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RATINGS: 1863   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 March 2nd 2006 re-rate <P> Oak, vanilla and caramel malt in the aroma. Rich amber in color with a thin white head. This aged bottle was quite malty with much less noticeable hops. Lots of rich caramel malts, sweet breads, mild oak, vanilla and toffee notes. It ages into a beer I rather liked as the hops faded out. <P> Original Rating <P> Not a huge IPA fan and while Dogfish usually makes IPAís I like anyway this one didnít hit the mark for me. Syrupy texture and hops out of control just threw me off. Was tickled pink to get to try it. Tthanks to Beandip for bringing it and Matta for organizing the tasting, but I was let down by the overwhelming hops that are improperly balanced to my palate. Usually when DFH hits the 10% mark or so the crazy amount of hops get blasted by the gravity and it isnít so bad. not this time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Hazy orange body with a thin white head. Sweet nutty, woody taste with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
kind of a cloudy looking orange color with a creamy head that holds almost all the way through the glass. aroma is sweet and malty, hops are mixed in with some fruity and caramel aromas. flavor is very mellow, not nearly what i would expect from 80 ibuís, the sweet caramel malts are actually the dominiant part of the flavor, with the fruit tones and some smoke/oak flavors in the tail end. nice medium body, a very smooth mouthfeel, and no hint of the abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Alcohol up front in the aroma, followed by moderate apple and pear esters, burnt sugar, and resiny hops. Clear orange amber color, very thin off-white head. Good balance in the flavor, solid malt with some caramel aspects, piney and citrusy hops. There is still a strong alcohol presence. I can taste the oak in the finish. Pretty full-bodied, kind of syrupy. Based on earlier reviews, Iíd say this has calmed down quite a bit since it first came out. The hops have mellowed, the oak flavor is balanced, and the alcohol is walking a fine line between adding complexity and being too hot. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Deep gold in color with a slight haze and a small white head. Aroma of alcohol,wood/oak,earthy hops, malty and bready.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Out of a bottle pours a nice light amber, fruity cask hoppy nose. Settles nicely. Has a distinct draw like a nice whisky with some fruity variations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours hazy coppery with solid off-white head. Big hop aroma, along with apricot and bourbon. Tastes hoppy, with caramel malt, lemongrass, bourbon, and spicy florals. Dense and complex mouthfeel and finish. Great style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Bottle: Hazy orange with a thin white head, woody, light fruits aroma, with a citrus touch, starts and ends bitter, interesting, but I would rather try this before it was blended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
wow, what a find a smart buy in fort lee. Poured a amber color with an off white head. Aroma of fruits, banana, cloves, raisins and some yeast? Taste was way complex. Creamy mouth feel with tastes of malts and maybe lemon. Hop finish and linger. This was great. Did not really taste the %.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
Bottle. Ho hum another Dogfish Head triumph... what else is new? These guys continue to kick ass. Pours a clear orange-ish amber with a nice solid creamy head. Nose is a bit disappointing, as Iím only getting some of the hop that I expected, along with a little cotton candy and marshmallow, but it doesnít really nail me. Letís begin... Immediate reaction is to the viscosity before it is taste. Great mouthfeel with this one... creamy, thick and with perfect carbonation. Taste is great, a sweetness and then those warrior hops... Wow! I have never been incredibly fond of warrior except in DFH brews. This hop needs lots of malt to balance itís harshness. This is very well done. I can definitely taste some vanilla and spice (from the oak?) Very solid beer. With all due respect to obxdudeís rating, heís wrong. Go out of your way for this one. It is worth it. Thanks Dogfish Head!

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