overall
98
95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
available

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unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1996   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
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Pours a deep dark orange color with a light head. Gives off a wonderful aroma. Must have a fresh bottle. Has a very plesant flavor at the first and then it grabs you. Very sweet malty flavor with a great finish this is a sipping beer. This will grab you if you are not careful you do not taste it at first.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3880) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Using notes from last night, split this with Dinkinsonbeer and JoeMcPhee and Spuyten Duyvil. Pours a clear copper, can see through the beer. Aroma is very present but not strong like one would expect from a strong beer like this. I was dissappointed by the flavor (as opposd to my fellow ratebeerians who enjoyed it). Thin body for me, not enough flavor, too subdued. Finishes smooth though with no bitterness. If you want high alcohol but light body this may be a good one for you.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Orange amber ale with a thin off white head. Bizarre, I couldnt discern any hops on this one, although you could make out some orange citrus notes over the rather sweetish malt. In mouth, big deception, with a cloying sweet malt with strong phenolic opvertones, and boiled corn. Medium bodied. Sad. At EBF 2006.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Clear and medium amber with nice froth and lace. Mouthfeel seems light at times, but it foams up well, and it seems to thicken into a divine creaminess as it warms. Malts had a nice and aromatic sweetness reminiscent of Belgian candi sugar. Lesser notes of toffee and sugared toast. Hops were zingy and fitting. Alcohol was warming and comfortably positioned in the back of the throat. Cakey oak aromas, with hints of vanilla, surface in the aftertaste. Pinch of white wine, even. Very pleasant; not over-the-top by any means. Tasty stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1536) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Amber color with a beige head. Aroma of citrus hops with some malt and wood notes. Flavor of citrus hops, tangy fruit and pepper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours a bloody red/amber color, thin white head. Great hoppy barley wine aroma for some reason it just smells good to me. First sip this is a great hop tasting beer, and Im not a hop fan, then throughout it tasted just like a barley wine fruity and sweet, citrus hops, caramel and chocolate malts, it starts like a barley wine and finishes like a stout. Very fruity and with the alcohol kick but it leaves a sweet caramel and slight chocolate taste, I would call this a barley wine, and probably the best tasting barley wine Ive had, a lot like what was voted the #1 best beer in Florida for 2006 that I had a week ago. Its very smooth and creamy and way too easy to drink, this is a damn good beer, I cant believe how much I like this beer for not being my style but it was also my first beer of the night and those usually taste a lot better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Pours a dark amber color. Tastes of citrus and oak with an initial caramel taste and ends in a more bitter ipa-esque flavor. This brew is somewhat sweet but very tastey. Not really that much of a hint of alcohol, i do think this is a good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Interesting.... Clear deep amber pour with nice white head. Didnt get much hops: more malt, especially the pilsner malt; with my eyes closed, I could almost imagine sitting in a beer hall in Munich with a liter of lager. Also picked up hints of the oak. The flavor is an extension of the aroma: not much hops, lots of malt, no bitterness. Oak, sweetness, alcohol. Interesting and not horrible, but Id rather just have the 90 minute.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
pours a brownish copper,little filmy head Aroma was rich with Citrus and hop. Somewhat floral hop aroma as well. Flavor starts somewhat sweet with carmel malt and citrus up front notes of wood follows ten a fruity sweet finish

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Pours a beautiful mohagony/amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of floral hops. Flavor is surprisingly sweet, with fruity overtones and a bitter hop backbone. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Overall very well balanced and delicious. I usually dont enjoy IPAs, but this one has made me re-think what an IPA can be.


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