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RATINGS: 1994   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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3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 From the bottle, at cellar temperature. Pours a beautiful redish-orange, clear and almost oily in consistency, with a fine stream of bubbles rising from the center of my tulip glass and an abundant almost-white head.

The aroma is two of my favorite things: warm baking whole-wheat bread, and of course, fresh hops. Ah...thats really lovely.

Unfortunately, the best part is over.

Sipping the beer, Im hit by a caramel sweetness that comes on so intense that it overwhelms even the rich hops flavors. You get a bit of smoky bacon, and then the alcohol kicks in hard it makes its presence abundantly - almost punishingly - evident both in the mouthfeel and in the flavor. The alcohol adds a definite pepperiness to the flavor, and just as one finally thinks that the caramel and alcohol are backing off to reveal the hops underneath, along comes a cloying maple syrup sweetness - wrapped up in oak - that never really lets the hops come into their own.

After the wonderful aroma, this is a letdown. Even with a modest aroma, it would be a letdown.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours a deep copper with a very light tan head that is somewhere bewteen fizzy and frothy. The aroma seems to hold more caramel and smoke than any citrusy/floral hop quality...though those hoppy odors seem to be lingering around somewhere very subduded. The flavor actually holds more of the hoppy qualities, citrus and grass are evenly paired with caramel malts, wood, and alcohol. A rich mouthfeel kind of goes back in forth bewtween malty and bitter on the tounge and kind of finishes with a medley of both accompained by a slight alcohol dryness and burn.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. Coppery orange with a big off white head. Soft, citrusy nose (orange and muted grapefruit) with some small wood notes. Medium bitter flavor and a malty backbone. Somewhere between the flavor and the finish, an almost whiskylike flavor hits you. The finish that follows is slightly bitter and dry. Weird and wonderful!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
From bottle. Poured a bright orange pumpkin color with a good off white head and decent lacing. Light citrus fruits, woodiness, grassy and alcohol in the nose. The flavor maintain the nose and is sweet, with bitter a bitter finish and some alcohol bite. The barrel staves are more apparent in the flavor. Another great brew from Dogfish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Pour surprised me.....its a dark honey, almost brown, in color. Healthy off-white head clings heartily to the glass. Aroma has hints of caramel and resin. Its not as bitter or hoppy as other DFH IPAs...this has tons of caramel and fruit on the first taste. You get a spicy shot in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2006
An interesting Imperial IPA...not nearly as hoppy or sweet as I expected, although the alcohol is plentiful. It looks great, with a crystal clear dark amber body and a dainty little head around the sides of the glass. Very rich caramel and malty aroma, and ever-so-slightly fruity. This is a very interesting and complex beer...I dont really taste the 90 minute, but with only a small dose of hops. Nice, slightly spicy finish and highly earthy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Bottle Pours a clear amber with a large creamy off white head that produces good lacing and is lasting. Has a great hoppy aroma of spruce and pine. Has an oily scent as well. Taste is a crisp mild IPA. Not overly bitter. Has a good mouthfeel. Is on the light bodied side. The high abv is very well hidden. Carbonation is a little light but not bad. Overall another winner from Dogfish Head, I really love the beer these guys make.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Pours like liquid pennies with a thin grayish ring of a head that looks inviting in my Busch goblet. Sugary candy nose that is just full of sweetness. There is no way this is 10 percent. Too damn smooth. Wonderful little sweet flavor that just blossoms. Vanilla marshmallow crme finish that I really dig. The oak is there too. Very light but complimentary. Oh ok now I can sense the alcohol now that I am halfway through this. A bit of lingering oil on my tongue. Caramel and sugar daddies come to mind here. I like this brew I will have more. Ap-4 ar- 6 tas-7 pal-3 ov-17

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2006
(Bottled 12/29/05, <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Pours a goldish amber, with an off-white head. Aroma is pure raw hops. Pretty good lacing. Mouthfeel pretty smooth and full, seems not to have stickiness of 90 or 120 Min. DFH. This tastes sweet and hoppy but not sharply so. Definitely has a mellower feel than 90 or 120 Min. Some vanilla notes. A bit of astringency. The aging/blending seems to take some of the harsh edge off the 90 Min. so I prefer this (still would probably take the 60 Min. over any of them). Alcohol pretty well-hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with good white head minimal lacing. Interesting boozy aroma along with some fruity, toffee, toast, and pilsner notes. I definitely pick up the 90 min IPA flavors, but they are in the background. The floral flavors of the glacier hops and the oak aging mix well. Once you combine all of that, it makes for an interesting flavor combination. Like marrying top shelf bourbon and water withDFH 90 minute. Warm, peppery, and bitter finish that gives you a flash of sweet maple before it goes down the throat. This one is hard to classify. But if I had my choice, I would put it in the american strong ale category, not IIPA. Excellent


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