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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,834 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,834
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 858
Gots: 1,836 | FT: 113
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.

(Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003)
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to some of my best customers, Brian and Dani, for this one!

12oz brown glass with pry-top. Bottled on 7/8/08.

Appearance: Medium amber with a tan/white quarter-inch head. Head recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. Just a scattering of foam on the surface.

Nose: Super sweet smelling (I know, I know, you can't smell sugar). Aromas of dried figs, dates, dried flowers, white rose petals, something like cardboard (not faulted), dried orange peel.

Palate: Immediately sweet and round mouthfeel. There's a little prickle from the alcohol and a warming of the throat after swallowing. Flavors of dried figs, mango withpeel, dried papaya, aloe, hay, lemon, and dusty clay. There's something that really reminds me of a nice sweet Madeira (Malmsey and Bual blend perhaps?).

Notes: Although this monster is super sweet, it hides the 20% abv pretty well. I think there's a lot of complexity on the palate, more than most critics want to admit to. Yes, it's unbalanced, but who ever thought they were going for balance with a 2 hour boil and 45-degree plato? I tried this beer two years ago and thought it was marginally "overpriced," but my opinion has changed. I dig it and I think it's worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:09:59 | More by SFLpunk
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ksullnh

Alaska

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 2/4/09 in an oversized wine glass.

Poured a translucent orangey-yellow with a thin oily looking head. Doesn't look like there's much carbonation.

Wafted this one towards the nose after a friend almost choked after sticking his nose in the glass. Some alcohol and oranges stand out at the front, creating a somewhat perfumey sweet smell. There's also a sort of grape-y booziness smell, almost like vermouth. Quite nice overall; don't breathe too deeply though.

Tastes of oranges, grapes, and booze, in a good way. Prickly heat on the tongue and a nice balance of sweet and dry. There's a medicinal botanical taste that reminds me of gin with juniper and pine notes. Sweet and nicely balanced, not cloying or oily. Very warm on the tongue but without any burn.

A pretty over the top beer, and definitely worth trying. I was shocked that it wasn't more bitter with all the hops, and impressed with how balanced it was.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 01:47:05 | More by ksullnh
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BoardwalkBock

New York

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 02/17/14 poured into pint glass

A: This bad boy just looks intense. Big ruby and orange colors. The colors almost look divided like a density gradient. Odd but cool. Darker ruby towards the bottom. Tons of carbonation. 1 finger head.

S: Well the first thing that hits the nose is alcohol. This is followed up by a big malt backbone, some citrus, very slight grapefruit. I hope the taste is a little less forward on the alcohol.

T: Worries out the door. The beer opens up with a huge hop forwardness. Citrus, papaya, grapefruit, pine. Malt is gigantic and almost overtakes the hops until they fade back in towards the end. The alcohol comes in as the hops start to come back in. Alcohol is not too bad, and this beer is surprisingly very well balanced on the taste front.

M: Pretty heavy for an IIPA, but is to be expected. Almost like a barleywine in mouthfeel. Huge carbonation and nice bitterness rounds out the alcohol.

O: Overall, I am enjoying this beer very much. I purchased one bottle a few months ago to celebrate with after passing my comprehensive exams for my master's degree, and I am very glad I chose this beer. I've always loved DFH IPA's, and had always wanted to try the 120. This beer is extremely well balanced considering how much alcohol is in this beer. Any hop head (and non-hop head alike) would be pleased with a bottle (or two, but I wouldn't recommend in one night) of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:26:42 | More by BoardwalkBock
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from a 12 oz. Re-review from 2009.

Pours a hazy reddish brown, with off-white fine head at about a quarter inch. Dissipates to a film.

Smells like piney grapefruit hops, honey, a hint of booze, and a bit of biscuity malt.

Tastes very sweet like apples, followed by honey and a bit of nuttiness. The hops are citrusy and subdued, surprisingly not bitter. They are there, but the malt wins out in this beer.

Full, viscous body with light tingles of carbonation throughout the mouth. Notable booze sting and warmth going down.

I like this beer a lot more now than I did a few years ago. I don't think the beer is all that different, just my tastes. It doesn't taste like an IPA, more like a barelywine. The hops are there in the aroma but more subdued in the flavor. Definitely a world class brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 17:28:21 | More by Cylinsier
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Ian_B

Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange and slightly hazy colour, almost the shade of pumpkin. Small bits of sediment, so definitely pour this one.

Very boozy smell, but backed up by plenty of sweet caramel malts and blended fruity/spicy hop notes. The scents come in very smooth and sweet, much less hoppy than one might expect.

The taste is also heavy with alcohol, but this beer is so packed with flavour it's already a sipper. Sweet, smooth and toasty malts up front balanced with oily citrus and spice from the hops. Again not overly hoppy, but the flavour lingers throughout.

Medium-thick mouthfeel with a dry burn from the high ABV on the finish.

This is a fantastic IIPA, but is dominantly malty and boozy. The hop flavour is superb and you can even taste it on your lips, but I'd like to see it brought out a little more.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 01:53:55 | More by Ian_B
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socon67

New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours orange\amber with a slim white foam. Very nice lacing, and some cloudy sediment in the glass.

S - The smell of fresh oily hops is impressive. Very strong notes of fresh pine\ fresh citrus, and spices.

T - Very hop forward, which is not surprising. There is also a boozy bite at the end along with some sharp bitterness. This is the grand-daddy of imperial IPA's. The pungency of the hoppiness is tantalizing and overpowering.

M - How can this possibly be so potent and be this smooth? The epitome of a well blended beer. You never feel how strong this beer really is (until a bit later). Slick coating hits the tongue. Gritty bite at the end. Just a joy to drink.

O - I split a 16oz growler with a buddy, and it was enough. While the beer itself is a one per sitting, you have to try this once. And a must try for anyone who loves big IPA's.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2012 02:52:38 | More by socon67
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mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, about a week after bottling.

I've never had this beer fresh before so I've never thought it was fair to review it, it is an IPA at the end of the day. Dogfish Head has succeeded in making what is essentially a pure hop extract. The beer pours a perfectly filtered orange with a respectable head of about a half-pinky's height. Smells like big hop oils, with that signature DFH sweetness and the most uncanny Chinese Orange chicken sauce aroma (and I mean that in a good way). Taste is huge, perhaps too huge. Big bitterness from the hops that brings out a dirty, earthy orange rind character and heavily boiled hop essence followed by cloying molasses sweetness and a finish on the tongue that's somewhere between an evaporating shot of liquor and a light and fizzy cane sugar soda. This beer, especially if you plan to drink the whole bottle, is a big-time sipper, so don't expect to finish a glass within a matter of a mere few minutes. This, if anything, is an impressive achievement, as close to a downright oddity as I've experienced in the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:15:53 | More by mfunk9786
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GregPearson33

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell:
Really, really sweet but with a bite in the schnoz that definitely makes you aware there's some booze in there.

Appearance:
Not at all what I expected: really light yellow-gold and completely cloudy with a minimal head that dissipated pretty quick.

Taste:
Very sweet, almost like a peach or melon with a sugary fruit texture. Analogous to a sweet wine? Alcohol definitely showed through though, I couldn't take more than a sip a time. Carbonation was pretty low, but considering I was prepared to sip a liqueur, it was surprised

Drinkability:
Way too strong for me, but from my perspective this isn't really a beer. I'd say if you drink with the knowledge that you're really drinking 4 beers at once, and take ¼ the swig you'd normally take, that'll be about right.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:58:20 | More by GregPearson33
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sprinkle

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a deep golden color, with a viscous of a fine dessert wine. Nice lace because it just clings not to carbonated but suites me fine. Not too big on the aroma but still nice. Mouthfeel of a belgian with the sweetness which tapers down the high hops this has in it. It is amazing that this beer is so well balanced for 20.04% abv. This is definately one of the best put together extreme beers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 02:34:23 | More by sprinkle
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take_it_sleazy

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Good Nature snifter. Picked one up for $10.50

A: gorgeous copper color. Minimal, one finger head.

S: not much going on in the nose. Pick some up some malty and boozy notes. Nothin really shining here.

T: a pleasant surprise here. Sweetness upfront, with a nice caramel malt backbone. A roasted malt flavor balenced well with the hops which are boldly, but not overpoweringly present throughout. Honey and citrus are other flavors i picked up, maybe even vanilla and molasses as well. Dogfish did well balancing a beer that could have easily gotten out of their control. Bravo.

M: I think this is where the beer especially shines. A medium body with a solid amount of carbonation. Nothing too bubbly and overwhelming. Pretty great here.

O: I told myself I wasnt gonna like this one and I was absolutely wrong. Will pick up another bottle and maybe try aging it for a year or two if I'm feeling frisky. The beer is really well balenced between hops and malt, with the 15%+ alc. not playing a huge factor in enjoyment, at least in a negative respect. Would recommend for the avg. hophead to at least give it a shot, who knows?.... You might be pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 21:52:39 | More by take_it_sleazy
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gaffel Kolsch glass.
Color is Amber/Orange, Slightly hazy. Not bad.
Not very much head, but it does have a lacing that sticks around.

Smells strongly of alcohol and hops. Very sweet. Doesn't stands out much among the IPA crowd.

Taste is big and sweet. It fills your mouth. It's like drinking flowers. Flowers full of alcohol. My God this beer is loaded with alcohol. It's not labeled but I see 18% and 21% are common among the reviews.

I love this beer. Not much to say about it. Not very complex. But it sure is dangerously delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 01:48:18 | More by blivingston1985
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Gusler

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color on the pour a lightly hazed deep copper with a rather smallish head that is spumescent in texture and the color a light tan as the lace forms it creates a thick and sticky sheet to smother the glass. Whoa Nellie! Nose big time hop floral, sweet malt, fusel alcohol, just from the nose you know this is going to be one bad assed beer. Start is devastatingly sweet with a thick malt profile and the top all rich and full in its feel to the palate. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops robust and delightful in their bite, but the alcohol rules the day, aftertaste somewhat alcohol bitter, vinous and desert dry with the hops, sweetness and alcohol all lingering on to the very end, what a “Hoot”, I thank my good buddy , The_Tsunami for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 23:43:08 | More by Gusler
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techfed87

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately sized head. Head is quick to disappear, with a residual ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell is a highly refined alcohol content. Has a syrupy like sweetness to it that may come from some of the residual sugars that are present.

First sip has at first a very bitter hop presence, which is quickly swallowed up by a barleywine like sweetness. Alcohol content is covered up by the beer's bold flavors.

A rare find, this beer is definitely one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 23:12:08 | More by techfed87
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flood

West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok - this is the most interesting beer I have ever tasted. The hops almost balance the sweetness - and that is impressive in itself.

The lower than B ratings are confused - they need to take a second chance and really figure out what is going on with this beer. It is impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 06:18:13 | More by flood
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Week long vacation starting today, start off tonight finishing up some work with style by breaking out one of these.

Never sat down with one at home to review.

12oz bottle poured into oversized DFH snifter.
Bottle graphics: Classy, B+

A: The beer looks innocent on the pour. Pale orange color with a thin head that faded fast.

S: Ultra sweet smell, nothing remotely close to any form of IPA. Smells like a true barleywine or flat out wine. A slap in the face of sweet flavors. Somehow the hops make themselves known so you know for a fact there are a ton in there. Alcohol detectable? Oh yes, the alcohol is more than noticeable. Warms the throat just from the aroma.

T: Bold, sweet, bracingly intense. No more hops really but somehow, some way you just feel that they are there in the flavor. Something nutty coming through that combines with the hard alcohol flavors. Just like Ive had when on tap and from younger bottles, the hops finally start to be detected and its just mindblowing intense in a variety of ways.

M: The heat of this bad boy sets the tonsils on fire. Carbonation doesnt even bother trying. As thick as some grade B maple syrup straight from the trees of Vermont in the fall.

D: I like this one with a little more age but I can say Ive also enjoyed a 6oz pour from tap even more at a fresher date. At 21%, it is shockingly 'drinkable'. You will not have more than one in a sitting but after a few other low hitters, this one comes in a bats cleanup like Bonds on his Balco regimens.

An experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 02:54:59 | More by marcpal
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap and poured in a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, hazy orange marmalade color with a frothy, dense, inch high head that is light tan in color and has very decent retention and cling. Aromas are a hophead's dream, with a blast of pine tassels and resiny, sticky, green fresh hops, balanced with a slight grapefruit citrus characteristic and subtle malt presence. Flavors are huge, and they explode the palate. Robust caramel malt backbone that is quickly surrounded by a roasted character that gives rise to the floral and resiny hops that abound. Wet, green, and heavy are the best descriptors I can give for the hops presence, with a slick, oily feel on the palate. The citrus from the aromas becomes much more subtle on the palate, being slightly absorbed into the malt presence and being somewhat overowered by the solid booze presence. Wow, this is a heavy hitter. The aftertaste is a rich tang of malt, with some peppery hops character making itself known. The finish is slick and rich, giving a slow recession off the palate. It really allows you to take it all in before the tongue recovers for another sip. This is a tasy brew!

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 18:35:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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Wildman

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I scored one of these(at 17 bucks I couldn't convince myself to get more)while on vacation in Virginia. This beer poured a clear copper amber color and formed a huge foamy white head that left laticed lace as it subsided. Very little carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and malt, but surprisingly balanced. I thought the hops would have been more dominating with the usual Dogfish experimenting, but I was wrong. A slight hint of caramel is also present with a touch of pine. The flavor was of malt and hops with a medium caramel like taste with a warm aspect of the alcohol present. The finish was a medium creamy body with a sweet finish and warming alcohol. After Imperials, IPAs are one of my favorites. As with World Wide Stout, while this was a good beer, the pushing of the limits pushes it out of the top contention for IPAs if it can even be called that anymore.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 17:38:25 | More by Wildman
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Imperial IPA

Bottled 10/09

A- Bright, clear golden yellow. Minimal head quick to settle, leaving some lace.

S- This ale, if smelled "blind" might lead one to guess that it is a Beerenauslese Riesling! There is the distinct character much like that of late-harvested white grapes with botrytis, and the associated aromas of petrol/orange blossom/clover honey/Granny Smith apple.

T- Sweet, resinous hops balance the slightly sticky, viscous-sweet malt. Very opulent, this ale throws a net of fresh sweetness over the palate. First a lush attack of sweet malt and fruity hops, then bright, fresh, light-fleshed fruits, then clover honey on the finish, with lingering notes of orange blossom and overripe, late-harvest dessert white grapes. Sauternes?!

M, D- Do you enjoy, or know someone who enjoys Sauternes, Moscato, Tokay, Auslese/Beerenauslese Riesling, or any other sweet late harvest wine? Then you or they will likely find this ale to be amazing in its ability to transcend the world of "beer".
This ale is for slow-paced drinking, and it is advised to not even consider opening one until you have made a food-pairing plan and have everything prepared.

I might suggest, at the very least, the best sharp cheddar cheese, tempered. Or spicy Thai pork, hot green or red Thai curry. Or a platter of smoked trout, smoked shrimp, and smoked salmon on crusty bread points. Or raw tuna or yellowtail drizzled with EVOO, sea salt, capers, lemon juice, and flat parsley...

This is a beer that one should strongly consider bringing to a BYOB bistro to see just what a perfect food accompaniment it can be, or bring to a party of cork dorks and blow their minds when YOUR beer kicks their $125 bottle of wine's ass.
...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 18:18:13 | More by WhiteOak
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jojox

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - cloudy. brown. fleeting head. Don't know how old this bottle is.

s - it's a barleywine. Some hops happening, but mostly caramelized malt. YUM!

t - wow. American barleywine at its best. Ethanol, warmth, STRENGTH, but *balanced*. Not a ton of hop profile, but this beer is REDICULOUS.

m - fine

d - plastered. Killed my wife (tyhe beer did) after some wine and Champagne. made me silly. WHAT IS THIS!? Crazy beer..

notes - not the best way to review, but this shit kicked my ass after a decent session with wine and the inlaws. fun stuff. Great flavor, but the hops were subdued enough to say it should be classified as a barleywine. I mean c"mon, isnt it?

Big ups to JeffV for this trade, I feel like a tool for not hooking him up with any extras. Karma to you bro..

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 06:12:30 | More by jojox
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NSK79

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2012 bottle, relatively fresh - I am aging another to try in a year.

A - Pours copper in color, inch thick head, slight lacing, but only lingers for a little while.

S - Sweet fruity and boozy aromas, not biting, but does almost smell like a barleywine.

T - Lots of sweet fruit notes, and you feel the heat of the alcohol just as if you are drinking a cognac or bourbon.

M - Very smooth but boozy.

O - Excellent beer, I did expect to have more of a hoppy IPA feel but instead got more of a straight alcohol feel but it was very smooth. I did enjoy this beer thoroughly and look forward to tasting my other bottle again in a year.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:54:28 | More by NSK79
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btcook007

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this one is tough to review in a way. It is unlike any other Imperial IPA I have ever tried. The 90-minute would be my standard for an Imperial/Double IPA, and this just takes it to a completely different level. An EXTREME beer. I rated it exceptional in almost all categories, because it is exceptional - an exception to the IPA style.

A=Pours a deep amber color with a small, tightly-packed, off-white head. Thick and syrupy.

S= Molasses, brown sugar, apricots, port, alcohol. If you're looking for the Citrusy/Piney/Hoppy features, it's not here.

T=Again, unlike a typical IPA, none of the citrus/pine hop profile. Instead, it is overwhelmingly syrupy/peachy with an alcohol punch, lots of complex flavors going on here.

M=Coats the mouth. Almost a medicine-y mouthfeel. Cloyingly sweet finish.

D= This would be a nice after-dinner bear in place of a port or brandy. Must be sipped slowly to be enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:47:16 | More by btcook007
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UberWasser

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

Popping the top on this beer illicits a suprising pop and gun smoke for a beer of this ABV. Usually I expect them to be rather limp, at least in the carbonation department, but not this time...which follows suit on the pour, when a copper orange beer, with a slight haze, comes to rest in the glass with a finger or two of off-white head. It does dissipate quickly, but it leaves a nice halo and film of bubbles on the top of the beer for a while. Quite attractive.

Taking a deep sniff brings up some pleasent stuff...a strong sweet malt/alcohol smell with just enough orange citrus hop presence to give it some balance. Also slightly peppery. Smells pretty good.

But then the taste...pretty good too? No. Much better. The very first taste you get from this is a strong candy sweetness on the tip of the tongue. As it moves further back, a subtle pepper and herb taste with a bit of saltiness spreads slow over the middle. As the beer hits the back of the mouth a nice floral and orange citrus hop flavor makes itself known, mixing in with the sweetness rather than overpowering it. After the swallow both flavors stay for a long time, leaving the mouth with an orange candy finish as the ABV goes to work as your throat tingles and your cheeks warm up. Mouthfeel is nicely slick and creamy, helping all of this flavor stick to your mouth.

I must say, this is a disturbingly well-balanced beer for how hugely powerful it is. I could, if I didn't know better, finish this off pretty quick, only to find myself planted to the floor, most likely. I really like this...though it is NOT something I would drink more than one of (which is why I ding the drinkability) or buy that often (dollar/oz ratio is a bit rough and I'm not out to get drunk) but yeah, I'm very glad that I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 04:15:40 | More by UberWasser
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Waaallll smack me down, this here is one serious beer. Poured with a small head and some lace. Has a clear orangish amber color. Nose is hoppy, fruity, honey, malty, and sweet. Flavor is all of that and more of the very ripe fruit, yeasty, and big honey. Alcohol is definitely there, but not as noticeable as the actual strength would suggest. Looong sweet finish. Big beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 02:33:11 | More by drpimento
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alan J. for the bottles smuggled in from Indiana to backwards Ohio.

Appearance- Rich clear coppery gold, Creamy head that clings like glue to the glass and your tongue.

Smell- Sticky hops, sweetness times 10, some citrus, floral, candy, and malt richness.

Taste- The sweetness dominates all. The hops overwhelm most everything else. This is like drinking a Sauterne wine. Fruity hops roll over the tongue, candy, cherries, caramel, slightly burned sugar. The alcohol burns slightly and warms the brew no matter how cold you serve it.

Mouthfeel- Like thin glue or motor oil. Thick and cakey, oily and slick.

Drinkability- I love it, but then I love extreme beers. I could easily drink 2 but will cellar the other 2 I have for at least 6 months. This is very much like Avery Mephistopheles, not quite as sweet, a little more bitter. Try it once, everyone deserves a blast in the mouth like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 22:10:29 | More by kirok1999
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Poppypitbull

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

for a beer with such a reputation I was thinking this wouldn't live up to the hype but it did! The hops were very tasty and it went down nice and smooth. I had a bottle from 2005, got it in 2006 and opened in 2007. Definitely worth the wait. Considering the thickness of it I was surprised at how sweet it tasted and how smooth it was overall. Check it out!

Serving type: bottle

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