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RATINGS: 1613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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 (836) - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (466) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2016
As smooth a barley wine as Iíve encountered though the finish does have a zippy, alcohol-influenced tingle. The aroma is very thick, and with a little effort reveals vanilla and yeast with hints of smoke. The taste is evenly sweet and not too heavy. Poured from a bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skykwby (50) - Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Pours natural maple syrup brown, slight foam head. Aroma of caramel notes, toast, wood, warm & sweet. First sip sweetish on back tongue, hides alcohol content. Smooth, aftertaste is lightly sweet, almost scotchy. Good beer for after dinner. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (13508) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Bottle - pours brown - nose/taste of smoke, chocolate, toasted wood, maple and vanilla - medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1550) - - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Pours a brownish amber color. Aroma and taste are sweet, floral, some booze, and caramel.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkenvin (4) - Walpole, Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2016 does not count
Outstanding ale, hints of maple and vanilla. This brew is a treat. Highly recommend for fans of Dogfish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsandman (976) - New York, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Pours brown / Amber with a beige head. Aroma is vanilla, maple, oak, caramel, big malt, prune. Flavor is sweet vanilla, raisin, maple, bourbon. Big body, fairly sweet and straightforward aged ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ICEatALAMO (1276) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle. The pour is an amber color. The aroma is mostly malt. The taste has a complexness to it, kind of a mess. Don't get any of the flavor profile I was expecting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
M15ter (29) - - MAY 22, 2016
Copper and straw aromas. Dark brown and clear with tan head. Bitter sweet throughout. Alcohol and maple flavor. Alcohol aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
growler6 (117) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2016
I wasnít overly impressed at first but as it warmed it won me over. A lot going, Vanilla from the barrel ( I think it would lose something if it ages), smokiness, maple and umami reminiscent of maple cured bacon. Canít detect gin notes from the juniper berries (hint of sour)? Caution: Alcohol is well hidden. Iím a big dude and I feel pretty good. Unique and worth a try.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duchammer (178) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle poured Amber with off white head. Aroma was an array of dark fruit plum dates light smoke maple. Taste oak maple plum dates black raisin maybe touch of molasses. Warming in the stomach


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