overall
98
95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1987   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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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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
I probably went into this review with a slight prejudice. I love oak aged beers. Aroma was nutty, dark chocolate, mild coffee, but not very hoppy. Of course it had a large oak aroma as well as some vanilla. Small creamy head that disappeared. Flavor bordered on that of a barleywine rather than a DIPA. One can tell this is DFH beer - sweet. Almost too sweet. Ive set quite a few aside to age for a year or two.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2677) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Slightly hazy amber, moderate head with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is lightly hoppy with some vanilla notes. Caramel backing with some more malt depth (wood). Sweet finish with a medium body. Not really like other IIPAs, too sweet for me to consider it one. More meh than anything.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Very clear apricot pour, nice white cap of foam. Big catty musk aroma, grape skin, overripe apricots. Very present peppery alcohol, but surprisingly delicate on the palate. Musty, mineral hop character. Nice beer, though it almost feels like it cant quite decide if it wants to be a barleywine or an IIPA. I suspect it has the legs to make it lean pleasantly toward barleywine with a couple years aging. Bottle in the excellent company of Fin, Loz and Traci.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (10076) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2007
Bottle in the company of Doppelganger, Tracey and Loz. Poured amber with a stunning clarity, and a small white head. The aroma was very, very hoppy and defined. The taste was great with a slight mustiness Yeast? and those hops were instantly there once again,. This tasted possibly a touch sweeter than expected and those hops tended to be more restrained than anticipated, but a lovely beer nonetheless and many thanks to Casey for a great evening with some superb beers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5351) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009 This beers aroma was the only bad part about it. The flavor is a sweet bitterness that seems very dogfishy-off-balanced. This was a very enjoyable beer, one of their best. It has vanilla notes to balance out the bitterness. One of my favorites.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
12oz bottle via trade poured a clear amber/orange color with a small off white head. The aroma was super sweet malt with some mild hops and oak. Taste was way too sweet for my taste with a weak hop bitterness and flavor. Alcohol was very tame, but not true to style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Seeing the picture takes me back to the old 90 minute bottles, I miss those 750s. Well I had a 12 oz bottle and I did not care for it much. I dont care for oak-barrel aged IPAs as I dont think they work very well. The aging subdues the hops making this a BW, IMO. A dark brown color, small head. Taste and aroma are sweet. The main thing I got out of this was it tasted old, sort of like some British bottled beers we get over here in the US.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4362) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
thanks to dsnowden for this one!! Pours a great dark orange/aber color, big thick white head. Aroma is hoppy, but not what you would expect from a DIPA, the aroma is also quite sweet. Flavour is again, sweet, and smooth, and the alcohol definitely warms the throat. I can really taste the oak, and the subtle vanilla notes. The finish is quite sweet, and im not getting the bitter punch i expected, a nice beer. NOt your typical hop bomb, but very nice, the oak ageing was a nice touch.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel malt, mild fruitiness, and some barrel notes. Flavor is very unique, very sweet carmel with a mild oakness to it. There is also some mild fruitness (orange, cherry) in the back and definitely vanilla. Medium and velvet mouthfeel. Interesting brew, very nice after a hearty dinner, but certainly not true to a hopped up NW imperial IPA, which I prefer.


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