Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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...
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.