Overall I thought it was good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Pink/orange in color with thick white head that diminishes quickly. citrus and hops, maybe some peaches (or have i been in georgia too long...) grass on the aroma. sap, honey, alcohol brun, and burnt pine in the foreground. butty flavors hidden in the aftertaste under the blanket of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
CLoudy amber with a hint of pink. Big time pink grapefruit juice in the aroma followed with a vodka like alcohol vibe. Buttery feel, citrus punch dominated by warm oranges. Oak and big time alcohol come through in time. weird mixed vegetable thing going on as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2005
12 oz bottle, snifter. Gold-copper-amber hue with an off-white, creamy head. Fresh cut oak, pine, spruce, caramel, cookie, and cinnamon aromas rush from my glass. H. sweet, m. acidic, m. bitter flavor becomes a m. sweet, m. acidic, h. bitter finish. Medium-full body, slick/smooth texture, moderate carbonation, moderate alcohol. The bottom line is: some nice components, but it somehow feels rather disjointed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Rerate: 2009 vintage on tap. 3 years old. I must say, it is extremely mellow and super easy drinking. The 4 oz glass was enough. Hops were still showcased, but the oak and vanilla were allowed to shine with the aging. Creamy body. A true pleasure to drink. Original: Thanks to CaptainCougar! The aroma is more malty than hoppy. Woody and earthy aroma. The appearance is a murky brown color with a big white head that has excellent lacing. This reminds me more of a cask aged barleywine than a IIPA. The flavor is pretty smooth and so is the palate. The flavor has some caskiness to it. Oak and malts. Not very much hops. The alcohol is well masked in the flavor. The palate is very smooth. A pretty decent ber. Thanks DFH! 7, 4, 7, 4, 15 = 3.7

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
A hazy orange beer with a dense orange head. The aroma is sweet fruity on an alcoholic backdrop. The flavor is fruity with mango and passionfruit being most dominant, leading to an end, that mixes in some wood notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2005
750: Hmm,I donít find this as repulsive as some did,I was worried. Looks like 90 minute,except head is just a 1/2 inch ring,with just patches over the beer. Not as hazy either,very clear. Aroma is mainly wood,hops,and some mushy,malts. All I get as far as hops in aroma is earthy,citric,hops. Slick texture,just lightly,syrupy(thick),with moderate,carbonation. Lots of oak,bready malts,vanilla,and hops in the mouth. Finish is hoppy(pine,earthy),with wood,and more bready malts. I couldnít taste any alcohol in this ale,and found it to be somewhat pleasent,but thatís it. I would recommend trying this,but,donít buy too many.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2005
12 oz bottle - Thanks Jonathan3584! Pours amber with decent head and quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is honey, caramel malts, and citrus hops. Flavor is complex a good amout of sweetness, caramel, honey, and some oak flavors come through. You can also taste the citrus hops that I recognized from the 90 minute IPA right away. The oak aging seems to mellow down those hops though because this is much more smooth and lacks the bitter smack of the hops that the 90 minute has. Very smooth on the palate this is definitely a sipper and is full bodied yet very balanced. I was impressed with this one and with each brew I try I get more impressed with DFH. Great job!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Thanks to heemer77 for this one. Excellent!! Pours reddish gold (slight amber with substantial and lasting head and good lacing). Aroma of hops, malt, honey, caramel, and oak. Oak more apparent in taste, which is slightly sweet yet still hoppy. Smooth (but well carbonated) with a dry bitterness. Excellent. Alcohol is well masked. There is also a nice slight citrus flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2005
bottle from Rich. pour is a dark amber in color with a quickly fading head. not really what I expected for a double IPA. certainly malty enough, but the hop bitterness was almost AWOL. also there was some pepper-like flavors here that reminded me of Capitalís Blonde Dopplebock?!? I enjoyed the beer, just not what I expected for the style.


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