SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 clear reddishamber with a small off-white head. hoppy ipa aroma. has a sweet vanilla, woody character. lots of bite and some alcohol. hint of cream soda. mellows as it warms. unique and enjoyable. impressed. -
2011- flavor has a lightly smoked note with some cereal grains (like wheaties or something) with some brown suger and honey. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2007
12 oz. bottle thanks to DrBayern! Pours a clear light reddish brown with a white head on top. Aroma is pine, oak, vanilla, sweet malts, honey, and citrusy notes. Flavor is a mixture of pine, citrus, and oak. The oak flavor takes on different flavors mixing between honey, maple, and vanilla. The first initial touch to the tongue presents a piney citrusy IIPA, the beer then goes on to the oak-aged characters immediately afterwards. The beer starts quite sweet and finishes with a bitterness brought on by the hops and the oak. A slight sweetness is in the finish too but not as dominant as the bitterness. Alcohol is in throughout as well. Definitely a very interesting beer that brings out several different flavors. This is a beer that would be hard to drink often but is a nice treat to have every couple of months. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2007
I got ahold of a 2005 bottle of this fine beer at a little mom and pops store that went out of business. Sweet malty complexity that refurbishes my opinion with each sip. Very big "IPA" that aged into more of a barleywine with sweet and dry oak on the pallet and hints of the 90 minute IPA. I shared this with a dear friend who also loves good beer. It was a real treat! mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2007
I really liked this beer once I got paste the initial few sips. I say that because I expected it to taste like an imperial ipa, but instead it tasted like an old ale or a barleywine. It was good, and very enjoyable, but if I hadn’t seen the label, I wouldn’t have thought it was an ipa. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2007
12oz bottle. Aroma: Very sweet maltiness, pine and resin, oak, light maple, vanilla, and some light alcohol. Appearance: Light red in color and clear. Off-white head was full and foamy with great retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Nice caramel and malt, pine and resin, oak, vanilla, some citrus and stone fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. The vanilla, oak, and caramel combine into a strange creme brulee like flavor. Medium bitterness. Some sweetness lingers past the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Really liked this one. Not sure about it being an IIPA, though. More like a Strong Ale. Either way, this was delicious.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
bottle: beautiful clear red colour with very small white head. aroma is alcohol, oak, sweetness i cant describe maybe maple and grape with some vanilla too. flavour is very sweet of maple syrup and vanilla. some oak flavour and alcohol. does not taste like a IIPA to me at all. i taste no hops. a very complex beer that i cant seem to figure out. the apperance and aroma seem to be the best part of this beer for me. chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Clear deep amber/reddish color with a thick foamy head. Nose is a bit difficult – slight piney hops, malty sweetness, and a small amount of oak. Palate is slick and silky smooth, light carbonation. Very sweet flavor with a slightly bitter finish. amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
12 oz bottle. Aroma on this is very nice. Hints of oak, nice hops, maple syrup, cream, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and maybe even a little bit of orange. The pour is beautiful clear dark copper color, with nice big bubbles. Flavor has some oak and vanilla, but mostly just very sugary and almost no hop flavor. Mouthfull is syrupy and a bit sweet, but the alcohol does help cut the sweetness a bit. Pretty good overall, and definitely not a standard DIPA thornecb (5909) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Pours a crystal clear garnet into a snifter. Fluffy conglomerate off-white head with excellent retention leaves no lacing. Pine and resin aromas. Thin, sweet caramel and oak. Lasting slightly bitter finish. Sweeter than expected. Tried fresh and aged to same effect. DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Don’t do into this brew thinking imperial IPA. It isn’t. It’s more like the Immort thinned with a bit of white grape juice and topped off with a teaspoon of confectioners sugar. There are some wonderful oak, Martinelli’s cider, cotton candy, pound cake, vanilla cream truffle notes in this brew...but the sugars end up obfuscating this complexity. Like the Immort, this should get better with age--as the sweetness wanes and a more full range of flavors waxes....though, unfortunately, you’ll probably lose a bit of this brew’s exceptionally silky, moussey mouthfeel.