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RATINGS: 1556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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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1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2001
There are a number of references to the indescribability of the beer. Let me try - BAD. It is like they threw in every ingredient including the kitchen sink and hoped for the best - they got the worst.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vodka4blood (99) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Wow. Very scotch-like, woody and full of vanilla. Mostly bourbon aroma. The CO2 escaping from re-capped bottle just played a little song for me at lip/cap interface, so it even sounds good, too : ). Bottle from 11/04/13 - try it aged if you can control yourself....

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumentm (200) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
A very full bodied and complex beer with a good mix of hops and malt. You can definitely taste vanilla and oak.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (436) - New York, USA - FEB 1, 2015
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass..bronze color with thin white head..aroma of caramel,dark fruits,toffee,vanilla,oak..tastes like it smells..with decent alcohol burn..really good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Tastes sweet initially with strong vanilla and oak notes. Complex, hiding the alcohol well. It has a slight bitterness in the aftertaste with a drying mouthfeel. It is pretty good and very easy to drink, but not sure I would seek this out again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1803) - 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 (4137) - 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 (3711) - 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 (1238) - 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 (628) - 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 (3582) - 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.


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