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style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 1632   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich amber with a small head that quickly disapates. Complexed malty nose.Very full body. This is a an exceptionally smooth and mellow beer. The 11% alcohol is very well hidden. I'm not a real big fan of the peated barley, which is definitely prevelent. But as one reviewer wrote "this one goes down nicely and hits hard". By the end I was wishin' I had another. An all around very well put together beer. A must try.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2003
i really liked this beer. Very nice flavor. One of my favorites from Dogfish Head. Very nice flavor of vanilla with a amber color. Strong Alcohol content.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
marykobes (5) - USA - SEP 5, 2003 does not count
I loved this beer. It has a vanilla flavor and ambered colored. Strong in alcohol but is a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Resiny body with an almost cloying vanilla sweetness. Low on the hops, with a smoky and woody taste. Alcohol is very well masked for a 10+ percent brew. This goes down nicely and hits hard. Wonderful!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 9/23/2004 - Same batch as previous rating but aged 1 year Slightly murky orange-amber body. Small off-white head that dissaptes into a nice ring that clings to the glass leaving behind big sheets of gorgeous lacing. The aroma is so enticing, smoky, woody, sweet syrup, vanilla, and I can even pick up some of that juniper. Hugely coomplex. The flavor is equally as interesting, many of the same components as in the aroma, though alcohol is more noticeable at this point. Thick chewy body. Brilliant!
9/1/2003 8/4/8/4/18 - 4.2 Smoky aroma with a hint of sweetness. Amber/caramel colored with a creamy off-white head that leaves behind excellent lacing. Vanilla and sweet flavors almost like a dessert. Big sticky body. An excellent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2003
Deep amber in colour. Aroma was of oranges, maple, slightly sweet. Flavour was fruity, sweet, somewhat creamy with a bit of alcohol. Finishes with a medium sweetness and bitterness. There is so much going on here the alcohol is not noticable. Thanks hopscotch.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2003
very complex, dark amber with almost no head, the tastes were highly complex but blended nicely together - allspice, vanilla creme, not cloying in its sweetness. This is excellent - I will be buying some to put away for aging. Best BW I have had other than Old H. Also, very distinctive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2003
A red amber color with a medium off-white lasting(some) head. A sweet malt, fried fritter aroma. Smooth taste, sweet, slightly cloying. Alcohol not present in taste or aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Copper color with malty aroma.No head. Sweet maple taste with a hint of malt. Alcohol well hidden as the other flavors take over.Finishes dry but nicely sweet. A solid barley from DFH.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
A beer with complexity and a sense of style, lacking the overt brashness of the usual DFH product. Quite impressive in its restraint, really. The aroma was shockingly almost absent, as I almost sucked it into my nostrils trying to catch a whiff. Odd. Appearance was a nice deep amber, head faded sort of quick and complete. The taste was tremendously well balanced, a fine barley wine, sweet, but finishing dry, a hint of maple on the tongue, no overt hopiness to speak of. Not what I was expecting, but a fine beer that speaks to the skill of the brewer.


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