Iphonephan (2603) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle at home. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick off white head. Floral hop aroma. Oily mouthfeel. Flavors of citrus and grass, with a strong malt backbone. Bitter finish.
mansquito (3025) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Irish Pol, tap: Pours brownish with whitish head. Aroma is caramel malt and some citrus hoppiness. Taste is citrus hops, but in tragically short quantity. Malt takes over. Some people compared this to a badly aged DIPA. I wouldnít agree 100%, but Iíll be honest that the analogy is not far off. No excuse for this coming on tap... or maybe there is.
JHeath99 (421) - - JUN 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours dark amber. Citrus aroma and taste. Slight bitter at end. Finish of grapefruit. Nice balanced beer.
Nejhleader (1167) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bit of a nice pine hop aroma. Taste is of caramel malts blended with some bitter hops. Nice creamy body. bit of a pine aftertaste, pretty good.
AxlLives (284) - Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours amber-orange, clear, with medium white head. Orange, caramel, vanilla, malts on the nose. Taste is nice orange, with clover honey, bit of bittering hops, good malt base, long finish. Medium-full bodied with balance.
MattShizzle (532) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep copper - mostly clear. Strong hoppy flavor. Quite good - strong flavor - pretty hoppy but alcohol/malt overwhelms it somewhat.
KornDogg (519) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Fruit and Resin aroma. Hazy golden body with thin dissipating head, nice lacing. Flavor begins sweet, with hints of raisins and fruit followed by floral, pine and hop notes. A sweet caramel finish with a bitter aftertaste.
Emeister84 (661) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrusy, piney, toasty, caramel, and nutty aromas. Peach-orange-copper with a rapidly fading, off-white head. Off-dry with fruity flavors redolent of oranges and peaches, and subtle vanilla, and balanced by a grasping bitterness. Medium body, lively carbonation, and with a lingering finish that includes notes of dry cherries, nuts, and orange peel, with a slight bit of booze as well.
kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper body with a small off-white head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is not especially intense on the hops, this one is more of a balanced IIPA, which isnít really my thing. Thereís some citrusy and resiny hops, but also a lot of heavy caramel malt that actually shows through a bit more than the hops. The flavor is even more unbalanced towards the malt. Lots of caramel and burnt caramel sweetness that dominates the fairly tame resiny hops. This just isnít what I want from an IIPA. Medium bodied with a chewy texture thanks to all the residual sweetness. Soft gentle carbonation. This one just wasnít my thing.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reviewed 3/8/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. Retention is pretty good given its alcohol content, and the lacing left behind is nice looking as well.
S: Malty. Thereís a lot of caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar in the malt backbone, weakly supported by some faint piny hops. Maybe thereís a touch of weed here as well. DuClawís typical yeast profile comes across less peppery and more...dare I say cardboard-like? Not sure about the age of this one, but Iím not impressed regardless.
T: Hops are very faint here, except perhaps a faint bitter bite on the finish. This one is very much a malty DIPA, and a sweet one as well. At first, there are a surprising amount of plum-like qualities, which will eventually give way to a sweet caramel midtaste. It finishes with only faint piny hops, a sensation badly overpowered by heavy-handed brown sugar and orange sweetness. Good gawd, this is sweet, even cloying; and it can NOT get away with it the way Misery did.
M: The body is really creamy, thick, and syrupy. As a barleywine, the texture works well - but this is a DIPA, so itís just overbearingly difficult to sip (for the record, I donít like most malty DIPAs). The hops cleanse the palate only enough to expose some boozy qualities, without really hiding much of the sweetness or giving the body extra drinkability.
O: A poor DIPA; a passable barleywine/strong ale. Iíll be fair to it - the flavor profile screams "badly aged DIPA" to me. Itís not drainpour bad, but itís going to take a long time to put this one down. Itís just WAY too sweet for my tastes.