Headbanger (3280) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle 1/13/10 (RSRIZZO’s Winter Gathering courtesy of BeerandBlues2)-Pours a hazy orangish amber with no head. Aroma of sweetness, hops, and grapefruit. Taste of the same with alcohol. This light to medium bodied brew is past its prime.
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to a friend for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy brown color with no real head. The aroma is very sweet, with some pine and orange notes coming through from the hops. There is also a strong molasses character in the aroma, which I can’t really explain. The flavor is also interesting. There is a lot of alcohol and sweetness, similar to an aged barleywine. I also get some molasses, leather and tobacco character. There is a strong toffee malt backbone, as well as some faint pine and orange notes from the long-faded hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. As expected, this 6-year-old Double IPA has become more of a barleywine, but I am still excited I got to try it. Now, if I could just track down a Divine Reserve No. 1 I would have tried all 12 in the series.
Errl (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to mar) Pour is amber with no head..Nose is caramel malts, leather, spice, alcohol..Taste is spice, toffee, malts, leather, caramel..This sitting so long turned it into a barley wine pretty much.
UDBeernut (1673) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9 year old bottle. props to sloth, fly, Kaggie97, via coldbrewky. same burnt orange hue with slight ruby tones. no head jsut foam on the edges. sweet caramel nose with dark fruit. bigger body than the #11. caramel still melts around the mouth. Hop flavor has fadded, but bitterness remains at the same level.
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the slob/sloth and Fly/Kaggie for getting me this brew. Consumed directly after the 11. Yes for nine years old it is a bit faded but still quite consumable. Light malty nose...some plum. Up front it is a bit bigger than the 11. It is a hop mirage at this point...bitterness is still there but not overtly detectable as hop bitterness. A light tinny finish punctuates the even and long mouthfeel that is reminiscent of an English Barley wine. Groovy.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearly well passed its prime. This beer still had some really nice rich malts and deep hoppy shadow of something that was likely better once.
Koelschtrinker (10480) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Süßlicher Hopfengeruch, eher mild. Sehr aromatisch-hopfiger Antrunk, den ich nur in abgeschwächter Form erwartet hätte. Der Alkohol ist hier bereits erkennbar. Sehr aromatisch und wichtig auch ausgeglichen, stark, sehr malzig werdend. Cremig, der Abgang ist etwas weniger würzig aber weiterhin noch stark aromatisch. Weiter angenehm, insgesamt milder werdend, bis noch eine süßliche Note bleibt. Etwas gealtertes Auftreten. Vielen Dank an den Doppelbock! 10/12/10/13/12/12
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured this 2 years after it was bottled 9/11/2008, wish I would have remembered it was a double ipa before now. Pours a cloudy murky deep amber without much of a head. The aroma has got some citrusy grapefruity hops left in it and some strong caramel malt in there as well. Taste is about the same as the smell. The hops are there, but not in your face like most big ipa’s. Taste is grapefruit, caramel, pine and resin. I’ll bet this was a monster fresh. Creamy tart mouthfeel, thick body, ample carbonation. I would have loved to try this fresher but it somehow got lost in my cellar. Good brew that I’ll bet was great a couple of years ago.
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the saint Arnold divine reserve vertical tasting @ the common table on Dallas. This beer pours a golden amber with little to no head. The aromas are citrus, closet aromas and dough. The mouthfeel is sticky, bitter and not as hoppy considering its age. It has q little more acidity and less hop in the mouth. I liked it. Cheers!
brokensail (10785) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a burnt orange/copper color with a nice white head.
S: Sort of what you would expect from an old DIPA...oranges, sugar, and sweet malts. There’s also some vanilla, which is sort of surprisingly.
T: Still a really nice bitterness to this beer, which is surprising after such a long time. A semi-sweet malt character, oranges, orange peels, and again the hint of vanilla.
M: Medium body with a fairly lively level of carbonation.
D: One of the better beers of the series, actually. This is sort of along the lines of how Stone 10th is now.