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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. It’s aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 I first rated this from a year-old bottle at my local homebrew club meeting in November. Unfortunately, the beer had somehow gotten contaminated (bacteria?). I rated it very low, but with the caveat that it had clearly gone bad outside of the brewer’s control. Within minutes of posting the review, DFH’s brewmaster messaged me, expressing his concern about the bad bottle. The fact that these guys are checking outside consumer feedback like this and want to learn the circumstances of a bad rating, even if it’s one out of 250 raves, speaks volumes about Dogfish Head. He notified me when the next batch had shipped so I could get a fresh bottle to re-rate. Here it is:

Bottled Dec 2003.This is definitely the kind of beer one would expect from DfH! The hop aroma of grapefruit and pineapple assaulted me as I opened the bottle. It poured a light brown, just slightly hazy, with a fizzy, short-lived head like any barley wine. The taste is, how to say it... just like a heavy Belgian except that it’s not a Belgian: "Thick," even "chewy" comes to mind. The maple is very apparent, with vanilla as kind of a backup. Only then did I notice the big toasted malt leaving its sticky mark on my lips. The fruity hop aroma doesn’t translate in tasting, instead it just shows as a tingle on the tongue. The alcohol gives it a brandy character, and starts to make me lightheaded in the first few sips (Have to remember that this is not the strongest beer in DfH’s arsenal, either). Exceptionally smooth. Then a slight taste of bubble gum toward the end.
And this is still a "raw" bottle. I got a second bottle, but may have to share it with the club so they can all get a better idea. Guess that means I should seek out more to cellar for myself.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1436) - - 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 (927) - 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 wasn’t 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. Can’t detect gin notes from the juniper berries (hint of sour)? Caution: Alcohol is well hidden. I’m 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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