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RATINGS: 1443   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Tap rating 6/13/02. Wow, what a huge beer. A long finish with a fruity flavor, pine, and appricot. A bitter aftertaste. Strong and smooth. ------ Bottle rating 7/20/02. A swampy red and brown color with a thick light brown head and small rising bubbles. A deep fruity brandy aroma with pineapple. A creamy, malty, and dry palate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Bells is so damn nice... especially since itís so damn accessible. Fairly drunk when I had this one on tap, which isnít fair... but lord it was quite wonderful. High quality barley wine... wasnít ridiculously malty, yet had that nice soothing, warm sweetness that was reminiscent of grape, caramel and slight cherry... aged fruit perhaps... whatever it is, itís damn good and you should all try some. Very good on tap... I will rerate once I try it when Iím not already drunk.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Dark amber pour with a 1/4ítan head. Not as malty or sweet as some of the barley wines Iíve tasted lately.Or maybe this one is just balanced better.Definately a good one though.THANKS to Indra for getting this one to me!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (336) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
A smokey barley wine with complex flavors. Caramel, oak, and honey goodness. Iím looking forward to purchasing more and cellaring.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2002
</head> <body lang=EN-US link=red vlink=red style=ítab-interval:.5iní> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal><span style=ífont-family:Verdanaí>This beer has a huge bouquet of pineapple and orange marmalade. Excellent head and lace that sticks to the side of the glass like glue! The palate is big and warming, containing complex flavors, of tropical fruit, iron, malt, and hops. The beer is not a hop bomb, but that is not what I expected. However, I am glad that the beer is balanced. The beer finishes with a nice tinge of hops and alcohol. <a href=íhttp://www.bellsbeer.com/í>Bellís< is a great brewery that has not failed me yet. Thanks <a href=íhttp://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID= Rule.<span style=ímso-spacerun: yesí>††††† </span><o:p></o:p></span>

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2003 Cloudy,brown with a fat,frothy,and dense head.Huge caramel,toffee,musty,sappy,and piney aromas.Something really distinct there that I just can't describe.It is really pleasing though.Lacework is also very nice.Alcohol is starting too show in aroma.Well balanced though.Chewable,caramel,apple,woody,smokey,flavors is hoppy,but not in a bitter sense.More of a balancing,binding use.Also some spicy alcohol in the finsh.Bought some bottles earlier in the year that had to be one or two years old.They were just luscious.This is surely the same beer but a bit younger.Sweetness is not cloying but very demanding.Overall,IMO,this top notch brewing.Surely,will be getting more of this.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2002
This is a very, very good beer. Hazy orange/red color, and a slight head. Thereís a sweet, fruity taste blended with oak-aged alcohol. Good all the way through.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2002
On tap at the Eccentric. Opaque dark amber, very little head. Nose malty, slightly alcoholic, sweet. Rich caramel and rum flavors, with a bit of hops coming in at the end. Great barley wine, what else would you expect from Bells?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2056) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Dark, murky brown with a brothy quick head. Lots of toffee and sweetness with a fast try at a balancing bitter. Obvious alcohol, itís leggy in the glass and thereís some pepper in the finish but the carmels of the malt are still very dominant. Some interesting and very light cough medicine/bandage flavors. If this ages anything like Bigfoot, Iíd like to see this same beer before me now in more than five years. A HUGE thanks to Darren for this sample!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Wow, big beer! Deep murky brown color. Thinnish tan head that stuck around a good long time and thatís good because this one is a sipper. Aroma is complex with some fruitiness, caramel, bread, honey and molasses to note. Taste is a bit sweet to start, then a nice bitterness takes hold. The 10.2% ABV has a nice warming effect. Great barley wine from Bellís.


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