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RATINGS: 1631   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. It’s aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.

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4.4
guzzler67 (1696) - 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
DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, 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
kathouse (1890) - 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
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
Eyedrinkale (3214) - 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.

3.8
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Nice med copper color with a small cream colored head. Fruity, malty and some alcohol aromas. Nice sweet but not cloying with some complex flavors. I read the description and can pick up hints of the vanilla flavor. If I did not read it I probably would not have tasted it as quickly. The alcohol is well hidden in this very well made beer. I get some bitterness that helps offset the malt sweetness. A very good barley wine!

3.7
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2003
A little different than your typical barleywine. The vanilla and maple dominate over the typical breadiness of most barleywines. The alcohol is hidden better than most (as is the case with most DFH stuff).

3.1
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a medium-sized white head. Had a strong alcohol and floral aroma with flavors of maple and vanilla. Topped off with an apple aftertaste.

4.5
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003
My brandy snifter is missing and Goodwill didn't have any snifters for sale today, so I'm drinking this from one of my Rodenbach stem glasses. Deep red-brown, scant head. Indescribably complex aroma. Fairly full body. Rather pleasing up-front slivovitz-like alcohol, fruitiness (prunes, dried apricots, dates), oak, vinous notes, and some interesting interplay between the differing bitternesses of juniper and hops. I can't really taste any distinct vanilla or maple, but they may both synchronize with similar notes from the wood. The peat-smoked barley is very subtle, perhaps buried behind everything else. Even though some of the ingredients weren't all that obvious, this is a very very well-harmonized beer, and quite warming.

4.1
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Deep copper in color with a small white head.Fruity/spicy/yeasty aroma.Huge malt flavor with a touch of fruit and spice.Bitter/sweet and very warming with alcohol.


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