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RATINGS: 1862   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 Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.

   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 it’s well balanced by a nice amount of grapefruit hops. At the finish, the sweetness prevails, but there’s a dryness all the way through. Worth trying again.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2587) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Melow wood aroma, no hop bite like I would expect. Perfect color, just barely amber, I wish My homebrewed IPA would turn out looking like this. tasted like a subdued 90 minute with a nice oak flavor. Mild hop bite, these varieties really match the woodsy flavor well, makes the hops not so bitter feeling. Has a smooth buttery mouth feel after the hops fade. I like it the more I drink it. Really fits my mental idea of an oak aged IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portland
Amber color, light head. The nose is woody & fresh with Amarillo. The flavor is nicely hoppy too with some sweet malts and hops. Very full & bitter with some well rounded flavors. I was expecting to be bludgeoned but it’s fairly cushy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Hazy copper with a small bumpy head, with good lacing. Aroma consists of malts, hops and some spicesThe taste was very sweet with a lot of oak in it with some spice and sweet malts. Some wood to it that mixes well with the hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Pours a dark golden color with a big white head. Citrus hops give this brew a big apricot flavor. The oak flavor in this brew was very subtle, I’m glad they didn’t try to overwhelm this with oakiness. caramel malts balance out the vast amount of hops added to the brew and a slight vanilla flavor shows with the oak. Very crisp with a nice mild dry finish. Very easy drinking for ten percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Picked up at Killearn Liquors, Tallahassee, Fl. - 12 oz bottle. Amber-orange pour, with a decent sized white head, thin lacing. Aroma has some floral accents with a bit of fruit - nectarines perhaps. Flavor has notes of fresh pine, nuts, a little bit of grapefruit, hints of spice and a touch of caramel. High ABV is hidden extremely well. Thick and rich mouthfeel. One of the better offerings from Dogfish Head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3019) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Poured carefully, crystal clear with a dull orange glow. Nose is interesting--some citric and floral hop character with a strong undertone of musty oak. Carbonation is very mild and this poured almost without head. Not as flavorful as I had hoped and definitely not as hoppy as expected. The alcohol burns a bit in the throat but overall this is a rather drinkable for the alcohol content. Some sweetness up front but finishes rather on the dry side. Those eighty IBU’s are definitely mellowed by the extended conditioning this went through, this isn’t more than slightly bitter in the finish. Nice fruity malt notes play along nicely with some barrel character. Solid. I should mention that this is the second bottle I’ve tried. The first I recall tasting quite a bit like a musty forest after a storm--not entirely pleasant. They were from the same four pack though and this one is good.

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