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Bells Time Capsule Ale

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Bells Time Capsule Ale
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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Had at the GTMW, aged five years. Hazy brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma of alcohol and toffee up front with caramel malt, fruit and mild hops in the background. Taste of heavy toffee, mild bready malt, alcohol and enough hops to make this mostly balanced. Pretty smooth and a touch sour, this was one of the best I had at the GTMW.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Black caramel body that blends into copper at the edges. Fleshy, perfectly sweet pineapple flesh aroma that seem to have been unlocked by cracked hop cones. Body is grainy and bitter. Molasses, honey and thick gooey caramel flavours. Sugary vanilla icing.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Dark, rustic brown with a thin, white head. Sweet, fruity aroma, with the pineapple being omnipresent. Pine-laden hops (if this really was two years old, did they freshly dry hop?) with sweet fruit, caramel, toffee, and whole tray of fresh, uncooked biscuits. Extremely yeasty and sweet initially, before the hops kick in at the finish to give a strong bitterness. A unique, and not all that interesting, a beer. Some good flavors were there, but they didn't mesh well, but were just added for hell of it. It's like dishwater after washing the dishes. Plenty of good food and flavor in there, but it just doesn't work. Oh, and please don't include the water or dish soap in that analogy. It was an analogy...

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Aroma is that of the best ripe pineapple you will ever sniff. Tart, crisp, sweet apple flavor with citric and mocha flavors for balance. Sappy middle with bready notes. Subtle, tangy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Hazy dark brown color. The aroma is interesting with hops, malt, fruits, and phenols. The taste is just as interesting, with spicy hops and first, then bitter hops, accompanied by earthy and fruity flavors, plus alcohol warming and bitterness at the end. Very complex. Sorry ervich, but I really liked this one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2004
At Rock Bottom Chicago Real Ale Dinner: This 2 year aged beauty has a muddy brown hue with amber highlights and a small head. The aroma hints of pine sap, caramel malts, orange zest, pineapple, puntgent spice, and barnyard yeast esters. The taste starts very hoppy and piney bitter. An earthy and grainy midsection and a fruity tart and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth, alcohol is noticeable and warming but does not overpower. A wonderful complex brew, I loved it, highly recommended if you get the chance.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Poured a hazy dark brown color with a small tan head. Very fruity and intoxicating roasted pineapple hop aroma. Fruity taste included roasted malt notes, plums and warming alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
Draught. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, molasses), moderately hoppy (resin), moderately yeasty (dough, sweat). Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. My least favorite sample at the Boulder Strong Ale Fest '04. Syrupy, resiny, and lots of stinky raw yeast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Tap, Boulder Strong Ale Fest, 04: Inviting murky-brown color. Very thick and textural on the tongue. Electric, zingy hops with a nip of alcohol. Very malty (dark chocolate cookie dough), and even more hoppy. Became more and more complex with every sip. Numbed my brain with pleasure.


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