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RATINGS: 1821   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (420) - - MAY 25, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with lasting bone white head and lacing. Aroma is aggressive: hops, malt and oak in the background. Flavor is 90 minute IPA bitterness with oak sweetness. Clean bitter finish. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (1099) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Love this barrel aged ipa. Got a nice hoppy and bourbon taste with a bitter finish. Strong alcohol flavor and bitter taste. Had at home ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (860) - - MAY 23, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-13-12 - Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass Appearance – Poured a hazy orange-red color with a thick off-white head. The head was quite persistent and faded slowly to give good lacing. Smell – Sweet aromas of toffee and orange are most potent. There are bits of banana and some roasted woody smells all mixed with a bready smell. A slight bit of alcohol is also present as well. It all gives a very nice aroma overall. Taste – A citrus hop flavor, mainly orange and lemon in nature, is the most potent and prevalent. It is quite a bit stronger then the nose would have suggested. There is a nice body of wheat bread mixed with a woodsy roasted flavor. Toward the end there is a big hit of alcohol flavor. While warming, it doesn’t really mix well with the orange/wheat/oak flavors and results in a somewhat off putting aftertaste. Mouthfeel – Rather thick and creamy, it coats the tongue quite nicely. The carbonation is just a tad too high for the body though and never really lets the creaminess sit on the tongue. Overall – Alright, but would likely not do again as its not really worth its price. It had a nice nose and some nice flavors, but the alcohol taste at the end and the not quite right mouthfeel would likely prevent me from having this beer again

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coyforce (598) - Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Nice sweetness on this brew. Flavor is bready with a sweet aftertaste. Light woodsy notes are left.

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cousin_Larry (310) - - MAY 18, 2014
I love pretty much everything from Dogfishhead. This one is no exception. Maybe the best imperial IPA I’ve had to date.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Cavity search came up with nothing. Damn tasty stuffs. Fragrant - peach water, sugary caramel, thick barley wine ideas, green, lightly toasted marshmallow popped up for a small time, gotta move on to flavour as it’s freaking hard not to just blast through this glass. Slick lightly oily concoction, every sip is pure enjoyment. Sort of peachy, faint alc pepper thing, savory sweet fruit, lemon, peach, light faded zip, wonderful. I’m out of beer. This was great cold and totally changed as it warmed lots to a different form of goodness. I like tits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (1944) - NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle shared at the daje reaches 2000 ratings sessions
Copper clear, small white head. Smell of malts, honey, piny hops, some hints of citrus. Medium to heavy sweet, quite fruity, more pine, some citrus as well; quite sirupy texture. Heavy bitter, alot of resins

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ester_ (98) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Amber color with a medium foam collar. Aromas of biscuits, spices, wood, aromatic and resinous hops, chocolate and yellow fruits. Flavors of malt, oak, spices, chocolate, aromatic and resinous hops, a little bit of alcohol. Couleur ambrée avec un col de mousse moyen. Arômes de biscuits, épices, bois, houblons aromatiques et résineux, chocolat et fruits jaunes. Saveurs de malt, chêne, épices, chocolat, houblons aromatiques et résineux, un peu d’alcool.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbeatdano (46) - - MAY 3, 2014
Pour from bottle is red amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma is pine sap, grapefruity citrus hops, toasted biscotti, sweet malt, and a musty, earthy background. Also has a touch of boozy burn in the nose. The taste is very sweet up front with pleasant fruity citrus bitter finish. Very good balance and very crisp, clean flavors. Can taste the influence of the barrel on the flavor as you sip more. Palate is nice and full, not thin and watery. Fizzy carbonation, bready mouthfeel, and a nice long bittersweet finish make this IPA one of the greats. Nice complexity, definitely not a sessionable beer, have to really sit down with this one to fully enjoy it. Right up there with Dreadnaught.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
This one is a treat. The illusive Dogfish Head is exiting to chase, and this paid off. A hard beer to pin down, it hits you with the double IPA side of things, strong piney and citrus flavors from the hops meeting a pilsner malt that really makes this one stand out.


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