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RATINGS: 1833   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
OK, this was wierd. Been wanting to sample it since I first heard about it. Copper amber color, clear, decent head. Aroma was powerful, woodsy and spicy, with an almost medicinal note. Yup, it smelled like a hospital. Flavor was very challenging. Definite wood flavor, spicy hops, notes of thyme and rosemary were abundant. Still a medicinal note as well in the flavor. As complex as the flavors were, there was absolutely no subtlety in any of them. Each flavor smacked me like a brick in the forehead. In the end, I really appreciated the experiment, but simply didn’t like the beer. Could be interesting to age though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Small offwhite head, fair retention and a thin stringy lace. Clear, aged copper color. Sweet malts in the nose wth laid back citrusy hops and a touch of lumber. Medium bodied, lightly coating. Notes of fig, sweet malts along with light vinous(grapey) and woody notes. Finish is medium sweet and quick. An interesting beer though fairly tame. Easy drinkin for a 10%er.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Happy to get to try this. Pours a deep amber with a minimal off white head. The aroma is marked by sweet malt, and lite, lite grass/citrus peal hops. The flavor is lite creamy malts, sweetness, hay. Very mellow hops (definitely muted from the barrel). Ending sweet and pine like. Creamy and coating thru and thru. I bet this would be AWESOME poured right out of a cask! Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2005
pours a bright orange color with a really excellent nose, caramel, hop, really nice. flavor is strange in the way it develops. it starts smooth and silky, becomes thick and slightly alcoholic and then finishes harsh and astringent. this is unlike anything i’ve ever had, but i don’t think it deserves some of the negative reviews it is getting. i agree it is not the 90 minute but without experimentation, we’d still be living in caves. Personally, I hope DFH continues its adventurous ways!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2005
carmel, pepper, plum, light smoke on the nose. velvety mouthfeel. scotch, smoke, resin/pretty dry, light sweetness, punchy hops and really bitter. i think this beer needs a couple years of aging to bring out more of the complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Maddog (392) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
For what I expected, especially coming from Dogfish, I was pretty disappointed. I thought this Imperial IPA would blow me away. It fell way short. It lacked body, malty flavors, and most importantly a hop presence. The initial hop nose was its greatest attribute, but it went downhill from there. Maybe, it shouldn’t have been blended down by 90 min. Don’t get me wrong, relative to most other beers, it is good, but when you label a beer an Imperial IPA, it better knock my socks off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2005
12 oz bottle. What a joke. This is an experiment gone wrong and what do they do instead of throwing it out? They blend it with 90 minute to mask the garbage that is the other half. I can respect them for wanting to make some money and not just throw away the batch, but still, this beer is about 50% hype and the other 50% is riding on 90 minute’s good name. I poured the last third of the bottle down the drain in disgust. Please don’t put this crap in my 90 minute, thank you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2005
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 doesn’t do that much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2005
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.

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