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RATINGS: 1616   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1987) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 DFH high alcohol beer have a distinct yeast flavor, and it's evident in this barleywine. Beer poured dark amber with a short lasting thin head. Solid strong aroma and alcohol flavor that's 11% ABV is hidden in the complex flavor. This was a great beer to sip while home brewing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
A nice copper pour with a quick fading head. Nice fruity aroma. Very smooth flavor, the hint of syrup really adds a nice touch. The alcohol isn't quite known in this beer as other strong ales/barley wines. Very good beer from Dogfish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2003
A very nice color and quickly fading, but nicely laced head start this one. Nose is both rich, but also subtle and smoky...very well done! Flavor has a similar subtlety, and is quite nice, but needs to be a bit more bold to REALLY impress. However, a very nice barleywine, nevertheless.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
document (36) - USA - SEP 5, 2003
A very nice beer with very high alcohol. Compare to a sweet flanders red, maybe liefman's goudenband. That said, it's not quite as good as those. A little too sweet, unbalancing the equation. This isn't like the other barley wines.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich amber with a small head that quickly disapates. Complexed malty nose.Very full body. This is a an exceptionally smooth and mellow beer. The 11% alcohol is very well hidden. I'm not a real big fan of the peated barley, which is definitely prevelent. But as one reviewer wrote "this one goes down nicely and hits hard". By the end I was wishin' I had another. An all around very well put together beer. A must try.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2003
i really liked this beer. Very nice flavor. One of my favorites from Dogfish Head. Very nice flavor of vanilla with a amber color. Strong Alcohol content.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
marykobes (5) - USA - SEP 5, 2003 does not count
I loved this beer. It has a vanilla flavor and ambered colored. Strong in alcohol but is a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Resiny body with an almost cloying vanilla sweetness. Low on the hops, with a smoky and woody taste. Alcohol is very well masked for a 10+ percent brew. This goes down nicely and hits hard. Wonderful!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 9/23/2004 - Same batch as previous rating but aged 1 year Slightly murky orange-amber body. Small off-white head that dissaptes into a nice ring that clings to the glass leaving behind big sheets of gorgeous lacing. The aroma is so enticing, smoky, woody, sweet syrup, vanilla, and I can even pick up some of that juniper. Hugely coomplex. The flavor is equally as interesting, many of the same components as in the aroma, though alcohol is more noticeable at this point. Thick chewy body. Brilliant!
9/1/2003 8/4/8/4/18 - 4.2 Smoky aroma with a hint of sweetness. Amber/caramel colored with a creamy off-white head that leaves behind excellent lacing. Vanilla and sweet flavors almost like a dessert. Big sticky body. An excellent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2003
Deep amber in colour. Aroma was of oranges, maple, slightly sweet. Flavour was fruity, sweet, somewhat creamy with a bit of alcohol. Finishes with a medium sweetness and bitterness. There is so much going on here the alcohol is not noticable. Thanks hopscotch.


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