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RATINGS: 1528   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. It’s aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (405) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma is smoky and flavor is rich with more smoke than I was expecting. Finishes a bit dry

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
closey22 (647) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Dark amber with rimming off-white head; aroma is peaty and smoky; Flava is super duper rich sweet smoky overtones and peaty undertones; feels thick and rich and chewy and creamy; finishes sweet smoky and semi-dry

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Red pour with light head floral nose. Thick taste. Boozy. Almost medicinal. Very heavy. Nice floral and spice hints. You can have one and that's it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GSH1976 (194) - Delaware, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours a reddish brown with about a finger of khaki colored head that dissipated quickly. There is minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet and dominated by smoke and oak scents with noticeable alcohol present. Taste follows the nose and it is not pleasant. Definitely cloying and the smoke is too strong. There are other flavors that are hard to describe. I think some maple and vanilla notes but nothing enjoyable. The flavors don’t seem to complement each other. Medium to full bodied. Dogfish puts out some great beers but this isn’t one of them. Ironically I have had this several times before and recall enjoying it a lot more. Maybe the recipe has changed? I don’t know but in this current form I am not a fan.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Smokey, sweet, and boozy aroma. Earthy, smokey taste, sweet, with a slight alcohol taste at the finish. Wonderfully unique. Smoke comes across in a very different way than other smoked beers. Overall great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
From a bottle. Sweet, thick, and rich. Tastes like chocolate, syrup, raisins. Smells like malt and dried fruits. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (764) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
Brune aux reflets cuivrés avec un mince col de mousse. Nez de fruits rouges, de sucre cuit avec une touche de vanille. Dès l’entrée en bouche, on goûte tout de suite l’alcool et le bois. Ensuite, le café-caramel s’installe. La finale s’adoucit et les saveurs sont davantage du côté érable-vanille. Une belle bière printanière.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (492) - California, USA - APR 27, 2013
This is my kind of beer. Great malt flavor, just a touch of smokiness. Very smooth with a slightly sweet overtone. The flavor is very complex, hard to describe other than delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkweek (99) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a DFH Signature glass a dark mahogany with two and half fingers of white head. The aroma is a light sweetness. When tasting this one you can definitely detect the oak and vanilla. There is also a light banana taste that you can find in the background. This was my first barley wine and it was really a very nice treat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (552) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
In line with dogfish’s unique beers. Ilike how they did this one. Nice unique oak/smoke flavor. This is balanced by the fuity character that is both present in the aroma and in the body. Good lasting oaked dryness. This leaves ya wanting a nice grilled piece of meat. A great companion to a good steak. Nice body with very enjoyable lingering flavors.


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