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RATINGS: 1812   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2005
From a 12 oz. bottle. Gorgeous dark orange color with a rather large slightly yellow head. This leaves an amazing amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is dry oak sawdust and some apples along with nutmeg. The hops are obvious with flowers and some oranges. The taste is smooth and dry with apples, cherries and some oak. There is also a little bit of honey. The alcohol is really well hidden. Nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 Nice amber body with a small head. Very little aroma present, maybe a slight sweetness. Flavor is quite interesting; thereís an initial sour funkiness, but all of the sudden the dry hopping attacks the palate and your mouth puckers from the bitterness. Alcohol is hardly present. This is hard to quantify; thereís a lot of bitterness and dryness from the hops, but not much hop flavor. Iím not blown away, but it is a unique brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2005
12oz, Sampled side by side with 90 min. Copper body, thin white head. Aroma has hints of woodiness and subdued hops. The oak comes through in the flavor, but only slightly. Very bitter, without as forceful of a fresh hop flavor as 90 min. Medium bodied. Good, but it just feels like 90 Minuteís overcompensating little brother.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AZeagle (11) - Cave Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Nice dark amber color with a full beige head that withered but stayed with the beer throughout. the first aroma was musty, certainly the oak, with a hint of the hops trying to poke through in the form of a peach and citrus combo. The taste is at first very subtle, mostly of oak, again with a promise of the hops. As the tasting progressed, the hops asserted themselves more and more until finally they were hitting as you would expect 80 IBU. The beer was smooth and complex with some very delicate tastes competing for attention. While others have expressed a problem with that, I found it to be a positive and enjoyed the beer immensely.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 22, 2005
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a hazy orangish amber color, with a fast fading thing white head. It barely left a ring of foam around the glass. Aromas are of fresh peaches, tropical fruit, oak barrels in the background, and a Merlot bite as well. Flavors are of oak foremost, followed by peaches, tangerines, minty notes as well as the malts. Sweet caramels meld with the oakiness to produce a top notch flavor combo. A little overdone for an IIPA in my book, but a decent new beer all the same.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Lots of sour notes and undifferentiated malt and wood flavors. A real mess of a beer. Vomitous acidity, too! The idea that this reached the 82nd percentile is absurd. DFH is a great brewery, but this is just awful stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2005
This is a good Double IPA. Nice cobination of sweet malt, hop, and citrus flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and crisp.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3591) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle conditioned, courtesy of a fellow babbler at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Hazy amber, thin white head and gentle condition. Big oily resinous hops and malt in the nose, Good sweet malt and spicy hop balance in the mouth and a gentle malty sweet finish with some hoppiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2005
OK, everything Iíve learned about IIPAs can now be thrown out the window. This beer has a great oakey, woody, pipe tobacco aroma. Sweet malts are present in the aroma as well, but no hop presence per se. The hops do make an apperance in the taste, anchoring a rich, malt middle. This beer reminds me more of a barleywine than an IIPA, but who knows? Whatever it is, it is great! No trace of the strong 10% abv either. I guess IIPAs donít have to be one-dimensional hop monsters and can celebrate the complexity of both great hops and malts. This beer does it with style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
OK, this was wierd. Been wanting to sample it since I first heard about it. Copper amber color, clear, decent head. Aroma was powerful, woodsy and spicy, with an almost medicinal note. Yup, it smelled like a hospital. Flavor was very challenging. Definite wood flavor, spicy hops, notes of thyme and rosemary were abundant. Still a medicinal note as well in the flavor. As complex as the flavors were, there was absolutely no subtlety in any of them. Each flavor smacked me like a brick in the forehead. In the end, I really appreciated the experiment, but simply didnít like the beer. Could be interesting to age though.


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