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RATINGS: 1607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a fluffy head. Aromas are faint malt, fruit, grass, a bit of leather. Flavors are roasty malts, dark fruit, raisin, cocoa, toffee, molasses, grass and bready tones. With each sip, another flavor appears. Very well rounded. Very noticeable alcohol presence. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, but otherwise surprisingly light. Low carbonation. Wonderfully complex. Boozy, malty and fruity. This is a delicious ale.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ffbot (278) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pour is a still, almost but not quite clear red with light purple and orange hints to it. Smell is maple, vanilla, oak, citrus, maybe a slight pine or grass. Taste is rich complex vanilla, balancing off maple, rich full bodied malt and a long, vanilla finish

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
schmittaj (16) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2016
Reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest, maybe one aged in oak (which isnít a bad idea).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4886) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a hazy medium reddish brown. Aromas of light fruit, hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a spicy taste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weitz15 (529) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2016
Heavy, heavy body. Cloudy pour. Flavor is a mix of smoked barley, mild vanilla, and a metallic unwelcome addition. Mildly carbonated finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2084) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2016
bottle pour hazy copper with moderate ecru head that fades to small quickly. Nose raisin, Belgian candy, fall fruit, and light earthiness. Taste starts with sweeter flavors, maple, candy sugar, and Belgian ester. Then hint of the juniper and some late bitterness and mild heat from the alcohol. Ends with the smoked peat. Whole lot going on in this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorkenstein (338) - - APR 4, 2016
Smell is sweet syrup, candied oranges, caramel and smoked chips and peppery spices. Taste is pine resin, candied oranges, sweet syrup and caramel malts. Bubble gum Belgian yeast in the middle, then some forest berries and smoked peat in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5163) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle from Chevy Chase Supermarket. Dark brown amber body with thin tan head. Nose is wheat, spicy, caramel and herbs. Taste is barley, caramel, toffee and spices. Spicy and prickly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koskela (490) - Marysville, California, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Slight vanilla and I get the almost tart from the oak aromas in this orangy brown hazy brew with no head. I get a slight tartness quickly taken away by the sweetness of the vanilla and slight maple. This full body brew has a warming sensation in he aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (2014) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Big sweet maply barleywine. Lots of vanilla caramel and oak sweetness. Alcohol burn. Pretty good stuff, Big Bang of a beer.


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