DrBayern (1139) - 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 IPAís, and the oak, the smoothness, fullness, maltiness remind me more of a barleywine. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2006
From a 12 oz. bottle with a bottled on date on the bottle neck, 12.29.05.
Poured a cloudy golden/orangey hued amber with a small foamy off-white head that settled into a thin lacing.
Aromas of toasted grains, a mixture of plums and grapefruit, a tad floral and whiffs of alcohol.
Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, alcohol laced, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, a definite sipper.
Hop tasting at first, grapefruit, herbal, floral, followed by raisin fruitiness and an oak woodiness, a little grainy alcohol towards the end, the alcohol is presence through out and warming in the palate, and a grapefruity, raisins and malty finish.
A very nice DIPA with the DFH twist on the style, well worth seeking out and trying.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2006
12 oz bottle via cornboy (thanks!). Pours an almost clear amber with an average size head. Nose is malty caramel, citrus hops, wood, alcohol. Taste is the same with some added melon flavors. There is some alcohol burn in the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink. I thought i would hate this as the idea of oak in an IPA sounds repulsive. But this is surprisingly smooth and the oak is sublte enough that it is a nice complement instead of stomping on all the other flavors like a lot of barrel aged beers tend to do. 80 ibus? Not my bottle....maybe it has mellowed with age? Nice work Dogfish Head! fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
12 oz bottle. Thanks to JHop. Very sweet fruity citrus aromas. Very apricot and pineapple. Deep amber with a nice head. Flavor started nice with some sweet malts and fruity hops. The finish took on a strange bitterness that I didnít like as much. Still not bad at all.
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Aroma of sweet fruit, alcohol, hops, and a little wood. Pours a golden red with small off-white head. Enjoyable flavor of sweet malt, fuicy fruit, hops, some wood notes, and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2006
12-oz bottle-Poured a clear amber color w/a slight off white head. Somewhat sweet aroma w/some hops. Had some hops & sweetness on the front end w/a little bit of a woodsy follow up. Flavor seemed to kind of wander, was somewhat lost or confusing-too sweet for an IPA but too hoppy for a barley wine. This one kind of confused me. Not really sure what they were going for here. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 This beer interests and yet confounds me. Subtle aroma, complex and moody. Starts off smelling rather sour (kinda like a small of fraction of Fort, with more brown sugar and malt) then becomes more caramelly smelling. Enticing so far. Flavors have a wonderful and strong maple sweetness and a dryish woddy hop flavor. The sweetness is slightly sour on the finish, and the 80 IBUs are surprisingly subtle. Thereís a bit of acidity in the finish as well. There was some sort of off quality in this beer that Iím kind of new to, but Iíve noticed in other beers before (like Hog Heaven). It was like certain parts of the beer that became creamy also tasted stale. Oxidized? Too phenoly/estery? Iím not sure. This beer would be excellent if not for that. A perfect compromise for those who like IPAs and think the sweetness of Immort Ale (or Samael) should be tamed.**rerate*** Okay, fresh bottles solved my oxidation problems. Very good stuff IMO. harrisoni (18436) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Bottle at Collins Pub,Seattle. Russet, withthin off white head. Candy sugar and vanilla aroma. Way too sweet. Pleasant, but tastes its strength. Aroma of a barley wine, lots of hop on the end. Some odd black pepperon the end. I would have put this down as more of a barley wine than an IIPA. 635310 2.7/5.0 Re-rate Bottle at ChrisO "Iím Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Clear orange brown, some hops. Strong in ABV. Good hot hops on finish. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with JCapriotti - Pours a deep clear amber color with a small off white head. Very light lacing. Has a very nice toasty malt aroma. Flavor is sweet malt and full of esters. Medium to full body. A very good beer. Thanks Jason.