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RATINGS: 1528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2003
A very tasty barley wine. The alcohol is hard to detect behind the smooth (very smooth), sweet malty flavor. This one has the complexity of a wine. Interestingly, this beer tastes very similar to the Breckenridge Christmas Ale, albeit smoother and more complex. The Bell's Third Coast Old Ale is hoppier and not as thin as this one. Highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4350) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2003
(Bottle) My first review of a barleywine... the experience never ceases. This stuff looks beautiful. Pours a thin, almond coloured head and a great copper body. Sweet malt aroma with slight vanilla and apple scent. Flavours of sweet malt, vanilla and tobacco. The smoothest finishes to a beer I've ever had. So luxurious it has its own stalkers... sign me up as one. (Thanks to Hopscotch for this!)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Wooooohooooo!!!! Now, this is a barleywine. Very heavy, very sweet, very alcoholic. I feel that this is a very yourng beer and would benefit from 3-5 years in the cellar.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2003
The first DFH beer that I thought really lived up to its billing. This is a rich conversational brew - good friends who are old combatants about issues of politics, spirituality, and love quietly conversing over cigars, coffee, brandy, good wine - oh hell, none of that, and all of it in a real, rich and exceptional barleywine in an atmposphere of good craic. I love especially the plush maple tones, maybe becuase I was out pruning my wild apple trees today in anticipation of spring and the rising sap season dreaming its way toward consciousness. This is brilliant stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Deep golden to almost cooper coloration. It has a slight metalic taste to it, but I just finished a Dogfish stout 23%, and that could have something to do with it as well. This beer has a nice dry finish, with a small white-head. I agree with goz, you do notice somewhat of a vanilla hint and light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden nicely and this stuff is a damn good ale!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Pour is deep clear copper in color, with a small tan head that quickly receeds to a small ring of bubbles. Aroma is vinous, doughy, caramel, and some vanilla. Flavor is strongly sweet, with vanilla, caramel, maple, and some chocolate hints as well. Body is quite full, lightly carbonated, and the alcohol becomes more apparent as it gets warmer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Light orange brown, big vanilla bean, alcohol nose. . . Caramel and maple flavours, good spice, wonderful mouth feel, sweet candy for the tongue. Lots of alcohol throughout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Tnaks Brewso! Reminds me of a fine cognac. Very complex interplay between the malt sweetness and the smokey tobacco flavor. I wish I had a good cigar with this one. Alcohol presence is noted, but balanced. Drink this at celar to room temp to get a grasp on all fothe flavors. Another great offering from Dogfish Head. I only wish they bottle conditioned.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Beautiful deep amber color topped with a thin head with good lace. Sweet maple syrup like aroma with hoppy accents. Slightly sweet malty flavor with vanilla accents and syrupy undertones. Slight alcohol bit and a hoppy finish. Very complex. Full bodied and warming with a slight dryness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Had a snifter full last evening @ Moan & Dove, Amherst MA. This stuff is friggin delicous on draught, you have got to get some! Nose of cognac, cotton candy, cherries, fruit, molasses, sweet. Mahogany hue. Small traces of off white head. Alcohol is fused nicely into this beer. Vinous, vanilla, maple flavors are definately evident. Chewy and terribly drinkable, a subtle smokiness follows through the finish. A very remarkable brew, I could drink these all day long. Dogfish is great, and Sam's rents are from MA!


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