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RATINGS: 1998   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 Jackson’s rare beer club by late November 04 and available in 12 ounce full distribution in early January 05.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012
Date: May 11, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip
Appearance: clear dark red, thin yet frothy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet peppery pine aroma
Body: good body
Flavor: sweet sweet pine flavor, touch of heat, good dose of bitterness tries to keep it balanced

Date: September 10, 2008
Source: summits woodstock
Score: 3.6 to 3.8
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma with a good oak character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: big sweet caramel malt flavor, lotsof vanilla sweetness, growing caramelized sugar character, nice spicy hops, touch of peppery character, balancing oak, light bitterness, sweet caramel and vanilla become the dominant character balanced by the oak

Date: August 16, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
much mellower on draft,

Date: November 23, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Aroma: huge sweet pine and oak aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel and vanilla flavor dominated by lots of oak, plenty of hops kick in for balance and complexity

Date: October 13, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: brick store pub
oak is dialed back a bit allowning more of the sweet caramel and peppery pine to come through,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

coachd (806) - Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Doesn’t smell like much. Some oak, some hops but very muted. Surprising. Looks great, light brown with a dark cream head. Tastes malty and creamy with a dash of earthy hops at the end. Better than 120 in my opinion, I like the addition of oak. Good creamy palate. Dogfish Head is becoming one of my favorite brewers.

Andrew196 (1863) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Pours a cloudy copper-red, wispy ivory head. Aroma is phenomenal, woodiness, resin, honey, butterscotch, stone fruit and deep florals. Full on the tongue but still a carby bite...so much going on here, caramel, toffee, florals, pine, wood, apricot and earthiness....root vegetable. Very complex and flavorful with a solid sweet oak finish. An outstanding specimen!

Rumbero (84) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2017
2013 12 oz bottle: aroma - very sweet caramel, toffee, molasses and brown sugar. hint of vanilla with just a faint sign of oxidation. appearance - pours deep amber, with a thin off-white head of maybe quarter inch thickness with low retention. the beer is hazy bordering on muddy although it seems to clear a bit as it warms. light lacing is observed. taste - complex combination of bold malt sweetness together with intense bitterness that slams the palate. the evidence of oak aging is definitely there with vanilla notes in the background. palate - this is a medium/full bodied beer with resiny, oily texture and pronounced astringency. medium carbonation. finishes long and strong with intense sweetness that lingers overall - this beer is not for the faint of heart. obviously does not mellow with age as some other strong ales and barleywines. as with other DFH beers, it promises intensity and does not disappoint even after aging.

Frudel (252) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2017
Aged IPA? Wow I had to taste this! Pours a amberish liquid almost clear with a small head that disappears to let only a circle around the glass. Not the usual nose of an IPA but what a smell! More like a lots of caramel malt, woody notes and almost smokey smells. Taste is heavy caramel malt, light to medium sweetness, wood notes, booze, resinous pine bitterness, full body, oily texture. Warm alcohol feeling in the throat. What a good damn beer! Seriously aged IPA rocks! One of the beer that I never get tired off!

BeerInHeaven (446) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2017
pours a clear copper with a generous beige head. The aroma is weird for an IIPA, kinda smoky. Hints of floral or tropical. The taste is not super hoppy or citrusy. Kind of dank. There’s some definite malt presence. full oily mouth feel. Pleasant slightly bitter finish and linger. Alcohol is well muted for 10%. Different, but good!

Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 9, 2017
Alaranjada de média turbidez, espuma de boa formação e persistência. No aroma laranja e abacaxi misturado com leve amadeirado. Paladar de médio amargor e leve dulçor. Corpo e carbonatação médios. Não aparenta os 10%, média persistência no paladar, final puxa um pouco para pinho, mantendo o cítrico.

ttoadee (1486) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2017
Slightly hazy orange/amber hue, persistent but thin white head. Nose is a beguiling blend of soft English hops, hint of citrus, and malt. Bitter. Middle is soft creamy malt, caramel , burst of orange marmalde, a little alcohol, and an oily medium mouthfeel. Finish is bittersweet and slightly woody. Well done.

Itzjerm (2811) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2017
A very nice DIPA. I view 90 minute as a gateway IPA. This would be the next step to becoming a real hophead. (or starting the journey). Nose is nice and hoppy. Never ending head! A very enjoyable beer that a hop head will chose over 90 minute. The wood aging is subtle but it can be detected.

GIJOE (1196) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAR 17, 2017
12oz bottle at Newark Airport. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is oak, malt, pine, and citrus. Taste is a blast of sharp bitterness, like bitter greens and grapefruit followed by oaky whisky. Resiny, piney finish. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Aggiebob (1103) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Draft. Gold with a off-white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, pine, oak and fruitiness. Very noticeable alcohol content, but not too bitter.

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