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95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 1996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The elusive brew is made from pilsner malt and amber malt with an original gravity of 26.5?P, yielding an 11% abv. It's hopped with Warrior and Glacier varieties. Primary fermentation takes place in open vessels using two yeast strains, one American and one English. For added complexity, the beer is conditioned on barrel staves of French Oak for four months before being dry hopped with Glacier at the rate of a half-pound per barrel. This elixir is then blended 50/50 with 90 Minute IPA. After blending, the beer will measure 80 IBU and 10% abv. Bottled in corked bottles through Michael Jacksons rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
budzo651 (14) - USA - JUL 24, 2007
A little bitter to the taste. Poured amber colored with a shallow head. very bitter hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oakbluff (447) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 21, 2007
Very cloear copper colour- surprisingly so. Perhaps quite filtered. Not much head to speak of, some minor lacing. Smell- smells quite sugary. Taste- very sweet wtih the woods fairly pronounced. Medium cabonation. Slightly boozy with caramel and doughy malts in forefront. The hops are more herbal and grassy than bitter citrus. It finishes decently though- not too much cloying sweetness on the finish. The vanilla and wood really shows up on the finish too. Hops are kind of an afterthought in this beer. Drinkability is decent- it is a slow sipper. Quite enjoyable, not an every day beverage.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 16, 2007
THOUGHTS: Almost more of a barley wine. If it didnt say double IPA, I never would have guessed it. Mostlry malt sweetness. Not much hops. Its also a little like Raison DEtre. Another extreem masterpiece from Dogfish head. The only thing missing is some hop flavoring. But I guess all the hops that were in here are there to just keep the beer from being sickeningly sweet. The alcohol is very present in the aroma , but not as much in the flavor. Also a ton a brown sugar flavor. I gave it a couple bonus points overall because its just awesome. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium orange with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished but left good lacing. The aroma was heaby caramel malt and light citrus hops (grapefruit and orange) along with raisin, honey , brown sugar, alcohol, a little bourbon, and light banana and cask wood. The initial flavor was heavily sweet, lightly acidic and sour, while the finish was heavy to harsh sweetness, moderate acidity, lightly bitter and sour with an average duration. The body was medium to full and syrupy with soft carbonation and a moderate alcoholic finish.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crit (3944) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
Sparkling amber, lasting beige head. Sweet alcoholic nose. Whatever hops there are are overpowered by the syrupy sweet molasses and harsh alcohol heat. Certainly not an IPA, but a barleywine, and a poor one at that. A very poor effort from a great brewery This crap actually gave me a massive case of heartburn

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jakentbc (15) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
a clear dark amber beer with little to no head. malty sweetness in the nose with a slight hop kick. sweet taste with hints of wood and a hot alcohol finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
Bottled. Semi clear and golden in colour with a medium sized tan head. Malty with notes of smoke, spice, fruit, wood, hops, pines and a slight citric hint.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2651) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2007
sweet malty aroma hits the nose as this brew boils and rolls into its head. the malty sweetness is nearly overpowering but never seems to annoy (aaahhh this must mean vanilla) . this beer at one time had the unwelcomed taste of straw. now it has been morphed into a similar taste that complements the downplaying bitter tastes of the hops... which are there! there is a quality alcohol presence that cannot be ignored. i believe that many of us have thought out the possibilities of a beer like this being created specifically to educate all alcohol efficianados that beer is the king and has been for thousands of years... congratulations dog fish you have created a work that cannot be surpassed!! understand i rate this not as a perfect ipa (that might be questioned even by myself) but in general as a perfect creation in brewing. i can tell you that the finish on this brew is as good as cognac,brandy and port finishes costing hundreds of dollars a botlle.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Pours a nice clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma is very sweet and dominated by malt, sugar, with a hint of that oak "snap" that you get in an oak-aged ale. The sweetness hits your tongue immediately upon tasting, but this beer is not yet finished; it is quite complex. You get a slight alcoholic aftertaste mixed with some hops and darker, more woody flavors. This is definitely an IPA even though the oak adds a whole new level to it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2007
12 oz bottle dated 01/09/07 that poured a clear copper with off white head. It has a sweet syrupy aroma of sugary malts, boozed soaked wood and pine hops hiding out in the back. The taste is sweet sugary malts that blend into a hint of wood. Then some light dark fruitiness mixes with pine hops that have been aged and softened. Toward the finish I get a sweetness sitting on the tongue and a mild pine hop bitterness that grows to a point of being just more than subtle. Into the after taste theres a brief alcohol note and then a sustaining sense of oak. Odd tasting IIPA. Might be better aligned with the American Strong group of beers.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Sampled at DVines in Melbourne. Very rich and yummy beer. Hoppy aromas and textures. Overall the taste isnt as defined as it could be, and I think the effect on the palate is most noticeable.


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