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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Originally brewed in 1999

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin, wispy ring of light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet earthy, aged dark caramel malt with some mild dark fruitiness and light roast. Body starts with a sticky earthy dark caramel malty sweetness with lots of molten dark chocolate and slightly roasty bitter finish. Seems to have aged really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Hissed upon opening. Poured a slightly hazed deep chestnut color with a small creamy tan head. Mildly sweet malt with a medium amount of roast. Hint of raisins. The flavor is mildly fruity and sweet to start. Then quickly dries out with a moderately bitter dry finish. Medium bodied with a dull carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
quite nice of a brew....courtesy of silphium...pours a ton of yeast, and is amber to reddish brown in color...this is simply a basic barley wine....there are no stout characteristics here...aroma is of caramels, sugars, soy....flavor is very sweet, and is quite the same with an alcohol bite...very similar to an old ale...good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2005
An amazing find just in time for the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006. I had to open a bottle right away to make sure this beer isnít pickled. The first "pffft" upon opening the cap was a relief. No noxious aromas on the pour. Beautiful. Success. The body is a bit light for a stout, a deep yet translucent garnet red-brown with dark yeast sediment taking gravityís cue to the bottom of the glass. Thereís even a thin ring of off-white carbonation clinging to the glass. The aroma is similar to a barleywine, with raisins, prune, and caramels backed by soy and toasty malts. A bit "aged" smelling and yeasty, but still pleasant. The body is nicely carbonated for a circa-1998 beer. Opens with the same prunes, raisin, and caramel, leading to faded esters and alcohol, leaving a somewhat charred, bitter aftertaste. Iím not sure how this beer changed over the years but it is more like a barleywine right now than a stout. I suspect this was well taken care of over the past seven years. I thought this was a real long-shot to find, but everybodyís capable of making an improbable shot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Moderate brown in color and hazy. Aroma is very malty(similiar to a barleywine) and a little burnt. Flavor is big malt, light smokeness with a little tartness. It was well carbonated, expecially for its age. Finish was lip smacking sweet up front with an alcohol dryness that crept in toward the end. Provided by and shared with PsychProf, thanks old friend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Wonderful! New to the market in August 1998, this is a real gem. The aroma is all plummy maltiness, soy sauce and salt. Hops are essentially gone as far as I can tell except for some thinning, cutting of the body. Alcohol is melded to the body perfectly although itís a bit thin. Great raisiny flavors! Very effervescent even this many years out! Great beer, but seems barleywineish, winey, not so stoutlike. Shared with hopsrus. Thanks to the Motor City BBB provider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (21416) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled, thanks Dr.Bill! Dark brown. Restrained malty nose. Caramelly and very malty with soft, velvetty texture. Toffee and salty bitterness in the finish. Well balanced and flavourful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Dr. Bill is the Man for breaking out this brew for us. It pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a little caramel and anice bitter notes and alcohol esters. The flavor is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar and caramel, as well as, a little bitterneasss and some alcohol. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Who else but Dr. Bill would have this beer to share? Malty, somewhat alcohol aroma. The flavor is rich, buttery & sweet. Not much head on this clear reddish/brown beauty drink slowly & enjoy

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Very flat. Definite coffee and definite alcohol. Too dark and too strong for my taste.

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