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RATINGS: 1499   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Aroma - Light Fruity, subtle malt aroma Appearance - Medium Brown, cloudy, thick small head Taste - Medium malt flavor, light hops Palate - very smooth finish, no bitterness Overall - A solid barleywine ale; not too hoppy-American, but not nearly as malty as the English-style I prefer. Really a pretty good hybrid of the two styles. Probably my favorite Bell’s beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettTaylor (588) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Pours an dark orang’ish brown with creamy 1 finger white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma - toffee, caramel, dried fruits, a little bit of an almost bourbon barrel note with vanilla and mild spices. Taste - malt, dark malts, med roast coffee. Moderately thick on the palate with a nice warming across the back of the throat. Bottle is from Sept. 2013. It’s aged very nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (288) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Smells great, tons of caramel, soy sauce, sticky toffee. Hazy brown color with a foamy brown head. Tastes great, upfront sweet and sour characteristics, finishes with candi sugar and intense earthy bitterness. Long finish with a hint of molasses at the end. Not super to my taste but very good beer nonetheless. Thick bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (693) - Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Draft at Bricks. Pours clear brown with some off white head. Nose is caramel and whiskey. Taste is same. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (673) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium nut brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is molasses, dark fruits, port. Flavor is boozy, dark fruits, raisin. Thick oily creamy body with a lingering alcohol burn. Decent barley wine, but I think I’m starting to get spoiled with all that barrel aged stuff out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3309) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Tap at Ginger Man, New York. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dry fruits, raisins, spices, ginger? and malts. Quite dry barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3901) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Tap. Pours cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is rich bready and cookie malts, plums, raisins, caramel, black licorice, and molasses. Flavor is rich malt profile with medium floral hop bitterness, dark fruit esters, caramel, and faint woodiness. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2701) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Draft. Pours hazy nut brown with a bubby off white head. Tastes like raisin, dried fruits, booze, toasted malt, and dry grapefruit hops. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisin, nutty malt, toast, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (870) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Aroma of plums, bourbon and malt, pours a dark amber without much head. Taste of malt, and bourbon. Medium body with a sweet malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (709) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Pours a deep brown with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of vanilla, dark malt, plum, and dark cherry. The flavor is well balanced, with slightly toasty malt up front with a sweet, dark fruit finish over a smooth, medium-heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (758) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Up, up, and away. This brew is amazing. Fruity and I can only guess about how it ages overtime. Enjoy.

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