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RATINGS: 1539   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.

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color with off white head. Caramel, malty, slight wood aromas. Caramel, boozy, cherry, slight soapy, wood flavors. I canít believe I hadnít tried this Bells beer before. Decent barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (3583) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a murky brown beer with a thin off white head on top. Aroma has massive barley, some chocolate and slightly red fruits. The malts are dominating the nose in a sweet and sugary way. No booze detected. Flavor is sweet and malty again, bigger hints of dark chocolate and also a slight bitter aftertaste. The booze comes out in the very back of the palate, giving it some nice kickback. Very warming, great balance and soft carbonation. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (266) - - NOV 12, 2015
On tap pours an amber color with an off white head. Aromas of cherries, sweet booze similar to brandy. Flavored of burnt toffee, toasted malts, boozy cordial finish. Leaves the palate dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed (369) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Tap. Hazy dark copper hue with a pale tan head. Smelled of strawberries and malt. Lightly fruity taste with a big malt and alcohol bill! Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2015
A juggernaut of goodness, Third Coast is a mouthfilling malt bomb that, despite its high alcohol content, remains very drinkable. Big caramel, cocoa, and dark fruit intermingle with piney hop notes that play in the aroma and flavor, but donít add much bitterness, serving merely to keep the sweet malts from completely stealing the show. Thick bodied, but never cloying, this is a Barley Wine done the right way, showcasing the grain elegantly. Ends cleanly with a slow malty fade, leaving wads of viscous tan head behind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2910) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2015
Deep maroon body, off white head soapy lacing. Sweet dried fruit, vanilla, grains, white chocolate aroma. Taste Is a strong dried fruit, raisins, some roasty bitterness, booze, cocoa, sharp finish on back of the throat. Smooth rich coating palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (353) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 16, 2015
Mahogany color with beige head. Aroma has a lot of sweet, dark fruits like raisins, plums, dates and also some molasses. Taste is really well balanced. Starts a bit sweet with caramel and dark sugar but gets really roasty and bitter in the finish. Alcohol gives some warmth but doesnít burn your palate. Overall itís a really well made beer, perfect for the colder seasons.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (741) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2015
It pours a cloudy amber color. It has a full head that produces lacing. it has aromas of molasses, bread, some nuts, and some dark fruits with cherries being the most evident. It has flavors of molasses, bread, cereal, nuts, dark fruits, with cherries being the dominant dark fruit although there are hints of plums. It has a quality bitter hit on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3346) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2015
12 oz aged bottle served in a snifter. Pours a hazy, nearly opaque, reddish-brown. Would be murkier but I left the last bit of sediment in the bottle. This is a rich and robust ale with moderate spiciness and a load of dark fruit flavors. Somewhat boozy but not bad for > 10% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3188) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Pours a deep mahogany brown from the bottle with a thin cap of tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of musty wood and dark fruits with just a hint of oxidized caramel malt. Taste is more toward the dark fruit and caramel malt with a slight bitter finish. Mild carbonation, boozy burn, decent barley wine.

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