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RATINGS: 1623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2003
mahogany color, no head, sugary malty aroma, and perfectly balanced tastes. the texture is smooth and clean without being boring or overwhelming. a very nice example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2003
This is absolutely the smoothest barley wine I've tasted. Tons of fruit flavor is rounded with a distinctively vanilla aftertaste. The aftertaste aternates between being smooth and slightly tangy. I could drink this all night and never know it was 11%. I consider myself a hophead but there was a velvet quality to this brew that hops cannot deliver.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Poured orange with almost no head. Sweet, smoky, maple, and malt aroma. Sweet maple/vanilla tastes followed by a slight hoppy taste. Tobacco also sneaks up in the finish. Alcohol is very well masked!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Murky orange color with a small head. The aroma was perplexing...some sweet maltiness, woody, dark fruit in it's first stages of rotting, butterscotch. The flavor was a little smokey, some vanilla, some dark fruit, woody, malty. Very crisp feel for a barley wine. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
Sweet hops, malt and caramel in the aroma, copper, medium sized sponge toffee head. Caramel, treacle flavours, nutty bitterness, woody with a smidge of butterscotch, and vanilla in the after taste. Complex, with a rich texture and it's ever so warming. Truly a well built beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Copper-colored with a quickly disappating head. Smelled like the maple, vanilla, and oak mentioned on the label. Nice thick feel, good job of masking the alcohol. Quite complex, expected more in the aftertaste, but was not disappointed in the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Hazy orange/tan colored body with a short lived light brown head. Aroma is of oak, apples, and alcohol. Slightly sour taste with alot going on. Some buttery and smoky flavors also came through. Another unique one from dogfish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haamerhed (6) - USA - MAY 23, 2003 does not count
A little too sweet for my taste- but A quality (and potent) brew with very little head and a thick viscosity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
Slightly hazy but bright orange color. The nose is fruity with some tropical fruit things happening. Malty with a light citrusiness rounded by a slight acidic impression. The body contains a light acidity with citric notes. A rather sweet and fruity middle rounds off with a light tartness. Hops are barely noticeable at the end and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Iron notes at the very end. Much better than their other barley wine, but not very barley wine-esque if you ask me. Well structured and the components work well together here. Complex and tongue pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
Maple, Vanilla and Oak!!! Like it says on the label. Beautiful amber-red colour, Sweet malty nose, with some raisins, maple, and some peppery alcohol. A sipper, no doubts about that. Quite sticky, sweet, malty, raisiny, maply, vanilla, some light smokyness, with some alcohol bitterness, touch of hops, touch of pepper, with some oak towards the finish. Very heavy and complex, with a round mouth covering palate, can be a bit too sticky at times, but i've come to expect that in many barley wines i've had, and accept that its a character of the style, its just a matter of counter-acting the stickyness with some body and complexity, so it isn't one-dimensionally sticky, this does it quite well. Lots of other characteristics to make the stickyness easier to bare.

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