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RATINGS: 1580   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1151) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
draft at the eccentric cafe. deep ruby amber with a thin beige head. extreme malt in the nose, typical barleywine notes of spice, raisin, alcohol. excellent thick malty body, tastes much as the aroma would lead you to expect. an excellent barley wine!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Rich Brown Coloring. Tan Head. Very Rich/Thick...Sweet...Prunes/Raisins... Great Malt Taste...Warming is Good and Not Overpowering. Not the Best Barley Wine I’ve had...But Certainly a Very Good One.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2004
poured a cloudyreddish brown with a tan head. aroma caramel, sourness, honey, alcohol, molasses, raisins. flavor the 1st thing that got my attention was the smoothness and the great mouth feel, the flavors are just like the aroma with a touch of bitterness at the finish. I have to say that for me this is one of the better bells that I have had and so far my lowest rating is a 3.1 so they do it again for me

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Poured a big head,almost spilt some,woulda’ pissed off the beer gods. Beautiful hazy,cloudy,deep reddish brown covered by a tan pillowy head.Caramel, malts,brown sugar ,this is really a treat to look at and get a good whaft of.Taste is more complex then the aroma.Caramel for sure but the malt stands out as well.I do not find the alcohol offensive but this an older bottle and has maybe mellowed.A great Barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
Good creamy head. Medium brown. Cloudy with a number of solid pieces floating or sitting on the bottom. Alcohol and spiced malt aroma. Thick mouthfeel, edges towards syrup. Alcohol present in the finish. Spices are not as prominent in the flavour.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Murky brown in colour, no head, virtually no carbonation. Toffee, nuts and raisins in the aroma. Massive malt flavour, spicy hops and caramel, I think these flavours could have worked well in moderation. Too much trying to fit into too little.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
I didn’t know this was a barley wine until I poured it. Anytime is barleywine time for me and what a great surprise. Poured thick with small head and sticky lacing. What a great aroma of caramel, cinnamon, fruitty and hoppy. The taste is freakin great. One of the best.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4794) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2011 Original Rating, 8/15/2004. Dark amber color with lots of sediment floating about underneath a solid layer of tan foam. The aroma is like carmelized malt. This looks tasty... Woah, hello alcohol! The first thing that struck me was the alcohol flavor. More sweet malts beyond that. Oddly bitter for a barley wine; I think it detracts from an otherwise excellent brew. Perhaps some aging is in order.

Batch 7124 (Bottled Nov 14, 2005); Sampled June 14, 2011. I had been ageing a bottle for an experiment and I figured a great time to crack Third Coast would be while camping in the UP on the shores of Superior. Dark brown color with no head. Strong molasses, brown sugar, syrupy aroma, with hints of fruit. Flavor is mostly a caramel, Munich malt mix. Light molasses. Some herbal character and leftover fruitiness. Solid, though I’m not sure I actually like it better aged, at least, this aged.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Deep hazy amber brown color, full and fluffy beige head. Great nose, lots of sweet chewy malts, caramel, and quite a few leafy hops. Flavor starts out nice enough, fat and sweet malts then overtaken by this extreme dryness with some bitterness. They don’t blend well together at all. The dryness certainly detracts from the palate which starts out smooth and round but finishes in a way that makes drinking it difficult. Some very good elements, its just too bad they make room for the not so good ones. Thanks NorthYorkSammy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Hazy red amber with a thin white head and small lacing. Caramel aromas with grape cough syrup, brown sugar, spices and fig. Flavors are much the same with more brown sugar and bittering hops. Cloying palate. Tart and sweet with a bitter hop finish.


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