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RATINGS: 1961   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.

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2.5
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2007
looks like a cross between an ipa and a barleywine. smells like a hoppy barleywine. the taste is mellow really but with an alcohol kick. and some honey sweetness. i dont really have to drink this one again. it kinda screws the pooch. i have a feeling this might be sexy with less alcohol. but than it may just be bland

4.2
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2007
12 oz. bottle, 2007. Pours medium brown with a thin off-white head. For an DIPA, this is balanced. Aroma of floral hops and caramel maltiness. Malty oak flavors complement the hops in this one. 10% shows but is not overwhelming. I couldn’t drink more than 3-4 of these, but that should be all that is needed.

4
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 2007 Bottle. Aroma is mellow hops and sweet malts. Light alcohol and dark fruit notes. Pours gold with amber hues and no head. Thin ring around edge, light lacing and swirling. Heavy and stong on the palate but very smooth. End is dry hoppy. Smooth malty sweetness and alcohol notes. Dominated by caramel malts, but the hops come in at the end. Hugely successful malt/hop balance.

Re-rate, same batch 9 months later. Flavor has reached a perfect balance. Some of the hops have faded from the finish and moved toward the middle. Intense caramal sweetness punctuated with fruit flavors rolls into a touch of balancing hop bitterness only to fade back to a sweet finish. Really nice at this age. 9/3/9/4/18

3.8
alexsdad06 (11222) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 12 oz bottle dated 1/08/07. Crystal clear reddish orange color with a white 1 inch head. I could taste the 90 minute from the beginning. This beer had a much smoother finish no doubt due to the oak barrel. Hoppy. I am happy i stumbled across this one.

4.5
Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2007
12 oz pour into a nice English pub glass with the dimpled bottom that encouraged a tornadic production of a giant head from the fury of bubbles in the bottom of the glass. Shiny reddish-orange. It’s like a vision of heaven in a glass. This has the syrupy goodness of the 90-minute, but with an added syrupiness ... robust and smooth, like a desert sauce, you could pour this over a bowl of vanilla ice cream instead of a caramel sauce, with it’s own french vanilla creaminess ... the ONLY thing that detracts here is an odd light metallic twinge at the finish that didn’t seem to fit. Otherwise, this is a beaut of a big beer with a light profile. Well done Dogfish! (#2703, 2/14/2007)

3.8
rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Date on Bottle:1-18-07. Pours gold/ruby. Thin off-white head. Can taste the 90 Min. citrusy hop flavor at first, then dries out w/ the oak character. The beer the 90 min is blended with is very malty and this takes away the hoppiness of the 90 min. Not a bad beer.

3.6
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottled. Thanks to Dennis Bell for this gem. Clear orange pour with thin white head. Citrus, grassy/hoppy aroma. Odd flavor. Sweet dry oak/wood taste. Not bad some what complex. Good Brew.

4.1
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Poured a clear brownish with reddish hints and a pretty small white head. I though dogfish head was going to bottle condition beers 10% and up now but I didnt see any yeast at all. The aroma had a pretty unique hoppiness that seemed a little earthy and also had a little oakiness. The flavor was very sweet with a mild hoppiness and pretty malt forward. This was actually very drinkable for being 10% and didnt seem harsh at all.

4
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
poured a steady head, looked like the 90 min. but had a slightly redder tint. started smooth and began to get hoppy, but before the bitterness entered, it went back to smooth. the finish was a pleasing malt flavor. better than i expected.

4.2
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 I must have had a bad bottle last year because this year is nothing of the same. 2008 bottle. Pours a translucent, dark, orangey-red color with an off-white, average, frothy head which settles to a small, frothy layer and leaves some decent, tight lace. Nose is much different than last year with so much complexity; certainly yeasty with dust and cobwebs, vinous, light pine resins, dried peaches, alcohol soaked oak, light white grapefruit, wisps of alcohol, and some perfumy hops with sweet brown sugar and vanilla notes somewhere in there. The flavor is nice but as intriguing as the nose; dried peaches and raisins, with vanilla, light oak, and light pine resins start the progression of flavor followed by light grapefruit notes, some toasted sweet breads, brown sugar, maybe some maple wood. Finishes long and bittersweet with lots of wood flavors (oak and the maple wood notes), pine resins, lingering vanilla, and with some mild warmth and a moderately high, spicy bitterness. Palate is medium to full, velvety and coating, and nearly lively. This is not the same beer I tried a year ago; not flat or overly sweet and lacking depth or bitterness. This one was interesting and worthy of the IIPA style with DFH creating a memorable brew to say the least. Maybe could use a few months in the cellar, but the intricacies of this one were enormous. A very nice combination of IIPA notes to match oak complexity. DFH never disappoints to create cutting edge, intriguing beers.


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