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RATINGS: 1607   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (1339) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
12oz bottle into small snifter glass. Deep dark honey color with very thin tan head. Surprisingly not much aroma on the nose; somewhat fruity, woody, herbal, earthy and some metallic notes. Taste starts with smokey oak notes, into maple, brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness, ending with more smokiness and mild hop bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, complex, some smokey and bitter aftertaste. It took quite a few sips to really appreciate it, a grower. Ultimately I really enjoyed it.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ICEatALAMO (1259) - 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 (6) - - MAY 22, 2016 does not count
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 (112) - 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 (169) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (487) - 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 (1587) - 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 (246) - 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 (338) - 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 (9999) - 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 (1331) - 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+


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