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RATINGS: 1462   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (315) - USA - SEP 18, 2014
Poured from a 2014 bottle into a pint glass darkest of amber with a beige head. Aroma is burnt caramel some booze. Flavor is straight up fresh hop sweet caramel. Prefer this brew with age. Have had 3 years back & its more subtle in the hops department and smooth as freshly mowed grass. Looking to lay this baby down. Still quite exceptional in its newness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
benfergy (200) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Pours as a dark brown beer with minimal head. The aroma is of strong chocolate and some caramel. As I sip, I also notice the barley and hops; the latter are quite herbal. The taste is mildly sweet. The palate is perfectly smooth. A great, complex beer that I want to try more of!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (281) - - 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 (1384) - 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 (26) - 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 (3565) - 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 (1380) - 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. Haven’t had a bad beer from them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1196) - 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 (391) - 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.

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