overall
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94
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 1629   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Vast in character, luscious & complex. Brewed with peat-smoked barley, this strong ale is brewed with organic juniper berries, vanilla & maple syrup. Its aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Barley wine? cool. i honestly thought it was some kind of belgian hybrid. Aroma of hevay malt sweetness. One thing i admire DFH for is the intense palates and flavors that mingle. couldnt taste any wood but this was syrupy as all hell and possibly some vanilla in the background. finishes with alcohol vapors. Halfway down the bottle it mellows out and becomes far more smoother.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Fulffy tan/cream head that discipates fairly quickly. Amber in colour, almost no carbonation. Good lacing. Alcohol in the nose, very "rusty". First thing that hits you is the alcohol. Followed by an oaky and rusty flavor. Hints of vanilla. The body is full and heavy. The only bad thin is that the alcohol makes it a very labored drink with one hell of a kick. It was not until I finished the drink that I realized that it is 11%abv

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cwhalen (15) - Champaign, USA - JAN 17, 2004
This is quite nice and complex. full from sniff to swallow. Dogfish does a good job at making their add-ins an important part. you won't question whether you tasted the vanilla or the syrup. A very complete palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2004 the rater before me said it all. this is definitely a sweet, syrupy BW with less hoppiness than i like. the alcohol is incredibly well hidden, but the sweetness makes you sip it as if it were 80 proof. however, this is still good. of the 2 dogfish head beers i've had so far, i notice how they strive to be very unique. this isn't one of the better barleywines i've had... maybe i just haven't 'gotten it' yet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Golden-orange body and tight, uniform cream-colored head. Aroma of old grass, vanilla, maple, and wood. Prominent maltiness and candy sweetness. Has a distinct note of candy corn and the hop qualities oddly remind me of a pilsner. Palate is sticky and viscous. Although the hops definitely assert themselves well, excess sugar overrides and turns this into a dessert beer. Less residual sugar in this (and other DFH beers) would be an improvement. Where other barley wines achieve balance between residual sweetness and aggressive hops, this beer seems schizo and poorly-integrated. Like washing down pancakes with an IPA. Interesting but not among my list of favorite barley wines.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
guzzler67 (1679) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Reddish orange appearance with very little head and lacing. Smokey, earthy yeasty aroma. Rich, full-bodied flavor with a woodsy, complex taste that changes as frequently as the temperature. Mellow finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 A nice amber copperish color with a small head that hung around the whole time.Tastes of fruits, nuts and maple.The alcohol definately was present.Another fine brew from the doggies.RERATED.Had a keg of this and was so much better.Freshness with hugh smoky flavor.This was unbelievable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kathouse (1753) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2004
I drank this on a winter night after it set in my car. It was way to cold, but improved after some warming. A thin white head covered this nice amber brew. Smells of plums and metal pervaded the light malt aroma. I didn't detect any maple or vanilla, but the oak and alcohol was more than apparent. Taste was sour grapes with a bitter after taste. Alcohol was clearly present and made for a very warm body. Carbonation was good and balanced hops equaled fruity yeast flavors. I'll need to re-rate at some time in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2004
I found this beer to be pretty good, upon first taste I thought I was licking a sour cherry candy dip, but enjoyed it. It was a little cloudy and did not keep good head. By no means makes this a bad beer.. Way to go!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Pours cloudy copper with nice ivory head. First taste is tart, sour cherry. Nice tart finish. I didn't taste any of the maple or vanilla that they boast on the label.


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