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RATINGS: 1823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 Jacksonís rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours deep amber, with the effervescence of orange hues. An eggshell head diminishes from a cap to a thin ring, leaving soapy lace. The nose contains sweet malt, dried fruits and tiny herbal notes, all earthen-oak enhanced. Well-bittered and nicely integrated into the overall flavor palate, the wood shines through lightly toasted malts and sticky pine sap. Some sweet toffee/caramel notes and a minor tart are present, with the Glacier hop predominance finishing off an earthy pull, lightly peppering the back-palate and lingering well. Alcohol warms the mouth after the end of the pull. This is certainly complex enough, with a mouthfeel on the crisper side (carbo levels) of oily, in lieu of a sticky palate. Again, very well integrated, and a definite "fork" on the traditional impy IPA. An interesting rate, and Iím glad I picked up a few so that I will be allowing the other to age to sample at a later date. If the character changes, I will re-rate accordingly. Nice job.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
teemoney (50) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Hazy orange/ amber color with soapy white head that sticks around. Smell has oak/ bourbon, dark fruits, and malts. Taste has some of the same, with some bitterness/ burn ib the finish. Medium bodied with a smooth/ creamy feel. Overall, certainly not offensive, but i kind of donít really know what to think about it. Pretty odd/ unique.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bruds (8) - - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
Initial aroma of hops and sweet bourbon. Initial flavor is sweet, slight booziness. Finishes strong with a strong mouthful of bourbon and finishes with hops on the palate. Very smooth IPA as Iím not usually a fan.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13841) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle @ Odense Get Together Short Notice, August-14. Pours cloudy copper with a white head. Orange, bread, caramel and marmelade. Very malty nose. Warming and rather hot flavor with notes of oak, sherry, thick caramel and alcohol. Lots of dried fruit. Full bodied. A nice sippable Barley Wine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Odense Late Summer Post-Munkekonge Whale Spotting Night. Dark golden with a lasting white head. Malty aroma with vineous alcohol and a hint of pine hops. Sweet malty flavour with plenty of alcohol, a touch of oak, and a mild hoppy finish. A pretty good, low-hopped American barley wine

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1686) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle picked up today at GBBF. Pours a dark reddy amber with a with head, Aroma is caramel, lightly funky trop fruit, orange, lemon... Medium body, medium carbonation. A light heat from booze, caramel, lightly sticky, light dark fruit, overripe trop fruit, light pepper, orange marmalade, pine, light woody resin. Nice balance. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizardking3 (95) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Pours copper. Smells fruity and very boozy to me. Tastes woody and fruity, alcohol is smoother than smell. Good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattyKakes (91) - Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Not for the weak hearted. This brew pours an amber color with nice head, and lacing. A burst of honey citrus oak comes thru. Itís strong, donít get me wrong. Very good barrel aged ale! Cheers!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sigh_borg (82) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with big head. Aroma is dominated by citrusy hops and barrel aged wood notes (oak and vanilla). Taste is super complex! Spicy, some maltiness, slightly bitter, and more of the barrel-aged aromas come through on the palate. I can feel and taste the slight burn of the high ABV, but itís not bad. Mouthfeel is bubbly and rich-- not syrupy at all. The balance between hops and other components is fabulous; not dominated by a single flavor or note. Love this one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2562) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 5/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, oak, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, light vanilla, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmykalH04 (35) - - JUL 19, 2014
Bottled 1/31/13 A poured vigorously. its a burnt orange with a 1 1/2 inch off white head. head dissipates in about a minute leaving a light lacing behind. S-Oak that is almost overpowering with some hops in the background and the sweetness of the malt bill T- seriously smooth not much hop character but i do pull oak and sweetness. M- almost feels as if it was pulled from a cask. smooth and rich with a medium body. O- This is an excellent oaked ipa but with the 6 month aged on the shelf i wonder what the hop profile is like fresh.


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