malkyore (108) - - APR 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank this bottle just after its 6 month birthday. Poured a deep dark brown amber with a foamy white beige head and a little lacing. This beer has THE BEST aroma I have ever encountered. Fruity molasses and brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some hops. Flavor is marvelous, sweet fruity flavor, subtle hints of dark chocolate, a lot of molasses here and brown sugar with a mostly dark chocolate and brown sugar aftertaste that lingers for a while after you drink it. It has just enough hop presence to make it refreshing. This beers mouthfeel is the only place I could ever complain about this spectacular brew. With a body this molassassy youíd think it would be a tad bit thicker but itís not. Itís a fair bit thin. Bells has done it again and brewed up another phenomenal beer. This is one of my favorite barley wines and is definitely worth a try if you get a chance.
gmb5127 (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I havenít had very many old Ales but this is pretty good. Malty and sweet with a taste of alcohol.
kevinsenn (946) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquor s, Chicago. Pours dark brown with sediment. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, and raisins. Taste of dark fruits, toffee, and booze. Crisp aftertaste. Thick body.
italianjohn (2207) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brownish pour cloudy with a thin off white almost khaki head .... aroma of dark fruits, roasted light chocolate and chewy burnt caramel malts .... taste is of dark fruits, roasted malts, light chocolate malts, chewy burnt caramel malts with a light hoppy bite on the back end .... mouthfeel is very smooth and the abv is hidden well medium to full bodied ... bottle aged almost 7 months ..... finish is bitter and malty with a nice lingering bite on the tongue .... a very complete beer
jflopsu (401) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a murky red-ish brown with light brown head. Has a sweet caramel aroma, with other unique characteristics including some coffee, chocolate, malt and light hops. An excellent smoothy and creamy taste with caramel, dark alcohol, spices and some grains.
pictoman (326) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the tap. Murky dark reddish brown with tan head. Light caramel aroma with decent degree of hops. Same flavour, alcohol hidden. Medium body.
BLADT (69) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown. Sweet barely flavor. Syrupy in the palate. Can taste the alcohol on the finish.
chucklemation (275) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown ale with an off-white head. Has a pleasant, sweet aroma characteristic of barley wines. Taste is caramel, and towards the end of the beer thereís a stronger hint of sweet fig and syrup. Thereís a touch of bitterness to further add to the complexity. I enjoy this, and I wonder how it will be after aging.
Shot (79) - Westerville, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas are sweet malt and chocolate. Upfront flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit with bready notes. Finishes with chocolate, licorice, nutty notes, and a lingering hop bite. Very complex flavors. Creamy, but peppery mouthfeel. Big and boozy. This is a delicious beer. It would likely get even better if allowed to age.
kerenmk (1880) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at avrashiís. Thanks troubles. Murky dark brown with white wave. A little alcoholic, fruity and vinous aroma, sweet, vinous taste. Full-bodied, sweet finish.
bwa5879 (501) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really deep purple-y brown pour thatís a step away from black, no head to speak of, some white lacing. Fresh pungent but light aroma of brisk dark fruits, grain, balsamic and nuts. Carbonation is a bit low, slick mouthfeel and smokey almost warm finish. Robust complex flavor of dark fruit raisins, bourbon, woodsy smokey malts, pine, the graininess is certainly in the forefront. I feel like a fancy boy drinking this beer, probably would be better, richer, and smoother with some age.