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RATINGS: 1542   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (2571) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Dark brown colored body, medium to thin light tan head, spotty lacing. Peaty smoke, vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, and oak. Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation, lingering sweet finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2389) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from October 26th, 2011. Looks like gross prune juice Smell is pretty big bodied, sweet malty forward.lots of dark fruits and obvious charcoal / peat nose. Whoa, this is a peat bomb. Smoky, almost medicinal, salty backbone and pretty much dominates the little bit of syrup and oak thatís there

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
pours cloudy amber with thin eggshell head. nose of caramel, almost belgo type spices. taste is caramel body is lighter. not bad. booze is well masked.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
5on1 (5) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
Very mello barley wine flavor. The juniper berries add a sweetness unlike any other berry. Would make an awesome reduction turned into a pancake syrup.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackfrost9p (245) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Awesome brew. Strong oak and maple flavors with vanilla. Probably my new favorite from Dogfish Head.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (966) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle served in a tulip. Pours clear, viscous dark orange-brown with a short head. Complex malt and fruity nose with big peat, smoke, and oak with wafts of berries. The flavor matches almost perfectly. Medium-plus sweet. Full body, thick, sticky texture, soft carbonation and a light bitter finish. Awesome beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ShawnC (76) - - JAN 18, 2014
Nose is almost off. Hints of dust and peat smoke with some malty complexity. Palate is nice, structured and refined. Very contemplative taste. Wild tobacco and peat smoke. Touch of syrupy gamey earth. Hops are not loud at all. Would drink again. ---That dog will hunt!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TattooJack (66) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a Martell glass from a gift set. Its like maple syrup covered pancakes mixed with french vanilla coffee, rolled up in the buzz of malt liquor. When i say itís good Iím saying itís real good! I paid like 4 bucks a bottle and after the first beer I threw away the receipt. And after all four bottles I threw away a bunch of my other personal belongings, but thatís what happens when you play the game. Live till you die MF everything will find a good home!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Poured a deep amber with a very thin head. A bit cloudy with a few floaters. Aroma and flavor were lots of malt: caramel, toffee, some molasses, some apricot, cherry, and other fruits, and a touch of smoke. I picked up some maple and a bit of wood. Not terribly boozy -- surprising given the ABV. It opened up a bit as a warmed, but it remained pretty tightly wound. Very few clearly identifiable flavors -- most of them blended together into a muddied uniformity. Normally Iíd call that "integrated" but I would have liked some more complexity. Probably letting it cellar would help.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (564) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Tap at Grill Next Door. Pours murky brown with no head. Aroma is riesling grape, vanilla, warm bread. Taste is balanced between sweet and bitter without a lot of individual flavors coming through. Some juniper in the finish. Abv is well hidden.


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