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RATINGS: 1568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Very strong flavor is malty and sweet, though a bit sugary, and fairly bitter, especially in the finish; The alcohol is evident; Sweet and sticky, but fairly bitter on the palate; Malty, sweet nose; Ruddy brown color and slightly cloudy; Tan head has an orange hue and has good life

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2003 Bottle: Guess what, Kalamazoo Brewing really is all that it’s cracked up to be. Again, I am blown away by the quality of their beers. Pours a rich caramel copper color with a medium and very long-lasting head. Aroma is unbelievable, like smelling an elixar of the gods and yet homey, what ever that means, I’m not sure, but it is excellent! Flavor is caramel, but overpoweringly so, and balanced with a hop bitterness that brings the beer to its style. Actually, this beer transcends the style and approaches a different, in not better, style in its own right. Body is silky rich and the alcohol is perfectly pitched. A great beer, and perhaps the best barleywine I’ve run across.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Bottle. Poured amber-garnet with a slight head that left some lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malts, dried dark fruits and sour fruits as well. Great flavors, complex, sweet and malty, alcohol and nice hoppiness in this 2003 version as well. Smooth, full, thick body with little carbonation. Nice treat from Bells!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Pours a muddy amber color. This is lightly carbonated and has a wispy amber-brown head. There are thick juicy aromas of aged malts, figs, raisins, and a bit of alcohol at the end. This has a medium body up front, which leads to a fuller mouthfeel in the finish, it almost coats my mouth. There are lots of dried fruit notes here (fig, and raisin predominantly), but a huge malty contribution is here as well. The malt goes from a sweet caramel note up front, right through to a dry toasted malt finish. The hops in this are somewhat restrained, but there is a definite contribution in the flavor, and a hint of bitterness in the finish. The dry maltiness in the finish is quite intriguing, it is what really jumps out for me. Right now this beer is a malt lovers dream.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3994) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Malty, Twizzlers, light hops. Good aroma. Cloudy red-brown with thin off-white lacing head. Thick watery body with medium body. Starts sweet, with raisin, toast, toffee, vanilla. No acidity, good bitter finish and after. Wonderful beer. Tasty and complex.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Nice medium dark color with a nice head. Rich malty alcohol aroma. Flaovr is malty and fairly sweet, with tones of alcohol and hoppy tones. Some fruity appley-carmel tones. A good beer, might have rated it hight had I not just had a big stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 One of my favorite Bells beers and one that I grab whenever it is available. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this brew poured a lovely murky mahogany color with a large brown head. Very heavy on the sediment. The aroma was sweet malt and fruit - mostly pear and apple scent. The texture was thick and chewy. The flavor was caramel, malt, fruit and a hint of coffee. Quite tasty and remarkable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Poured out smelling of strong alcohol. First taste didnt stray from the alcohol. caramel, toffee. wait awhile......more alcohol beaming through both smell and taste. so many flavors packed into this 12 oz from bells. another to look foward to in a few years or so after some time to settle down in the cellar. another great outing from the zoo.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Copper/amber body under an off-white head. Nose was a bouquet of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, plums and such. Nice sweet and syrupy and full mouthfeel. Fruity and hoppy and candy flavor. Quite good but not as good as the ratings proclaim, and I love Bells brews.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Brown sugar, dark fruits, very sweet yeasty aroma. Small lasting head, leaving lace, and an opaque red/light molasses-colored body. Very creamy in the mouth with a sharp dryness after the swallow. Molasses, biting dry hops, chocolate, and earthy fruits in the taste. Also hints of rum and brandy. This one was young and sharp. A wonderful barley wine.


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