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RATINGS: 1552   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark brown color with decent (not spectacular) clarity. The head is about three fingers high, cream shaded. Its retention is really fantastic, and the texture isnít half bad either. It leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass, too. S: PHE. NO. LIC. One can definitely tell that this is a peaty brew. Let it warm up a bit, though, and its sweet malt backbone develops nicely. In particular, it brings caramel, brown sugar, and maple sugar notes. Vanilla is slight but definitely evident. Iím having trouble picking up the oaky tones, though; that or its blending itself with the peat to create a ham-like smokiness. Nonetheless, this nose is telling me a lot - but thereís one thing it isnít telling me. Alcohol. This is a shockingly un-boozy nose. T: Like expected, phenolic peat notes hit the palate immediately. This sensation tends to melt away around the mid-taste, being replaced by flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Thereís some slight vanilla in the finish; just like in the aroma, itís pretty subtle. Some faint tobacco qualities are peppered throughout. Once this warms up, its boozy qualities pretty much evaporate. My only real problem is this: take away the peaty notes, and this one is...kind of mundane. It only really develops complexity after many, many sips - and by that time, thereís practically none left in the glass. M: Itís not exactly chewy, but it does have a decent body. While the sweetness has a negative effect on the general balance of the flavors, it does a great job of hiding the alcohol. There is absolutely nothing here to suggest itís 11%. O: Okay, Iím really impressed with its lack of booze - and how the supposed peat isnít really that bothersome to my palate. This has some elements of a nice scotch whisky. Having said that, itís not quite as deep as I like my big, boozy monsters to be. Still, this has great aging potential, even with its currently well hidden alcohol.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1754) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours chestnut brown with a hint of red with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, smoke and peat. Taste is sweet with mild bitters and a sweet finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a smooth texture. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4052) - 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 (3568) - 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 (1113) - 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 (620) - 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 (3126) - 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, didnít think I liked barleywines, but the past few iíve had have changeed my mind.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1401) - 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 (551) - 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 (1167) - 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


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