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RATINGS: 1522   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndresTM (368) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1754) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Liquor Barn (Jefferson Commons); not quite a year old. Aroma: Moderate raisin liqueur; moderate molasses; light dog vitamin; very light Pinot Noir with hints of plum and leather. Appearance: Dark ruby brown pour with a bubbly tan head that settles into a bubbly, wispy ring. Flavor: Raisin and molasses notes feature heavily here, but not to the detriment of the rest; the finish has a leathery quality, and dries out about as well as a beer this strength can. Palate: Full body, very sticky texture, very soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: Very good, especially for being under three bucks a bottle. An inexpensive beer that allows you to see the effects of cellaring on a budget.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2624) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2015
At cellar temperature and into a brandy snifter. It is radiant when held to the lights but is misted by a lot of fine sediment caught in suspension. Like a good Barleywine the head is short lived replaced instead by oily, viscous legs. The body a deep, burnished copper. Thick and rich, melanoidens and savoury fruit mince nose hinting at fresh baked fruit cake dowsed in sherry. There is a hint of vanillin and milk chocolate, earth and oak underneath that gives complexity. A little rough on the palate. Twiggy bark atop earthy, spicy hops in the very back broaden the chewy, meaty malts. Nice, sweet, toffee and burnt caramel front with the generous, savoury minced fruit of nose playing on the mid-palate. Rolling it around it cedes up the alcohol in a hugely peppery effort. Bitter and lasting finish that holds a lot of warmth and ashen, earthy, musty notes. More English than U.S in style - which I love - so hoping the bitterness dulls after a few years of cellaring. The body is good and the carbonation low to medium with an oily finish stripped short only by the alcohol. Well rounded with a lot going on. I love it so a few bottles away for a few years is a must! (12fl.Oz, bottled 30/10/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1533) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2015
330mL bottle from Beer Cartel. PKGD 10/30/14 Dark copper body, moderate clarity, small dense off-white head. Aroma not overly pungent, but plenty to enjoy - brown toffee, vinous red fruits, raisins, earthy (hop?) undertones. Thick rich body, booze thins things out a bit, low carbonation, syrupy somewhat. Lots of rich toffee & dried fruit on the palate. Subtle undertones of red fruits, licorice, toast, smoke, oak, spice, and port-like characters. Lingering earthy bitterness. Big beer, might actually do with more age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2229) - 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 (12) - - 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 (4014) - 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 (2024) - - 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 (1893) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
Mooie roodbruine kleur met een aardige kraag. Ruikt vanille, crème, kers. Smaakt zoetig, vanille, crème, iets bitter. Dikke structuur.


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