This have been "on it's side" for a few months in the little section of the basement that has been declared "the beer cellar" at Smashin' Transistors central. Seems Dogfish Head's are always proper for such things and this, an 11% abv strong ale, that according to the label is "Vast in character" and "reveals interwoven notes of maple, vanilla and oak" was a worthy candidate.
A very rich auburn in color and a head that fades quickly but leaves a constant ring around the surface. One whiff and it's obvious that this a perfect choice to let age and take bond with itself for awhile longer than when it was picked up off the store shelf. So many warm and rich aromas. Mellow bourbon, sweet maple and vanilla beans. The scent alone is something to marvel over and if the taste is even half as good as smell it's surely gonna be a winner.
First sip (and this is superjammed with flavor so it is a definitely sipper and not a gulper) warms the body nicely. Sweet maple & malts greet the tastebuds first followed by vanilla and a tinge of raisin. Pretty hearty body and full feeling in the mouth but surprising not as thick as expected when basing the myriad of flavors and complexities it is packed with. There is a bit of alcohol hotness in the end but thanks to the oak aging it has the jagged edges smoothed out and the finish is actually kinda wet.