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RATINGS: 1602   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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2.5
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Immort Ale? Wrong. Form Ale Dehyde. I just, ugh, couldn't find anything about this one that I could point at and say, "Well, at least I like THAT". Sure it's complex, but I can't say appropriately so. Then again, maybe I'm just not a barleywiner.

3.8
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 So, i’m hanging out with Btownbrewer and his wife and we are having a bottle of this. i’m smelling it and tasting it and i’m trying so hard to think of what it tastes like. it’s so very complex that i was having trouble picking out individual flavors. then all of a sudden she proclaims "Lemon wet dog." after i heard that i couldn’t get that picture out of my mind and that’ll all i could think of when i tasted it. Lemon wet dog.

4.1
Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2003
My first barley wine. Ive been wanting to try this style for a while. Appearance is reddish brown. Aroma is mainly alcohol with some grapes and vanilla present. Flavor is rich with a strong alcohol presence. Tastes of grapes, vanilla, and I can sense that oak in there. Palate is nice with an alcohol warming effect on your tounge. I could imagine this going rather well with a good cigar or a rich dessert. I like it!

3.8
thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
This brew pours a small head of fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly diminishing. Its body was a transparent light amber color. It had a strong maild high alcohol content aroma. Its flavor was that of alcohol and was very strong. It had a strong initila bite that smoothened in its finish.

4.2
TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2003 Attractive translucent bronze with a splash of maroon. Nose is full of vanilla, malt and apples. The taste is more of the vanilla and sour apples and possibly brown sugar. Finishes with a sweet sour aftertaste but is a very fine beer. ***Man does this smooth out after 6 months! Nose sweetens up and the alcohol and vanilla seem to be more upfront. NICE beer. I need to get more of this!

3.9
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2003
mahogany color, no head, sugary malty aroma, and perfectly balanced tastes. the texture is smooth and clean without being boring or overwhelming. a very nice example of the style.

4.1
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2003
This is absolutely the smoothest barley wine I've tasted. Tons of fruit flavor is rounded with a distinctively vanilla aftertaste. The aftertaste aternates between being smooth and slightly tangy. I could drink this all night and never know it was 11%. I consider myself a hophead but there was a velvet quality to this brew that hops cannot deliver.

3.8
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Poured orange with almost no head. Sweet, smoky, maple, and malt aroma. Sweet maple/vanilla tastes followed by a slight hoppy taste. Tobacco also sneaks up in the finish. Alcohol is very well masked!

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loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Murky orange color with a small head. The aroma was perplexing...some sweet maltiness, woody, dark fruit in it's first stages of rotting, butterscotch. The flavor was a little smokey, some vanilla, some dark fruit, woody, malty. Very crisp feel for a barley wine. Very good.

3.9
DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
Sweet hops, malt and caramel in the aroma, copper, medium sized sponge toffee head. Caramel, treacle flavours, nutty bitterness, woody with a smidge of butterscotch, and vanilla in the after taste. Complex, with a rich texture and it's ever so warming. Truly a well built beer.


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