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RATINGS: 1627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (4058) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Definite earthy notes in the aroma along with some slight hints of fruity sweetness. Thin head with spotty lacing. Cloudy orange amber. Though I can't smell and alcohol, I definitely taste it throughout. Front is spicy. Citrus and maple come out in the middle along with some woody notes and a hint of peach. Sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Low hop presence with some lingering sweet and sour notes in the finish. There's a lot of subtelty I'm missing in this review. This beer is brewed with such an original recipe that a lot of these flavors are new to me. I gotta give the good people at Dogfish Head a bonus for creativity though. Interesting and tasty, if a bit harsh around the edges. Would probably benifeit from aging or (I never thought I'd say this) lower ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Actually not as dark as some barley wines and a slight head which fades rapidly. Smells of vanilla and alcohol mix with some malty background. Flavors of oak maple syrup and lots of mmalt although there are too few hops. This is well done but I prefer many other barleywines over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4970) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 Original Rating, March 7, 2003. Holy canolie. Pours a dark amber, massive head on mine. You can certainly smell and taste the alcohol in this one. Its hard to distinguish some of the flavors. Its certainly better than other barley wines Ive had, as the alcohol isnt all you taste, but its too hard to distinguish what else is in it. 8/4/7/3/16

Re-rating, 5/24/2012. Wow, what a fantastically descriptive review that was, 9 years ago. Red cap, ballpark of 09 vintage. Dark brown color with a medium head. Aroma of vanilla and burnt sugar. Fairly smoky flavor. A bit woody and astringent. Dry. Probably had a couple too many years on it, but still delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2143) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 12 oz bottle: This one pours a fairly clear, darker copper color. There was a good sized beige head on it. The nose is good. I get a big whiff of dark fruits and definitely some sweetness to it. Caramel, vanilla and maybe some maple to the nose. The taste is also quite good. Caramel, hint of sweetness, woody, fruits, and a slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden well. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Be prepared for this beer because it's a strong one. It has a huge, bold flavor that only somewhat masks the 11% alcohol. The aroma was very pleasant and inviting with some fruits lingering in it and the head was small with little lace. This beer is very expensive, but worth trying just for understanding the complexity of the flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
The aroma was bright and appley. The flavor was very mellow and flat but not flat in a bad way. Not overpowering... rather even.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2003
I was really torn by this one. On the one hand, I was loving the bold and nicely textured flavors, everything from raisins to vanilla to maple--so apparent in the aroma and so sharp in the mouth (a bit of hoppy bitterness too). On the other hand, I was really disappointed with the acid alcohol character--burning, sharp, so unrepentently alcoholic. It was as if they couldn't keep the devilish side of the barleywine down while they maximized the heavenly side. It was not thin to my taste at all--lovely feel, sticky, sweet, luscious...only flawed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2003
A very interesting beer. This beer is thin. The flavor original and very enjoyable and smooth, with the hint of vanilla and maple syrup coming through. Immort Ale is a little expensive but defintiely worth having for a special occasion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2003
Excellent tasting beer. Like drinking a meal in a bottle. Tons of flavor. Expensive however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2003
A very tasty barley wine. The alcohol is hard to detect behind the smooth (very smooth), sweet malty flavor. This one has the complexity of a wine. Interestingly, this beer tastes very similar to the Breckenridge Christmas Ale, albeit smoother and more complex. The Bell's Third Coast Old Ale is hoppier and not as thin as this one. Highly recommended.

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