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RATINGS: 1463   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwoodward (566) - - NOV 20, 2012
Interesting, but not my style. Boozy, but fairly attenuated and dry. It’s also a little bit harsh.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1313) - - SEP 19, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-24-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – Pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights shining through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a small tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass. While there is little lacing a thickness can be seen when swirling in the glass as the brew clings to the side leaving a fast dissipating foam on the glass once the liquid recedes. Smell – The aroma is malty and fruity with a big malty bread smell mixed with lots of darker fruits. The darker fruits are mainly of a plum, prune, raisin and fig aroma bringing a rather sweeter smell to the brew. While the fruit brings a sweetness some hop of an earthy and herbal nature along with a boozy rum smell help balance the aroma creating a warming smell overall. Taste – The taste begins with a smoother bready and slightly fruit flavors taste. The fruit is of the darker fruits that were detected in the nose. While the nose was rather heavy overall in the sweeter fruit, the taste was not but instead was heavier on the bready tastes upfront. As the taste advances the breadiness remains the same in intensity, but the fruity flavors dwindle some. As this occurs some spice flavors of nutmeg and clove come to the tongue along with some earthy bitter hop and a moderately strong rum flavor. The rum and hop get stronger more toward the end and when combined with the now lighter fruit and bready flavor create a moderately bitter and rummy taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on quite low. Both work in concert to create a mouth coating feel bringing all the drier, slightly earthy, malty and boozier flavor to linger on the tongue creating a very warming feel. Overall – A barley that is a bit on the drier and more bitter side with a big warming and slow drinking style. This one is nice to sit down with for a long haul.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (318) - USA - SEP 18, 2014
Poured from a 2014 bottle into a pint glass darkest of amber with a beige head. Aroma is burnt caramel some booze. Flavor is straight up fresh hop sweet caramel. Prefer this brew with age. Have had 3 years back & its more subtle in the hops department and smooth as freshly mowed grass. Looking to lay this baby down. Still quite exceptional in its newness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
benfergy (201) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Pours as a dark brown beer with minimal head. The aroma is of strong chocolate and some caramel. As I sip, I also notice the barley and hops; the latter are quite herbal. The taste is mildly sweet. The palate is perfectly smooth. A great, complex beer that I want to try more of!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (282) - - AUG 15, 2014
Nice caramel front, toffee, nuts, apricot and cider. Notes of orange, licorice and sweet grains. Smooth creamy feel and good carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (1393) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
2009 vintage at Akkurat. Poura deep caramel with reddish hues and a minimal white head. Swirling it in the glass leaves some nice oily lacings. Nose is incredible:a deep caramel and raisin upfront with some toffee, figs and dates mixed in. Behind those some apple, prunes and slight musky tones that vye for attention. Mouthfeel is increedible as well: smooth as hell with almost no carbonation. Taste is caramel sweet with figs, dates, honey, raisins, plum and roasted nuts. Towards the end deeper musky earthy notes come forward along with the caramel, apple and raisin notes. Just fantastic!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (26) - Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Sweet, malty. Raisins, especially on the finish. Alcohol is quite apparent. Some yeast perhaps?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3588) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong oak, vanilla, and candy sugar. Medium mouthfeel with sweet vanilla, light roast, oak, wood, and light boozy finish, very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1391) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Sweet fruity, caramels and toffees, hints of cocoa, very much an English BW or Old Ale. Delicious and hella drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmiller54hr (45) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2014
12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours very dark w thin head. Lots of yeasty bread aroma. Very drinkable. Alcohol is concealed well for 10.2 abv. Bells just has it figured out. Haven’t had a bad beer from them.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Imported from untappd iphone. comes as close to my memory as possible. This is aged a little more than two years and im not sure how much it helped but its still good.


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