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RATINGS: 1897   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.


Hopsclation's rating

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - APR 23, 2013
Fantastic, but only if you like american style barlywine’s because that is what it tastes like. Dominant flavors are honey, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, cracked peanut shells, and orange peel. Very sweet, very complex, very awesome...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeke626 (439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2015
Draft @ World of Beer in Washington DC. Pours a clear amber-brown body with a white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with some fruit and caramel malts. Taste is similar with more spice/pepper notes. Nice lingering hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (591) - Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2015
Pour from bottle, cloudy brown with off-white head. Fruity woody aroma. Some malty sweetness, bitter oakey "warm’ alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with small white head. Nose is malty with pine hops. Medium body, pleasant bitter finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BiiruBierBeer (468) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2015
Mostly hop smell with some malt. Taste is pretty much the same. Light to medium body, medium to high carbonation, and some foam.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paleomau (4) - - APR 15, 2015 does not count
Cerveza perfectamente balanceada para la potencia de alcohol que posee. El amargor my bien logrado se mezcla perfectamente con las notas de la madera. Mejora con la temperatura hasta cierto grado.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
George999 (210) - Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2015
From the tap the pour is slightly cloudy auburn to brown in color, aroma is hoppy a hint of citrus, taste is hoppy finish is carmel a little vanilla and bits of spice, finish is smooth

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (752) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle in taster. Cloudy orange, small off-white head. Nose is nice caramel and pine hops, vanilla. Smooth body, medium carbonation. Oily, medium sweetness, moderate bitterness. Vanilla finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabah (152) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
This is a hard core beer! I appreciated the overall quality of the brew, but didn’t fall in love with the taste, otherwise I would have rated it slightly higher. Meant for sipping @ 10% ABV. Has a strong flavor that consists mainly of oak and hops backed my some light fruity flavors. Medium brown/copper color with thick body and decent amount of carbination. Not sure if it’s worth $3-4 a beer, but as with a lot of those DFH 4-packs, you are paying a little bit of a premium to sample the uniqueness of the beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (100) - Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2015
Aromas are varied and a bit subtle - hops are pine and citrus and fruit and just a bit subdued (not a pine/citrus hop bomb), some fruit and honey, a little light caramel malt, some dough and a subtle spiciness, presumably from the oak. Amber color, just a slight cloudiness and a slight off-white head. Taste is fairly sweet, with a complex, sweet bitterness. Body is medium, texture is fairly oily for an IPA and a bit slick also. Carbonation is average and the finish is long and sweet, bitter and spicy. Overall I like this quite a bit; it has a lot of strengths and complexity - spruce, fruit, bread, honey, caramel, spice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (811) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
12oz bottle. Bottles 03/04/14. Pours a great copper/orange colour with a thin, bubbly ring of a head. Aroma is bold with barrel notes, vanilla, mild alcohol, fruityness, caramel, and hints of pine and resin. Very nice. Taste is a strong, but balanced bitter. Starts out with smooth resin and pine, then sweet caramel and bread, notes of alcohol, vanilla, and wood, then ends in a warm, alcohol. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Syrupy/Resiny texture with a dry finish. Overall a really nice sipping beer. Smooth, sweet notes blended together well.


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