AirForceHops (2561) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Multiple samples @ Empire Brew Fest. 17th Anniversary…. Huge mango and passion fruit nose with hints of wood. Taste is slight malt sweetness, caramel and earthy hops with a tiny hint of citrus in the end. Mango shows up again with peaches dipped in caramel. The oak is really comes out after it warms. Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is soft. The bitterness is only a hint without any trace of the ABV to be found except for a slight warming feeling as it travels down your throat. This was a really nice treat at the Brew Fest, absolutely high end.
kevinator (671) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another home run for GD. Well balanced aroma of floral hops, a slight sweetness and oak. I’ve had this a while and it aged well. Nice copper color with a small head. Carbonation was below average, which worked well. Great blend of flavors with bitterness up front followed by mild malt tones. This had an earthy feel with the oak finishing out the flavors. Full and almost creamy palate. Great beer.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2013 17th Anniversary
A - Pours a clear amber copper. Great retention from the root beer foamed head. Average lacing.
S - Candied grapefruit flesh, canned pineapple, mango, wood, sweet vanilla
T - Big dose of rich caramel/toffee malt, maple, woody around the edges. The woody vanilla comes out more in the taste than the nose. Sweet tropical fruit in the background. Piney bitterness on the back end. Vanilla and wood on the finish.
M - Smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied.
The malts really shine here. The hops are there to do there job but take a backseat to the Malt, vanilla, and wood.
Serving type: bottle
Bottled on March 21 2012.
22oz. served in a snifter.
A - Pours a garnet hued copper with a fluffy off-white head that very slowly melts. Nice lacing.
S - Herbal grassy hops, oaky alcohol, robust caramel malt, bready yeast, almost get notes of cinnamon, wood is very mild.
T - Hop oils attack up front, herbal, pine wood, grapefruit pith, the wood seems raw and creates a bold combination with the hops. Big sweet toffee malt works with the oak to create a smokey bourbon like flavor. Finishes with green whole cone hop bitterness that follows through.
M - Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, lush and sticky feel.
The wood combined with the hops creates a coarseness that scraps across the palate but works if you like it rough. There’s a cotton candy like flavor in here that you would find in a single malt scotch and works nicely. A robust and sweet maltiness comforts the palate and blends very well with the wood. Head over heels better than last years anniversary.
Serving type: bottle
dogfishho (583) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
17th Anniversary on tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City. Pours a cloudy orange golden color with a thin head. The aroma is like a cedar closet with some bready malt. Very little hop aroma. On the palate it comes across like a delicious barley wine. The sweetness is toned down but there is a nice toffee caramel and toast profile. Pretty solid stuff.
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dfearnley (729) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to flute
Vanilla, bourbon, bready.
Slightly cloudy amber with a thin tan head. Taste is very malty, with, surprisingly subtle hoppiness. Great mouthfeel - oily and creamy with a pleasant alcohol bite at the end.
Ferris (1866) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 18th - Piney with some nice malt backbone. The wood is there although in the background, this bottle is 8 months old. Clear amber with a thick off white head. So very smooth and rich on the palate, with the ever so slightest alcohol warmth on the throat. Malts are forefront with the hops and bitterness coming in shortly after. More of a symphony of flavors all playing nicely rather than fighting. The oak really comes through with the malts adding a nice depth. Caramel, toffee a bit of alcohol are all there. Very nice.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
18th anniversary Bottle from Sprout’s Eastlake: Appeared as a dark dense golden honey with a fluffy cotton foam head up top. The nose is dominated by bread and whole wheat fragrances with no apparent aroma of the wood aging yet somehow the wood aging must have mellowed out and practically hides any trace of them. It isn’t until my first sip am I reminded that this is a Imperial IPA style because the hops in this beer deliver an immediate dosage of bitter hops while a secure backbone of malts holds this heavy hitting beer up. I say its heavy hitting because the alcohol is apparent but it can’t compare to the bold smoky flavor left behind that might be overly wood aged—IMO.
17th anniversary Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a dense golden liquid with a thin layer of foam head. As for the aroma, there was a slight hint of wood from the barrel-aging process with subtle notes of earthy hops. The flavor is subtle with the earthy bitter hops being smoothly refined by the wood barrel which has morphed this double IPA into a complex and sweet malty beer that suggests orange peel and honey.
A: 7 a: 3 f: 8 p: 4 o: 15
Ed5388 (1615) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle courtesy of my wife. 18th anniversary bottle. Pours a hazy copper with half finger white head. Lacing is chunky and sticky. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, pine, and oak. Taste is caramel, toffee, dry oak, grapefruit, mandarin, and some brown sugar and vanilla.
Toadvine (69) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber, 18th Anniversary, bottled on March 21, 2012. Pours a slightly opaque amber close to a caramel apple. Virtually no head. Aroma is pretty mellow, perhaps because of a year in the cellar. Taste is mellow and very even, no hot spots at all. Both the taste and aroma have subtle vanilla notes, with a nice hop finish. This beer aged very well. Spectacular.
HopheadJT (3) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Subtle oak aroma but overwhelmed by earthy citrus hops. Cloudy copper color with big yeast chunks covered with a thick white foam. Bold hop bitterness with a full body. Long lasting bitterness but delicious.