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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2002
Complicated, fun beer. Lots going on in there, as the label suggests, from red wine to hazelnut accents. The smokiness comes through quite nicely, with a flavor reminiscent of the Schlenkerla brews. But itís a very thick, heavy beer: one is just fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2001
Wonderful vanilla, oak, and smoke aroma. Taste was a little too overpoweringly alcoholic and smoky. Those were somewhat unappealing and dominated the pleasant oak and vanilla flavors. One of the most complex beers i have had, yet just not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2001
Very interesting. Pretty amber/brown color, with a moderate head that doesnít stick around. Scent is of alcohol and pine tar, but not necessarily in a bad way (whatever that means). Licorice, oak, maple syrup, and a whole bunch of other things. Very interesting brew. Iím pretty sure I liked it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2001
There are a number of references to the indescribability of the beer. Let me try - BAD. It is like they threw in every ingredient including the kitchen sink and hoped for the best - they got the worst.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2001
Nice deep amber color, beige head and generous lace, a bazillion tiny bubbles a sign of a great beer. The nose woody, the oak evident, along with malt under tones, orangey? canít quite get some of this highly aromatic brew. The start sweet and the oaky malt sweetness hits you immediately, the top if full, the finish hop bitter and alcohol dry. A winter tummy warmer to be sure and quite unique as beers go. Not a beer that the average drinker will fancy is my opinion, but I like it a lot.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheDarkertheBetter99 (27) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2001
Iím a stout guy. Nearly all my reviews are of stouts. This is a worthy exception. First off, this is HIGHLY alcoholic. This is EXTREMELY aromatic. This is Powerfully flavorful. It is also, however, quite an acquired taste. Itís like nothing else Iíve had. Mike a symphony of flavors. Did that sound cheesy? Well, get ahold of this and youíll understand. Lock up those car keys before imbibing on this beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomasus (259) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 3, 2001
íVast in Characterí just like the label says, this beer has me interested. I canít describe it. Try it and you tell me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blatz King (150) - Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2001
I didnít enjoy this beer very much. It was OK. It was cloudy and almost good. What does that mean, I donít know. It was on my sheet though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2001
The overpresence of alcohol was my turnoff for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2001
A low masking of the alcohol taste and the overall thinness of the beer really depleated my score. Great woodsy aroma.

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