Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 100% blind rating.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, orange), with notes of sherry, candied fruit, toffee, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
shorlin (687) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red colour, with little carbonation. A hoppy, fruity, winey aroma. Super! Nice taste, with some big alcohol but not bad at all. I thought it was a little thin. Nice fruity malty finish, with lingering alcohol. Thanks arjan!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This is one amazing brew. I just bought a 6pack for 6.99 and feel as though I basically stole the beer! The aroma is a nice blend of sweetness and hops. I notice no alcohol despite the 10.2 ABV. A perfect blend of malt/hops with the hops easing in at the finish, which is dry. A very full bodied, near perfect brew.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 A great barleywine. Lots of fruityness in the nose, grapes and some banannas. Smooth malty taste, and very drinkable. KBells delivers again.
ReRate: Amber. Almost no head. Aroma is apricot, sugar, slight oxidation. Taste is oxidized, some caramel and sweet malts. Some mint. Finish is bitter, very clean and short.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty sweet and vanilla nose then balances out almost perfectly. Thick, full, smooth mouthfeel. Warming. Bellís does not disappoint.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím not that big on Barley Wine style ales, but this pretty good.
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, what a beer!! Amber color with a hint of red and purple when held to light. I saw a few of the floor tiles from the brewery floating around in the glass. No head to be seen, just a nice ring around the glass as I drank. Nose was of malt and alcohal. Taste was very well balanced, with the warmness filling me immediately. This stuff will knock you back, and youíll come back for more. Nice work Bellís.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rating from recent memory, as I lost my rating sheet, but Iím sure the two months it was stored had a bit of an impression on it. The alcohol stood quite proud and strong, with lots of fruitiness . the long lasting very complex finish made it worthwile for sure. the malt did shine through as well as I drank more.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Re-Rate 12/1/02 Probably the last re-rate for awhile. Still amazingly smooth and complex. Love this beer. Canít wait to pull a year old bottle out of the cellar...
Re-Rate 5/2/02 This is simply the best beer in america. Its senior week here at DPU and the house has bought 18 of these for the seniors to throw down. God bless college.
WHOA!!! Iíve had some beer in my life but none have knocked me back like this one. Dark ruby body. A small head. Huge malt/toffee aroma. The flavor, oh where to begin. Licorice, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, and maybe a touch of whiskey. Just a HUGE beer. If heaven has a bar, this is on tap. Thank God I bought a sixer. One of these is getting laid down for a couple of years.
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003
Re-rate 4/10/03- Tasted this against Old Horizontal. Thin head, brown body. Darkly sweet aroma. Toffee dominates the malt, notes of light chocolate are present as well. Slight sweetness, very rich malt overall, notes of sugar. Cinnamony, sugray spice in the finish. Smooth finish for the abv, moderate touch of hops and no alcohol burn. No fruity components in the malt which is pretty much the only thing that keeps this beer from being perfect, although this is not to say that the malt is not complex. Balance is near perfection. This one got the nod over Old Horizontal by a half a point on my master scale, and ranks as one of my top three US beers as I near the 600 beer mark.