WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque orange amber color. Thin off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is complex, with dominant citrus and floral hop notes. Flavor is even more complex, with some very sweet caramel notes balancing out the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly viscous but very smooth and hides the alcohol well. Absolutely outstanding. I can only imagine what it would have been like fresh.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Aged about 2 years in the bottle. Very citrus, floral, sweet and alcoholic aroma. Hazy orange with an off white thick head leaving some nice lace. The flavor is big in every way, sweet, bitter, and strong alcohol. Thick mouth feel. Very intense beer, like others have stated almost more of a barley wine, but maybe thatís the aging coming through.
topherh (1916) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my cellar. Pours a murky amber. Big pineapple citrus hops and caramel malt. Flavor is still dominated by citrusy hops pineapple, grapefruit and some nice sweetness. Several more years nd this might be a nice BW.
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hi-Time. Never got the chance to try this one fresh but one that I wished I did so an aged bottle was my last opportunity. Pours a reddish-copper color with a relatively thick off-white head that fades. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some toffee and some hops showing in the way of pine and resin. Lots of caramel malty and citrusy flavors, orange peel, maybe even some mango with some hops that are very resiny, a little oily, some grapefruit as well. Obviously the hops have faded but they were still sharper than I expected from a 2 1/2 year old bottle. This is no doubt totally different than it was fresh, drinking more like an American Barleywine now, but still very good and aged pretty well. I wish I could comment on how it was fresh.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Thanks Craig. Seriously. Canít believe Iím drinking another one of these. This beer single handedly changed my perspective on beer. Clear amber, sticky head, lots of lacing. Malt is more caramel forward, hops are earthy. Yup. Maybe itís the romantic nostalgia, but THIS BEER has a special place in my liver. It showed me that hoppy and bitter can be tasty and complex. It opened up IPAs to me, and for that matter, every other style that was previously intimidating or offensive.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance- Nice light orange-red color; frothy white head that was mostly lasting, beautiful, intricate lacing that lingers throughout
Smell- Very pleasant hoppy and sweet aroma, strong citrus tones
Taste- First taste characterized by citrus consistent with aroma, heavy grapefruit emphasis, well balanced hoppiness nicely balanced by light malts
Mouthfeel- Medium body, syrupy/oily texture, soft carbonation
Drinkability- Very drinkable double-hopped IPA. The smooth citrus profile plays well with the extra hoppiness.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. Bottle. Iím a big fan of this one. First off, this is much more like a barley wine at this point than an IPA. I think itís better now than it was fresh. Pours a sparkling reddish copper with a tan head. Great lacing and retention. Aroma is fantastically caramely and a bit buttery with a slight hop twang. The flavor has tons of caramel thatís perfectly balanced by citrus and pine hoppiness. Not particularly complex, but incredibly smooth and balanced. Finishes with a nice bitter bite. Chewy with low carbonation. One of my favorites and Iíll be sad to see it go.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle many thanks to ang at chris oís teabag for 2009 tasting. Alround rating: The aroma is really malty caramalt, but becomes fresher and hoppier as it wakes up. Taste is similar, but you can still taste the citrusy lychee goodness. Tasty stuff, would have been mindblowing when it was fresh i dont doubt.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris Oís pre NYE tasting. Hazy amber with a faint off white topping. Just about hanging onto the hops but age is certainly catching up. Aromatic and sharp notes make me wonder how this would have been fresh. Loads of caramel and some good bitterness in the finish with some late floral hits. Old, but still very good.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler (Sampled 01/19/08) . Pours a slightly murky two tone amber orange with some lively bubbles. Aromas of pineapple, floral hops that tickle the nose, and a faint hint of some sweet caramel. Wonderful nose! Nice sweet tropical fruit flavors with a hoppy overtone. Very light pine tones. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste but you can feel it. Mouth is super smooth with a light but full dry and bitter finish. Excellent DIPA! I think this would of been better fresh but it is still wonderful!