IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
12 oz bottle, clear dark amber small beige head. Oaky roasted malt aroma; flavor of roasted malts with small rasiny notes and only the tiniest hop bite in the finish. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Very different example for the style, nicely complex and interesting with a woody tinge to augment a fruity malt character and hoppy finish. Quite enjoyable. Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of hops, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, sweet, alcohol, citrus. usuallty not my thing with IPA beers, but this was excellent, if more of them tasted like this i would love the style, not overly hoppy. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Hmmm. Beautiful aroma of mostly floral and piney resin hops. This was again pretty sweet and the bitterness was not really there. Regardless, I think this was pretty good. Lots of sweetness with complex hop flavours, sans bitterness, filled my mouth. There was a great yeasty flavour in this that lead to some fruity and maybe even banana like flavours. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 Rerate. 12oz Bottled on 01/08/07. Pours a crystal copper orange with a one finger beige head. Aroma of oak, raisins, woody hops, toffee, toasted malts, reduced wine, and a bit of an orange citrus spice thing. Flavor is really sweet with some oak and the aforementioned orange citrus spice thing up front, some raisins and brown sugar also in there, some pine and alcohol. Holy crap this is sweet. Semidry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I think this was just too sweet. It’s hard to tell what I thought about the sweetness when this beer was five months old, but hopefully it loses some of the sweetness in that time. Nothing about this beer makes me think IIPA. Old rating follows.12oz bottled on 12/29/05. Thanks to Jason from Knightly Spirits! Pours a clear amber with a moderate, quickly fading off-white head. Aroma of oak, pine, fruity hard candy, raisins, nutty toasted malts. Full-bodied, nutty and piney in the taste, alcohol at the end, dry finish. Imperial amber ale? Either way, very good beer. 9-4-9-3-15--4.0
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2006
From 12oz Bottle. Pours the color of rich honey with a healthy serving of white head. A gently swirl rejuvenates a youthful layer of head. The initial aroma impressions set off some unexpected warning bells. Rather than the expected hop bitterness of grapefruit and pine, my olfactories are greeted by an oaky chardonnay, softened with notes of banana and watermelon rind. Syrupy texture, sweetened with raw sugar and flavors of a dry german riesling. Some sherried apricots and ensligh thyme as well. Final smack of granny smith apple and white grape skins. Thanks, Jay! RealAle (12) - USA - MAY 16, 2006
If I didn’t know better I would think this is a baby Barley Wine. The 12 ounce bottle showed an amber appearance with a great head and legs. Aroma is fantastic with a big caramel malt flavor, but I can’t seem to find the 80Ibu. Interesting use of the aggressive hops. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
This ale completely caught me off guard.
Essence of a cherry lollypop caught me when I was snifing it.
Appearance is light amber/ a typical IPA look.
Flavor is sweet with a punch, Cherry lollypop flavor again, but not very strong. Very drinkable.
One that I would like to have aged for a couple more years.
Cheers! Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a beautiful, clear, dark amber with a creamy, off-white head. Soft, sweetish aroma with lots of oak. Very full body with lots of caramel and roasted malt. Some sherry-like notes. Extremely alcoholic finish that even the solid body cannot really uphold. Hoppy finish, but not overly so. Thanks to Degarth for sharing. 030406 webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Penny colored, minimal head. Slight lacing on the glass. Sweet, light most of the high alcohol IPAs from Dogfish Head. More hoppy than the Immort, but not as much as the standard array of IPAs. Sweet musky aroma. Creamy malt on the toungue with just the slightest bit of bitterness of aftertaste. Generally pleasant beer, but high enough not for a session. (Bottle Pour of early 2006 bre - 05/03/2006)