BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours amber with a frothy off-white head. Lively carbonation. Aroma is of hops, citrus, alcohol, and malt. Smells very juicy and delicious. Taste. Taste is initially all alcohol. After the alcohol settles on the tongue, a delicious bitter and sharp hop taste hits you. Notes of citrus, spice, and alcohol. Has a very nice malt backbone that is almost lost amongst the hop characters. This hops in this beer are oily beyond description. Finish is very hop. Goddamned delicious. Way better fresh. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2009
Deep ruby colored pour with light, off white head. Big aroma of resinous hops, some citrus, lots of caramel, maple syrup, molasses sweetness. Flavor is full of heavy, fresh hop bitterness. Citrus, flowers, and a slight woodiness. Lots of sweet malt undertones balanced by the furious hops. Some brown sugar.The body is huge and thick, some carbonaion. Not very boozey, either. Really delicious, really nice sipper. This beer is bad ass. BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
Had this for the first time at Firkin Fest 2009. It was the first beer I had...and the best. Being a fan of the regular Crooked Tree, I was intrigued by the authentic doubling of the recipe.
The result is, hands down, not only the best Imperial IPA I’ve ever had, but can imagine having. The hops have tossed off any thoughts of bitterness and embrace the religions of citrus and non-perfumey flowers. A mannish backbone of malt makes this beer thick and the best sippers around. The fact that it is unfiltered is just icing on the cake.
Dark Horse has become my favorite brewery in the States, thus far. I can find absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. There you have it. Cheers. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2009
Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso.
Pours a deep brown caramel color with a small off white head. Aroma is hops, fruit, citrus, malt, alcohol, brown sugar. Flavor is oily resinous hops, lots of malt, brown sugar, caramel, citrus. I really like how much malt was used to balance out the hops in this one. I hate to compare to dogfish 120, but this is somewhere between 90 and 120 except with superior hop profile to 90. Good stuff. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 TAP: opaque gold/brown pour, hops, citrus/fruit, yeast, and alcohol on the nose. Carbonation almost non-existent, good malt backing, pine/citrus hops, and some Belgian spice. Excellent beer.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2009
Snifter on cask at Dark Horse. The pour was ruddy amber with no head. Smell was overwhelmingly pine hops with traces of orange citrus and caramel. Taste is extremely resinous, like it’s flavored with concentrated hop oil instead of the flower itself. The lack of carbonation makes it feel more like a hop wine than a beer. An interesting experience, but I think I prefer my IPAs served up the boring ’Merican way. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bonus bottle from trade with Scoobydank. Pours a deep golden brown with a dirty white head. Nose is very fresh sweet hoppiness with hints of grapefruit. THe entry has a nice sweet malt back with spicy hop tones. Flavors continue to grow with notes of candy apple and a floral pine. Alcohol gets warmer through the drink. Mouth is really flat a little disappointing. syrupy with a slight bitterness. Well flavored DIPA! soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2009
12 oz bottle. Thought CT was ok, so I figured why not. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small white head that in typical DH fashion dies quickly. Smells of lots of citrus, some hops, and a bit of alcohol. Tastes of citrus, grapefruit I think, a fair bit of hops, and some alcohol. The taste is much weaker than I was expecting, though maybe I’ve been spoiled by Hopslam, Dreadnaught, and 90 min. Goes down fairly smoothly. Good, but not great, far from it. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark orange color with a compact off-white head. Huge hop aroma shows intense pine, resin, grapefruit nectar. Almost Dreadnaught-esque. Very nice blast of hops in the nose. Flavor is surprisingly drinkable, very well balanced with just a touch of alcohol heat. ABV is well hidden even with this fresh sample. This is probably more like a Barleywine but it’s certainly one of the best beers of this strength I’ve had. Significantly better than similar offers from DFH and Founder’s. sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 14, 2009
2009 bottle un-waxed. drank fresh. I will have to go back and re-rate this one after it gets some age on it. i know it can be way better. pours a super dark amber/red, almost brown. no real head to speak of. aroma is tons of malt and alcohol with just a little hop coming through. taste is the same with tons of roasted malts and no real hops on the tongue. finishes hot with alcohol and has a bittersweet aftertaste that lingers.