BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
George999 (374) - Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle, it pours hazy and dark amber in color, the head is cream colored amd dissipates but leaves a this head remaining on the beer. The aroma is malts, carmel and a hint of alcohol in the back of the nose. The taste is cream, caramel and malts. There is an alcohol bite but not overpowering but none the less present. The finish is malty with a little alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but not as thick as a heavy stout. Overall a great strong ale with a few flavors making this a great slow sipping beer.
teorn88 (6194) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle via Beer Gonzo. It pours a clean caramel color with a large khaki pillowy head. Aroma is sweet and musty with notes of raisins, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Taste is balanced between the sweet caramel notes and the burnt sugar bitter finish. More vanilla, raisins, eggnogg, custard cream, milk chocolate notes. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, intense
angelkostvo (1144) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber colour, white head. Aroma of toffee, milk chocolate, vanilla. Taste is medium sweet. Medium body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation.
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark caramel color with a small beige head that quickly faded. Aroma of maple syrup, fig jam, and booze. Sweet flavor with light bitterness and a bit of am alcoholic finish.
McWorta (1464) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-light brown (20-25EBC), fine poring small beige head offering lovely viscousity. Aromas of ripe dark fruits, figs, plums, butterscotch, caramel, honey glazed toast with a light floral blossom note. Fine perlage, smoot-slick, full bodied. Caramel-toast fig sweetness, with dark fruit bitterness with a whaff of sugared lemon peel on the lasting finish.
Dedollewaitor (15487) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller Web Shop. Pours deep ruby copper with a small head and lacings. Deep and rich toffee-ish vinous nose with notes of dark dried fruit and caramel. Slick, soft and vinous. Warming dryish ending. Enjoyable ..
LRonCupboard (34) - ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the ever pricey Oak Barrel. Really good Barley wine. Pours clear ruby/brown with a tremendous long-lasting creamy beige head - looks the part. Big caramel and heavily malty nose with a bit of yeastiness and booze as you might expect. Soft carbonation and a medium to full body. Taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter with some grapefruit. Also some caramel sweetness and booze, but all very well balanced.
johndoughty (4950) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Powerful, full bodied and in your face.Some maltiness and a strong presence of alcohol. Very interesting.
onceblind (7050) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy rustic plummy Amber with a thin ivory head. Big amazing fruity nose of plummy raisin and a little rummy brown sugar, but not in a Belgian Quad kind of way. Hard to explain. Boozy malty depth without being overly fruity or purple. Delightful boozy warmth with loads of dark raisin and Woody undertones. Semisweet and stone fruity and a light sharp heat. Smooth and big and very complex. So hard to explain but itís a really amazing textbook Barleywine.
RichTheVillan (6518) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy dark brown pour with a thin beige head, aroma has earthy fruits and toffee, taste has dark fruits, sweet caramel, bready malts, very sweet, quite boozy, stewed fruits, some wood.