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RATINGS: 1559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2524) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Aroma: Sweet Bread, Vanilla, Mild Plum Appearance: Brownish Hue, Passes Some Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing Taste: Vanilla, Sweet Bread, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
danderson813 (3) - ELLENTON, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014 does not count
Great aroma of vanilla and maple. I get a strong oak/smoked flavor up front with vanilla hints and a maple finish. A quality brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3086) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle - Ruby brown clear pour with a ring of light tan head. Nose is lightly smoky, with toasted oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and dry, slightly astringent maltiness. Taste is kind of like HotD Adam--lots of deep, dark, bready malt, smoke, tobacco, vanilla, boozy warmth, and a touch of nuttiness. Much better taste than smell, and it’s quite warming. Actually hides the 11% pretty well as there’s not really any sharpness. Pretty thin body, but it doesn’t really detract. Wasn’t expecting much, but this came through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, some smoked character, vanilla, dark fruit, raisins, figs, juniper notes, earthy, wood, and some booze. There is quite a bit going on, but this has never been one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Pours deep copper with a decent head and syrupy mouthfeel. Lots of dark fruit, plum, molasses, honey, and some oak vanilla aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1884) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with white head. The juniper berries are very evident on the nose, also some vanilla, and very earthy tones and sweetness; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - MAY 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-25-12 - Served in a chalice type glass Appearance – A light golden-reddish color with a nice off white head. The brew itself is a bit hazy with big bubbles of carbonation visible clinging to the side of the glass. The head fades to give some moderate lacing. Smell –Upfront there is a bready backbone and with some smokiness. Some sweeter darker fruits and a bit of maple sugar taste come in more toward the middle of the aroma. These are rounded out by some more floral aromas and a bit of earthiness. Taste – The taste is largely bready and somewhat yeasty and smoky up front. There are some nice sweeter fruit flavors that come in toward the middle of the taste, which mix with some sweet brown sugar and maple taste. Toward the these sweet flavors mix with some malty earthy flavors. Mouthfeel – A bit on the creamier side with a fairly good level of carbonation. Big bubbles of CO2 can be felt on the tongue giving a moderate exiting feel. This coupled with a nice body makes it quite a nice feel. Overall – It has a rather interesting taste and smell. Not the most complementary transitions in many of its characteristics, but a beer that is well worth a try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AmericanHobo (66) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Initial nose is very much floral and fruity. Rather disappointing in taste a bit unbalanced and finishes a tad hotter than the best barleywines. Still a good beer though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Rich mahogany colored brew & tan head. Aromas of vanilla, oak and dark fruits. Maple, woodsy & vanilla flavors. Rich, delicious & flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (419) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark reddish brown copper with a light tan head that dissipates to a thin cap. Aroma is very sweet. Out of the fridge it was like cherry cough syrup, but as it warmed, mellowed into dark ripe fruit. Oak and vanilla definitely present. A bit musty as well. Taste is sweet with a bit of a sour pop that fades quickly. Oak, vanilla, smoke and sweet bread. Full body and active carbonation. Combination of full body and rich flavors made this a sippin’ beer for me.

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