jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
FoolishMortal (983) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Filthy mud color, no head. Chocolate, cinnamon, clove, and mint in the aroma. Syrupy malt, mint, sweet chocolate, and a multitude of other spices. Sickly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky, muddy brown. Pour it out and you'd think a catfish could be swimming in it. Has absolutely no head, strong alcohol flavor. The taste has almost a vegetable-like flavor.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Now I have had some fucked up beers, but this one takes the cake. I cannot imagine Bells thinks that it came out exactly how they wanted it, but is that at all possible? Too big of a barleywine maltiness to be even drinkable. Eccentric? Gimme a break and some toothpaste. The only Bell’s beer I cant stand.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
7/3/13/. Two 12oz bottles cracked tonight, both thanks to b3shine! 2008 bottle: Deep brown pour, basically no head. Sweet, sweet aroma and flavor. Oxidized, lots of sugar, bits of roast, spice, and alcohol. Mehhhh. 2002 bottle: No hiss at all. Flat as a pancake. Murky brown pour, no head of course. Oxidized squashy flavor and aroma with plain cardboard and earthy garbage. Sorry, Bell’s! Weird beer. Meh. Using my rating for the 2008 bottle since it is slightly higher.
GMCC2181 (1481) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was one wierd beer: Aroma was sugar, alcohol and spices. All the ingriedients listed, end up tasting like medicine to me, not very enjoyable. Hops? Where? Maybe my tastebuds were not ready for this beer. Like I said, a wierd beer. Worth a try I guess, every one else seems to like. It just wasnt for me. Thanks again robert for the beers!
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: An oxidized, overly sweet and overly spicy burgundy ale. Bad
How: Bottle 12oz, age unknown (1 to 2 years of age probably). Split three-way, thanks to the Trois-Rivières lover boys
The look: Dark burgundy-brown body with almost no head
In long: Nose is oxidized (wet cardboard), spicy, minerals, sweetness and overall just plain off. Taste is syrupy, thick caramel, too much spiciness, molasses, oily toffee, cardboard. Very sticky mouthfeel. Was the bottle too old or was it just not my type of beer. I don’t know but one thing is certain I didn’t like this bottle. Anyway, I think having a tasting in the middle of a the Soirée Des Brasseurs 2011 party was not such a good idea and the day after I filled for dignity bankruptcy.
Koelschtrinker (9544) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 2, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Malzig-süßer Geruch, klebrig, karamellig, etwas alkoholisch. Sehr karamelliger und eigener merkwürdiger Antrunk, unpassend, melonig-süß, etwas brennend. Mehrere Aromen funken hier unpassend zueinander gleichzeitig, sehr süß, zum Ende bodenständiger werdend. Mir ZU eigen! Vielen Dank an den Doppelbock! /8//4/8/10/7
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This beer tastes just like a roll of 5 flavor life-savers, after someone else has picked out all but the green ones.
TheBeerCollector (631) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2004 SE Gathering: Pours a cloudy brown with noo head. Spicy aroma that smells like vinegar. Thick, sweet, cloying flavor.