overall
98
95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1986   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Jacksons rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
I like brews in oak barrels. And I like this one as well. Flavor is similar to 90 min. but with a nice oak finish. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Overall a great brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
I thought of this as an oak aged 90 minute - seems to be very similar, though I am not sure I can rate it as high as 90 minute. Taste is sweet, oakey, and malty. Rich smooth and very drinkable, this Imperial IPA goes down certainly better than most I have drank. Awesome

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2006
12 ounce bottle. a great brew taste like a nice well hopped beer with the oak aging taking away the hop bite, a bit floral taste in this delish brew. aroma doesnt go too far the finish is smooth, and the palate is well hit

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2006
Poured amber with ruby red look in the light with a tan head. Aroma is an earthy malt with dirt notes mostly. Flavor is highly sweet, malty, and carmel. Has a milky carmel sweetness that is a little too much. Medium to above average body with a milky feel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4970) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Dark copper color with a thin head. Very nice aroma that struck me as Fuggles and Cascade, though Im obviously wrong. It had a nice citrus American hops blended with earthy English hops flavor. Bone dry and sucks out all moisture in your mouth immediately. Strong malt base that balances out the bitterness well. Slight apricot on the finish. Outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2006 Bottle courtesy of DavidP. There is virtually no aroma here. If there were, this beer wouls be a 4.4+ rating. Not overpowering w/ the hops. Very subdued. Oaky hop finish. Rather dry. Hops are in the aftertaste and are spicey rather than piney, citrusy, or flowery. Extremely drinkable. Hides the alcohol well. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Deep ruby edges that fade into an aberish brown. Fizzy foam ring with creamy edges. Wonderful herbal hoppy nose, malty caramel and graham cracker aroma. Woody oak flavor, toffee maltiness with just a touch of vanilla. Bready, biscuity malts, cookie dough and pie crust. Very tasty hops are definitely in the background, English style maltiness with bittering hoppiness in the finish

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2006
RFD tasting with MJ himself. Redish brown beer with citrius and wood flavors. Also a very nice toasted flavor

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
Shared with dickinsonbeer and beastiefan2k at Spuyten Duyvil. Light amber coloured brew with a thin white head. Aroma is very nice, clean pale malt, apricot/peach esters, a bit of appley notes as well. Light chewy malts and a bit of toast. In the mouth it comes across light-tasting for something so big, nice fruity hop flavour, sweet citrus and a bit of spiciness as well. I enjoyed this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Dark amber in apperance, light carbination. Thin creamy head which dissapates quickly. Mellow smoothness of the 90min ipa, but more of a alch bite. Mouthfeel is medium and is nearly perfect. Sweet malty introduction with noticed hop presence in the middle followed through with alch retention.


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