radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle, drank 5/27/2011. Wow. Poured a amber/copper color, small white head, dissipates quickly. Aroma was mellowed over the years, notes of pine, touch of citrus. Flavor was smooth, malty, touch of bite left from the remaining hop notes. Aroma was no where near as good as the flavor was. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Served in a tulip.
Pours a nice copper color with a small white head that diminishes pretty quickly. A bit murky. Average lacing. The nose brings forward a pretty heavy amount of bread, brown sugar, and caramel. A bit nutty as well. A bit doughy. The flavor continues on this path with a really nice amount of brown-sugar sweetness as well as light dark fruits and a bit of sherry character, likely from oxidation. Flavor is fairly lasting and the moderate sweetness carries things through nicely. Bitterness is light at this point, though still there. Medium body. This has really moved toward an english barleywine and it was quite enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-15-2011 ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
rating from my notes at DLD ’09. poured from a 3 liter bottle into a snifter. wow, i’m sure this was an awesome dipa in it’s prime but at this point it’s a big-ass barleywine. aromas of sweet caramel malts, toffee, sweet oranges, and pine esters with a subtle toasted note. flavor is much of the same with sugary, fruity hops, caramel malts, pine, and dry grass. palate is full bodied and maintains a nice level of carbonation. would have loved to try this one fresh. smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. This one should be interesting. Pours hazy copper color with thin tan head. Dusty caramel aroma with some alcohol and toffee. The aromatic hops are long gone in this one. Very sweet caramel and maolasses flavor with some iced tea and a little alcohol. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty much a mild barley wine at this point. Interesting to see what happens to a DIPA after a few years. Thanks Craig. douglas88 (9180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bomber thanks to Kan, made in 2006 I guess. Drank in 2010. Pours a bright and opaque red color with a thick sticky white head. The aroma is rich caramel, sweet and fruity hops. The flavor is very good, certainly changed in four years but still good; rich caramel and malts dominate, sweet hops, fruity, dusty. Very good.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2006. Clear amber color with a beige head. Big floral, pine, citrus hop aromas with caramel. medium bodied. Very nice citrus, pine sap, floral hop flavors riding a toasted caramel, toffee sweet base brew. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off.
nickd717 (4683) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Big-ass bottle shared by someone at a tasting. Pours hazy, muddy amber in color with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma has faded piney and citrusy hops as well as a great sweet malt profile with lots of caramel. Flavor is sweet but not inappropriately so. Just a touch of hop bitterness adds complexity, with grapefruit and pine, to the caramel and toffee malt base. Very nice palate - medium-full bodied with some faded hop resins and an otherwise slick mouthfeel. Overall, wow, this is interesting. What I assume was a killer IPA has morphed into a very solid barleywine. Still a pleasure to drink almost 4 years later. Good job, Greg and co. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2010
10th Anniversary Ale--Vintage Label #4 of 10--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV. 100 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Mild Lacy head. Clear pretty bright amber color. Malty crisp rich hop front. Tangy creamy sweet caramel malty body. Smooth tangy malty mellow hop spice end. Tasty complex bordering Barlywine IPA. Sampled 8/10/2007.
10th Anniversary Ale--Vintage Label #9 of 10--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV. 100 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Sampled In Norway 10/23. Mild lacy head. Clear rich bright golden color. Huge hoppy floral front. Rich sweet caramel body. Hot EtOH hop spice end. Barleywine sweetness detracts from big hops. Sampled 12/22/2006. arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours deep amber from a bottle today. Still a nice lasting off white head, aroma is definitely subdued hops but has a nice caramel, bread, and toffee malt. Much more like a barleywine now, really smooth slightly piny hops in the beginning leads into a sweet caramel and toffee taste that is still a bit bitter. Not bad in its current state, but with this malt profile it must have been an awesome DIPA in its day. Glad I got to try it!