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RATINGS: 1519   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2214) - USA - JUN 12, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimsal27 (286) - New York, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Very good old ale. Aroma of malt fruits. Taste follows nose. Moderate carbonation medium mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fwamps (10) - - JUN 3, 2015
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (4000) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 8, 2015
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrenchieK (20) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1980) - - APR 16, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with little head. Aroma is cinnamon raisin toast, dark fruit and toffee. Taste follows. Rich, sticky and boozy. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (1722) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
Mooie roodbruine kleur met een aardige kraag. Ruikt vanille, crème, kers. Smaakt zoetig, vanille, crème, iets bitter. Dikke structuur.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abijen (1758) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Old rating. Dark Amber. Giant sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spices, boozy heat. Full Bodied. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (271) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2015
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.


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