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RATINGS: 1858   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.


3.4
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7976) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.7
   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 %.

4
   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!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 25, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy medium amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, and malt. Mellowed hops and malt flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
Lookiní at it... a hazed deep orange, with a fullish, creamy head capping it. Aroma: ahhh!!! thatís my favorite aroma right there, in the first sniff...tropical fruits, banana and mango, peach and citrus, a truly beautiful mix, a gorgeous blend....so far, this is just what Iíd desire in an uber-IPA, and I havenít even tasted it... Oh, delicious...fullness of body, richness of flavor, dominant fruit, minor, relatively, bitterness, yumm...I can taste the whiskey flavor, from the oak-aging, I can get that character...and itís amazingly flavorful, with vanilla and oak twisting into the mix, what a wicked concoction... If I had a 10-gallon hat, it would be off in honor of this immaculate creation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2052) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Not one of DFHís best but a nice effort, copper color, small off-white head, decent lacing around the glass, very sweet nose, had that DFH yesty nose, just that scent that most of the DFH great beers carry, very smooth & drinkable body, fairly well-balanced, flavors of grass, lemon & alcohol, sweet & hoppy finish with a touch of hops, not bad but nothing to go out of your way for

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2005
Not to sure what color to call this.I guess its like golden but a tad darker with a nice white head.has aroma of nuts and wood.Tastes of nuts and a slight hint of the bourbon and barrel.This was a good smooth drinking beer.another winner from Delaware.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
Thanks to BBB63 for the bottle. Pours a yellow amber, medium white head with some lingering. Spicy, slightly floral hop aroma with large burbon-like notes. Rather floral nose, which later becomes syrupy sweet to meld unfavorably with a large alcohol character. Burbon pungence returns in the finish to offset the now almost sickly sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is soundly medium, with a smoothness that would normally be telltale of a much lighter beer. Very subdued hop flavors and bitterness all in all. I am hesitant to chalk up all the things I disliked about this brew to regional taste differences.


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