Bells Bull In A China Shop
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1378) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
On tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe where ABV was listed as 8.2%. Orange-honey coloered, clear with a durable but small head. Very faint hint of vinegar mars the aroma which is otherwise appealing. Hints of honey and fresh fruits. Medium body and carbonation. Slight tongue burn. T: good sweet/bitter balance. O: Light barleywine; good but a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ICEatALAMO (870) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Draft at brewery. The pour is a nice vibrant orange. The aroma is nothing. The taste is very bitter upfront. The taste even is bland. Disappointed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (351) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Extremely bitter with resinous hops, with a really strange sweetness that is reminiscent of the grape kool aid like foil top barrels. Kind of weird and complex, but not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Draft at the Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo. Hazy medium orange-brown body, thin to medium light beige head. Very light nose, some sweet cereals and brown sugar, candy and nuts. Sweet body, lots of brown sugar and candy with a soapy bitter finish. Malt-forward but not syrupy. That said, there’s something ephemeral and a tad cloying about the malt profile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
andyhwcinc (1348) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Enjoyed on tap at Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. This stuff is ok. Appearance is a cloudy amber with a thin white head. Aroma mostly syrupy. Taste also syrupy and malty. Wish this was better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (4433) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Draft to taster at Eccentric Cafe. Looks decent; light for a barleywine though. A transparent orange with. Sticky off-white lacing. Smells of mild malt and hops. Tastes like it smells with a light barleywine sweetness. Average on the palate. An underwhelming example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2013
On tap at Bells.... No aroma really. Very minimal. Flavor is mostly malt, faint hops. Very dry aftertaste. Good barley wine for warm weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
On tap at Eccentric. Pours a hazy orangish brown with little head. Aromas are muted with a little booze and maybe some orange blossom or something sweet and slightly hoppy. Flavor is crisp, especially for a barley wine. Sweet sugars (kind of a maple syrup almost) with a bitter hops presence that dominates the late palate. It’s a bit understated for a barley wine, but for a summer barley wine it’s about spot on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Like this one alot, hazed amber pour, big hop notes to go with the maltiness, jsut huge flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bwa5879 (537) - Portage, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2013
Very muddled medium dark brown with some suds on top. Mild sour malt scent and sweet grassy hops too, pretty light. Roasted malt flavor, ricey alcohol, leathery scotch flavor too. Kind of uninteresting finish, slightly tingly mouthfeel. Not a terrible barley wine but certainly not my favorite beer.

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