lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Pours a deep, lightly hazy amber with a 1/4 inch ivory head. Smells malty and of fruit, dark berry and such. Also some citrusy aromas from the hops. Alcohol and toffee back there somewhere. Hints of sweet vanilla.
Taste is malty, some dark fruit and toffee. Vanilla is stornger here. Strident hops as well but they don’t take over and it balances the sweetness. Mouth is still lightly sticky and full bodied. No hint of alcohol in the taste. Very tasty and drinkable. An experiment that works!
MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Aromas of pineappley hops and caramel malt linger above a clear copper pour that has a one finger foamy head. Quite a bit of effervescence, but the bubbles are really tiny. The fruity hops and caramel come through fairly strongly, but like last time I visited Burton Baton, there is way too much unbalanced alcohol roaming about, and the sweetness is slightly cloying. I like this a lot better than last time, but it still won’t make my favorites any time soon.
Ar: 7 Ap: 4 Fl: 6 P: 3 OA: 12. Bottle. I had this a while back, and while the pour was nice and the aroma pleasant, all I can honestly remember is an acrid rubbing alcohol burn as it went down. There were hops and malt flavors there, but it was pretty mediocre in the way in which the 10% ABV was balanced with the rest of it. I really wanted to get ahold of another bottle in order to let it sit for a year or two... but alas... sold out. Basically it is a 90 Minute with a whole lot more oak flavoring and a bunch more of the antiseptic flavoring coming through to take away from the pleasant hops notes that are so lovable. Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty interesting. Taste is an interesting mix between light oak flavour and some sweet malt reminiscent of a barley wine with some honey and very little hops. Body is above average with low filtration and great carbonation. This is not what I was expected since it is more reminiscent of a barley wine then an IIPA but it was very enjoyable nonetheless. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz Bottle born on 12/29/05. Pours a beautiful deep ruby with a little white head that fades between the time I check on the chicken and return here (about a minute of actual time). Nose is raspberries, honey, oak, cranberries, and surpisingly not too much hops at all. Has the oak completely taken away the hop aromatic profile in the beer. Must investigate further. I sniff a little more....and there it is. A little bit of hops hiding in there. Oaky throughout with notes of sweet 90 minute malts and less of its hops. Body is thick and almost syrupy. This is closer to many of the barleywines I have tasted than a double ipa. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
120z bottle. Relatively filtered with a honey amber hue. Spotty head. Honey, raisins, nutty, oaky, vanilla, bready aromas. Quite a nose full. Full bodied and a slick smooth body. Nice burn. Toffee notes in the malt side. Sweet and full blown. Lost most of its IPA recognition. Blended? Sure. Strong? Defintely. Crazy complexity.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours a orange amber color with a white head. Aroma is of rich malts with bitter hops. Flavor is woody malts with bitter hops. Kind of a mellow IIPA but very good. boto (2263) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2006
12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was a bit of an off-white head that drops off quickly and leaves no lacing. This has an interesting aroma. It is much more like a Belgian than an Imperial IPA. Caramel, fruitiness and some alcohol to the nose. Perhaps a hint of the oak also. The taste has some caramel sweetness to it, as well a slight citric hop taste, but no real bite like you would expect from an Imperial IPA. I am really enamored by this beer. Hard to really classify, but excellent. HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2006
12 oz bottle. No visible date on the bottle but I believe it’s about a year old now. Pours a slightly hazey dark copper or possibly orangish color. Small ivory head disipates but offers some temporary lacing. Hints of oak lead to a predominently sweet beer. Butterscotch and toffee are most noticeable. Overall a good beer but the IPA character seems lost but it makes for a good strong ale or barley wine. DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Very faintly hazy amber with a small off white head.Toffee, citrus, and light stone fruit aroma. Thick and smooth on the palate with very light carbonation. The oak flavor is quite faint, but definitely there, along with a caramel sweetness, and a mildy astringet bitter citrus and spicy hop follow up. Some alcohol noted throughout. Not as hoppy as many double IPA’s, and the oak, the smoothness, fullness, maltiness remind me more of a barleywine. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2006
12 oz bottle, no bottle on date on the neck on mine? I bought this over a year ago and evne then I think it was old. Pours a chill haze, murky muddled amber wtih a rocky lasting light creamy head and nice lacing in the goblet. Aroma is initially oxidized with wet paper and old milk, light madiera and grapeskin notes, some oaky woody hints as well. Light oxidation in the flaovr with lots of wierd unique sweetness formt he malts- slick caramel malts, some nuts, subdued and faded hops and a grapeskin astringency and lightly tart in the finish. Good moderate to full mouthfeel with just a bit of hops left over from the aging.