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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Good gracious this was delicious. Refreshing and full flavored. Still hoppy even after having aged for however long. One of the most enjoyable oak beers Iíve ever had. The vanilla is a wonderful compliment to the hoppiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Amber body with some cloudiness. White frothy head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus, apricot, oak, caramel, vanilla. Medium bodied with a smooth texture, good carbonation. Semi-sweet flavor. Fruity. Very pleasant and refreshing drink. Thanks, Drew, for putting one aside for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2005
750 ml bottle, Cleveland locals gahering 2-26-05. Golden brown color, semi-sweet, woody taste with some hop presence. Thanks Mike.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2005
12oz. bottle. Clear orange color with a small head and nice lacing. Sweet malt aroma with a lot of piney/citrusy hops. Flavor was slightly sweet malt, but balanced nicely by a good deal of hop bitterness. A bit of oak in the flavor that I didnít notice on the nose. The alcohol starts to come through by the end of the glass as the beers warms. Nice IIPA, Iím kind of surprised at the somewhat low scores.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (958) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Picked up in Florida, and brought with care to Atlanta by a fellow beer lover, this was the first of a pair of 12 oz. brown bottles I acquired. When pored into a tulip, the body was glowing orange with a relatively small bone colored head. The aroma was grapefruit, vanilla, and rum soaked cherries, and could not be called really hoppy. The taste was quite unlike most Double IPAs I have sampled. Sweet and spicy with a bready maltyness, this one tasted more like a hopped up Trippel than a DIPA. Sticky and creamy in the mouth, the aftertaste was surprisingly short lived. If mellowness and balance are your thing, you will like this beer. But if you are seeking an extreme hop bomb, be prepared to be disappointed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1044) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Corked 750 ml: This beer has improved greatly with just a few months of bottling. Iíll leave my last bottle a while longer. The harshness and lack of balance I experienced with the first bottle has mainly dissipated with great mingling of wood, hop spiciness, hop fruitiness, and solid malt sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2005
I tried this a few weeks ago at our local gathering - Mike Kujo brought a 750 of it. Many people got a good laugh at the face I made when I tasted it - it just tasted so sugary sweet! So, today, I open my little 12oz bottle of it. Nice aroma - sweet maltyness and spicy citrus hops. Nice orange color, excellent lacing. Some of that sweetness is still here - like a thick fruit juice made with oranges and plums. but itís well balanced by a nice amount of grapefruit hops. At the finish, the sweetness prevails, but thereís a dryness all the way through. Worth trying again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Pours a reddish copper color with a thin offwhite head. Excellent woody aroma of caramel and spicy hops. Excellent and weel balanced flavor of cask wood, spicy hops and caramel with a bitter finish, the malt base is strong enough the balance the hops. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. This is supposed to be a mix between 90 minutes and a botched batch of beer, the result is very surprising and I would by this beer anytime.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2578) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2005
Really fresh caramel nose, light amber color, rocky head. Creamy toasted malt body with caramel and vanilla notes. Spicy peppery end turning to more cinnamon. Heavy body - chewy! Alcohol not at all dominating.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Amber with red hints, a filmy head and spotty lacing. Citrus fruits in the nose, maybe grapefruit. SOme bitterness and soap with a touch of medicinal qualities to it. Some oakiness. More oak comes out in the flavor with some hops and more malts. Finishes fruity with a chalky palate.


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