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RATINGS: 1581   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (6746) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2016
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6157) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1250) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Third Coast Barleywine is the kind of thing youíd want to cap off the evening after a fine long meal. Or, in my case, after youíve eaten a bunch of greasy tacos... heated up in the microwave. We all do classy in different ways, alright? Third Coast pours cherry mahogany with a thick, cream-colored foam layer. Caramel, butterscotch, molasses, vanilla, and fruit aromas. All of that shows up in the taste profile, too. Some notes of cherry, date, fig, plum, prune, light cocoa, and booze. Like a port or a brandy, Third Coast is a rich, voluptuous way to end an exceptional day. Or, you know, taco night. That works too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3105) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2016
Molasses, lightly resinous, pine, sweet, dried, dark fruits, alcohol. Hazy, dark brown, medium, frothy, beige head. Medium sweet. Sticky texture, molasses, caramel, pine, turns bitter, heavy bodied, dark fruits, raisins, prunes, warming alcohol. Beautiful Barley Wine, heavy, complex and very intense throughout. Bottle from Beer Gonzo, Coventry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (1359) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2016
Caoba limpio y espuma beis. Aromas se melosos de fruta confitada, anŪs, caramelo. Cuerpo denso y sabor como en aroma con final seco y regusto ligero de tabaco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1728) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Third Coast Old Ale has a rather thin, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, red appearance, with powdery sediment, throughout, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich nougat, dates, light fudge, and plum, and the flavor is of those elements, riding alongside tea notes, brown bread crust, plum skins, golden raisin, some golden sherry, and a noticeable, balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, and Third Coast Old Ale finishes in the dry realm, but not as a particularly dry item. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (406) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2016
A: malty, bready and slight dark fruit. Ap: wonderful deep maroon pour with a fluffy white head. Probably should have been scored a 5, but I couldnít pull the trigger. T: dark fruit, grain and booze make up a mix that canít be beat in a barleywine. P: full bodied, slick mouthfeel. O: very good beer, very drinkable for how big of a beer this one is. Will get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (406) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Deep ruby pour with short lived tan foam. Loads of toffee, caramel, sweet malts on the nose, followed by flavours of caramel, sugar, alcohol... medium heavy body, sweet, but with a pleasant bitterness to keep it fresh. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
20107589 (677) - randers, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2016
pour read brown with a fine off white head. dark fruit, nutty, port wine aromas hints of yeast., taste light sweet medium bitter. medium to full bodied. light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (2010) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle from Biercab Shop. Copper colour with off white head. MAlt and caramel aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel, dark fruits taste. Medium to full body.

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