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RATINGS: 1528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

coachd's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (337) - Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Has a sweet, spicy, complex aroma. More hops in the scent than most barleywines/old ales I have had. Caramel and some booze in the aroma. Iím getting some citrus as well. Pours a great dark ruby color with a thin white head; moderate lacing on the glass - just beautiful. Taste is caramel/butterscotch at first, malt sweetness second, slight booze third and piney hop bitterness fourth. Palate is slick with more carbonation than I was expecting (a great surprise for me). Aftertaste is intense at first but fades wonderfully, faintly present at the time of your next sip, no matter when that is. Says Old Ale on the bottle, RB classifies it as a barleywine - personally, I think itís an Old Ale, either way, itís great. Adding to its appeal is that you can buy a 6-pack of this 10% ABV beer. I donít know of any other beers that offer that except Expedition Stout - maybe itís a Bells thing. This lets you drink 4 and cellar 2 for later. Go buy this right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7389) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
355 ml bottle. Enjoyed at Los Angeles, CA. Pours a dark amber brown colour with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malts, syrup and resin. Flavour of strong bready maltiness, resin, grassy bitterness, wood and syrup. Medium bodied. Mouthdrying wooden finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4999) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
355ml bottle

Pours dark reddish brown with a smooth white head. Aroma of berries, caramely malts, chewy toffee, hints of syrup and spices. Taste is malty, caramely, chewy and heavy with syrup, toffee and sugary notes. Finish is sweet, malty and heavy. Quite heavy but complex and surprisingly good still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7851) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
355 ml bottle @ hotel room, Los Angeles.
Pours mahogany color with a small head. Sweet ripe fruits on the nose, caramel malts and toffee, mild alcohol notes. Sweet caramel malt flavor with toffee and raisins, syrupy and some alcohol warmth at the end. Nice, though a bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7537) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
35,5 cl bottle (10.2%) @ hotel room, Los Angeles. Bottled 05.09.2014. Aroma has raisins, harsh malt and sweet ripe fruits. flavour has woody tones, some menhol notes, grapefruity hops, raisins and harsh malt. Alcohol warms here nicely. Quite typical aged BW - pleasantly balanced though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
crajun (1084) - , Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2015
very high marks for aroma, app, and palate. Just didnít really like the taste/beer; not a fan of the style. bottle dated 9/5/14. too syrupy sweet and too much hops (even after a year) for me. yadda

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1225) - - AUG 16, 2015
2014 bottle. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma and taste are dark fruits and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1776) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2650) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1553) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2236) - 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 Bellís.

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