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RATINGS: 1549   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. It’s aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.


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 d’Etre.

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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2002
One hell of a beer. Excellent barley wine. Significantly more complex in character than most other barley wines. Lots of flavors going on, but they mix well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2002
Extremely powerful and full of character. Was served on a little brandy snifter. Tastes like it has more alcohol than it really does. Reminiscent of brandy or rum, definitely a sipping beer. Too many flavors going on at once, malt, bitter hops, maple, vanilla....

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Copper colored, reminds me of less-malty barley wine. Very complex flavors. A great beer

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Medium brown color, small head. A full bodied ale. Extremely malty. Malts flavored of maple, vanilla and oak. Yeah. I know but they do. Intense and very complex flavors. Some sweet and sour interaction going on here. Smooth and rich. No alcohol bite despite an 11% by volume. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, some residual alcohol bite. Very interesting beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - SEP 16, 2002
One of DFH’s best. Really top notch ! Now if i can just get my hands on some WWS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 This swarthy sweet peach starlet arrives in a lush dark rum limousine and descends onto a rich caramel carpet, smothered in the omnipresent delicate smoke, to salute her numerous fans...The palate goes wild from the elegant licorice, some tastebuds faint from the powerful alcohol, and the nostrils constantly click away on their scent Kodaks...Her subtle chocolate jewels glitter, draped in a designer maple syrup gown, she bats her cherry eyelids, as sexy as ever, and her inviting smile makes the crowd of onlookers wish they had her right there and right now...The body is perfect, appearance gorgeous, but I would prefer a bit more substance and definition...


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