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RATINGS: 1463   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2002
Gorgeous appearance, ruby tinted, nice carbonation, and a fluffy toffee-colored head that stuck around indefinitely. Complex aroma of sweet malt, oak, brown sugar, oranges, brandy. I sat with this for nearly ten minutes before taking a sip. Starts out somewhat bockish, changing smoothly to a lightly astringent, earthy hop finish. I picked up a few notes of smoke and bourbon also. A very well-crafted beer that begs you to take your time with it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 12oz bottle 2001 vintage, pours a cloudy dark red color with chunks of yeast floating around. Small creamy off-white head that doesn't last. Sweet candy like citrus aroma, sweet roasty caramel-grapefruit flavors, nice balanced and complex, full bodied with a slick thick creamy mouthfeel, resin coats the tongue, nice smooth lasting finish, this is a very drinkable barleywine I have to be careful.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Warming. That starts to be the word I want but doesnít quite get there. Electrifying does better but probably goes too far. This beer is not about hyperbole, its about the simple, rich power of well blended malts and the counterpoint sting of hops and alcohol. Simply powerful but hardly simple, a beer to make you stand up and take notice!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Wow, did I enjoy this brew. Nice color and head. The sediment was huge. Tremendous flavors. I heard it takes an hour to drink. Maybe the next one, this was just too good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2002
This is one of my favorite brews by Bellís. Nutty and warm with excellent malt complexity. I have a friend that moved to Colorado that I visit periodically; his only request is that I bring him a six pack of Bellís Third Coast Old Ale. (Which he hides from his wife so that she canít drink any). This is truly a great beer to be sipped and savored for more than an hour.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Aroma of caramel and raisins. Nice frothy head and great taste that lingers. Iím writing this while drinking as Iíll probably pass out in a few minu...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2002
This is a barley wine that shows you can make one with out ungodly IBUs. Malt dominates and contributes to the oak, caramel, and vinious qualities. A nice read and relax barleywine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2002
Not one of my favorites, but it warrents respect

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2190) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
Opaque orange brown in color; thick to medium head with good rockiness; Vanila and tea in the nose. Tons of malt- nearly numbed my tongue. Tons of lace left on the glass. Very little of the hops that prevade other barleywines. Alcohol is well hidden. Lots of citrus in with the malt. Becmoing nicely sweet at 2/3 mark. Became very satisfying by the end of the glass.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2002
The AC on this ale amazes me. This tastes so good. íThe Brandy Of Alesí? Well Iím not a big fan of brandy so I canít make that claim, but this is really worth trying when itís in season.


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