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RATINGS: 1540   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2002
Obviously barley wine is not my thing. I agree with the rater who said it is like sniffing and sipping a bottle of southern comfort.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2002
Amber color. Pours with medium-sized, tightly carbonated head, light tan in color. Big nose: sweet malt, touch of orange/citrus, a bit of hops. Thick and chewy palate. Full and complex flavors: sweet malt, honey, a bit winey, slight hops. Nice balance of bitters and sweet. Slight warming finish.

Fantastic beer. The huge nose does not let down as the flavors are just as big and complex. Not too sweet and not too bitter. Alot of flavors going on here - just a great beer!

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2002
This ale looked great but was just too strong for me. Incredibly complex with a tremendous amount of hops. Kind of smokey with a bottom of the barrel punch. Extra extra robust. Couldn’t finish the bottle it was so strong. If you like that sort of thing give it a try.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
Beautiful amber color, with a wonderfully complex nose of sweet malt and juicy berries. Some black pepper and oak are evident on the palate, before giving way to a long, somewhat bitter finish. very nice

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2002
Deliciously heady, flowery, fruity and spicy aroma, with a tinge of alcohol. Medium orange-amber color, with a slight haze and a wonderfully creamy, fine-bubbled head. The construction of this beer is something of a marvel. For being as huge as this is, it’s so very mellow in character. The components are rather easy to break down (the vanilla, maple, caramel, etc.) but are simply blended masterfully. Even the timing is just right, what flavor is happening when and where, and in conjunction with what else. Finish sees a nice bit of warmth. This would have been so easy to overdo in one area or another. Consider me impressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2002
Very nice barleywine. Soft fruits, vanilla, and maple. Perhaps a bit of oak and smoke. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2002
A really nice take on the barleywine style. This is no west coast hopmonster, but a very nicely textured and subtle beer. Just the slightest hint of carbonation lifts the flavors without stinging the tongue. Nice complex malty flavors. Hides its alcohol well. A very nice barleywine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2002
At first pour, a bit of floral hops, but after that sweet and alcoholic with bits of maple, vanilla, and sugar. Opaque caramel brown, with very little head. Light carb. Silky and full bodied. Sweet taste, vapory - the 11% alc. not hidden. Apples/pears, malty. A light ascerbic bitterness. Malt and nutty after.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2002
great beer to let cellar i had some 2 and 3 year old that were really fantastic no need to go into details not for beginners

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Average appearance leads into a brew of unique qualities that is overall a great tasting experience. Starts off with a sweet, maple touch that is very pleasing to the palate. The finish is more alcoholic in nature and shows its true abv. A very nice brew, which is standard for the brewers at Dogfish.


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