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RATINGS: 1603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Vast in character, luscious & complex. Brewed with peat-smoked barley, this strong ale is brewed with organic juniper berries, vanilla & maple syrup. It’s aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Poured a caramel color with a short lasting head. very rich feeling in my mouth which I love. Definite vanilla coming through. You don't taste the strength of this but you will feel it for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Aroma is very hoppy with a interesting malt background, notes of vanilla are prominent as they mention, but I'm also getting molasses & grapefruit. The flavor is also lightly sweet, the juniper berries are apparent as a light grape hint. This is a very complex BW, they give away all the qualities in the deScription, I have nothing to add over that.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Pours mahogany with a very thin head and no lace. Big hop character in the aroma, some alcohol present. The hops dominate the nose, though. Smoky hops are prominent in the taste, hints of the juniper and vanilla in the deScription. Woody palate that lingers a bit. Odd for a barley wine but pretty enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2003
good beer! Poured a nice dark amber color with an almost white head. Really sweet alcohol presence on the nose. Vanilla and a mild smoke taste was noticeable and seemed to mix well with the alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CrazyPete (3) - Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 5, 2003 does not count
Poured with a very minimal head, which seemed odd compared to other reviews I've read. Appearance was very nice, like melted maple candy. The aroma was quite inviting, vanilla, maple and a hint of smokiness (?) were present, as was a tinge of alcohol. The taste was much too sharp upoon first sip, it didn't hide the alcohol very well, though I had just purchased a six-pack of this bottled in August of this year, so I'd imagine it mellows over time. Overall not a bad beer, but definitely not one to drink every day, or for a long while yet. I'll have to let this age a bit longer before trying it again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Cask update: 2 year old cask at Andy's Corner Bar, Bogota, NJ. Awesome smmooth, complext malty character that is nearly indescribable. Yum Yum. Bottle (first taste): Aged almost 1 year in my cellar. Pours cloudy with a white lasting head. Aroma of smoke, vanilla, maple, carmel, cedar, alcohol, and paper bag (but not complex at all). Perfect carbonation assists the smokey flavor of the thick and gooey malt as it flows eligantly over the spongey surface of the tongue (I think the word tongue is not used nearly enough on Ratebeer). The wonderful flavors of vanilla, maple, cedar, malt, alcohol, fudge, and whatever else I can think of blend wonderfully on the palate. I did not think that this was all that great when I tried it last December 2002. But now it can be made a favorite. The worste part is now I need to buy another six pack and let it sit for 10 or 11 months before drinking. Live and learn.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 30, 2003
Ruby-red body with some darker shades of brown. Head of off-white bubbles starts large initially, then subsides to a nice cream crown atop the beer. Smells sweet & syrupy with maple, apple and peach. Silky smooth, medium thick texture on the tongue. Taste is assertive and strong, starting sweet then making its way to a cheek-watering bitter. Along the way my taste buds approach peach, honey, as well as the maple, vanilla and oak the label advertises. 11% alcohol is hidden flawlessly in the drying finish. This is a delicious beer, certainly in my Top 5 favorites from Dogfish. Only curiousity about this beer, was that after the bottle sat on my table for 15 minutes, when I opened the cap a massive overflow of bubbles spilled causing me to lose about 1 to 1.5 oz (WEIRD!). Other than that, this is a well-crafted and executed beer. Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. (Sampled at cellar temperature, not refrigerated)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Not going to be my favorite barley wine. Aroma is a bit subdued, and seems to lack hops. Appearance is a little thin looking for a barley wine. Flavor is too sweet for my taste and palate is also thinnish. Somebody find my an Old Knumbskull.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
A very interesting and yet surprisingly complex barleywine. A very pretty, hazy amber color in the pour with a nice head, and a luscious aroma. The taste is quite sweet, with a maple syrup feel in the mouth, kind of sweet and sticky, kind of candy like, with a bit of a smoked taste in the finish. Very tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
A very nice Barley Wine. Deep red cloudy beer with a small white head. Nice malty nose with a hint of sweetness / candy. Flavor is rich and complex. A noticable alcohol presence but well masked by the cornucopia of flavors including hops, vanilla, and an oakey taste. Much better than Big Foot in my opinion. I was plesantly surprised.


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