sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11 oz bottle, Andersons, $13.99/4. I bought 8, and Iím rating the second; the first one was apparently infected, with a strong flavor note of Band-Aid. I donít know if my second was from the same pack as the infected one because I removed them all from it, I certainly hope that entire 4-pack isnít infected. Dark ruby pour, viscous, with a smaller white head. Aroma is unfortunately dominated by the peat smoke, even though itís not all that strong. Flavor is heavy and sweet, with more of the peat smoke; caramel. To their credit, the 11% is completely imperceptible; some 6% beers have more alcohol presence than this one. Medium body with copious frothy carbonation; sticky. This is one of the more annoying things to me about what Dogfish Head insists on doing so often--adding all these fancy upscale descriptors and flavors in their descriptions and then only adding a barely-to-non-perceptible quantity of them. Vanilla? Maple syrup? OAK?! Where?? RB currently has this at 95th percentile in barley wines, which is pretty wacky; Iíve had a lot of much better BWís than this one, and I think that if people didnít kiss DFHís ass so much this would be rated significantly lower. I usually love big, heavy, complex beers, but this is pretty sad and one-dimensional for such a highly rated brew.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A bit hot with a nice warming sensation. A nice beer to have when having one in the cold evening. Caramel malt heavy.
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TimsRatings (421) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 12oz bottle.
Pours a dark copper with a finger or so of off-white head. Malty aroma, Taste has a touch of sweetness that builds in the aftertaste. The maple and vanilla eventually pull through as the source of the sweetness.
Beergeek23322 (2470) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/24/2010. From bottle. Aromas of roasted malt, sweet fruit, spices. Dark brown color with a tan head. Flavors have hint of smoke with spice and fruit. Finished with a light alcohol burn.
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy brown into glass from a 12 oz bottle. Vanilla, floral and woody aromas. Tastes of Vanilla prevail, the maple was masked, it almost tasted like bourbon definitely a heavy sweetness. Average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Overall I really enjoyed this it kind of reminded me of a high gravity 75 minute IPA from DFH, but thicker and more complex. recommended.
Fritz123 (1114) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Coffee District in Delray beach, FL. Snifter. Pours a muddy brown with a very thin off-white head. No lacing. Aroma heavy with smoky peat, maple, wood barrel, slight booze. The taste was similar with peat, smoke, leather, wood, booze and a creamy vanilla. Full body, low carbonation. Little oily. Finishes wood and smoke.
peteinSD (1402) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
í12 bottle. Murky brown pour with a ring of off-white foam on the edge of the glass. Interesting aroma with smoke, roast, leather, brown sugar, raisin, and maple. Moderate smoke and roast up front on the taste followed by maple, brown sugar, vanilla, dense raisin, and a touch of bitterness on the finish. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. Decadent sipper and quite good.
brenn79 (1578) - Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage- Pours a nice burgundy orange with a thin light tan head. Aroma is juniper berries, maple, peat. The taste is nice and smoky up front, peaty, wood, maple and vanilla mostly after the swallow. The alcohol isnít well hidden, pretty boozy, but the body is so massive it can support it, carbonation is medium. This is good, smooth, glad it is a 12 oz bottle.
suprchunk (2342) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 Dark toffee color. Small off-white head. Little lacing. Big aroma of smoke and maple. Big smoky flavor.
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superspak (2828) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2013A. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, smoke, clove, oak, vanilla, maple syrup, raisin, brown bread, light nuttiness, juniper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, raisin, smoke, nuttiness, oak, clove, vanilla, maple syrup, herbal, juniper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, smoke, brown bread, nuttiness, oak, clove, vanilla, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; with big malt robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced strong ale! All around great balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on for 11%. A very enjoyable offering.