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RATINGS: 1503   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
malkyore (244) - - APR 18, 2013
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 you’d think it would be a tad bit thicker but it’s not. It’s 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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1967) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at home while in Jacksonville. Pours dark Amber brown with a thin white head. Sweet candy figgy cakey toffee aroma. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Lots of figgy, pruney fruitiness, booze, cake, caramel, light lemon... Sweet and tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (5329) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle from GreatDane1632 as part of Local world wide swap, many thanks. Deep ruby red brown with medium off-white head. Sweet berries in aroma with caramel, alcohol. red fruits, honey, malt, earthy hops, alcoholic bitterness in finish. Tasty sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1376) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Deep amber/garnet with a tight tan head and viscous lacing. Rich dark fruit aromas accompanied by alcohol - sherry - and brown bread and baked apple. Big caramel sweetness up front, with ripe fruit and a touch of chocolate syrup. Full body, syrupy mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, warming alcohol throughout and a lingering fruit sweetness in the end.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drsordr (1324) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Draft sample at Cincinnati Beerfest 2015 pour dark copper with thin tan head. Nose sweet malt, licorice, dank and earthy. Taste moderate bitter up front, then toffee and dank. Light bitter finish. A bit overpowered by the other beers I sampled this day.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettTaylor (591) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (703) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3332) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3954) - 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.


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