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RATINGS: 1629   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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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrnkMcDermott (3053) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 I first rated this from a year-old bottle at my local homebrew club meeting in November. Unfortunately, the beer had somehow gotten contaminated (bacteria?). I rated it very low, but with the caveat that it had clearly gone bad outside of the brewers control. Within minutes of posting the review, DFHs brewmaster messaged me, expressing his concern about the bad bottle. The fact that these guys are checking outside consumer feedback like this and want to learn the circumstances of a bad rating, even if its one out of 250 raves, speaks volumes about Dogfish Head. He notified me when the next batch had shipped so I could get a fresh bottle to re-rate. Here it is:

Bottled Dec 2003.This is definitely the kind of beer one would expect from DfH! The hop aroma of grapefruit and pineapple assaulted me as I opened the bottle. It poured a light brown, just slightly hazy, with a fizzy, short-lived head like any barley wine. The taste is, how to say it... just like a heavy Belgian except that its not a Belgian: "Thick," even "chewy" comes to mind. The maple is very apparent, with vanilla as kind of a backup. Only then did I notice the big toasted malt leaving its sticky mark on my lips. The fruity hop aroma doesnt translate in tasting, instead it just shows as a tingle on the tongue. The alcohol gives it a brandy character, and starts to make me lightheaded in the first few sips (Have to remember that this is not the strongest beer in DfHs arsenal, either). Exceptionally smooth. Then a slight taste of bubble gum toward the end.
And this is still a "raw" bottle. I got a second bottle, but may have to share it with the club so they can all get a better idea. Guess that means I should seek out more to cellar for myself.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (836) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2017
2009 Vintage on draft at Capones. Pours slightly opaque medium to dark brown with minimal head that hangs around the edge of the glass. Aroma is mild fruity ketone, corn sugar, booze, stove top hard candy like my grand mom made, mild ash and slight esters. Taste is similar with a moderate smoke flavor that fades quickly with a touch of oxidation. Finish is pleasant with mild tart and citrus flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlindGuardianco (86) - - FEB 21, 2017
Was not sure what to expect from this on since I have not had any barley wines. If it was a beer I would say it was a bit too boozie and flat but I think that is how it is mean to be.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (1023) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes Aroma: smoke, caramel, juniper, smoke, woody Appearance: dark amber with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gephross100 (706) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 On draft at Brew and Brew. Pours murky red color with a small white head. Smells like a Manhattan, Bourbon, vermouth, and cherries.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergaard (333) - 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 (744) - 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 (6760) - 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 (4335) - 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 (1954) - 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 (1316) - 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.


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