robinvboyer (4652) - 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 i’m 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. 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. jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2007
12 oz bottle pours out like a IIPA, amber in color and light-to-medium in carbonation. moderately sweet malt but probably deceptively bitter with hops likely subdued because of a strong oak presence. the taste is quite sweet and not nearly as bitter as i expected - actually, it’s pretty well-balanced and the oak is a nice "cool" flavor. it’s certainly not what i expected , and certainly nothing like a normal IIPA, but i like it, so i’ll still score it well! ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Cloudy amber in color. Very nice head and full of flavor. For an IPA this is too sweet, not at all bitter. Mellow aftertaste is pleasant. Good in small doses. Definitely plan on spending some time to finish this. BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 2, 2007
12oz Bottle pours out a light copper topped with a nice head. A very sweet aroma along with some spice. Not a lot of hop for a double. Just a little wood on it. But the tast was great I realy liked this one.
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle... Poured a burnt orange color with a big head... Citrus malt, and sugary aroma. Flavors of sweet sugar/syrup, apricots, caramel, oak, malt with a nice bitter hop finish. This is a nice treat. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
Small bottle shared with two others. Orange amber. Light white head. Light orange and alcohol nose. Orange hop liqueur taste. Where’s the wood? The idea was good but... Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Draft. Dark brown almost iced tea body with a half inch dense foamy very lasting head. Very, very pretty. Nose-very light wood, light cherry cough syrup, grassy hops. Taste-medium sweetness and biter, rich berries, meaty, salty on the back end, maple syrup (comes out even more as it warms), light aw dust (the oak, perhaps?), a little boozy, medium alcohol, pecan shells, cherry, white grapes, molasses/brown sugar, perfect amount of hops all the way through from beginning to end. I don’t get a lot of the vinous/wood flavors, but they do play very lightly in the background. As it warms I get a kind of drying red wine kind of quality, but not really (!!!). This is one of the best beers I have had in a long time-enough is going on in the brewing process that you would think that this beer would be a train wreck, but it is in fact it is quite well done and exceeds my most greatest hopes. A great beer all the way around. A sweet La Folie maybe? Gets sticky and sweet as it warms, so I dropped the overall form 18 to 17. mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Tap. Small, off-white head into clear amber body (decent lacing). Oak, floral hops, toffee, and light whiskey were all noticed in the aroma. Very sweet (which seems to be normal in the heavier dogfish head brews). Sticky mouthfeel. Extremely finish duration. Alcohol was well hidden. Not my favorite but still solid. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2007
12 ounce bottle. Upon pouring, the head is reluctant, but forms an off-white head a fingernail thick. Color is amber and tan brown. Aromas are caramel, vanilla, and barrel. Love the taste of this beer: simultaneous malt and hoppiness with a prominent alcoholic bite that warms the throat and esophagus. I can really pick out the vanilla-ish flavors from the oak barrels. The aftertaste is alcohol and malt with the mouth-feel full and elusive.