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RATINGS: 1542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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. Itís aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 Cherry, oak and vanilla on the nose with a touch of booze. Same in the mouth, but with more pronounced woodiness and a hint of raisin. Alcohol's presence is felt and its welcome is not overstayed. As big as this beer is, I find it to be tightly wound with generous flavors. Overall, not unlike a fine whiskey. Top drawer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2002
A Barley wine that pours with a head! But it does not last long, aroma is winey, very nice except for the vanilla tone are a little much.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1476) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Sweet, raisiny, spicy, smoky character. Strong alchohol content bt doesnít overwhelm the taste. Too distinctive to eat with most dinner meals.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 2/18/04: This has been aged for a year and a half. Pours a clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Rich, sweet, and complex aroma of raisins, caramel, and hoppy bitterness. Body starts candy malty sweet and one-sided, but quickly gains the support of the alcohol and underlying bitterness. Hints of pine, toffee and strawberry are all present, working together to mask the alcohol. Aging has greatly helped this beer become more complex and balanced. 10/28/02: Golden ruby color with a complex aroma. Lots of hops, malt, maple, and raisiny fruitiness permeate the nose. Very syruppy and perhaps a bit too sweet. The finish is pretty dry, but lacks bitterness. Definitely an interesting concoction.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2002
First - appearance - copper/amber - looked very thin, like a liqueur or brandy. few bubbles, little disapearing head. Taste was huge and warming. maple and vanilla were predominant. didnít really taste the alc. a very fine barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2002
This beers looks really amazing in the glass with its deep copper color, but itís less impressive out of the glass. The flavor is overbearing, tasting like a bitter maple syrup. I drank this one by itself, perhaps some accompanying food would have helped tone down the flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2002
What a great beer. The smell of vanilla and the sweet smooth taste makes this one of my favorites!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Nice smokey flavor without being too overwhelming...this is a great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Iím quickly becoming a HUGE fan of everything this brewer does. An exteremly dark brown barley wine. Complex dark raisins, plums, and extreme malt. Didnít even know this had 11% alcohol; thatís probably why I woke up where I did.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2002
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Aged one year: Pours a clear, deep reddish brown color with a small white head that lingers before dissipating. It has a very fruity aroma with hints of peaches, apricots, and vanilla. Full body with low carbonation, this has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity and unbelievably magnificent with touches of vanilla and malts with a clean, fruity finish completely devoid of any alcohol. This is a magnificent barley wine, smooth and highly flavorful and the alcohol is completely hidden. Lovely!


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