EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Clear red-brown pour with a little carbonation and light tan head. Strong aroma with lots of toasted malt, molasses, and almonds. Very mellow toast flavor with some coffee and caramel. Suprisingly easy to drink.
jmm635 (805) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy, fairly deep brown with a thin tan head. First thing I noticed was the hops! Pretty strong hop aroma for a beer brewed years ago. Underneath the hops the aroma was sweet and malty. Some dark fruit and molasses come through. Flavor was sweet, but balanced by the dryness from the hops. Really enjoyable! Another goodie from Bells!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark chatnut that is completely opaque with faint yellowish bronze hues when held to a light source and a frothy one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Not much in the way o lacing.
Sweet, slightly roasty leathery malt aroma with hintsnof caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast and biscuit. There is some nice alcohol sweetness in the nose and surprisngly the hops have held up(in the aroma at least).
Slghtly chewy medium body that is surprisingly still hop forward considering that this was brewed in 2003. The 10.5 ABV is decently masked but there is still subtle alcohol sweetness and heat in the finish. Lots of leathery, earthy malt with hints of caramel, chocolate, toffee and bread. Again, the hops have held up surprisingly well adding some earhy dryness and complexity. This beer has held up wonderfully and I can see it continuing to improve for a few more years.
delirium11 (28) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was surprised by the brownish tan color, it was lighter than I expected for a barleywine, but the taste was a nice spicy caramel taste. There were layers of different tastes as it sat in your mouth and hit different points as it was going down.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL courtesy of FlandersNed. Pours a deep, muddy amber with a dense, lively tan head that settles to a nice layer and leaves excellent lace all over the snifter. Aroma is rich even as I pried the cap off: figs, toffee, chocolate covered bacon, some sweet toffee, and some sort of salty/briny character. As it warms the nose is overtaken by mountains of raw brown sugar and immense rum raisin and coffee gelato. Taste is rich, toffee, figs, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder but still is fairly hoppy/bitter and ends with a dry, bitter finish rather than a buttery, sweet finish like other barleywines. Nearing superlative.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured deep amber. aroma was caramel, dark fruit, and figs. flavor was caramel, dark fruit, and pine. body was heavy with low carbonation.
mar (4467) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. deep amber with a cream head. nose is sherry, hops, dried fruits, and caramel. nice on the palate, flavor is much like the nose with a nice smooth finish.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle via trade with BA gratefulbeerhead) murky orange-brown pour with cream colored head. Nose of light apple, caramel and cream. Taste of toasty caramel, toasted raisins, semi-sweet chocolate, and fudge. Sweet, smoky and oily finish. This has held up well.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, muddy amber with no head, aroma of molasses, raisin and fortified wine, flavors of raisin coffee cake, caramel fudge, good lasting finish
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma - I have to believe that this bottle may have been stored in less than ideal conditions, as the oxidation seemed to take it’s toll. Oozing wet cardboard, light fig notes, caramel and a herbal quality all kind of trumped by the over-done oxidation.
Appearance - solid caramel brown body, cloudy with a smaller 1/8" scant off-white head.
Taste - cardboard, caramel malts, light alcohol, spice, kinda medicinal actually. Sweetness is kept well in check but the oxidation, again, seems to leave it’s unwelcome mark.
Palate - medium bodied, slight thickness to it, rather creamy with a medium sweet finish
Overall - I think that this one was kept in an environment not suitable for aging. I highly doubt I’ll ever cross paths with this beer again, but if I do then a re-rate will be forthcoming. It wasn’t horrible, but it was far from stellar.