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RATINGS: 1625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark brown color with decent (not spectacular) clarity. The head is about three fingers high, cream shaded. Its retention is really fantastic, and the texture isnt half bad either. It leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass, too. S: PHE. NO. LIC. One can definitely tell that this is a peaty brew. Let it warm up a bit, though, and its sweet malt backbone develops nicely. In particular, it brings caramel, brown sugar, and maple sugar notes. Vanilla is slight but definitely evident. Im having trouble picking up the oaky tones, though; that or its blending itself with the peat to create a ham-like smokiness. Nonetheless, this nose is telling me a lot - but theres one thing it isnt telling me. Alcohol. This is a shockingly un-boozy nose. T: Like expected, phenolic peat notes hit the palate immediately. This sensation tends to melt away around the mid-taste, being replaced by flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Theres some slight vanilla in the finish; just like in the aroma, its pretty subtle. Some faint tobacco qualities are peppered throughout. Once this warms up, its boozy qualities pretty much evaporate. My only real problem is this: take away the peaty notes, and this one is...kind of mundane. It only really develops complexity after many, many sips - and by that time, theres practically none left in the glass. M: Its not exactly chewy, but it does have a decent body. While the sweetness has a negative effect on the general balance of the flavors, it does a great job of hiding the alcohol. There is absolutely nothing here to suggest its 11%. O: Okay, Im really impressed with its lack of booze - and how the supposed peat isnt really that bothersome to my palate. This has some elements of a nice scotch whisky. Having said that, its not quite as deep as I like my big, boozy monsters to be. Still, this has great aging potential, even with its currently well hidden alcohol.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergaard (319) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2016
Another beer from dogfish head that offers nothing else but sweet and sticky syrup.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (736) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2016
12 ounce bottle from BevMo Sacramento, aroma is dried fruit, prune, boozy mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (6274) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
With Pat, Pours a hazy red color with creamy top. Aroma of vanilla, candy sugar, oak, dough, and maple syurp. Full bodied with a bunch of thick syrup. Too cloyingly sweet for me these days

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (4167) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2016
bottle @ Belmont Party Supply / Dayton OH --- Aroma of molasses and malt. Cloudy amber brown color, off-white head that drops to a thin cover, stripes of lace. Taste is strong alcoholic malt that has dark fruitcake fruit. It moves through medium fizz to a finish that shows alcohol growth rather than bittering. Very strong, a little too much to satisfy in more than 6oz doses. Doesnt work for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1861) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle from Julios. Poured into a snifter. A deep russet amber with a very thick light tan head. Very nice looking. Sweet earthy spice aroma. Flavor is on the sweet side with earthy spice notes. Slight bit of sweet vanilla. Somewhat balanced, but still a lot of sugar on the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (985) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2016
12 oz bottle from Elizabeth Station. Bottled 22-Jan-2016. Pours an opaque golden copper. Aroma is smokey, sweet maple and oak notes. Taste and aftertaste are pretty similar with boozy and hoppy bitterness. Good balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehaak26 (181) - - AUG 21, 2016
I love scotch, so the peat-smoked barley was a great touch for me. The vanilla and maple syrup add nice complexity to this ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1730) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
Smoke, juniper, toffee, oaky, caramel, alcohol, herbal. Deep amber colour, small beige head. Big sweetness, lightly peaty, lightly bitter and lightly salty, ABV evident, lots of herbal notes. Fullbodied, thick feel, soft carbonation, sweet and peaty finish. A tad too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1722) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 32B Specialty Smoked Beer (base style: 17D English Barleywine)

AROMA: Peaty malt is prominent. Some dark fruit, vanilla/oak, and alcohol. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Very murky body; rather ugly shade of rusty orange/brown. Small, off white head mostly dissipates; no lacing. 1/3

FLAVOR: Takes a few sips to get used to as the palette seems to change on every swig. Seems like an English barleywine at the core with a rich sweetness of dark malt and dark fruit. Vanilla and oak chips complement each other to give it a slight candy taste. Finishes with a fairly strong peat smoke sensation. Well balanced with smoke acting as a flourish rather than the main attraction. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; low CO2 but not viscous nor sticky. 11% ABV is well hidden imparting subtle warmth as it goes down. Remarkably clean aftertaste. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An amazing brewing accomplishment considering all thats in this beer. Delectable, but not quite mind-blowing. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (858) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 18, 2016
The beer pours a reddish color with a small head. Aroma has bourbon up front followed by some sweetness and figs. The taste has roasted plums, licorice, mild booze and some raisins. Very complex beer with a smooth finish.


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