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RATINGS: 1558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Nice light amber body, off white head. Nose offered alcohol and light fruits, some floral hints. Well hopped for sure, or maybe that’s the yeast??? oh man. Big full mouthfeel, a nice smooth effect and a mildly astringent finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
lets forget the price ok? this a fine brew my friends. there is a strong alcohol content, but the many different flavors surrounding it help to compliment and make it less over bearing. this is the most enjoyable brew of this caliber that i have ever had.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Dark copper pour with a thin wispy head.Has an almost iced tea-ish quality to the aroma. Wow this has some strong alcohol characteristics to it. Not hidden in the least. Nice malty sweetness with some faint cherry notes. oak comes through a little but the abv is just obliterating everything.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 Dark amber/light red color with small off white head. Aroma has caramel, nuttyness, fair amount of peat smoked malt, bit of vanill and oak. Flavor is malty, fair amount of caramel, touch of cherry and vanilla, bit of peat, and pepper. Finish is very sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Amber, with a thin light tan. Fruit cake aroma. Nuts, cherries, raisins with a touch of oaken peat. Alcohol well hidden. If anything a touch sweet and cloying.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
1/7/03: bottle. pretty head which quickly diminishes to a thin line of head with medium- low lacing. gorgeous colour. sparkling clear- almost the colour of a dark orange sunrise (with gradient.) Hint of maple and definite vanilla in the aroma. a bit yeasty, with a distinct maltiness. vanilla on the palate, with slight hints of orange.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2003
The color is a gorgeous ruby/amber with fine bubbles, yeilding a fizzy, white head. Strangely, I find it a beautiful beer to watch effervesce, as it reminds me of champagne. The aroma is outstanding with hints of molasses, pine, chocolate and nuts. The palate is remarkably well-balanced with loads of molasses, pine, milk chocolate and roasted nuts. The finish is long, rich and satisfying, echoing the palate very well. There is a touch of bitter oak on the finish (tannic?) that balances the beer perfectly. After dinner or stand alone beer without any hesitation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Amber color, clear, off-white tightly beaded head. Earthy aroma of yeast, malt, fruit, and alcohol. Same flavor with hints of vanilla and oak apparent as the beer warmed, full mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 12/10/02. Deep amber color with slight head that dissipates quickly to a thin whisp. Light, somewhat sweet (lemon honey tea?) scent. Body and flavor is a big, robust surprise. Full body ('luscious' is right) with a smoky, slightly syrupy (maple) flavor and long, smoky finish. Feels silky smooth and pretty thick going down, but doesn't leave the mouth too dry (especially for the alcohol content). Very nice overall, and definitely worth the price ($16.99/6-pack for me). Would taste great with some heavy, greasy food or cheese. One of the great ones.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2002
(Re-rate) Clear, deep ruby/copper. Thin head and lace. Nose is subdued, I had to really sniff this to get some light smoke,vanilla,hops and alcohol vapors. Medium bodied,flavors of maple syrup give way to smokey wood and notes of vanilla and bubblegum(I always get that with their beers). These flavors are sublime, so integrated and refined. Finishes sweet and mildly alcoholic. Alcohol is there but not overpowering. Gets better with every sip. Hugely complex and a great one to try and wrap your mind around.


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