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RATINGS: 1610   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Typical flavor characteristics of DFH...OVERLY SWEET!!! Color is vibrant orange/brown with minimal head. Aroma is sticky sweet with a flavor to match. Oak, vanilla, caramel, and toffee...definitely a high caliber brew but nothing from them (other than the 120 Minute IPA) has had the "shock and awe" factor. Premium price...try anything from this brewery and youíll see the similarities.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1435) - - 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 (925) - 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 (1262) - 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 (7) - - 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 (114) - 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 (171) - 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 (494) - 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 (247) - 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


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