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RATINGS: 1861   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 Jacksonís rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4pack of 12ozís $13.57. Smells of sweetened oak then extremely light hops although the hops are extremely present but well hidden. Pours a very bright amber with a thick head and very bubbly; very. The in mouth feel is medium thick and a bit syrupy but all for the better as it is not very thick or even extremely thick. The flavour is amazing and itís complexity is WOW. I taste no hops at all yet this is what I do taste; a possibly charred oak flavour with sweetness and absolutely NO alchohol as it is hidden by a honey-ish wood flavor. The finish is very sweet and and a great thick coating on the palate. Possibly the most complex brew I have had and with absolutely NO taste of bitterness. Will buy again when available. I can have any brew I ask for thanks to Randy my new hookup for craft brews anything at or under 13 ABV% Even if not supposedly available in the entire state.....he is a true hook up. In which I say thanks Randy!! Look for the nuclear green top with the tradiational Dogfish Head Symbol in a black triangle....itíll blow you away....or maybe change your mind. Although he special ordered this for me and there is none available at the time it is amazing!!!!! A perfect 5 rating!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2300) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2007
sweet malty aroma hits the nose as this brew boils and rolls into its head. the malty sweetness is nearly overpowering but never seems to annoy (aaahhh this must mean vanilla) . this beer at one time had the unwelcomed taste of straw. now it has been morphed into a similar taste that complements the downplaying bitter tastes of the hops... which are there! there is a quality alcohol presence that cannot be ignored. i believe that many of us have thought out the possibilities of a beer like this being created specifically to educate all alcohol efficianados that beer is the king and has been for thousands of years... congratulations dog fish you have created a work that cannot be surpassed!! understand i rate this not as a perfect ipa (that might be questioned even by myself) but in general as a perfect creation in brewing. i can tell you that the finish on this brew is as good as cognac,brandy and port finishes costing hundreds of dollars a botlle.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Originally reviewed July 5th, 2008. Revisited on June 16th, 2009 in honor of Rob Mangold who gave a 4 pack as a gift. Cheers, Rob! ABV: 10% RateBeer rating: 94 Calories: estimated at 200 C Volume: 12 fl oz. Glass: snifter, tulip Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay and Matt!) Price: $4.99 Consumed at: home Tanka: the fireís been lit the devilís red eyes the clean smell after phys ed biting, shocking, hot live circuit completes in mouth and lights you up so brightly aroma 10 out of 10 visuals 5 out of 5 taste 10 out of 10 palate 5 out of 5 overall 20 out of 20

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2009
One huge remarkable beer. I could tell from the second I uncapped this one that this was going to be mighty tasty. Maltier than many double-Iís Iíve tried with robust hops from start to finish.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
milehighmounty (1) - , California, USA - JUN 22, 2010 does not count
4-pack, bottles. I loved this beer. Something about the oak flavors from the aging process, mixed with the clarity of the 90 minute IPA that made this beer shine. It really is a beer that drinks like a fine wine. Perfection in a bottle, and one of the top five beers Iíve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Baltimore_Mike (1) - Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2012 does not count
I have to give this a perfect score, but then again I am a sucker for barral aged beers. Smooth, delicious, great finish, honestly I canít find a single thing wrong with this beer. One of my personal top 5s.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Best beer from Dogfish. Smooth vanilla with tons of hops. Oak barrel aging shows through on the mouth. Pours with no head, smells similar to a bourbon. High ABU but goes down quickly.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2013
I could drink this from October to April. Not really imperial IPA and not really barley wine, the flavor is well described by dogfishead. The soft wood aged flavors are what make this beer, mellowing of the hops as should be expected.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bazinga (1) - - AUG 8, 2013 does not count
One of the best beers I have had. Awesomeness!!!!!!� via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
julesjis (150) - Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle from Whole Foods. Aroma is very unassuming, like a prelude to an easy drinking beer. Taste is a bit hoppy (floral) on the tongue but not overly sweet, overly piney or overly floral. It is just there with some hints of vanilla. Aftertaste is ever so slightly bitter with a hint of the 10%. This is the most perfectly balanced beer. I really enjoyed this one!


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