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RATINGS: 1551   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3243) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pours a translucent copper with no head. Aroma is fruity and a little spicy. A brown sugar sweetness dominates. Not too bad overall, but I can’t say I would worry about drinking this again.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4044) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle @ home. Thanks vaiz. Aroma is huge caramel, sweet red fruits, malt, biscuit and more. Hefty. Flavour is big sweet caramel and red fruits, different spices, some oak. Nice one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3567) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Hazy copper pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of herbs, spicy, juniper, caramel, sugary malts and some peat. Flavor is quite spicy, herbal, some alcohol and a huge body. Smooth and very well balanced. Great brew.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1108) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy dark amber color with a slight head. The aroma is maple and vanilla and the taste is strong oaky malt enhanced flavor with vanilla notes

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fattybladdy (617) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle, aged nearly 2 years. Pours a robust reddish amber color with a healthy beige head. Smells great, sweet caramel and oak. Lots of sweet caramel in the taste with vanilla, dark fruit and oak. Super smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3119) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Amber color pour from 12oz bottle at home, bottle share with Paws. White head. Complex beer. Grapes, cherry, mint, syurp, and earthy. Well balanced. Really good, didn’t think I liked barleywines, but the past few i’ve had have changeed my mind.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1395) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Complex yet very easy to drink. Has a distinct aroma similar to wine. Easy to drink with a strong alcohol finish. Pours reddish brown in color. Tan head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (550) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly chunky copper light brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is heavy malts, oak, molasses. Flavor is somewhat sweet, molasses, touch of peat, alcohol. Medium body, creamy, mild alcohol burn, but overall well hidden. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1122) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours a reddish brown with tan head. Aroma and taste of caramel, dark fruits, and hints of booze.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (688) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours a lovely reddish-brown, with a foamy white head that stays. Copious lacing. Nose is caramel and malt with a hint of spice and yeast. Taste is sweet. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Long boozy finish. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2014
2011 vintage. Pours a brown like cider color. Below average 1 finger head. Dozens of slow moving bubbles. Tons of oak on the nose. Maple is also present. Very smooth mouthfeel. Lots of flavors going on- oak for sure- also pick up smokiness, sweetness, and the vanilla. This is quite enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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