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RATINGS: 1545   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.


4.5
   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 (1676) - 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!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2002
11% alcohol?! You can barely taste it. this is my favorite barley wine. it is not as refreshing as bigfoot ale but it pleases the tastebuds like no other. i reccomend this to anyone who likes barley wines. i AM JUST GIVING THIS RE RATE BECAUSE I CURRENTLY POSSES AN OLD HORIZONTAL. i WILL LET U KNOW WHAT IS BETTER.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Raisin, maple syrup, and red apples in the nose...no alcohol to speak of. Very complex taste that completely masks every bit of alcohol. Super sweet start that does seem to have some hop presence at the end. Raisins and maple syrup were the two biggest tastes. Very drinkable. Superb masking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2002
A deadly duo, high alcohol concealed by great taste. The only thing better than maple syrup is vanilla in my opinion.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2002
pours thick and the colour of tawny port, thin beige head. fruity, malty, slightly alcoholic aroma. as the bottle says, flavours of maple vanilla and oak, some smoky spiciness aswell. flavour fills the whole mouth. slight slow burn alcoholic finish. extremely complex ale. absolutly beautiful.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Wow! This is one complex beer, so much flavor and very wonderful finish. GABF 2002

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
GABF 2002: Light orange colour. Fruity yeast aroma. Sticky/fruity flavour, similar to Raison díEtre.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2002
maple syrupy sweet with well masked alcohol you can feel but not taste, oaky finish


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