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RATINGS: 1991   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is of mostly sweet caramel malt, some oak and some faint hops. Taste again is sweet caramel, a little vanilla rounded out with a decent bitter hop bite. Finish is bitter. Warming from the alcohol. Interesting brew, the sweetness is there the whole time, but it is not over the top, a little hot from the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
Nice cloudy, deep amber color with a thin off-white head. Smells earthy with hints of citrusy hops and fruit. Nice and sweet, almost like a Belgian ale with notes of cloves and orangy citrus. A little syrupy with a nice hops wallop in the finish. I could barely taste the alcohol, but it gave me that good warming feeling in the stomach. An exceptional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IanWalker (6) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2007 does not count
First thing I noticed pouring it was how carbonated it is. Not too much head, but a lot of bubbling. Oak-aging IPAs can, in my experience, be dangerous. But this one turned out well. I found it in 12oz bottles. It has a nice hop aroma, and not too much bitterness. The oak fits nice with the slight carmel of the malt. Good clarity and color. I will buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2007
Bottle: Bright red body, with a thin head that retains itself quite well. Aroma screams of citrus hops, sugar cane, apple, and alcohol. For as interesting of an idea as this seemed, it ended up tasting rather cloying. Sweet, hoppy, syrupy, lightly spicy, Theres just a little too much going on here for my tastes...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2007
Pours a crystal clear copper-orange color. Produces a thin white head which reduces to a swirly, paisley pattern of foam. Some dispersed streaky lacing along the sides of the snifter. Rich, sweet aromas of caramel and butterscotch candies along with honey and maple syrup come immediately to the forefront. More sudued notes of citrus/pine hop resin, vanilla, raisin, flowers, alcohol and freshly cut wood float in the background. Palate was fairly slick and sticky, but perhaps just slightly on the thin side for such a huge brew. The flavor department delivers quite a pancreas stimulating sweet malt-monster here with notes of candy sugar, orange blossom honey, butterscotch, caramel and rum cake. Subtle flavors of citrusy hop flowers, spices, vanilla bean and toasted oak come to the rescue to tame the insulin-soaked sweetness of this malty ale. Finishes sweet and very warm; reminiscent of rum soaked fruitcake. Overall not what one would consider a well balanced DIPA, but still a solid and unique beer well worth exploring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2007
Aroma hits with grapefruit, hops and apricot. Can taste the oak immediately on the first sip. Love that this is a blend of oaked beer and 90 minute. Nice balance. Sweet and hoppy, with those citrus flavors shining through and a bready/malty finish. Also a bit of warming alcohol in there, but still very smooth for the ABV. A wonderful experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark amber. Aroma is sweet, slight citrus, taste is sweet and sticky, overall, a little too sweet for me. Complex, but the sweetness is overwelming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 Pours a nice ruby color with a small white head. The aroma is overwhelmingly piney and amazing! Its got some real sweet malt aromas with a nice hoppy zest to it. Theres a malty sweetness with some residual sugar taste. Very sweet with a quick snap of bitterness. The mouth feel is really nice, its medium bodied in your mouth but feels like it almost expands. An amazing beer that is great for sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (932) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
I am not really sure about this beer. I think it is too sweet for my palate, but it IS very complex. There is an sticky sweet aroma of dark amber malt and citrus with a slight oakiness in the taste to match the sickly sweet malt and moderate hop bitterness (which is off set by the body).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
pours deep golden. aroma strongly sweet citric. taste is citrus hops surrounded by very sweet malt (some raisin) and oak notes. the finish fruity fading into somewhat dry citrus bitterness. very unique ale that i feel should be listed as an american strong ale.

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