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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamP01 (582) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
12oz bottle 2012 aged one year. Pours a slight cloudy rich copper amber with a quickly fading razor thin head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity some toasted vanilla oaked essence and dark fruit and mild maple notes, some smokey notes as well. Taste the same as aroma with a bit of earthy herbal hops bitterness and a bit of brandy like notes in the flavor. The palate is a full and rich and smooth with moderate carbonation and there is some bubble effervescence. Finish is the same as taste with some smoked flavors as it warms up with a lingering brandy like sweetness and mild bitterness on the end. Not as sweet as some other barley wines as this is labeled but very good. Overall a very good smooth and easy drinking and pleasant bw. Very nice, I feel immortal already. enjoy

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1334) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Appearance: amber, with some floaties and a tiny white head. Aroma: caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, raisins, cherries, a bit of smoke. Taste: massive malt bomb of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla pudding, figs, plums, chambord, brandy, and toast. Finish: slowly building warmth and lingering, cloying sweetness. Notes: A huge, sweet beer. The alcohol is reasonably well hidden given the strength, but definitely a one-dimensional beer. Bottled in 2011, opened in December 2013.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
akoeninger (476) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Peat-smoke and rich caramel aroma deep mahogany color. Taste is rich toasted malt, bourbon, boozy. Full bodied and tasty. Very strong ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Cloudy, light mahogany with a thin beige head. Decent carbonation. Huge aromas of honey, maple syrup, caramel, fig, dates, rum soaked raisins. The taste is very malty and sweet, much like the nose. Slight bitterness in the middle of the mouth. I donít taste much alcohol, but there is a slight warming. Overall, this is a nice interpretation of a English style Barleywine. Its just a big malt bomb with big dark fruit and maple, honey sweetness.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Total score averaged as the beers were tasted in tandem. Bottled 2009, Reviewed 15FEB12 It is evident from the crack of the crown that this beer is sooo much better with age on it. It pours a darker brown with a little rim of cream foam. Murky. Smells of vanilla, caramel, nougat, some powdered sugar; comes together and reminds me of flan, well done flan - really a great nose here. Sweet and oxidized with cardboard, oak, toffee, prune and raisin; some tawny notes. Decent flavor, nothing extraordinary. Thin with low carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is completely different with a couple years on it, I must say, beyond an IPA, Iíve yet to experience such a profound development in a beer. Just incredible, the transitions. 2.5/4.5/3/2/3 - 2.63 Bottled late 2011 Reviewed 15FEB12 pours amber with little head formation. A small rim of cream foam. Smells of vanilla, peat, apples, and some oak. The peat is surprisingly intense and reminds me of some scotchs Iíve tasted. tastes like oak and peat. Not getting much else. some alcohol and oxidized malts. Thin and low carb on this one with a semi dry finish. The more I drink of this one, the more of a vinyl flavor I get. Not very happy with this one. Although I do recall having had this in the past, and enjoying it very much. I have an í09 in the fridge I will have to bust out for comparison. 2/2.5/1.5/2/2 - 1.88 Serving type: bottle 02-15-2012

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (357) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours honey brown with a slowish forming beige head that fades quickly to a reasonable rim and light coating. Aroma is dark fruits, molasses, spices and booze. Though following the lead of the nose, the taste is even more complex and dynamic. This is a strong beer and one with moderate carbonation - it dances on the palate. There are some notes of vanilla and a deeply smoky-malty maple syrup sweetness. The backbone is boozy hot toddy. Finishes dry with warming alcohol giving way to maple syrup in the aftertaste. Quite enjoyable on a cold night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Really enjoying this one. Smooth ale tatse with notes of vanilla and maple. Oak finish is subtle, but very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darwenus (562) - Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
This stuff is a bright copper color with a filmy head that leaves no real lace. I wasnít in love with the aroma but liked the taste much more, and itís a little bit unusual for me with barley wine to find much distinction between the smell and the flavor. Thereís a muted, kinda plastic quality about the aroma that I found a little off-putting. It was like I was smelling the beer through a plastic mesh. The flavor is strong. Big malt, some smoke, some of that juniper and vanilla coming through, too. This beer is actually less sticky than many (maybe most) barley wines; Iíd expected that maple syrup mentioned on the label to show up in the finish, but I never really detected it. Not the best thing Iíve had from DFH, but pretty good. I didnít taste the 11% ABV, but I felt it, I felt it early, and I felt it hard.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
12/05/13 Sharp woody fronted scent with a calming maple, sweet base. Mahogany pour; decent head. Smooth, silky medium feel. Sweet vanilla an maple up front to a sharp oak, woody finish. Excellent balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Smells like a fresh leathery coat: earthy smoke, hints vanilla fruity musk. Usual reddish brown, and less usual for this style, very bubbly. Strong smokey sweet flavor which rides roughshod over the other flavors. Vanilla is obvious, otherwise tastes like a sugar bomb, like someone smoked a tripel. Nonetheless a powerful beer. Thick and cloying. Every true íexpertí armchair brewer will tell you how much better Weyerbacher is to the overrated Dogfish, which has a reputation as such, but I found this better than the comparable Insanity barleywine, and by a good margin.


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