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RATINGS: 1603   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 (826) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (479) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2016
Dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head. Belgian yeast and dark fruit aroma. Earthy, woody flavor with a slight boozy burn. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1578) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 30, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Mahogany/copper with a slight haze, one-finger head and wispy lace. Deep rich aromas of caramel with ripe fruit, wood and grass. Flavors are similar, as caramel and dark fruit sweetness is accompanied by vanilla, oak, toast and leafy hops. Alcohol is minimal. Full body, moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a lingering sweetness in the finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b79turner (245) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2016
Bottled on 12/22/15, poured into a snifter glass. Nose is floral, burnt sugar, oak...very nice. Caramel color with slight lacing. This beer gets better as it warms. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
blueshockey24 (317) - Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with thin off white head. Aroma is sweet and piney. Taste is sweet and a hint of smoke with a sweet warm malty finish. Was hoping to get more maple.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9946) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Prune, smokey caramel malt, oak, and vanilla aroma. Cloudy medium brown with small head. Moderately sweet vanilla caramel malt and moderately bitter herbal hay flavor. Wood smoke and acidic finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1305) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2016
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $4.31 (10 pct. off) Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016 Consumed: April 10, 2016 Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 22, 2016 Got this with a big purchase at Bine & Vine on Feb. 26. This was the last beer left to drink. Didnít know much about it, but liked what it said on the bottle. Not necessarily a big fan of Dogfish Head, but willing to give this one a shot. Poured an auburn, copper color with two fingers of rocky, khaki-tan head. Lots of small bubbles coming to the top of the glass. Average wet, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled roasty malts, roasted nuts, oaky notes, maple walnut, light toffee and hints of sweet caramel. (Smell - 3.50) Taste was richer and more complex than the nose. Getting roasty malts, smoky oak, dark maple walnut, toffee, vanilla beans, smoky wood, dark fruits and hints of molasses. Does not taste like 11 pct. ABV. Very good. (Taste - 4.25) Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smoky finish. (Feel - 4.00) Really liked this, basically as it hit my lips. Would like to see this aged for a bit. Probably had this a bit too cold as well. (Overall - 4.00) 3.97 89 B+

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (363) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a fluffy head. Aromas are faint malt, fruit, grass, a bit of leather. Flavors are roasty malts, dark fruit, raisin, cocoa, toffee, molasses, grass and bready tones. With each sip, another flavor appears. Very well rounded. Very noticeable alcohol presence. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, but otherwise surprisingly light. Low carbonation. Wonderfully complex. Boozy, malty and fruity. This is a delicious ale.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ffbot (263) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pour is a still, almost but not quite clear red with light purple and orange hints to it. Smell is maple, vanilla, oak, citrus, maybe a slight pine or grass. Taste is rich complex vanilla, balancing off maple, rich full bodied malt and a long, vanilla finish

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
schmittaj (16) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2016
Reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest, maybe one aged in oak (which isnít a bad idea).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4348) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a hazy medium reddish brown. Aromas of light fruit, hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a spicy taste.


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