wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from a 12oz bottle. pours like syrup with a very small white head. beautiful crystal clear dark orange in color. very complex aroma dominated by sweet toasty malt with some citric hops, slight funky barnyard aroma and some vanilla. nice ballanced bittersweet flavor with some alchol burn on the finish. thick and creamy on the palate. not as hoppy as i would have liked but still a very good beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/28/2008. Clear dark amber body with ruby highlights. Big malty caramel and molassas aroma. Big caramel and molassas flavor with floral hops and a sweet bitter finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4.0
02/12/2006: Dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Strong malt aroma. Flavor of strong malt that almost overpowered the beer. Overall, an underfermented beer. 7/3/7/3/14-3.4
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep cherry red with a brown tinge. Large rocky light brown-white head. Hoppy aroma of citric hops with hints of a woody hop variety. Strong malty bitter taste with a fruity, nutty sweet, almost barleywine like aftertaste. The body is thick and rich in alcohol.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
an interesting flavor emmits from the alcohol of the beer. Sweet initial taste that lingers until it is desolved by the strong alcohol aftertaste. A nice heavy beer, good for getting drunk.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ochre/amber color with fluffy, off white head. Well balanced, with some sweet-fruit notes predominating up front and the oaky undertones throughout. Not as hoppy as I expected, but that doesn’t make it bad.
Lowe1983 (1480) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma is of citrus, slight hops, and a hint of a wood smell. Flavor is very complex. It begins with citrus and some other fruit with a hint of oak flavor. It finishes with very little hops and a little alcohol warming. The mix of brews covers up the 90-minute IPA flavor that I’ve come to love, which is too bad. I was expecting a little more of a hoppy flavor. It’s still a decent brew but given the choice I would buy the 90-minute IPA first.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. says "bottled 12.25.05" Christmas Day? A nice Present from old Dogfish Claus for me then! Very interesting mix in with the 90. The alcohol has a little bit of a bite to it way in the background behind lots of hops and a malt backup. Oak-ey (Barrel-ey?) at times.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber pour. Aroma had the oak in full effect, with some rich floral notes from the hops. Flavor has some vanilla and sweetness to start with the hop notes coming later. Nice hop finish that does match the 90 quite closely.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12oz. Pours a clear reddish amber with a slight head. Very lightly carbonated. A very tempered IPA, but the muted hops are rich and luscious. Flavors of fruit and some wood. A beer to sip and be savored. Thanks Beervana.
jefcon (1604) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding palate on this beer, as it comes back for encore upon encore during the sweet caramel, astringent, oaky finish. The beer itself is a brilliant mohogany/copper. Aromas of oak, caramelization and juniper, and otherwise reminiscent of the 90-minute. The hops and the alcohol are restrained by the oak and other hoppy complexities, and there is a rolling, sweet feel to the beer (even if it is a touch thin). A great addition to the DFH line.