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RATINGS: 1594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1619) - Newport Beach, 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!

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5557) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2004
2003, fairly fresh. Amber-brown appearance, coarse head dissipates quickly. Aroma is of caramel, dried apricot. Balanced nicely with woody, earthy hops. Sweetness is well-contained, a lingering hop bitterness actually dries out the long finish. Mouthfeel is big, but not overpowering. I would prefer maybe even slightly more body and/or a little less carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Bottle pours a stained cherrywood sorta color.   Head is of a fine bubblied off-white variety, kinda small but still nice.   Yeasties floating about.   Distinct Barleywine aroma, strongly sweet malt.   Initial flavor is of cotton candy & taffy.   Never had a barleywine quite like this one.   Very sweet, and very enjoyable.   Slightly bitter on the finish.   Overall, very smooth and very sweet.   Barleywines aren't my style, but this one I enjoyed.   Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Deep mahogany body with a slight haze and buffy head with a dense base that built up to a fluffy peak. Appetizing aroma of caramel, toffee, wood, and a hint of cocoa. Fantastic flavor of warm caramel and toasted nuts followed by a firm surge of bitterness. Very long, lingering finish with a terrific range of flavors that graze the palate. A very well-rounded and harmonious barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (2005) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
As soon as this barleywine was poured into the glass I knew I was in for a treat. Dark amber color, strong aroma and full flavor. If you see this barleywine anywhere, make sure you sample it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5807) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Aromas of malt, vanilla, and butterscotch.Looks like an abbey style. Has some similar characteristics to a dubbel or tripel also. Lots of malt in the flavor, some hops, but this barleywine is dominated by the sweet flavor. some bitter taste from the hops. Rich, thick, and heavy. I think the Bells name has something to do with the high score of this beer, but it is very good. Thanks to ztrvz for teh sample.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2004
smells lke butterscotch. starts with a tinge of caramelly sweetness, then ends with an almost overpowering bitter, chalky dryness. this is good stuff. i can't wait to try it again in a few months or more...

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