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RATINGS: 1551   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. Itís aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3512) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2014
Comes out of the tap an opaque mahogany, thin pale buff head. Aroma has caramel, malty and subtle horehound notes. Flavor teases the palate with caramel, grape and malt notes - but no hint of he alcohol bite, so beware! Thick, smooth texture rounds out a great barley wine. I myself am immortal - except the "T" is silent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (399) - 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 sippiní beer for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (168) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TizzleJizzle (628) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
12 oz bottle. Sweet aroma of grapes. Poured a perfect unfiltered dark copper with a frothy tan top and some lacing action. Taste of band-aids, no joke. Also boozy in flavor. Medium palate, thick body. This beer is all over the place!

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
dls13dls (58) - Royse City, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
12 ounce bottle. And has a great appearance. Un filtered look. Has a pretty good aroma of oak and fruit berry smell. A sweet smell and flavor to start. Followed by a plastic like taste (like baindaids lol). Then followed by a strong flavor of alcohol which Mellows into a bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeadyDE (522) - Delaware, USA - MAR 29, 2014
bottle pour..dated 10.26.11..pours a medium/dark amber caramel red color..left a small off white tan head..all kinds of haze when held up to light..particles all over the snifter..top middle bottom..decent amount of carbonation..nose is buttered rum..maple toffee..smoke..skor bar with a bit of oak..mouthfeel is extremely light bodied for the high abv..however seems to lack some complexity to match nose..getting some smoked meat tastes here..canít say that I will be cellaring more of these in the future..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mindwarp (90) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2014
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. Poured a redish amber with a small thick head that disappears. A real sweet aroma that reminds me of a Belgium Ale. Taste is not that of a Belgium, sweet and bitter all in one, Strong after taste of what I guess is maple vanilla and oak (that is what is on the label) which is good now but we will see in 2-3 more bottles if it is still good. A thick ale that "feels" like it has a high alcohol content (it does 11%) but doesnít really taste like it. I can see why some may not care too much for this beer, but Iím enjoying this ale. 4/18- This was my first Barley wine and I didnít even know it. That might explain my comments a little.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Reddish amber color out of the bottle with a short lived off white head. Big nose of alcohol, dried fruit, vanilla bean and some smoke. This is a big, complex beer. A nice firm smoky foundation with lots of dried fruit and raisin, vanilla and a sweetness that I will call maple syrup because of the description. Strong alcohol warming in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (771) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Hazy red, brown color. Small creamy beige head, about one finger high. Aroma is smoky, sweet malt with notes of dark fruit, burnt sugar and roasted almonds. Complex bittersweet toasted malt flavor has a touch of smokiness that compliments the big sweet vanilla and maple flavor. Very whiskey-like and warming. Alcohol is noticeable, yet in the background. Finish is chewy and bittersweet. Best to sip this one, as the flavor improves as it warms.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2014
12 oz poured into snifter. 4 months old. Appears a dark amber with a quick disappearing finger and a half of off white head. The smell is smoky peat with slight vanilla. I get a good alcohol aroma. The taste is nice! Sweet syrup in the front with a smokey, slight oak, and alcohol, but not too strong. It's a bit oily and sticky, medium. Drinking this definitely reminds me of whiskey with its smokiness. Pretty good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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