dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a tale of two beers. The young, off the grocery shelves Old Ale is coarse, aggressive and sometimes even painful. But painful in a good way. If you can wait, age it for a year or two after purchase. One of the best beers I have ever had was a three year old Third Coast Old Ale. This rating is a combination of the aged (deserves a 5.0) and the young (mid three)
beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured cold, it had extreme CO2 release, creating a thick, fluffy head. Reddish coppery glow.Wonderful malty nose with some crisp hop spiceyness. Extremely fine carbonation bubbles lend to a very smooth mouthfeel and balancing Hop follow-through.
Flavors intensify as it warms. Nice but not over powering alcohol warmth.
This was always a favorite from that ’other’ Larry! A man with whom I agree, when He said: If we were meant to drink filtered beer, We wouldn’t have Livers!
I have a personal quote from Larry, but here is not the place to share it!
From another Larry!!
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I like old ales very much. Probably my second favorite style. First, the label art is really intense. Beer pours a rich umber brown color, with a thin antiqued white head. Very malty and rich, with hops throughout the sip, and tapering off before the finish. Aftertaste is mainly malts. Tastes like a bit of chocolate malt and maybe a little crystal malt. I always think of pirates with skull caps and eye patches drinking in a smoky seashore saloon when I think of old ales, and that works for me. Yarrrr!
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one just came to the Columbus area and it is one of my new favorites. Malty base with a mild hop presence. Slightly spicy with a clean bite as it goes down the throat. Alcohol is evident but not as much as other 10% beers. A real winner.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was an exellent Bells! Huge barleywine!!! You could really smell the alcohol. The color was the same as polished cherry wood. Warms the belly. A bells winter classic
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2006 Tap at cafe: Dark amber/brown with almost no head. Aroma is malty, fair amount of caramel, cherries, raisens. Flavor is chewy, malty, with caramel, oak, dark grapes. Fairly strong bitterness in the finish.
Ernest (6727) - 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 (719) - St. John’s, 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.