JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker brown color with a nice looking head. Aroma is dominated by some honey and chocolate along with some citra-piney hops. Flavor is a pretty good citra-pine hop dominated ball of mediocrity that gets a bit better with warmth. Some subtle chocolate and sugary-bready sweetness in there too. Decent mouthfeel. Not bad, just didn’t meet my expectations. I guess this one is closest to Stone 11th or Avery 14th anniv. without the hop forwardeyness.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber, almost cloudy brown color into the tulip with a head of tan that stuck around. A sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass. Immediatate scents of hops and chocolate rushed the nose with hints of malt and sugar. Tastes of some piney hops and and brown sugar are balanced well by the malt flavors. This beer seemed a little to harsh to me for some reason. I would like to cellar it for a while to see if it can smooth out. The alcohol was very apparent in the finish.
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is very hoppy with caramel. The appearance is dark with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with some citrus. The palate is smooth. Overall it’s quality but not all that enjoyable.
Palidor19 (3111) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
made with real pride. Strong and malty. Taste with really roasty flavors. The malts give a rich malty presence. Has a piney hop taste. this is one is for the serious critic.
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of apple juice mixed with lemon, then milk added to sour. Bitter but fruity- how the hell is that possible? Very puckerish palate. Too thick for me. Then again, I have a virgin palate for beer. Give me some more time to truly pop my hops.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The label on the bottle that I purchased in Chicago calls #100 a "Barley Wine Style Ale" and not a DIPA. I would tend to agree with that label since, although hoppy enough for a good IPA (80 IBUs), the wheat and chocolate malt in the grain bill really don’t fit the DIPA style. It’s dark brown of body (not very IPA-sh) with a touch of amber around the edges. The head is a creamy, tall tan affair that sheets the glass with slippery lace. The aroma is plenty hoppy with strong scents of pine, citrus zest, grapefruit, and bitter grasses. Beneath that is a sturdy malt, sweet and chewy. The hops win out in the flavor, although the malt (wheat and all [DIPA?]) provides a solid enough backbone to support it. The hops lose much of their distinctive flavors, merely providing a sharp bitterness that lasts long into the finish. I would lay this one down for a while to smooth that out, treating it like the balrley wine that it is striving to be.
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BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting...not at all what you would expect from a Barley-Wine. This one was very dark in color; brown with just the slightest inkling of red around the outer edges. The head was huge and tan in color...leaving a thick lacing that clung tight to the glass long after the beer had disappeared. The best word to describe this brew...UNIQUE. It was sweet, with caramel and toffee undertones. Not sure why they call this one an Imperial/Double IPA...it is listed as, and has the flavor profile of, a Barley-Wine. Very good beer and worth the high price of admission.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark pour with reddish brown hue when you hold it up to the light. Large, thick brown head. that leaves artistic lacing. Nose is hoppy malt. Basically smells like fruit and floral hops mixed with a caramel, toffee-like malt background...really interesting.Taste is huge hops, but they are integrated quite nicely into the sweet, chocolatey and toasty malt characters. The finish has a sweet, piney hop bite that I absolutely love. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation that dances on the tongue...instigaging the hops even more. Truly unique DIPA that I will buy more of.
TaktikMTL (6728) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Forte odeur de pin avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pin et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #1410)
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2008 Thick, whipped head coats a hazy oxide-hued body. Waves of orange and pine churn up curry spices and caramelised sugars. A big malty sweetness is almost immediately shredded by raspy citric acidity and a fat, lingering bitterness. Solidly build and creamy in texture with scrubbing carbonation.
Terrifically bold and aggressive, but it would survive with far fewer malts to let the hops really shine.
50 cl bottle, best before 27/03/2013.
Though I could tell through the bottle glass that this was not your standard gold to orange hued DIPA, I was still somewhat surprised by the dark brown colour and iron oxide edges. The head, however, was your run-of-the-mill monstrous, clingy, crema-like affair that makes lesser beers hide in shame. Moving on to the aroma, what can I say besides dank, dank, dank hops? Well, plenty more, in fact. Not only is there an abundance of dark and resinous hops playing off of bright and citric hops, but some delicious sweets such as red velvet cake, cocoa powder and toffee float about in the not-too-distant background. With a little warmth a pleasant oceanic minerality finds its way into the mix alongside sweet, fruity, pineapple-y esters. The flavour is strikingly sweet initially -- with elements of toffee, pure malt and chocolate -- but nigh instantaneously a towering wave of bright, hoppy bitterness comes crashing down onto the palate. Washing through to the finish, the hop crunch grows into a mighty resinous bite. Wonderful citric retronasal, with a hint of chocolate, something like those chocolate orange wedges. Spicy acidity throughout fits like a glove. With more warmth star anise and some clove pop up. The aftertaste is continually building and refuses to dissipate. A light saltiness makes its way into the flavour and the aroma of old textbooks comes across softly. And...and...Jaffa, orange Jaffa. Striking full-ish body, complimented by a velvety texture and lively carbonation that feels rather fine and soft. A great deal of sweetness is lost as the beer approaches room temperature. Chocolate marshmallows and pine needles are the last new aromas I detect, plums and dark rum as the last new flavours. Not the hoppiest beer I’ve ever had, but it’s executed very well and seems far bigger than the stated 80 ibu’s, likely due to the enormous hop aroma. An interesting malt character as well, quite a beer all the way around. (8, 4, 8, 4, 18 = 4.2)