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RATINGS: 1486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years.


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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2010
This whole Micro-brewing has really gotten out of hand here in the states. But, that makes me a hypocrite because I was the first one to complain about not having options. Now Iíve too many. Seriously. Itís good though to know I can fall back onto some of my favourites before the micro-boom. Bellís is one. I havenít had all of their brew and may never do so, but damn do I love when I get to try a new one. It really makes me wonder if these other micro-brews sprouting up over night are really that good. Consistency and quality should become key. Itís where America went wrong. We canít compete with quantity, and why should we? This brew reads like an American classic. A F. Scott Fitzgerald just makes age more easy, and so age makes this brew much better. But donít be fooled. This was good from the start, much like that Fitzgerald classic. The label does a good job of minimally reaching the point. Lots of sediment in this one so the pour was careful, into the recommend Snifter. Pours a dark brown-burgandy, much like a dark belgian ale. Nice head, good amount of low in fizz to keep it fresh. Nose is lots of vinted malts, oak like vanilla, worn leather. Landscapes of herbal qualities comes to mind. The great and once vast forest of colonial North America, cedar, eucalyptus, oak, maple. Taste is pure class and quality. Well sipped. Oak, worn leather, smooth vanilla ends with herbal and earth tones of fresh dug roots. Buffalo grass, dark fruits such as plums and a slight apricot. Some slight tanin offers a nice bitterness to round out a slightly sweet, piece of perfection. Most other brewers would ruin this by leaning heavily on brown sugar, a Wal-mart like imitation. But not this brew, and certainly Bellís would never sink to such levels. Massive <3ís on this one. Next week Iíll buy a 6íer and see how far 10.2 % can age.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (971) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2015
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a tiny light tan head. Some splotchy lacing on top but good foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is dark fruit and burnt sugar. A touch of pine and oak notes but it is all very weak. I was really hoping the aroma would pop a little more than it does. The flavor has a huge shot of hop bitterness right off the bat. The hops really overwhelm whatever subtle flavors might be present. As the beer warms, some more dark fruit and oak comes through but it is still hampered by the bitterness. Sweet and pretty thick mouthfeel with some alcohol warmth on the finish. Overall, I had very high hopes for this beer and feel a bit let down. Maybe a couple years on this will ease the bitterness but I feel like there are some really good flavors buried in there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fakebeersnob (195) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
I have had a few barley wines before and have not liked any. I got nervous after I bought a six pack of this and saw that it is considered a barley wine and not an old ale like Curmudgeon. I get a raisin type smell from it. Pours a light cola color with no head. I am getting flavors of fruit like raisins and dates. It has a dry finish too. There is another taste that I honestly cannot pick out. Part of it reminds me a bit of pine needles - but not like some types of hops. I do enjoy this beer. I now have to look to see if barley wine and old ale are closely related, what the differences are...and is it that I like barley wine, but only the top tier ones.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshmcg000 (344) - Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours dark amber, with tan head. Looks pretty thick. Aroma is heavy caramel malts, smells sweet. Big heavy malty body. Lots of caramel and a little bit of fruity sweetness. Has a bit of piney hop bitterness also. Really good sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1901) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Complex aroma but taste is a bit too syrupy sweet for my taste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (5265) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Draft - Sweet caramel malts. Deep cloudy Amber with a decent beige head. Boozy caramel and a orange fruity nice long sweetness. Nice and would be good to cellar and mellow a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (637) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Golden caramel pour. Aroma is honey, hops, caramel chews. Taste goes with aroma but with more hop bitterness coming through. Also some resin and mild pine cutting through. Some stewed fruits on the finish. Not overly complex but certainly tasty. Nice sticky sweet finish. A very approachable American style barleywine - could do with more x factor but just solid stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2824) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4 Jan 2015, bottle. dark amber/light brown. nose is strong, pungent bread dough, moderate alcohol, raisins, some nuts, yeast, slight rancid fruit. full body and moderately fizzy. Faint nail polish alcohol up front and more just before the finish, nutty, wheat bread, alcohol, raisins. taste in my mouth after a while is meaty and charred wood, almost like eating burnt tips. this is a good (but not hoppy) barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (920) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color without any head. Huge malty aroma and flavor. Like a home brew kit extract.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1570) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Extra from Harrison_gord, thanks Gordon! Pours a clear mahogany with a thin white head that quickly fades and doesnít leave much lacing. Nose is of caramel, toffee and raisins. Taste is of fruity caramel, brown sugar, alcohol. Not really hot or fusel-y alcohol, just slightly boozy. Maple syrup. Body is medium-full, carbonation medium and mouthfeel slightly syrupy but surely sticky. Overall a good barleywine but not really that distinctive, needs to be a little richer or something like that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (10378) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle at home, thanks to GT2 for the trade, 28/12/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown meets light black with a well appointed khaki covering that stays for the show. Nose is toffee, dark fruit rinds, tobacco, earthy, light spice, dates, cake mix. Taste comprises much the same, fruit cake, dates, raisens, prunes, caramelised brown sugars, almonds, woody licks. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming alcohol. Decent barley wine, well balanced, some well tempered bitterness so it doesnít get too sweet .


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