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.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
fresh bottle from NJ. Tasty and drinkable beer. Retained head, cloudy body. Well done.
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear orange with a medium frothy white head. Aromas are pine and citrus with just a hint of earthy/spicy hops that seemed to pop a bit more right after pour and then they faded quite a bit. Flavor has a nice bunch of hops and a mediocre grain presence. As for the hops, they provide a nice bitter punch and a fairly good copy of the nose aromas... lots of resin and grapefruit peel. The malt body is a little flawed though... itís not awful, but it does have a kind of grain dust edge to it (like when you are in a silo or something) that is a little chewier than I would like. ABV is a nice throat-warming (but not hot) addition.
John25 (141) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy orange, small off white head. Aroma is citrus and pine, with a funky yeast presence. The taste has a strong caramel malt note at first that gives way to extreme hop bitterness and pine. Wet, semi-sticky palate, medium carb. Overall, ok but too much of a tangy weird bite in the flavor.
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r464 (1738) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lots of hops, thatís for sure. But a huge grapefruit and other citrus flavor mixes with a bit of a medicine like quality.
vtafro (2331) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Golden pour with some white bubbles. Some sweetness and hints of spice and herbal hops. Too sweet for an ipa, very malt sugar, has some bittering tones.
annunz123 (799) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some caramel and lots of pine/citrus hops in the aroma. Flavor starts with a solid caramel base beer, with some bitter hops and drying alcohol finish. Not the best double IPA you can find, but a fine beer.
merc7186 (1665) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Malty, Mildly Piney, Mildly Citrusy
Appearance: Hazy Golden Straw/Mildly Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Decent Lacing
Taste: Malty, Mango, Pineapple, Mildly Grapefruit
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Drying
jdb288 (285) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma - floral, citrus, funk
Appearance - amber,clear, minimal head
Taste - light bodied, sweet, slightly bitter finish
Palate - light carbonation, sticky sweet with pear, citrus, honey notes. Reminds me of 120 without the overwhelming sweetness and ABV punch. Not bad.
Beergeek23322 (1955) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/13/2013. On tap, sampled at the brewpub at Arundel Mills. Dark amber color with a white head. Hoppy aromas with citrus, caramel and resins. A bit alcohol burn on the finish, but otherwise pretty good.
keepersj12 (2512) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice beer. Pours Amber with a thin head. The aroma is malty sweet with a bit of bread and some wood. The flavor has the sweet malt, a bit of wood and a nice bit of bitter hops. No alcohol to be found until you have to get up.
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