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RATINGS: 1549   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2003
The aroma is sweet and strong, and after the first sip you get a burst of flavors all very good and secretly hiding the alcohol presence. Very smooth and overall another great beer from Dogfish Head!!!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 29, 2003
Aroma not as strong as I thought it would be, but once lifted to the lips, the tide changes. There are a lot of flavors going on here, wish I had another to really figure it all out. Maple, vanilla, and berries were there, along with a few others. Great finish also.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2003
HOLY WAH! This is a very different beer. Everything about it is right up-front. It is like drinking brandy or a liquer. I really liked this beer but I wouldn't want to drink a six of it!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Aroma extremely mild, but high ABV is detectable. Beautiful cloudy amber color. Starts sweet/fruity with malt flavor. Gradually becomes more bitter with dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2003
Wow, I wasn't sure what sort of ale this was until I took a whiff - barley wine all the way. Very syrupy malt with underlying woody flavors. Nice and mellow and very round and warm. Nothing here I haven't seen but very well done.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2003
Orange-amber with pale orange head. ? berries/alcohol up front. Then citrus with a vanilla finish. Sweet malt throughtout. Different (what do you expect from DFH).

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Superstar (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2003
Rich mahogany-brown color. Very sweet malty nose, with strong maple, vanilla, and caramel notes. Very smooth warming and sweet. A complex, and long finish- lots of maple, a touch of vanilla and faintly spiced. Some bitterness but it is more sweet than anything. Very tasty stuff indeed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2003
The first thing that struck me was the color, of course. It looked a little light for a barley wine. The aroma contained wonderful hints at graininess and hops, but there was a slight caustic quality that I found off-putting. Fruity and lots of malt sweetness, a lingering mossiness and some hop singe. I am not sure if this beer balances the hops and malt to my liking. I am not sure really what to think of this brew. Elegant in it's own way. I could understand why a lot of people like it, but not my choice of barley wine, if I had my drothers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2003
Cloudy light red color with a small white head. Pretty heavy lacing. Slightly fruity aroma. Flavor is very sweet, malty, fruity, tart, and somewhat acidic. No alcohol taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2003
Lasting slightly off white head on top of a very light amber body. Aromas of slight alcohol, oak and raisins initially; even the vanilla as the bottle suggests, but the maple seems to be more of a faint woody as oppposed to maple syrupy. Caramelly and raisiny in the flavor, woody, but seems to be missing the vanilla flavor from the aroma as well as the oaky flavor. Woody does not necessarily mean oaky, the woody flavor is probably from the maple syrup. Also very alcoholic tasting, which sort of give it a hot, not warming mouthfeel. Very full bodied with a smooth texture, and carbonation is subdued which makes this a very drinkable beer. Although the hot mouthfeel would suggest moderation since it's probably from higher alchohols and would probably contribute to one banger of a headache.


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