TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thnaks to jeffc666 for this one! Rich amber body with a moderately sized tan head. Aroma is nicely hopped with light wood notes, citrus, pine needles, and light spice. Taste is light alcohol, fruit, woody notes, rich hops and light pine. Surprisingly fuller bodied than I expected. Mild carbonation and light alcohol warmth. Creaminess comes through in arts as well. Finish is more pine and hoppy citrus with light wood, maple syrup and mild spiciness. Some earthy notes as well.
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), moderately malty (cookie), with a note of cask wood. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The mouthfeel is very good, the balance is nice enough, and the alcohol is well-hidden, but the aroma is rather vague and uninteresting. Just doesnít do that much.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 This is a very interesting and unusual brew. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this brew pours a medium amber color with almost no carbonation at all. No had, almost no bubbles. Very flat. The aroma is sweet hops but little else. The mouthfeel is thick and sweet. The flavor is hoppy and sugary. It really felt like I was drinking a hop liquor.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 The aroma is mostly carmel with some grapefruit and, most unexpected, cheese? The body is a clear amber color with a cloying off-white head. Flavor is semi-sweet citrus and carmel with some wood notes. Very drinkable for 10%.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 Jan. í05. Very similar to the 90 min IPA, but with oak undertones. Iíd like to try this before they blended it with the 90 min. (9-4-9-4-17=4.3) Dec. í05. Clear amber. Frothy tan head. Smells like resinous oak aged grapefruit pulp. Pungent aroma. Huge oak in this version. Exactly what was missing in the last release. Same huge hops and rich malt, only this time itís like tapping the side of an oak tree and finding 90 min. inside. Big, balanced body. Alcohol is only faintly detectable in the aftertaste. One DFHís best yet.
DogfishKing (22) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is possibly the best Dogfish Head yet. I love the 90min and this is even better. Excellent mouthfeel, distinct oakyness and sweet at times but does not overwhelm the destinctive Dogfish dry hop. I would even go as far to say it is actually worth the 14 bucks/4pack. Absolutly Excellent.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear golden with a dense creamy head sitting on top. Aroma is soft and candied, with sweet citrus hops. Taste is sweet malt with a round, easy going hoppiness. Hints of oakyness in the finish. I am most impressed by the mouthfeel though. Very soft and approachable, but stays thick and cloying. This is the type of mouthfeel I would expect from an eisbock, only more creamy. Velvety and smooth. Great beer.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 This is a very different DIPA. Translucent and bronze colored. Large white head for the style. Aroma is caramel, earthy(like rotting twigs), slightly bitter, with underpinning of vanilla from the wood aging. I donít recall ever tasting anything similar. Iím sure that all those flavors work together for me, but again something different or unusual the is drinkable I commend. Balance finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber, thin white fizzy head. Interesting nose of wood, earth, pineapple, light citrus, a tiny shot of vanilla, with a slight funky undertone. Basically, the flavor IMO, is a muted version of the 90 Minute on wood with just a hint of citrus showing up. Really not that much more going on here, but then again maybe my hopes were too high. Full bodied, prickly carbonation, drying semi-bitter finish. Itís good and certainly worth a try, but Iíll stick to my standard 90 Min any day of the week...
guzzler67 (1491) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper appearance with a small white head and some nice lacing. Woody, but not overwhelming, aroma followed by roasted malt. Initial taste was almost barleywineish, with sweet malts toward the front and sides of the mouth before turning more hoppy toward the back. Balanced finish. Nothing forceful about the alcohol content.