19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2007
Not what I expected. Very sweet, with rich and creamy, caramel malt body. Very heavy bodied with somewhat heavy carbonation. Almost Port wine like in with its lingering sweet finish. Where did they put the hops in this drink? Bitterness is drowned out by the malty sweetness, however small grapefruit notes are present. There are lots of peach and fig as well. Very complex but not what one would expect from a IIPA - it tastes more like an American Strong Ale - earily similiar to the Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone. As much as I can complain about the nomenclature (I was really jonesing for a solid IIPA) this is a fantastic brew. Alochol well hid. Pick one up if you see it. Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2007
Pours translucent copper with off-white foamy head. The malt dominates the usually pine small in Dogfish IPA’s. It’s sweet smelling and has notes of brandy. The beer taste sweet as well all the way through with some bitterness coming in towards the end. A bit syrupy. An interesting beer, but not one I’m dying to buy more of. beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
Very sweet double IPA. The complexity of the brewing process is apparent as you take your first sip. Woody and vanila at the same time... hints of it’s 90-minute component... 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. 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.
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. 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, There’s just a little too much going on here for my tastes... 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. 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. 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.