APPEARANCE: Burnt umber; body is dark but mostly clear (no sediment). Small, tan, foam. 2/3
Intense maltiness right away. Caramel/honey flavors are prominent. A
gentle dank bitterness in the background never really crests or bites
and seems much less than the advertised 96 IBUs. Finishes with a juicy
sensation plus some alcohol, which is nice. 15/20
Medium+ body with fairly low CO2. Mouthfeel is noticeably thick,
slightly syrupy texture. Alcohol imparts warmth, but is not hot.
Lingering bitterness and slight malty cloying. 3/5
IMPRESSION: A fine DIPA with enjoyable flavors, but this is a borderline
barleywine or strong ale considering how sweet it is. 7/10
TOTAL SCORE: 37/50
The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet
is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and
protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to
prepare for examination.