crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Clear light amber, no head. Sweet malty aroma. Taste is the same a strong caramel sweetness, grapefruit hops, and a strong spicy tongue coating sweetness that blast you almost mead like.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!). Poured a deeper copper color with a small sized off white head. Some floaters. Aromas of wood, dark cherries, caramel and it has a light earthiness to it. Tastes of wood, oranges, caramel, and lighter cherries. Tastes on the softer side (I attribute this to its age).
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a cloudy brown orange with a very small head. Aroma of dark fruits, cherry, vanilla and caramel malts. Flavor is similar to the aroma but a bit tamed down. This seemed more like a barley wine to me.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy copper color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, nuts, caramel malts, and light alcohol. Taste of citrus fruits, tobacco, more toffee and caramel malt... medium bitterness, and carbonation as well. Thanks for sharing hopdog.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for the sample, Duane. Cloudy dark orange and copper body. The aroma is nicely blended caramel, apples and peanuts. The taste is dark toffee with tea and wood. A nice dry finish also has some light tobacco. A nicely done brew.
barleyPops (1137) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Walleye and shared with Eric ( Heemer ). Not really sure just how old this bottle might be, but it has held up quite well. aroma is reminiscent of a barleywine but not as strong. mild well rounded flavors of caramel, malt and some butterscotch. nicely done, Bell’s.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a rich malt, and I find there is still some hops here. Muddy brown, with a tiny tan head. Flavour is a full malt, with caramel and butterscotch. Medium bodied, sweet, mellow, lovely mouthfeel. Terrific!
Thank You radiomgb.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this brew
This beer is nearly six years old and is great. muddy brown with a thin head, when it hits your tongue it tingles a bit and the taste is nicely sweet
I really enjoyed this beer
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. murky brown-orange body with a small ring of white head. rich yeast and malt aroma - cheese notes, caramel, and maple. full body that is mostly on the sweet side. there are some toffee flavours, caramel, yeast, with a faint alcohol presence towards the end. clean yeasty finish. very good considering it’s age. thanks Jeff.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to radiomgb for busting out this rarity from the past. Brownish amber color, thin ring of tan bubbles. Pleasant malty aroma, sweet, light alcohol, fruity and caramelly. More barley wine characteristics in the flavor, malty, some fig, a touch of fruit and some caramel. It it was hoppy at one time, they sure have left the building. Medium to full bodied, surprisingly has not suffered from almost 6 years in the cellar, even only being 7.5%. Very nice.