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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Monster of a beer, shrouded in mystery, brewed once a year. This beer is hopped quadruple-strength, and exoticly spiced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
Very dirty brown, totally opaque and wearing a light off-white ring. Aroma is weird and powerful. Biscuity basil, very earthy thailand spices mixture, grassy cherries, cinnamon, rhubarb.... Rather complex and quite well blended in the funky spicy beer category. Sucre d’orge and caramelic malts are also of the fest. Spicy palate, but never agressive, coffee, molasses and caramelic sweet malt profile are easily countered by the hard to believe grassy spices (ginger, basil, cinnamon). It remains very sweet overall, with candyish vinous peaks, but expertly hidden alcohol. Low carbonation, medium to full bodied. As experimental as expected and worth a try or 2, but not a particularly spectacular beer. Thanks to raindog once again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
WCCII; Thanks to Jeffin7. Pours a hazy murky brown with ho head. Medium strong surprising sticky ripe berries and honey nectar junior malt biscuit aroma. Flavours nicely mirror aroma but not as sweet and with added fortified vinous and touch of earthy yeastiness. Medium soft low sweetness malty finish. Intriguing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (20568) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2004
Bottled, thanks hopsrus! Cloudy nut brown. Hoppy earhty green menthe aroma. Very malty and somewhat vinous. Salty and spicy, confusing and complex with a Fisherman's Friend finish. This is what Bell's do best: Ridiculously full bodied experimental beer with bizarre flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
2004 Vintage: Aroma of raw brown sugar. Flavor is spice, caramel, brown sugar, and some sort of vegetable-esce flavor I can't quite pine point, sweet potato and carrots maybe? Very nice complexity but it was a bit disjoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1434) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2004
Murky medium brown color with no head. Aroma is very barleywine like. Lots of alcohol, sweet malt, some hops, and an aged aroma. Flavor is very distinctive. This beer is like an automobile wreck happening in the mouth. Initial flavor is sweet, but in the same taste there are spices. A real vintage quality to this. I am not sure how old my bottle is. Great thanks to hopsrus. I never thought I would have the opportunity to sample this delicacy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5462) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2004
Thanks to jeffin7 for bringing this to When Continents Collide 2! Cloudy brown with almost no head. Nose is odd, but has fruit, some alcohol and hops standing out to me. Taste is more fruit and spice with the hop character coming forward a little more. Thick bodied with a spicily hopped finish. Do I understand correctly that this recipe changes yearly?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2004
Very murky, dark, copper-colored ale with no head. Smells like molasses, caramel and dried plum... malty as hell. I dig that. Fairly well-bittered for balance with notes of caramel and butterscotch. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and light carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. I really enjoyed this one!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 2004 -- so much better than the other two vinatages of this that I’ve had. Much darker and hoppier. It’s difficult to put numbers on this beer because it is so different each year. 2003 -- murky, lifeless brew. Almost still. Nose of plums, alcohol and grass. Once it warms, the cinoman spicey flavors come out. I also taste cherry, apple, burnt toffee, dust, wood and lots of alcohol. The finish is an odd, syrupy orange rind/orange liquer. Eccentric is one word for it. I tried this back to back with a bottle from 1996. The ’96 was better, as all the flavors had rounded into one ball of burnt sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. Lots of sherry and oak in the old one. Thanks to BBB63 for these interesting bottles, but I just wasn’t able to appreciate what Larry was going for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2004
Murky brown in colour. Aroma was very sweet, alcohol, some hops and oranges. Flavour had lots of alcohol, malt, caramel, very sweet, sticky. Rather young, aging would do this wonders. Finishes with a medium bitterness and too much alcohol. Thanks Michael.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
Well this rating is not in the slightest indicative of the potential this beer offers. Sadly it was too young and harsh to be given its full due. A bowl-me-over candy-cane sweet aroma hit me as soon as the cap came off. Very barley-wine like with lots of alcohol and warmth and evident complexity of sweet and bitter and bread and citrus. But it was just too much alcohol in the taste and in the finish for me at this point.

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