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RATINGS: 1629   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 2/18/04: This has been aged for a year and a half. Pours a clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Rich, sweet, and complex aroma of raisins, caramel, and hoppy bitterness. Body starts candy malty sweet and one-sided, but quickly gains the support of the alcohol and underlying bitterness. Hints of pine, toffee and strawberry are all present, working together to mask the alcohol. Aging has greatly helped this beer become more complex and balanced. 10/28/02: Golden ruby color with a complex aroma. Lots of hops, malt, maple, and raisiny fruitiness permeate the nose. Very syruppy and perhaps a bit too sweet. The finish is pretty dry, but lacks bitterness. Definitely an interesting concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2002
First - appearance - copper/amber - looked very thin, like a liqueur or brandy. few bubbles, little disapearing head. Taste was huge and warming. maple and vanilla were predominant. didnt really taste the alc. a very fine barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2002
This beers looks really amazing in the glass with its deep copper color, but its less impressive out of the glass. The flavor is overbearing, tasting like a bitter maple syrup. I drank this one by itself, perhaps some accompanying food would have helped tone down the flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2002
What a great beer. The smell of vanilla and the sweet smooth taste makes this one of my favorites!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Nice smokey flavor without being too overwhelming...this is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Im quickly becoming a HUGE fan of everything this brewer does. An exteremly dark brown barley wine. Complex dark raisins, plums, and extreme malt. Didnt even know this had 11% alcohol; thats probably why I woke up where I did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2002
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Aged one year: Pours a clear, deep reddish brown color with a small white head that lingers before dissipating. It has a very fruity aroma with hints of peaches, apricots, and vanilla. Full body with low carbonation, this has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity and unbelievably magnificent with touches of vanilla and malts with a clean, fruity finish completely devoid of any alcohol. This is a magnificent barley wine, smooth and highly flavorful and the alcohol is completely hidden. Lovely!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2002
11% alcohol?! You can barely taste it. this is my favorite barley wine. it is not as refreshing as bigfoot ale but it pleases the tastebuds like no other. i reccomend this to anyone who likes barley wines. i AM JUST GIVING THIS RE RATE BECAUSE I CURRENTLY POSSES AN OLD HORIZONTAL. i WILL LET U KNOW WHAT IS BETTER.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Raisin, maple syrup, and red apples in the nose...no alcohol to speak of. Very complex taste that completely masks every bit of alcohol. Super sweet start that does seem to have some hop presence at the end. Raisins and maple syrup were the two biggest tastes. Very drinkable. Superb masking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2002
A deadly duo, high alcohol concealed by great taste. The only thing better than maple syrup is vanilla in my opinion.

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