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RATINGS: 1521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
spicy/citric american hops, sweet toffeeish crystal malt, peach-lychee-woodiness, heavy bitterness, raw alcohol - shitloads of each of these elements which looks good on paper, or on computer screen, but they don't blend together in a nice homogenous texture - maybe too young? who knows. i can see why people here are going "WOW ZIP ZANG ZOWIE" and so forth from the sheer attack of flavour here, but i don't think it is a beautiful thing. thanks to the big duffer again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2003
WOW! As I continue my venture into the dark, forboding recesses of the style known as barleywine, I am continually surprised by the depth of my experience in each beer. From hopped up holy shit!!! to whoa... thats fine, there is useually very little in-between. This is a pefect balance between the two ends of the spectrum. This beer is hopped, which, IMHO, is an absolute necessity for hte style. However, the malt complexity is beyond description. Caramel, Special B and Brown malt prevail, yet a slight astringency is well placed in this beer. The beer pours a deep mahogony red wiht a slightly beige or cream head. The aroma is well balances between hops and malt. The is evidence of alcohol, but not so pronounced as to throw off the karma-like balance. Hold on, I need another. There we go!!! This beers bitterness is unbelievably masked by the complex and in your face malt layers. Burnt marshmwllows come to mind. I need a night to sleep on this one. Will rerate in the morn. May be my fave!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2003 Prominent fluffy, khaki-colored head. Very sweet honey butter aroma with a hint of brown sugar. Rich roasted wood aroma. Maple, raisin and strong hop emphasis that deepened and increased in complexity as beer warmed. Extremely tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 4, 2003
This beer poured a dark orange/brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma reminds me a lot of grapefruit for some reason. The taste was very good - I usually do not enjoy Bell's beers, but I have to give this one a thumbs up. The 10.2% alcohol is very well masked and it is quite easy to drink. I will have this one again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2003
Shoo-ee momma.

Man, what a beer. Pours out to a cross between a cloudy apple cider and what could pass for liquid caramel. Very slight, light brown head. Taste is very complex. Fruit-like taste, with plums and raisins present and caramel as well. I am not a huge fan of barleywines as their drinkability is tough due to being such big beers, but this one is an exception. You could have several if you wanted to. This is a unique offering from the rest of the Bell's line. The yeast profile is different. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5135) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew had a strong fruity alcohol aroma. When poured, this brew yields a small light brown head of small and medium bubbles with a cloudy dark brown semi-transparent color. It had a strong initial bitter taste that settles into a cacophony of tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4208) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 I wasn’t overly impressed with this beer. Expected a lot more. 2002 Bottle. Seems like it was unbalanced, too much sweetness, needs a touch more bitter hops. Granted it maintains a a port wine-like flavor. Not a bad barley wine, though it just dosent stand out from the better ones out there, in my opinion. 7/21/03 on tap at Ashleys in Ann Arbor. Gave it another chance, somewhat better than I recall, though it still seemed a bit monotoned (sweet caramel) and unadventurous. Had a sweet alcohol burn flavor up front with some cherry and other fruit notes, and a grainy malt flavor followed. A good beer, but there is still something missing, sure this is made well, but it lacks any unique character that I look for in barleywine! Maybe third time will be the charm. . . Third time wasnt the charm 2003 bottle. Still a solid beer, but nothing jumps out at me. I would drink it given the choice, but not go out of my way. Ok trying it yet again, head to head with Bigfoot, I can appreciate the slightly better balance and less cellar time needed (bigfoot is almost undrinkable when it’s young). Sweet, fairly simple, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Great aroma with lingering head. Rich amber color and solid malt flavors with good hop bitterness. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2003 This is a damn good barley wine. Pours thick, cloudy and with a great head. Upon opening the bottle, the aroma fills the room with a rich, luxuriant fragrance. It has just the right amount of sweetness and is followed by a hoppy singe to the back of the tongue. Great mouthfeel and musky/fruity overtones. Overall, delicious and potent. Good job Bells!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Pours a dark, cloudy amber color with a small, lingering off-white head. It has a big, malty aroma with a touch of hops and alcohol. Full body with little carbonation, the flavor is thick and syrupy with sweet malts. The hops kick in a little in the finish, but there is also a nice lingering sweetness of plums and raisons. Wow! One of the best American barley wines I have had. The alcohol is well hidden and despite its big flavor the beer is quite drinkable. Outstanding!

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