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RATINGS: 1516   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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   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 I’ve too many. Seriously. It’s good though to know I can fall back onto some of my favourites before the micro-boom. Bell’s is one. I haven’t 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. It’s where America went wrong. We can’t 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 don’t 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 Bell’s would never sink to such levels. Massive <3’s on this one. Next week I’ll buy a 6’er and see how far 10.2 % can age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3962) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’s place. Pours orange to brown with a beige head, aroma of marmalade, orange and alcohol, flavor of marmalade, orange, tangerine, alcohol, medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrenchieK (20) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Old rating. Pours a very hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of hops, caramel malt, brown sugar, lots of fruit and alcohol. Taste starts with caramel malt, brown sugar, fruit and alcohol and finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied. Complex and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1932) - - APR 16, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with little head. Aroma is cinnamon raisin toast, dark fruit and toffee. Taste follows. Rich, sticky and boozy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (1676) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
Mooie roodbruine kleur met een aardige kraag. Ruikt vanille, crème, kers. Smaakt zoetig, vanille, crème, iets bitter. Dikke structuur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abijen (1732) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
Thanks to Benzai! Donker rood bier met een getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt gedroogd fruit, kruiden, rogge. Smaakt gedroogd fruit, koffie, kruidig. Medium tot dikke body en plakkerig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1440) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Old rating. Dark Amber. Giant sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spices, boozy heat. Full Bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (235) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a dark amber, with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, with a sweet smell. Big heavy malty body with lots of caramel and a dark fruity sweetness. Has a touch of piney hop bitterness also. Thick and rich yet very well rounded. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9777) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle @ home. Lightly hazy dark red to almost purple color, medium sized off-white to beige head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, overripe fruits, dark fruits, sweet. Taste malts, sweetish initially, dark fruits, slightly alcohol, a slight bitter touch in the finish. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (613) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Pours a brownish amber with a medium eggshell head that dissipates fairly quickly. FIg, prune, star anise, sorghum and toasted malt on the nose. Full body with a rich and sticky mouthfeel. As it warms up more of the fruit comes out along with some vanilla and oakiness. Slighly sweet on the palate. Smooth and rich boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (600) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 oz bottle dated 9/5/14 poured into a tulip glass..amber/ruby pour with a thin white head..aroma of booze,caramel,molasses, dark fruits..unique taste..dry,boozy but with fruit and spices..very good.

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