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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1079) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquor s, Chicago. Pours dark brown with sediment. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, and raisins. Taste of dark fruits, toffee, and booze. Crisp aftertaste. Thick body.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2338) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Deep brownish pour cloudy with a thin off white almost khaki head .... aroma of dark fruits, roasted light chocolate and chewy burnt caramel malts .... taste is of dark fruits, roasted malts, light chocolate malts, chewy burnt caramel malts with a light hoppy bite on the back end .... mouthfeel is very smooth and the abv is hidden well medium to full bodied ... bottle aged almost 7 months ..... finish is bitter and malty with a nice lingering bite on the tongue .... a very complete beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jflopsu (543) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours a murky red-ish brown with light brown head. Has a sweet caramel aroma, with other unique characteristics including some coffee, chocolate, malt and light hops. An excellent smoothy and creamy taste with caramel, dark alcohol, spices and some grains.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (513) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
Poured from the tap. Murky dark reddish brown with tan head. Light caramel aroma with decent degree of hops. Same flavour, alcohol hidden. Medium body.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (2997) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft sample. Pours a darker copper with a thin beige head of foam. The aroma is very malty with notes of bread and nuts, but also dark fruits and toffee. Definitely on the sweet side. The beer was listed as 2010 Bells Old Ale. It definitely tasted like it was that old, but it was taken care of nicely while it was cellared. It aged very nicely. Big body with low carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 11/30/2012 Total Score: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a translucent brown with a thinner beige head of foam. The aroma is bready, nutty, malty bitter, leather, earthy. Thereís a lot going on here. The taste is very earthily sweet. Itís got a nutty bitterness and bready note that sits on the back of the tongue developing. Nearly chewy, thick mouthfeel. Very nice beer. Iím looking forward to seeing what a little age does to this beer. It doesnít need any help, really, Iím just wondering how it will grow and develop over time.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Poured dark brown. Sweet barely flavor. Syrupy in the palate. Can taste the alcohol on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (479) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Dark brown ale with an off-white head. Has a pleasant, sweet aroma characteristic of barley wines. Taste is caramel, and towards the end of the beer thereís a stronger hint of sweet fig and syrup. Thereís a touch of bitterness to further add to the complexity. I enjoy this, and I wonder how it will be after aging.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (144) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas are sweet malt and chocolate. Upfront flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit with bready notes. Finishes with chocolate, licorice, nutty notes, and a lingering hop bite. Very complex flavors. Creamy, but peppery mouthfeel. Big and boozy. This is a delicious beer. It would likely get even better if allowed to age.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (2379) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at avrashiís. Thanks troubles. Murky dark brown with white wave. A little alcoholic, fruity and vinous aroma, sweet, vinous taste. Full-bodied, sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bwa5879 (665) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Really deep purple-y brown pour thatís a step away from black, no head to speak of, some white lacing. Fresh pungent but light aroma of brisk dark fruits, grain, balsamic and nuts. Carbonation is a bit low, slick mouthfeel and smokey almost warm finish. Robust complex flavor of dark fruit raisins, bourbon, woodsy smokey malts, pine, the graininess is certainly in the forefront. I feel like a fancy boy drinking this beer, probably would be better, richer, and smoother with some age.


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