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RATINGS: 1460   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 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (269) - - AUG 15, 2014
Nice caramel front, toffee, nuts, apricot and cider. Notes of orange, licorice and sweet grains. Smooth creamy feel and good carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (1339) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
2009 vintage at Akkurat. Poura deep caramel with reddish hues and a minimal white head. Swirling it in the glass leaves some nice oily lacings. Nose is incredible:a deep caramel and raisin upfront with some toffee, figs and dates mixed in. Behind those some apple, prunes and slight musky tones that vye for attention. Mouthfeel is increedible as well: smooth as hell with almost no carbonation. Taste is caramel sweet with figs, dates, honey, raisins, plum and roasted nuts. Towards the end deeper musky earthy notes come forward along with the caramel, apple and raisin notes. Just fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (23) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Sweet, malty. Raisins, especially on the finish. Alcohol is quite apparent. Some yeast perhaps?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong oak, vanilla, and candy sugar. Medium mouthfeel with sweet vanilla, light roast, oak, wood, and light boozy finish, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1365) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Sweet fruity, caramels and toffees, hints of cocoa, very much an English BW or Old Ale. Delicious and hella drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmiller54hr (45) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2014
12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours very dark w thin head. Lots of yeasty bread aroma. Very drinkable. Alcohol is concealed well for 10.2 abv. Bells just has it figured out. Havenít had a bad beer from them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1190) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Imported from untappd iphone. comes as close to my memory as possible. This is aged a little more than two years and im not sure how much it helped but its still good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (358) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Opaque medium brown with a small head. Sweet aromas of dark fruits, raisins, bread, with a touch of hops. Flavour is rich dark fruits balanced with a bit of citrus hops. Fabulous barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (92) - Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Has a sweet, spicy, complex aroma. More hops in the scent than most barleywines/old ales I have had. Caramel and some booze in the aroma. Iím getting some citrus as well. Pours a great dark ruby color with a thin white head; moderate lacing on the glass - just beautiful. Taste is caramel/butterscotch at first, malt sweetness second, slight booze third and piney hop bitterness fourth. Palate is slick with more carbonation than I was expecting (a great surprise for me). Aftertaste is intense at first but fades wonderfully, faintly present at the time of your next sip, no matter when that is. Says Old Ale on the bottle, RB classifies it as a barleywine - personally, I think itís an Old Ale, either way, itís great. Adding to its appeal is that you can buy a 6-pack of this 10% ABV beer. I donít know of any other beers that offer that except Expedition Stout - maybe itís a Bells thing. This lets you drink 4 and cellar 2 for later. Go buy this right now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caytinator (939) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2014
12oz bottle. Bottle dated 10/12/12. Pours a clear rich mahogany color, with a medium bubbly head, seems to have held up well over the last 1.5 years. Aroma is just superb, quite balanced, and appetizing, lots of bread and rich malts. Taste matches aroma, light at first, then builds into a symphony of taste. Palate doesnít let you off easy, but itís not too bitter, either. This is an example of why I love barley wine.

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