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RATINGS: 1594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2015 Sometimes, I wonder why it is that I like Bells so much. Oh—I recall—Hopslam. And this. And it’s an interesting parallel: while the Hopslam sports an enviable hop profile, this one stands out on account of its spectacular malt bill. The aroma is dark, sumptuous, and sexy, with dried fruits (figs, raisins, prunes) fighting with overripe ones (cherries, plums) for attention, all on a background of wood, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee. The taste is strong, with a a woody, boozy bitter and sweet, fruity undertones. Bitter malts and piney hops linger in the aftertaste. The alcohol is very much perceivable, but it isn’t intrusive. The mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic: viscous, creamy, fulfilling. Dangerously close to perfection, although a tad too filling. God, it’s such a mess. A filthy, sexy mess.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (9594) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle from Beer Gonzo shop, Earlsdon, Coventry consumed at Polderflora camp, Nr Alphen aan Den Rijn Saturday 24th September 2016. This beer would win nothing in a beer beauty contest, grubby, dirty brown in colour with lots of ’stuff’ in suspension. This is a big beer, its strong with burnt sugar (molasses) and booziness and a smokiness the standout flavours. I have to say it’s doing very little for me, its ok but I’m not that fussed. A6 A2 T6 P4 Ov12 3.0

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrOrla (2243) - Odense C, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle at Home. Pours hazy brown with a white head. Aroma of hazelnuts, toffee, caramel, dried fruits, sidste skoledag flødekarameller. Taste is Extreme sweet with Nuts and toffee, slight grainy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3509) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2016
Bottled 2/15. Deep brown with a dense beige head that never gives up an laces well. Aroma of sweet fresh and dried fruit - greengages, golden raisins - butterscotch, Sherry, sweetshop spices, a curious bark note. Silky, lowish carbonation. Very sweet indeed, but plenty of bitterness with spices and woody notes at the end that make you think that 18 months is on the young side. Perhaps the fruity things will shine a little more then but I do quite like the firm bitterness as it is (some burnt notes at the end don’t obviously fit). Boozy but not hot. I’d probably like it more in a year or two.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (752) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2016
Copper brown, with tracings of head. Aroma has dried fruit, overripe bananas, plums. Body is medium to full. Bit of booze burn. Flavour has maple syrup, burnt brown sugar, nuts, soy sauce, whisky and wood. Dark and moody.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle from World Market. Very rich and sweet with a bit of a candy flavor to it. Very loaded with dark fruits. Lots of fig and some prune. Some toffee flavors as well. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit of a burnt roastiness in the finish. Low on the hops. Pretty nice sipper. Good for the winter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
George999 (389) - Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2016
From the bottle, it pours hazy and dark amber in color, the head is cream colored amd dissipates but leaves a this head remaining on the beer. The aroma is malts, carmel and a hint of alcohol in the back of the nose. The taste is cream, caramel and malts. There is an alcohol bite but not overpowering but none the less present. The finish is malty with a little alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but not as thick as a heavy stout. Overall a great strong ale with a few flavors making this a great slow sipping beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (6473) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2016
33cl bottle via Beer Gonzo. It pours a clean caramel color with a large khaki pillowy head. Aroma is sweet and musty with notes of raisins, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Taste is balanced between the sweet caramel notes and the burnt sugar bitter finish. More vanilla, raisins, eggnogg, custard cream, milk chocolate notes. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, intense

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (1155) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2016
Amber colour, white head. Aroma of toffee, milk chocolate, vanilla. Taste is medium sweet. Medium body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Dark caramel color with a small beige head that quickly faded. Aroma of maple syrup, fig jam, and booze. Sweet flavor with light bitterness and a bit of am alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (1516) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 17, 2016
Copper-light brown (20-25EBC), fine poring small beige head offering lovely viscousity. Aromas of ripe dark fruits, figs, plums, butterscotch, caramel, honey glazed toast with a light floral blossom note. Fine perlage, smoot-slick, full bodied. Caramel-toast fig sweetness, with dark fruit bitterness with a whaff of sugared lemon peel on the lasting finish.


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