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RATINGS: 1520   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3832) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Dark and hazy amber color with a very small white head. Has a slightly bitter and citrusy aroma with a slight hint of grapefruit. Caramelly taste mixed with a hoppy bite that leads to a rich and creamy finish that goes down smooth and warm. Very wonderful bitter malty aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Deep amber in color, almost no head. Aroma is nutty with citrus hops and caramel. This beer is like molasses, spicy hops and alcohol in a menage a trois. A winter warmer for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2004
What a beer, poured hard and got a nice fluffy white head. Fruity aroma with a hoppy smell. A Caramel, hop taste with a malty finish, sweet. Easy to drink with a small alcohol burn at the end of the glass. Don't drink too fast!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
I was surprised to to note that this didn't have any sediment at all, whereas Batch 6000 had a ton. Fruity (just like Bell's consecrator doppelbock)and more than a bit of alcohol. Too bad I probably won't ever have this again, considering the sixer was $15!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (6079) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2004
Perfumed hoppy nose. Cloudy brown with a creamy brown head. Aggressive molassis and caramel notes, surprising that you can taste hops at all. Alcohol burn is quite evident. Sports a somewhat unfortunate medicinal note when exhaling. Solid body,sticky mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a thick biege head. Aroma is of spice, hops, caramel, and wood. Nice full mouthfeel. Earth, caramel, hops, and justa bit of alcohol on the tongue. A really nice barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Foggy mahagony color with sediment floating in the glass. Not much head to speak of. Great aroma full of spices and caramel. Nice flavor. Malty. Some alcohol, and malty. Bells just keeps impressing me with their beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottled. Murky, grey’ish brown colour (again, over zealous pouring is to blame, apologies to the brewer). Wow, this really is a good drop. Not sure why its called Old Ale but it’s a terrific barely wine. The alcohol is masked and the flavour is really rich and full, mature malts disperse across the palate in a more even, less aggressive fashion then the Bells Batch 6,000. Thanks to MRemero548, who we had drinks with last year for this top bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2004 Bottle. Light pale malt sweet aroma. Mustiness vintage beer notes. Intense shuddering sweetness that blows the wind out through your socks. Muddy toffee and a vaque unsettling bitterness that leads nowhere. Completely unbalanced and crude. A disgusting old fart of an ale. MRomero again sorted this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Cloudy brown appearance with yeast chunks floating throughout. Aroma is heavy in raisin/grape. Very vinous flavor. Low bitterness and very hidden alcohol level. I couldn't get the grape flavor out of my mind.


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