Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Bottled 2003: Light amber/orange color with a small head. Aroma of alcohol, sweet candy malts and hops. Flavor is really sweet, and a little syrupy. Not much alcohol taste and the hops don?t seem that strong to me either. Pretty good but its hard to drink the whole bottle. Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Lots and lots of hops. But too sweet by far. This beer just doesn’t work as a whole. The hops come across harsh, and the malt cloying. The balance is not met. Still, I will have to say that it works better than I anticipated a beer at the abv would. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Bottle: Extremely sweet aroma with hops. Kind of citrusy. Pours an amber with a small white head. Flavor is extremely sweet. So sweet that hops struggle to come through. Needs to be hoppier to combat the sweetness. Very smooth for the high alcohol content. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish. No burn because that’s probably covered up by the sweetness too. It’s ok and something worth trying once and maybe revisiting every few years...more of a novelty beer in my opinion. jp1320 (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2004 does not count
Great Brew, and a killer buzz. I was really impressed and even more shocked when I learned the alc. content. Shame its $8 a bottle Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Bottle. The notch on it floats between 04 and 05. Poured into my ommegang chalice. Delightful deep amber color. Head is small and dies quickly but leaves lacing to entice the spirit. Aroma of apples and screwdrivers(!). Now the plunge..for the taste. The heavens burst forth! A heavenly host flies down, a choir of angels sings triumphant and blast on trumpets as Jesus himself comes down to bless the bitter sensing tastebuds of my mouth. 5th sip taken 10 minutes in....already my legs tingle and my cheeks feel flushed. The thickness and hoppyness and deliciousness and dankness are almost too much to stand. I bow before Dogfish Head for creating such a heavenly and yet so devilish brew. C’mon cowboy light your fire...
TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2009 Draft: Glossy gold. Stark white foam yields healthy lacework. Airy aroma laden with marmalade, candied pineapple and hop resin. Hint of graham, pine needles, raw cane sugar, melon seeds, thyme, and phenolics. Creamy carbonation slices its way through the viscosity. Extremely meaty from the start, with oozing pine resin and a palate-coating honey drizzled hop backbone. Unmasked alcohol presence with a touch of perfume. Remarkably soft, yet possesses a grainy sugar texture. Scarce toasted malt sweetness. Intense sweetness with notes of syruped peaches and rich honey. Continually viscous, honeyish, and extremely full-bodied/sticky, mellows the massive hop assault. Ends sweet with a dollop of fresh honeycomb that lingers. Surprisingly simple, despite of its hefty gravity. I prefer the dryer/less sweet/more brightly hoppy, bottle-conditioned [750ml] version over this much sweeter/thicker rendition. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Super thick and syrupy. Boot leather taste. Smells like a boiled egg. The alcohol completely dominates, tastes like terrible rubbing alcohol, and consistently burns. There is no texture or flavor here. Absolutely no hops or bitterness, just a sludge of cough syrup with tons of alcohol. This is nearly undrinkable, and has nearly no redeeming qualities. at all. A complete failure considering the relative greatness of the 90 and 60 min. 76oz (4) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004 does not count
A great beer but was a litttle sad to find out that it wasnt as hoppy as a lot of double IPA out there. It had a little head when poured from bottle and light carbonation level. It aroma did reveal the hop aroma but i’ve smelled hoppier IPAs. It’s color was a light orange amber. The best thing about the beer is it ability to mask the high alchol with its dense sticky sweet malty flavor balanced with its intense IBU’s. However I would consider this closer to a barleywine or beer scnapps then to a IPA. pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Bottle. Better get my comments in while still functioning: super pungent hop aroma; thin head, but decent carbonation; thick and dense - it is as if each sip is magnified by six. Sure a bit sweet, but not cloyingly sweet; just a really thick beer. Extremely on the edge obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2004
Light hazy amber orange with little or no head. Peach, vanilla, hops, and light citrus on the nose. Heavey mouthfeel, with sweet viscous nature and a drying alcohol finish. Very sweet, with thick peach, grapefruit, hops and alcohol showing on teh warming finish. Very Malty...though a bit over the top making it a hard one to enjoy.