John25 (489) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 bottle experiment. 1 - 12/2012 2 - 3/2014 --- same amber brown color but the aged bottle didn’t have a head at all, while the fresh one had a fluffy 2 finger off white head. The aged one was malt forward with the barrel present and absolutely zero hop flavor. The fresh one had a malty backbone with a strong piney hop flavor and orange citrus with much higher carb. The older bottle was not flat at all though and aged very well. It was very enjoyable and a little syrupy. The fresh bottle had a bigger punch to it. Overall, fresh is better, but the age made it different, not worse. -- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
RussianDragon (467) - - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Christpuncher (1162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
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Darkmagus82 (1189) - - MAY 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
coyforce (608) - Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice sweetness on this brew. Flavor is bready with a sweet aftertaste. Light woodsy notes are left.
Cousin_Larry (327) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love pretty much everything from Dogfishhead. This one is no exception. Maybe the best imperial IPA I’ve had to date.
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
esp0r (1974) - NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Ester_ (106) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dbeatdano (54) - - MAY 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.