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RATINGS: 1931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1762) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2015
A light orange pour with a fluffy white head. The aroma is hoppy and sweet. Flavor is strong. Lots of hops, a silky sweet body. Light finish with hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (707) - - JUN 23, 2015
Pours a somewhat cloudy dark copper-red with visible bubbles. A sudsy khaki head leaves some nice lacing. Beautiful piney hops ring out in the aroma. Sweet and malty, with a heavy oakiness. Like walking through a forest after a rain. Nice. The flavor stays true to the aroma. Oak is the leader, but I also pick up bright green apples and some dark fruit flavors and piney hop bitterness. Vibrant flavors, extremely well-balanced. Full-bodied; medium carbonation. Noticeable alcohol burn, but not one that clashed with the style.An excellent offering from DFH. I could easily have another. And another. And another. AGING NOTES: Bottled Oct. 16, 2009, tasted Nov. 11, 2010. Decided to open a single bottle of this I’d been aging to celebrate the premier of Brewmasters. After 18 months of aging, the oak emerges in force. Paired perfectly with orange peel, the vanilla character of the oak gives this an almost creamsicle character. The alcohol heat is still noticeable in the throat, but has rounded out nicely. The flavors are subdued a bit, but have melded. Wouldn’t say it’s improved, though. Better fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ctipping (364) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Medium amber with a cream head. Not so hoppy in the smell. Mostly malt and oak. Hops in the flavor, but mostly malt. A lot of oak. Exactly what I’d expect from an oak-aged IPA. I don’t detect a lot of alcohol, surprisingly. It has an astringency about it. Finishes with an oaky bite. Thick for an IPA, but appropriate for this particular style. A bit syrupy. Despite what it says on the bottle, this doesn’t age well. It needs the fresh hops to balance out the tremendous maltiness that it has.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2015
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is bold, rich, and malty with caramel notes, sweet sugary citrus, and a moderate burnt wood joining late. The beer is effervescent and viscous with a hazy.murky caramel orange hue, and a slightly off white, dense foam head that has good lace and retention. The full bodied beer strikes a nice balance at medium-high levels of bittersweet. The texture is viscous with a zippy carbonation and flavored with notes of wood, caramel, spice, and a light citrus that spikes at the finish as a tangerine with some spice as well as a nyquil hint. The aftertaste is big and bold with burnt bread, marmalade, and a clean spice that mellows quickly but it still has a moderate strength and length.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neurbob (41) - - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle. A: slightly cloudy reddish amber. Small head. S: Vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol. T: Quite sweet, rich, rather modest hops for an IPA. Mild carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Seannpc (89) - - JUN 8, 2015
Malty aroma, orange in color. Medium cloudiness, smooth start and light malty finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (636) - New York, USA - JUN 7, 2015
On tap at Barcade St Mark’s. Pours fairly clear orange brown color, white head. Aroma is citrus peel, some malty toffee notes, resinous pine. Flavor is super malty up front, toffee, caramel, some sweet dark fruits, citrus peel, oak, very Barleywine-esque. Lightly bitter finish. To me I’d call this an American Strong ale or Barleywine, which is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (632) - - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle to glass, dark orange. Small white head, lasting suds. Legs. Aroma is mildly hoppy, orange, the slightest of oak. Taste is mildly Smokey. Warming Spices, nutmeg, peet. I think the oak aging doesn’t quite add flavor to IPA’s the way it does to stouts. But, more importantly I think, it softens the harshness that many IPA’s have. This beer may have given me an epiphany on that thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
growler6 (61) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2015 Chewy, sticky, leathery, smokey, sour and tart. It’s very complex but finish is abrupt. Sourness in moderation throughout. Not a go beer but I do enjoy one every once in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Really attainable for a IIPA. The alcohol content is very well hidden. Citrus is upfront with a nice malt aftertaste.

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