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RATINGS: 1549   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
5on1 (15) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2014
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 (297) - 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 (981) - 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 (140) - 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 (1394) - 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 (802) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (135) - - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Clear burgundy color with a bubbly beige head. Sweet aroma with oak and alcohol notes. Flavor if died fruit, smoke, oak, tobacco, and caramel. Alcohol is strong as is the carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle 2012. Pour is deep amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, fruity esters, and light nutty oxidation. Flavor shows dark fruit, maple, vanilla, oak and burnt caramel. Overall body is moderate to full, sweet, and finishes with quite a bit of alcohol. Still needs quite a bit of time to sit in my opinion. Lots of flavor at the moment but very little integration.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle (2013). Probably should let this sit for at least a year, but fuck it, Iím impatient and donít feel like waiting. Pours a nice, hazy amber, medium off-white head (almost an eggnog color) with exceptional retention and lacing. Nose has hints of malt, caramel, bread dough, dried fruit (apricots), vanilla. Mouth is sticky and full, medium sweet, malt-forward, toffee, honey, bread dough, dried fruit (pretty much the nose), a bit warm from the ABV (which shows up around the finish). Not bad, but Iím gonna cellar a few and drink íem in a year or two.


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