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 (396) - 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. 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! It’s got some real sweet malt aromas with a nice hoppy zest to it. There’s 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.
xmarcnolanx (945) - 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). 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. hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
The beer pours a dark copper with very little head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of vanilla. My first sip is not at all what I expect, so I try again searching for the hops. This beer tastes much like an eisbock with sweet maltiness riding the strong but balanced alcohol. Hints of vailla come thru in the taste. There is just a hint of bitterness in the background of the finish of the taste, but even this fades as it warms into malty goodness. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol strength was nicely balanced and left me feeling quite content. A very unique beer from Dogfish Head, not what I was expecting at all, but I was very pleased nonetheless.
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Pours dark amber with a fruity aroma with plenty of hops and a hint of citrus
First sip is very sweet and full of hops... ends with a warm feeling of alcohol... hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2007
on tap at Andy’s, DFH promo night. Clear dark orange/amber in color. Aroma is fruity, peach, citrus, oak, lightly earthy with a good amount of sweet malt. Taste is very sweet initially then changes rather quickly to oaky, and citrus, earthy hops. Light hop bitterness in the finish some warming alcohol notes. Thick, syrupy body that I found to be a bit cloying. Interesting beer though.