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RATINGS: 1585   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
Another deep murky brown barley wine from Bells. There isn't much in the way of head, but the aroma will knock you back. Full of flavour with some malty and smokey hints.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2137) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2004
first off, this beer gets an automatic 10 on aroma before i even smell the actual beer in the glass. when i opened it, it reeked up my apartment with a sweet caramel and almost cherry like aroma. pours out a dark red / brown color with sediment in it, little to no head. smell shows no sign of a 9% alcohol, its hidden well. slightly hoppy aroma too. taste is bitter with hops (a good thing) with a smooth aftertaste. oily mouthfeel not so much so as old stock ale. has more carbonation that im used to for a barley wine. finishes smooth and sweet, and with the alcohol not detected in the smell, its not detected in the taste either. this is a marvelous barley wine, im glad i have 5 more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2004
Bottle. Thin brown-white head. Light carbonation. Deep brown in color. Raisin aroma. Malt/hop in the first seconds and a long subtle hop taste. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9675) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
Drank from a Corsendonk tulip glass. Pours a turbid, dark brown with medium head and some floaties. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, malt, and slight hops. Tastes malty-sweet, with hints of caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar, almonds, walnuts, and cognac. Finishes smooth, malty, sweet, crisp, and firm. Not a beer for lightweights. Heavy on the palate, with well hidden alcohol presence. One of the best barleywines I've had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Phan frickin tastic! Pours a muddy brown with a very cool cascade. The head is frothy and thick long to medium lasting. The nose is sweet and comforting and present at a good distance. First there is malts and then thesharpness of hops. The taste is wonderful. Starts out sweet and malty with a strong pull of hops. The hops are citrusy and sharp to the back of tounge. Alcohol is peresent in mouth. Overall, wow this stuff is great!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chupa LaHomebrew (12) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2004
I don't know the real difference between an old ale and a barleywine, but this seems to have a bit more flavor complexity than most barleywines.First I taste a deep, dark malt with a hint of hops flavor, then there is this break when I swallow, and then a very bitter finish, but with something kind of tangy accompanying it. The mouthfeel is excellent, not too thick and clingy, not overcarbonated, the smaller bubbles make it feel airy. If you like this one, try the batch 6000 from Bell's, a limited release

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2004
'00 vintage. Cinnamon color. Aromas came blasting at me as I was pouring it. Bouquet full of chocolate, spice, graham cracker, with the alcohol looming in the background. Very rich. Lots of molasses, malt and a touch of smoke. Bittered up nicely on the finish. Truely superb and worth the time laying down, for it mellows out and balances into liquid harmony.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (11737) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
ruby-brown colour, fine head, strong hoppy nose, notes of cream and biscuit, cherry, very bitter, oily, very dry, very long hoppy finish with more creamy notes

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011
2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 7800 packaged 2007-01-31, 5 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Dark mahogany color, with nice creamy head, reducing to a more frothy layer. Wonderful aroma of old time cookies at first; then caramel, malt, fudge, light phenol. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; strong caramel and malt flavor, correctly sweet without being cloying, also because of a nice nutty touch; it still has a quite strong bitterness, that blends with a pinch of roastiness and the warm alcohol feeling. It aged with grace, and still holds some complexity.

2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 9358 packaged 2009-09-23, 2 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Compared to the older bottle, this one has a bigger and more persistent head, more carbonation apparently, a darker shade of brown. The aroma comes in immediately with caramel, vanilla and phenol, with a light soapy sensation, and without the additional cookies found there; but after a while they tend to be similar. The body is equally strong and the mouthfeel equally smooth; there is more focus on the caramel flavor, slightly more sugars, and less nutty touch (that could be both a sign of the age or presence of roasted malts); more pungent, more bitter, more roasted nutty malts in the ends, less harmonious. Equally good.

2004-003-26, 9% ABV (not sure), 8-4-10-5-18=45
Cloudy amber color. Original aroma: malt, nuts, caramel, cookies, milk chocolate. Perfect body structure; malt, caramel, cookies, fudge, medium liquorice, very strong bitterness. Excellent! Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 This is a damn tasty brew. Pours a deep amber with an off-white head. Aromas of cognac and red wine, roasted mlts, amd a little orange peel with spice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a flavors that sticks around on the palate for just the right amount of time. Flavors of brown sugar, a little cherry, a hint toward dates, but just a little, with some amazing tobacco notes and a little vanilla and a great smokey flavor. Very smokey. A decent bitter finish to a great brew.


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