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RATINGS: 1486   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.


4.2
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1699) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jazz88 (2572) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2002
This is my first Barley Wine (and thanks to this wonderful site, I knew the best to pick, right?) and Iím really favorably impressed. This is quite a thick beer, from the appearance to everything else. Iíve never seen one that looked this thick. Lots of little particles floating around in a viscous medium. Dark orange-brown, and quite opaque with all that stuff floating around in there. Aroma and flavor give much citrus & fruit: peaches, orange, pineapple, and plenty of something else quite familiar that Iím sure other raters here can identify by name. Really big alcohol kick, so not for every occasion. Smooth and silky, much like Bellís Expedtion, though the alcohol is really well-hidden (except of course for that buzz in the head). Would I buy more of these? Gladly. Lovely, lovely stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2673) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 Aroma of pineapple upside-down cake. Light orange-red color, cloudy, unfiltered with some slight sediment. Exceedingly dense and lasting head. Flavor is spiced liberally with hops but offers a solidly fruity, toffeeish malt profile. Finish has some nice piney hop flavors, but not a lot of bitterness, really, and the palate is rather soft. Mouthfeel is pleasantly laid-back, with a touch of alcohol warmth. This is excellent. Iím seriously considering making this the first beer I lay down for a year or two.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
Too carbonated for a good barley wine. The aroma is actually very light, but the taste is almost too busy. Too much taste of alcohol to be truly outstanding.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 2, 2002
Pours with tightly carbonated head - looks creamy - one of the bigger heads Iíve seen on a barley wine. HUGE NOSE - sweet/winey malt, citrus fruit (orange), honey and floral notes - marvelous and complex aromas - fantastic nose! Solid flavors of sweet/winey malt, a bit of honeysuckle flower and finishes with pleasant bitter hops - very nice balance between the bitter and sweet. Very smooth finish - little to no heat. Excellent barley wine - just wish the flavor matched the complexity of the nose - but no bones here - I certainly enjoyed it!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swamptours (28) - Romulus, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Very tasty for a barley wine. Enjoyable aftertaste. Beautiful aroma. Very nice on a summer afternoon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
I canít say enough about this brewery. Great barley wine as well. Unlike other American barley wines Iíve had, this one had the perfect balance of hops and malt. Dark fruit and hops in the aroma compliment a thick malt backbone that finished hoppy and long. Nice work, canít wait to see how it ages.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2002
The aroma is light considering the powerful flavor it packs. Huge explosion of hops, toffee, (apples?) creamy mouthfeel, wonderful bitter aftertaste. A giant among beers. Thanks PyschProf!


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