beermomz (20) - USA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark muddy color from a bottle dated 10/12/12. There was no head whatsoever and lots of sediments floating around. Aroma was sweet, toffee caramel. It smelled sweeter than it tasted. I was surprised how hoppy and dry this beer finished. It is full bodied and the alcohol really comes through once it warms up some. Iíll put a few bottles aside to age for a while and taste the difference.
unclemike (2067) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a slightly cloudy deep amber/brown body topped by a thin off white head with a good amount of lacing. Slightly sweet malty aroma with good fruity hop notes and a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet caramel malt flavor to start, turning piney from hops with a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and smooth yet slightly tingly and warming
kwd1996 (16) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent barley wine style ale. Malty, sweet, full-bodied and very flavorful. Brownish-red in color. Great addition to the cellar.
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Third review: batch 9958 (25AUG10)
Pours a dr.pepper cola with a loose bubble sheet of light tan foam. Smells from afar of caramel, as I draw in: gobs of sugar, caramel, tea, turbinado, malt, a hint of nougat. Taste is sweet with alcohol, caramel, bits of almond rocha, metal, still sharp alcohol here. Medium on thick body for the style with moderated assertive carb and a semi dry finish. This is a decent beer. If I lived in the distro, Iíd throw a few in the cellar annually. So far, Iíve only had íem back two years, I think I will hold my last bottle for the five year mark and see where that lands me.
Review 1: Batch 9958: 08/25/10
Review 2: Followed by Batch 8943: 1/28/09 - reviewed 03MAR11 4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5-4.43
A: Ale pours a nice cherry orange amber. No head formation. Thin sheet of fine bubbles that sticks around. Spotty laces.
A2: Again pours cherry ale. This time forms a single finger, creamy tan head with just a few moments of retention. This dissolves to leave a solid sheet of the same. Initially, full drapes for laces, when stirred, lacing disappears for good.
S: Caramel, toffee, burnt sugar. Great malt body in the nose. Hints of oaky drieness, somewhat woody. Alcohol boozy, but very well enveloped. Not much hops here. Hints of vanilla on the back.
S2: Two years into maturation, this beer develops even more caramel, toffee tones. Beautifully matured malts, burnt sugar, brown sugar and now: hints of molasses.
T: Lovely caramel malt. Alcohol still a little hot at this age (six months). Very drinkable. Sweet, but has nice earthly hop addition and mellow mallow tones. Good.
T2: Uh oh, this is sooo good! Man, the toffee turns to salted caramel. Man, so good. Still backing of bitter hops. Alcohol a little more evident in this one, but sweet and good.
M: Smooth, low carb, medium-heavy body. Silk screen in the mouth, leaves the mouth slick. Nice.
M2: Continues to be smooth, a little more carbonation. Leaves the mouth more or less dry at this point.
D: I would drink this on a very regular basis if it was available in the area. So nice.
D2: This has convinced me that I need to come up with a good vertical of this beer. I am stoked because this beer is relatively inexpensive and easily available.
Serving type: bottle
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, Bridge Street Kroger in Dublin, $15.99/6. Pours a darker brown, with creamy one-finger white head that dissipates into nothing; medium lacing. Aroma is indescribably just "old"--like an old wooden library full of dusty leather-bound books; dirt, tobacco, malt, some dark vinous fruit (maybe raisin). Flavor is similarly "old"; tobacco, dark malt, some bitterness in the finish offsets the sweet dark malt. Palate is fantastic; dark and full bodied, oily, yet not overly sticky. Not particularly sweet as barley wines go, which is fine. The other 5 bottles are already on the shelf and I may pick up another sixer for a longer-term aging venture. Very nice.
ReverendMoon (94) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dried fruits on the nose. Tastes like a caramel covered amaretto cherry. With alcohol for bite. I like the color, a dark cloudy, musty mahogany type with dark pale brown notes. Good taste, not stellar but good.
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Beergeek23322 (1673) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6/13/2010. From bottle. Amber color with a short white head. Aromas of dried fruit, malt and caramel. Sweet caramel flavors that shows the alcohol on the finish. Pretty good.
mully262 (56) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bells fails to disappoint once again. Very good all around beer. I recommend trying.
Brentv (78) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh, yes. Pours from the bottle a deep coppery brown with just the slightest yellowish head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is caramel and figs and dark fruits and maybe some cherries. Taste is caramel and rich complex malts, sweet but with a significant but not overpowering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, nicely carbonated. Leaves a bitter aftertaste. This is slightly more bitter than I would like in this style. A very nice beer. I love Bellís.
Jesterdeal (1467) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barcade philly. Aroma of nuts, dates, figs, and toffee. Pours brown with a frosty well sized head. Taste is lovely with dark fruits, caramelized sugar, more sugar, and a slight brandy alcohol finish. Not the most complex but darn tasty. Would love to try an old bottle.
AndresTM (270) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sometimes, I wonder why it is that I like Bells so much. OhóI recallóHopslam. And this. And itís 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 isnít intrusive. The mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic: viscous, creamy, fulfilling. Easily one of my favorite beers.