sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, Bridge Street Kroger in Dublin, $15.99/6. Pours a darker brown, with creamy one-finger white head that dissipates into nothing; medium lacing. Aroma is indescribably just "old"--like an old wooden library full of dusty leather-bound books; dirt, tobacco, malt, some dark vinous fruit (maybe raisin). Flavor is similarly "old"; tobacco, dark malt, some bitterness in the finish offsets the sweet dark malt. Palate is fantastic; dark and full bodied, oily, yet not overly sticky. Not particularly sweet as barley wines go, which is fine. The other 5 bottles are already on the shelf and I may pick up another sixer for a longer-term aging venture. Very nice.
Slipstream (2214) - USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from Whole Foods. Here is a big barley wine with lots of everything: hoppy bite, caramel sweetness, and abv. A bit of sweaty funk mixed with flowers in the nose. A nice amber glow in the pour. Lots of hop bitterness in the finish and a strong impression on the palate. BW is not my top style, but this is another very good release from Bell’s.
Jimsal27 (286) - New York, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good old ale. Aroma of malt fruits. Taste follows nose. Moderate carbonation medium mouthfeel.
Fwamps (10) - - JUN 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bells makes some pretty incredible beers, the third coast ale is no exception. For such high gravity (10.2%) it is one of the tastiest beers full or malty hints and caramel overtones.
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zvikar (4000) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’s place. Pours orange to brown with a beige head, aroma of marmalade, orange and alcohol, flavor of marmalade, orange, tangerine, alcohol, medium bodied.
FrenchieK (20) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Pours a very hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of hops, caramel malt, brown sugar, lots of fruit and alcohol. Taste starts with caramel malt, brown sugar, fruit and alcohol and finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied. Complex and well balanced.
conway (1980) - - APR 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown with little head. Aroma is cinnamon raisin toast, dark fruit and toffee. Taste follows. Rich, sticky and boozy. Very good.
Bosbouw (1722) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mooie roodbruine kleur met een aardige kraag. Ruikt vanille, crème, kers. Smaakt zoetig, vanille, crème, iets bitter. Dikke structuur.
Abijen (1758) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Benzai! Donker rood bier met een getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt gedroogd fruit, kruiden, rogge. Smaakt gedroogd fruit, koffie, kruidig. Medium tot dikke body en plakkerig.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Dark Amber. Giant sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spices, boozy heat. Full
HourGlass13 (271) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber, with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, with a sweet smell. Big heavy malty body with lots of caramel and a dark fruity sweetness. Has a touch of piney hop bitterness also. Thick and rich yet very well rounded. I enjoyed it.