kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2007
(12 oz bottle) Dark gold/light amber. Almost no head. Aroma is malt and pine hops. Flavor is slightly sweet malt, some pine hops, lots of oak and vanilla. Body is a bit thick. Iíd been wanting to try this for a while, and I was somewhat disappointed. deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2007
I want to like it, but I donít. Itís too damn sweet, cloying. Doesnít taste like a ten percent beer, the sweetness just overwhelms the alcohol and the hops. The aroma is of an IPA, the taste, well... the taste. Sticky. Looks good, sounds better, but overall, not a strong showing from an otherwise excellent brewery. Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottle, pours cleans light amber color, big white lasting head, mild hop and alcohol aroma, very smooth honey flavor, and sweet at first, hop flavor is there but not like a double ipa, sweet candy flavor, vanilla oak. Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
very clean amber brew from 12 oz bottle. thick foamy off white head. Very sweet hopped up aroma. Mellow, refreshing, inviting. Thick, malty sweet melon flavor, Heavy brew, thick corn syrup like texture with a gentle warming. Bottle says 10% abv but alcohol is not noticable at all. Not as hoppy as I expected for a IIPA. Kind of flat. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Had this on tap at the Summits Cumming East Coast Beer Dinner. super sweet. a ton of vanilla candied oakness. blam-o hop bite. amber color. perfect almond head. this is a huge big beer. lots of alc.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of hops, malt, oaky vanilla, and banana. Flavors of vanilla oak balance the hop character, and there is a pronounced sweetness. Very malty and full bodied, with an excellent finish. Very good beer.
Re-rate, 5/8/08, 2007 bottle. Deep orange pour with some white film on top. Aroma is very sweet, sugary malt, oak and vanilla. The flavor is the same, very sweet malt up-front, vanilla, some plum, woody finish, with some hop bitterness lingering. No change in score. Arayaga2 (2193) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Nice coppery color with thin white head. Amazing red plum and vanilla aromas are not very IPA esque, but extremely pleasant and floral. Taste is quite rich, with a definite 90 minute presence . At times, it is almost cloying and medicinal, but it remains very drinkable, with alcohol, tannins and peach in the finish. $4/12oz dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
12 oz bottle. Copper-brown, with a one inch off white head that seems quite durable. The aroma is a woody hop aroma, with a hint of alcohol. Sweet, with a massive, heavy syrup mouth feel. The sweetness and body covers almost all of the hop bitterness. I like the blending of an aged ale and a fresh ale. The two beers are a definite compliment. I canít get over how sweet the beer is. It must have condensed significantly in the barrels. A truly remarkable beer. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Rerate; my previous thoughts are below. Really enjoyed the aroma picking up some really nice sugary elements. Flavor wasnít quite as good as I remembered, but still really good. Overall, dropped it just a bit from a 4.5 (Poured a really nice auburn, with hints of brown and orange. Smallish head. Aroma is one of the best Iíve had; oak, brown sugar, hops, vanilla. Very impressed with the flavor. Body a little too light, and would have liked some more oiliness. But minor complaints. Flavor was much of the same as the aroma, kept picking up on a brown sugar like ending. Sweet, but not overly. Some dark fruit and floral hints as well. Very impressed, one of my new favorites.) NachlamSie (3467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle. The concept of a barrel aged IPA or IIPA is a precarious one, but this one maintains most of the edginess of the style and balances well with some mellower notes of an aged beer. After reading the description, I see this is actually a blended beer. Great concept. The pour is pretty much like their 90 min, a slightly hazy, amber/copper color with a pretty good off-white head. The aroma is sweet of bourbon, just slightly, with brighter notes of pineapple. The mouthfeel is just medium heavy and slick with moderate carbonation. Fruity, citrusy notes stand out. Thereís a remarkable depth of floral and fruit in the flavor and not much in the way of a pine or really spicy hop taste. The oaken note adds a constant savory balance and is present without being in the foreground. DFH tries many crazy things, some of them are magnificent, some of them not so much. This is definitely a winner.