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RATINGS: 1568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

BeerBlockaid's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alusmamuts (1372) - LATVIA - APR 28, 2016
Amber hazy with small to medium yellow head. Sweet malty aroma with bitter notes. Strong bitter taste on sweet malty background, but bitterness preveals. Strong lasting bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1097) - LinkŲping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
(355ml bottle shared @ VilleValla Pub, LinkŲping, Apr 21 2016) Pours clear deep brownish red with a small fine off white head and lace. Aroma is honeyed grains, marzipan, slight oxidation, torrified sugar. Palate has a sweet toffee and marzipan core, dark honey, layers of malt complexity, raisins and other light dried fruits, maybe apricots? A bit of lightly toasted grain. Bittering hops are slightly leafy but well in balance. Tannic feel to the dry down with alcohol moderate and complementary. Medium-full and smooth, mostly in the English style, very nice sipper that is substantial without being overbearing as some barley wines are.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eripe323 (43) - SWEDEN - APR 21, 2016
Bottle from VilleValla Pub. Pours amber with no head. Low carbonation. Aroma of malts, hay, rye, fruits. Taste of malts, regular base and caramell. Some rye. Fruity hops (not IPA fruity). Great barley wine/old ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (921) - SWEDEN - APR 15, 2016
Bottle at Bishops Folkis. Clear redish copper with a medium off white head. Glue and almonds with some red fruits and caramel. Malty, complex alcohol and no hops. Sweet and slight warming, leather, some spice, caramel, vanilla, dried fruits. Big oily body, soft carbonation, oily. Nice old school brittish old ale with a slight belgo almond aroma and low hop profile. Something to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a hazy orangish amber color. Aromas of strong malts, citrus, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor big malt taste with fruity finish. Long malt aftertaste. Can really taste the alcohol in this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (270) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2016
Bring it on! Foggy caramel colored pour, nice beige head with terrific lacing. Aroma is molasses and dark fruit. Flavors match quite well. Texture is a bit thin but smooth. This one confuses me. Is it a Barleywine or an English Old Ale. Whatever.....itís solid!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1876) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 23, 2016
Appearance: Packaged 5/9-2014. Dark redish brown, clear. Small light tan head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, molasses.
Taste: Dark fruits, molasses, some maltiness, vinous, warming. Hides alcohol well, I think.
Bought: Trade with Benzai - thanks!, 355 ml
Info: 23/3-2016

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (2830) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, bottled on April 4, 2012. poured into a snifter. Dark Translucent Crimson with small beige head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, low carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is oxidized caramel malt and tobacco. Not a fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steverus0 (252) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Alcohol and fruits come through on the nose after an autumn dark brown color. Light effervescence yields to rich mouthfeel. Strong whiskey-like liquor finish is pretty pleasant especially for a non-barley wine guy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (510) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Pours hazy chestnut brown with a tan white head that gradually fades to a rim. Mild lacing. Aroma is molasses and malt and sweet wine. Taste is rich and flavorful and quite dry on the palate. Very much like wine or brandy in taste and character. Still, there is a sweet toffee and malty roastiness - even burnt sugar here. Despite the wine-like character and ABV, not overly boozy. This is a very flavorful beer and a fantastic example of the style. If you like old ales/barleywines and are willing to lean into the malty side, this is a winner. Just great.

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