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RATINGS: 1919   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Great copper amber color, very active carbonation, custard color fluffy head and very nice lacing. Aroma has strong grapefruit hops, but also an amazing balance. Malt and an earthy woody aroma is a great counter to the hop bitterness. The flavor is quite full. Bitter floral hop flavors. Very smooth and mild but with a hop kick. Very nice finish, beer has a plesant earthyness and woodyness. Thanks to hopdog for this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21282) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2005
Bottled, thanks JCW! Clear amber, small head. Sweet with notes of passion fruit and lychee. There’s candy sugar and peppery alcohol as well as plum brandy and some fruity apples. Intriguing and complex, but too sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Thanks to Sammy. Oakey, kind of belgian fruity, spicy. Flavor is fruity with a bit of barleywine going on. Tingly hop finish. Sweet sticky malt. Not a DIPA but nice!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2005
Thanks for the trade Squidswillbsquids (shane). Hoppy and smooth, blend of I believe 90 minute and something else. Boozy. Light orange with big head. Nicely carbonated. Crisp, and yet oak ageing. Long aftertaste. Great with a meal. Well balanced, well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Amber color, slightly opaque - aroma of herbs and wood. Several flavors make this beer lively - hops, nuts, wood, herbs, spices , malts and then more hops. The oak becomes more apparent as it warms I think. Smooth on the palate and crisp. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle poured a hazy copper with a creamy looking light amber head. Aromas of light hops, leather, hint of oak, and some unidentifiable vegtal smell. Very smooth palate. Flavors of carmel, light hops, pepper with a dry mellow bitter finish. Didnt really notice any oak character. Should have used American oak.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Nice reddish gold. Creamy off-white head. Hoppy cherrywood aroma with strawberries. Smooth leather and light DFH 90 hops. Really nice and smooth version of the 90. Update 3/19/2006 - I updated my numbers.... but need to update my description since I’ve swilled a couple since my original rating. This beer is great. I’ll be buying it every year its available.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle, clear amber pour. Nice hoppy aroma with hints of burbon, oak, tiny bits of vanilla, and alcohol. Sweet medium body, with lots of malt and more of that oak and wood. Really nice mouthfeel - a very dangerous brew. Man is it smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Deep amber golden. Light oaky hop aroma. Medium-low intensity. Some vegetal stink there as well. Oak is much more prominent in the flavor. Doesn’t come across as particularly hoppy (or alcoholic for that matter) Sweetish finish. Not particularly cohesive or well-integrated. Not offensive by any means, but I’m not thrilled either.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Pour clear amber with a nice tan head...smell is hoppy with resin, definate oak, some citrus...taste is intensely sweet with citrus, vanilla, alcohol...not as impressive as I’d thought...sticky finish...


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