zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear caramel, off white head. Aroma is apricot and hops. Flavor is sweet apricot, caramel, hops, wheat. This beer is too sweet for me. It’s a bit on the syrupy side. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2007
poured a thick reddish brown with small off-white head, small bubbles also existed much like that of a champagne….aroma was that of apricot and dark fruit, slightly hoppy…..tasted sweet and hops were subdued, barely any bitterness at all...not bad by any means but i prefer the normal 90min and 120min to this....
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle. Dark copper with a medium sized white head. Aroma is mellow hops, not too strong. Flavor is not that hoppy at all. Medium bodied and sweet. Slightly syrupy and malty. Can taste the effects of the oak aging but I can’t say that heightens anything. It’s still a good beer though. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Earthy hops, sweet brown sugar aroma. Dark golden brown in color with a full palate. This flavor is sugary sweet with lotws of brown sugar and not as hoppy as I expected as the sweetness overwhelms the bitter components. Interesting. LinusStick (3484) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Imperial IPA? That is stretching the definition. The aroma was malt all the way. The taste was sweet. Too too sweet like Dogfish Head tends to do. There are fuity undertones as well as the oak-y presence everyone is so into right now. But guess what? Not much of a hop showing. This is a very complex beer, but calling it an IPA let alone IIPA is pushing it.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12 oz. bottle. First of all, I’m not really sure why DFH would choose to call this an IIPA. Barleywine I can see but, despite the 80 IBUs, this beer is not at all bitter and the hops really play a secondary role. That having been said, I definitely enjoyed this. It pours a crystal clear amber red with a large off-white head. Aromas of raisin and a little spicy and piney hops. The flavor is sweet up front with raisins and other dried fruit, a little bit of citrus, and a little bit of a bitter finish. The buttery oak and warming alcohol make for a nice one to sip on cold night. Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Lets be realistic, - The beer is not bad but It’s way Way too sweet.. I love the oak but Dogfish obviously did not sample this beer before releasing it.
I like their beers but this really isn’t that good
I know all you guys rate everything over 9% highly,
but think about it
Way way way too sweet
I ordered a pizza and wings minutes ago and I’m going to give it another chance, but it don’t think it’s going to work, legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2007
I was very suprised that I liked this as much as I did, considering I am not much of a hop head. Very well balanced in my opinion with the alcohol well represented. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2007
(bottle) poured into a snifter. pours a shiny clear amber with a frothy white head that sticks well to the glass. has a smooth, sweet hoppy smell. taste is smoother than you may think and not too hoppy/bitter. the oak really pulls out the hops. has a smooth front, sweet middle, and light hoppy finish that is slytly metalic. on initial smell you would think it to be hoppier but it is not present in the taste because of the oak. this beer is very complex, fruity hoppy. it is fun to find an oak aged that is not a stout. good stuff. cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle: Picked up a four pack from riversbend today. Pours a nice copper color with a small white head. Smell seems malty, with hints of citrus hiding in the background. Smell is smooth, maybe some syrupy flavors, maybe a hint of vanilla. I do taste a hint of bitterness though. I do enjoy this flavor in here. Very nice drinking. Not a huge fan of syrup, but it seems to fit in here well. Very delicious.