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RATINGS: 1610   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3411) - Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Surprising carbonation for such a big beer. Creamy head has great staying power. Toffee w/ orange glow. Oranges, leather, wood, vanilla and maple meld together. Warm going down. I'm really impressed that the beer can be so mellow and so strong.

   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!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1316) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - 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).

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1534) - 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.

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