RateBeer
overall
99
95
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Vast in character, luscious & complex. Brewed with peat-smoked barley, this strong ale is brewed with organic juniper berries, vanilla & maple syrup. Itís aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2002
11/18/01: Nice ruby color, no head to speak of. Aroma is strongly vanilla, slightly smoky; there are complexities there that wonít be conquered in just one bottle. Flavor the same, only moreso: rich and strange, again with vanilla and smoked wood predominating, and perhaps a hint of fine scotch. Palate seems a bit strong and harsh coming after the silky smooth mouth presence; still a beer to treasure and to work at understanding. 12/02: this beer has smoothed out somewhat in the mouth after a year; really a special, unique brew and Iíve got to uprate it a little.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 Re-Rate: definitely a sipping beer, warming feeling when drank, pretty heavily alcoholic nose, smelled very much like a glass of Southern Comfort or other type of liqour, very complex flavors, a bit of a smokey taste as well, a faint hint of berries & vanilla, faint oak flavors as well from the aging process, a very outstanding barleywine

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Smells like ultra-sweet maple syrup, which comes through in the flavor as well. Lots of malty sweetness in the flavor and finish. Hops, vanilla, earthy tones, and well-masked alcohol content. A very subtle yet full flavored/bodied beer. [RE-RATE] Had to raise this, even if the original was a 4. I had another bottle and let it warm to room temperature, then the flavors came out a lot more (they seemed a bit subtle when cold). I need to go buy some more so I can see how it is when itís aged a bit.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - DEC 2, 2002
Strong but I let it age for a year in a dark closet and it seemed to mellow some. Still a favorite. Re-Rate: After trying some that I aged even longer this is even better. Itís got a character all itís own. Great smokey flavor, wonderful vanilla aftertaste. ;)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2002
copper color, big foamy light beige head, lots of carbonation. aroma is sour cherry-like with a good malt presence. flavor is mostly woody/earthy..definitely a huge warming feel in the mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Bottle. An amber color with no head. Smokey, alcohol, malty, dry scotch oak aroma and flavor. A fine beer but does not have the complexity of its barley wine peers, but maybe this needs to age more. Re-Rate 11/30/02: sweet alcohol aroma. Strong alcohol bite at the finish but a nice robust start.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
A little heavy with the sweetness, but itís easy to get used to. High alcohol content leaves a tingly feeling in my mouth. Definetly complex. Vanilla is obvious in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Vanilla spicy orange nose, light caramel colored. Tickles the palate, crisp. Disappears but leaves behind a hint of sweetness, balanced, earthy, complete.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 24, 2002
A light smokeyness with a touch of bitter

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Ruby w/ a perfect ring around the collar..
Cherry aroma with subtle creamy notes hinting at licorice..
Creamy orange peel tainted & alcohol induced sweetness..bitter yet subtley..Heated alcohol throughout..


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 140 141 142  143  144 145 146 » 155


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50