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RATINGS: 1561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5683) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Drier than I’d come to expect from hi-ABV beers. Maple flavors first, then oaky and smoky flavors. Very drinkable for such a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Quite different. Cloudy and strong, but sweet overall. Smoky and earthy flavors are at the center of the complex of tastes found throughout. Alcoholic aftertaste was a bit of a turnoff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Banana in the aroma. Very thick and syrupy. Cinnamon aftertaste, vanilla & malt tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9998) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Dark gold in color. Excellent sweet aroma consisting of vanilla and banana. I thought it had the flavor characteristics of a Belgian more than a Barley Wine. Either way it was very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jayb0 (1108) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2002
What a great beer. Lovely reddish-gold color. Hugely complex, starting with sweet honey and vanilla which is cut with a firm but not overbearing peatsmoke, then the whole thing finishes with a lovely, crisp, berry fruitiness. Fills the mouth. I find it scarily quaffable for a barleywine.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2002
One of the best high alcohol brews I have had. Mouthfeel was stellar, full but not syrupy. Persistent head. Mild smoked flavor, which I usually don’t like but here was quite pleasant. Aroma, though, was sour and skank nasty. Still, overall a quality beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MissingSmithwicks99 (13) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2002
After reading other reviews, either I purchased a "bad" bottle or I am way out of practice. This ale pours thicker than an icecold mead and the alcohol taste was equivalent to a glass of Scotch. I love Dogfish Head but this one was not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2002
This is a really good barley wine. Complex Sweet and woody flavor. For 11%abv the alcohol was not overbearing.

   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.

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